Weekly Highlights – June 12-18


Country Music Hall of Fame Petting Zoo at Edmondson Pike Library – 6:30pm
Bang a drum, strum an autoharp, and pick a banjo at this program where budding musicians of all ages experience instruments both new and familiar. For ages 0-7.

Song Suffragettes Third Anniversary at The Listening Room Cafe – 6pm
Come see the Song Suffragettes, Nashville’s newest and brightest female singer-songwriters.


The Science of Baseball at Discovery Center at Murfree Spring – 6:30pm
Get ready for a home run as Dr. Ricardo Valerdi, Chief Scientist of the Science of Sport and a consultant to a multitude of national sports teams, discusses how baseball can bring science, technology, engineering, and math to life for K-12 students. Baseball fans will enjoy learning about the connections between the game and concepts such as geometry, mass, force and much more. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by The American Chemical Society, Nashville Chapter.

Community Concert Series at Cumberland University – 7pm
Okay, this one is actually $5 for adults, free for kids, so that’s basically free, eh?


Origami Yoda Make-and-Take Craft at the East Library Branch – 4pm
Create your own Origami Yoda, and take home instructions to share. Ages 3-12.

Community Concert Series at Historic Rock Castle – 7:30pm
As part of its mission to bring music to everyone in Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Symphony presents a series of free Community Concerts at select venues through out Middle Tennessee.


6-1-5 Day at The Shoppes On Fatherland – 11am-9pm
Project 615 and Lightning 100 present: 6-1-5 Day at the Shoppes on Fatherland! Come on out to Fatherland Street in East Nashville for a block party on Thursday, June 15 to celebrate all things Nashville with your favorite food trucks, incredible live music, local shopping and vendors. Free and all ages.

Ride “Weather Diaries” Listening Party at Grimey’s – 5pm
From Grimeys.com: “Following the recent release of the first Slowdive album in over 20 years, now fellow British rock legends Ride are releasing their first new album in over 20 years! It’s called ‘Weather Diaries’ and hits on June 16th. Join us for a preview listening party the day before, Thursday, June 15th at 5PM. There is no pre-release stream for this album so indie record stores are going to be the first place to hear the album in its entirety. We’ll also have posters, buttons, stickers and bottle openers for you with purchase and some limited edition t-shirts and signed art cards to give away! This being Grimey’s, we’ll also have some free beer for y’all over 21.”

615 Day Celebration at The Basement East – 8pm
From thebasementnashville.com: “This celebration is meant to encourage all aspects of Music City’s music scene. With a special focus on the hip hop and urban culture scene, we will be highlighting various forms of talent and local businesses. There will be music played that takes you on a journey from the early thriving stages of Nashville hip hop, to the current talent that is unmatched. A common goal has always been to welcome the entire hip hop community under one roof to celebrate one another, network, and plan future endeavors as a unit. Artists, event planners promoters, music lovers, etc. Redbull will be providing signature drink specials throughoutthe night.We invite you to come out and be apart of the next phase of growth.”

Nashville Scene’s Movies in the Park: The Secret Life of Pets at Elmington Park – sundown
Join the Nashville Scene for the 23rd year of Movies in the Park Presented by Xfinity Thursday nights in June. Bring the whole family to this free event, and come hungry at sundown.


Fleet Foxes “Crack Up” Listening Party at Grimey’s – 11am
From Grimeys.com: “Let’s kick off new release Friday with a party to celebrate the new Fleet Foxes album out on June 16th! We’ll spin this epic new LP while munching on some snacks and we’ve got a super limited vinyl test pressing to give away to one lucky attendee! We’ll also have some limited art prints and a few other nice things.”

Movie in The Park: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at Moss-Wright Park – dusk
Goodlettsville Parks, Recreation, and Tourism invites you, your family, and friends to a movie night under the stars in Moss-Wright Park. The event will feature the movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and takes place in Moss-Wright Park on the soccer fields. The area will open at 6:00pm with music and concessions (or bring a picnic dinner). The movie will begin at dusk – around 8:00pm.

Night Market at Nashville Farmers Market – 5pm
Night Market takes place on the third Friday of each month, 5pm-9pm. Enjoy a shopping and dining experience with lots of local food artisans, locally owned restaurants and shops, locally raised meats, freshly baked desserts, seasonal cocktails, craft beer, local wine, and more.

American Artisan Festival at Centennial Park – 4-8pm
American Artisan Festival is a highly curated art fair featuring the finest in contemporary American crafts and fine art from over 150 artists from around the country. Visitors also enjoy a weekend-long line-up of live music from Nashville’s best singer-songwriters, free children’s art booths, and more than fifteen artisanal food and drink booths from the best food purveyors in America.


Free Yoga Day at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences – 9am-8pm
Designed as a family friendly event, participants ages 7 and up can choose from several simple yoga classes that range in time from 15 to 90 minutes. Participants will also learn how to continue the practice at home. Ideally situated in the scenic Upper Cumberland region, Isha’s classical yoga and meditation center features a sprawling 1,400-acre wooded campus with several waterfalls, stunning bluff vistas and more. Visitors for Free Yoga Day may register in advance at FreeYogaDay.us or upon arrival.

American Artisan Festival at Centennial Park – 10am-7pm
Same as yesterday.

6th Annual Westhaven Porchfest at Westhaven Town Center – 3-10pm
Musicians will play on various porches throughout the community from 3-7pm. The day will end with a concert on the lake from 7-10pm, starting with the The Flat River Band and ending with Guilty Pleasures.


Jazz On The Cumberland at Cumberland Park – 5:30pm
This free family friendly concert series attracts local residents, tourists, and music aficionados from across the country. FourSquare.com rated the Jazz On The Cumberland Concert Series as the #1 destination for Jazz in the City of Nashville. Bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket, and get ready to enjoy Nashville’s premiere jazz series.

American Artisan Festival at Centennial Park – 10am-5pm
Same as yesterday.


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