Annual Events in Nashville, TN

While there is plenty to see and do in Nashville at any time of the year, the city also hosts a number of fantastic annual events that are all well worth arranging a trip around. If you’re planning a trip to Nashville in the near future, here’s a list of some of the best and most important events that take place there on a yearly basis.

With a rockin’ party to kick off the New Year, Nashville will make sure that you get your year started off on the right foot. Then we head indoors to beat the winter wind with mouth-watering food events and festivals that will satisfy everyone’s appetite.

  • St. Jude’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon

Active tourists wishing to add a marathon to their athletic credentials may want to consider planning a trip to Nashville in April to participate in the Nashville Marathon. During that time, the St. Jude’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon will take place, which attracts more than 20,000 runners each year.

With a full- and half-marathon on the schedule, there is a distance to suit almost every participant. The fact that it is taking place in Nashville, though, means that the event is about more than just traversing all of those miles.

Music stages are built up along the course to keep fans and runners entertained, and post-race parties provide an opportunity for participants to relax and rejuvenate after a long day of racing while enjoying the warmth and hospitality of the Southern hospitality.

  • Tennessee Renaissance Festival

Throughout the month of May, Nashville is home to the Tennessee Renaissance Festival, which offers a variety of opportunities for both locals and visitors to discover their inner medieval knights and ladies.

The event is really hosted just outside of town in a rustic, rural environment complete with a castle, which makes for an excellent photo opportunity.

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The “ren fair” will have dozens of merchants peddling their wares, plenty of delectable food and beverages to try, and a variety of entertainment ranging from falconry performances to knights jousting in the arena, among other activities.

Of course, there is also music, performers, and court jesters, which makes this not only a temporary vacation from the city, but also a temporary escape from the twenty-first century.

  • CMA Music Fest

In addition to Bonnaroo, there are a number of other big music-related events taking place in Nashville during the month of June.

Even the Country Music Awards Music Festival, known as CMA Fest, is incredibly popular, and it has the added advantage of taking place right in the middle of downtown as well.

The festival provides an opportunity for some of the biggest names in country music, as well as some talented up-and-comers, to put on a show in front of a receptive audience of country music fans.

The majority of the four-day event takes place at Nissan Stadium, which serves as the home of the Tennessee Titans. Nonetheless, smaller stages are frequently available nearby, and many local venues host free events throughout the weekend.

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