Creative Rhythms, From Backstage to Backroads

Nashville & Surrounding Areas

Nashville is Music City. The ever-present creative vibe and entrepreneurial spirit here have deep roots that influence our art and culture. And that spirit extends to the food, football and unforgettable historical attractions.

Dance to your own beat here. Beyond the neon of Lower Broadway, Nashville is a foodie destination, rich with tried-and-true and trendy hotspots. Stylish, innovative and homegrown influences permeate museums, nightlife, galleries and the main streets of the surrounding towns. Cheer for the Tennessee Titans or tap your toes to the lineup at the Grand Ole Opry.

Artistic energy flows, bearing witness to the powerful influence of lyric and melody. Get into the essence of it at one of 120-plus venues including The Basement, Marathon Music Works and The Bluebird Café. Catch the vibe of The District. The wealth of Nashville’s downtown nightlife begins with Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and Ernest Tubb Record Shop. While you’re downtown, gather inspiration from the Frist Center for Visual Arts. Stellar local food fare is always worth a stop at places such as Whiskey Kitchen, Husk, Rolf & Daughters, Loveless Cafe, Eastland Cafe, Silo, Burger Up and The Catbird Seat.

Visit legendary music destinations such as The Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Historic RCA Studio B, and The Johnny Cash Museum. Among the best outdoor spots are Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, area state parks and beautiful lakes. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art celebrates every colorful season. Bicentennial Mall State Park commemorates 200 years of statehood and captures the essence of Tennessee history. Adelicia Acklen’s Belmont Mansion and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage will fill you with awe.

The small towns around Nashville possess a unique charm and pace all their own. See new and time-honored talent at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester. In Lynchburg, learn about the famous Jack Daniel and friends. Plan a trip to Kix Brooks Arrington Vineyards for award-winning wines, jazz and vineyard views. Visit historic Leipers Fork for art, scenery and laidback music venues.

Once a national postal road, Natchez Trace, one of Americas 10 best biking roads, is a greenway through the Southern Appalachian foothills. Nearby Franklins restored downtown and theater blend great food, shopping and music with the Civil WarBattle of Franklin. The stories of Shys Hill and Fort Donelson National Battlefield illustrate the wars immense reach. 


Experience Nashville & Surrounding Areas

Music is just the beginning. Family fun, professional sports, fine art, trend-setting shopping, renowned eateries and Southern favorites await you in Music City and beyond.

Nashville & Surrounding Areas Sep 25 - 26 28th Annual Heritage Days Smyrna, TN Heritage Days celebrates the beginning of autumn with living history presentations, skilled artisans, farm animals, live music, and much, much more. This popular living history celebration will feature more than 20 demonstrations including how to make candles from hot wax and how to separate cream from milk and churn it into butter. With hands-on activities, find out what life was like as a Civil War soldier and how quilts were made to keep people warm during the cold winter months. After you tour the downstairs section of the historic house and visit the museum exhibits, stop by the gift shop to pick up a reproduction historical toy or some old-fashioned candy sticks. learn more Nashville & Surrounding Areas Sep 26 - 27 Southern Fried Festival Columbia, TN Received 2014 Southeast Festivals and Events Association Best Festival Award. Two full days of fun situated on the square in Historic Downtown Columbia, TN. Live entertainment, arts & crafts, Kids Fun Zone and more. Family Friendly event. learn more Nashville & Surrounding Areas Sep 26 - 27 Antique Tractor and Engine Show Clarksville, TN The 14th Annual Montgomery County Antique Tractor and Engine Show will be held at the 4-H club grounds and pavilion located at 1921 Rossview Road, in Clarksville, TN. learn more Nashville & Surrounding Areas Sep 26, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015 Kandinsky: A Retrospective Nashville, TN Considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Wassily Kandinsky is often credited with creating the first purely non-objective painting. Featuring over 80 paintings, watercolors, drawings and a reconstituted mural, this exhibition celebrates some of the most significant aspects of the artist’s oeuvre. Beginning with his early paintings influenced by symbolists such as Edvard Munch, Russian folk painting and Fauvism, the exhibition also includes works Kandinsky created while part of the Munich-based group, der Blaue Reiter, which greatly influenced his stylistic shift toward pure abstraction. The exhibition also surveys the artist’s work during his time in Russia through World War I and after the October Revolution, the time he spent at the Bauhaus in Germany, and concludes with late works he created in Paris. Image Credit: Wassily Kandinsky. "Painting with Red Spot", 1914. Oil on canvas. Collection Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris, Gift of Mrs. Nina Kandinsky in 1976, AM 1976-853. Photograph © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Adam Rzepka/ Dist. RMN-GP © ADAGP, Paris learn more Nashville & Surrounding Areas Sep 26 Randy Rogers Band Nashville, TN Randy Rogers Band with Wade Bowen learn more

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