The American Artisan Festival is a Father’s Day weekend tradition in Nashville, even though I’d venture to guess that it’s not really designed around the wants and needs of dad (assuming your dad is a stereotypical TV dad, which most aren’t). Still, even grumpy, overly-manly sitcom-dad might appreciate the sheer size and scope of the Artisan Festival, because it is simply enormous.
Now in its 41st year, the Artisan Festival will cover much of the grounds at Centennial Park for three days. There will be about 165 insanely talented exhibitors from across America, live music, food, and a Children’s Art booth where your young’ns can embark on their own free and supervised artistic endeavors.
Like I said, the festival is three days long and its hours are as follows:
- Friday, June 17 from 12 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, June 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday June 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
So pick your day or two and get dear old dad or yourself or anyone else a unique gift that they won’t find on the shelves at Target. Obviously, it’s free to attend and looks are free, but good luck getting through the festival without seeing something you want to buy. And you can feel good about your purchase, because 10% of all profits are going to support local arts organizations and Gilda’s Club Nashville in the memory of Nancy Saturn, local arts pioneer, and the founder of the American Artisan Festival and Gallery, who died last year.