Weekly Highlights – July 2-7


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by Sara Jean Kelley, Pageant, The Thank You Maams, Trenton, Hanzelle, The Joy of Painting, Mom and Dad & Guntherdoug.

Antioch Community Blood Drive at Lakeshore Christian Church – 3-7pm
All donors will receive a free t-shirt and be entered into a drawing for a Gibson guitar among other prizes such as massage gift certificates, cupcakes from Blue Velvet, and much more. To register visit redcrossblood.org using sponsor code Lakeshorecc. Or, for additional information, please call Courtney Holman at 615-731-0072.


Full Moon Hike at Edwin Warner Park Pavilion #9 – 7:30pm
It’s a fairly easy 4.5 miles on a paved path under a starlit sky. A Team Green adventure. Bring water and a flashlight, or else you might fall on your face like I did.

Pre-July 4th Concert at Riverfront Park – 6pm
Didn’t really have any info on the performers or anything else. But hey, it’s something to do after work.

Red Caboose Concerts: Boomerangs at the Bellevue Red Caboose Park Amphitheatre – 7pm
60s and 70s music. Bring blankets or chairs and some grub.  Hey, it’s not like you have to work the next day (I hope).

Free Concert for Seniors at Bellevue Family YMCA Turner Center – 1:30pm
Kathy Chiavola, Craig Duncan and Mark Barnet perform their patriotic concert Red, White and Bluegrass.


Hot Chicken Festival in East Park – 11am-3pm
Its the annual celebration of one of Nashville’s most unique dishes! Get there SUPER early and you could even score some free hot chicken. Either way, I highly suggest getting there early, or you’ll find yourself waiting in line for 90 minutes.

Let Freedom Sing! Music City Independence Day Celebration at Riverfront Park – noon-10pm
Grammy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed country rock group, The Mavericks will headline the city’s annual “Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!” celebration along the riverfront. The show line-up will also include country artist Craig Morgan, rising star Sarah Darling, The Music City Hit-Makers featuring Brett James and Hillary Lindsey and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (NSO) led by Associate Conductor Kelly Corcoran. The concert begins at 6pm.

Franklin Fourth of July Celebration Happening at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm – 11am-9pm
Some of the fun happenings at Franklin’s July 4th celebration include a hot dog eating contest (wouldn’t be 7/4 without one!), live music, and, of course, fireworks! Fireworks start at 9pm. See the full list of events here.

Patriotic Concert and Ice Cream Social at Pennington UMC – 6pm
Who can turn down free ice cream? Can you? I can’t. Especially if waffle cones are involved.


Start ‘Em Young: A Night of Art Appreciation for Children at Cumberland Gallery – 5-8pm
The sooner, the better. That is when an awareness and appreciation of art should be cultivated. The enriching experience of creating and interacting with art is critical to human development and overall well-being, and with art programs being dramatically reduced or removed completely from school curriculums, it is imperative that the greater community step in to ensure that children maintain a rich and meaningful relationship with art. Geared toward children 4-9 years old.

Art After Hours at the Arcade – 5-8pm
Art After Hours is only at the Arcade tonight, because Hillsboro Village is pushing theirs back a week. More on that later.

Gerry Stone and Friends at Two Old Hippies – 6pm
Free post-work show. Two Old Hippies actually has a pretty sweet stage.


SCHWING! Totally 90s Jams at the High Watt Stage at Mercy Lounge – 11pm
Listen to some of your favorite 90s tunes with Coach, Teen Gangz & Mayor Boombox.

Franklin Art Scene at Historic Downtown Franklin – 6-9pm
Held the first Friday of every month, the Franklin Art Scene is a free tour in downtown Franklin, Tenn., featuring artists and working studios, with work ranging from handcrafted jewelry to antique prints and original art to mixed media and live music. Wine, refreshments, and live music are often available at the locations.


Ducko McFli : The Return of the Real Album Release Party at the Mercy Lounge – 8pm
Breakonacloud.com, Y2K and P.U.S.H. Productions Presents The Album Release Party for Ducko Mcfli’s sophomore project “The Return Of The Real” with support from Mach Five, Petty, Evan Blocker, Isaiah Rashad, and Dj Cj Da Kidd.

Y2K Nashville at the High Watt stage at Mercy Lounge – 11pm
This electronic dance party will feature performances by Coach, Hands Off Sam, and more.

Art Crawl in the Arcade – 6-10pm
It’s the first Saturday of the month, which means that art galleries downtown will be open late and serving free wine. It’s pretty awesome.

Jazz on the Lawn: Randy Moore and the Fabulous Suedes at Beachaven Winery – 6:30pm
Bring friends, lawn chairs, and a picnic. Free parking, don’t bring pets or alcohol. They’d like you to buy their wine.

Summer Saturdays: The Colors of Summer at Warner Parks Nature Center – 9:30am-3pm
Zinnias are blooming pink, orange, and red, and purple hyacinth bean vine climbs high on the trellis in the garden. Leaves, every shade of green, cover the trees and shrubs in the woods and fields. Join us for activities to encourage exploration of the color wheel all day! All ages. No registration required.

The World of Mother Goose presented by the Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 10am
Experience this fun, interactive exploration of nursery rhymes featuring dancing, singing, and the famous Tom Tichenor marionettes. All ages. No reservations required. Free Admission. Families are encouraged to tour the museum at a discounted rate following the program.



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