Despite that spring snow we had recently, Nashville has been enjoying the mild weather of spring. It’s that time of year where festivals abound and fun peeks out around every corner, promising warm winds and longer days. Whether you’re a Nashvillian or just planning a trip to Music City, there is always something to do and enjoy around town. This 2017 spring is no exception. Here are 12 spring Nashville events that have some fun for everyone in the family to enjoy.
1. Cheekwood in Bloom. The Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art is one of the most beautiful spots in the city, but it outdoes itself during the spring with more than 100,000 multi-colored tulips in bloom!
Cost: $14 (adults)/ $7 (3-17) When: March 18-April 23
2. Tin Pan South. 2017 is the 25th anniversary of Tin Pan South. The world’s largest songwriter’s festival. As a Nashville resident, we reap the benefits of listening to the live music of Tin Pan South over 10 venues across the city during the event.
Cost: Varies on venue When: March 28-April 1
3. Nashville Fashion Week. If you love fashion, the five days of Nashville Fashion Week will be a brilliant start to your spring. Starting in April of 2011, NFW celebrates the creative, community spirit of our city. From after parties to fashion shows, Nashville Fashion week is packed full of creative, spring fun.
Cost: Ranges from $20-$250 When: April 4-8
4. Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival. Heralding the beautiful cherry blossoms iconic reminder of spring, it is also a time to celebrate the Japanese and American friendship. You and the kids can enjoy learning about Japanese traditions and cultures while taking in the blossoms.
Cost: Free admission When: April 8
5. Nashville Earth Day Festival. Earth Day is a family-friendly festival that educates us about caring for our city and world. Enjoy a spring day and learn more about caring for our environment.
Cost: Free admission When: April 22
6. Nashville Film Festival. If there is a film buff among you, take in the Nashville Film Festival. NashFilm celebrates the unique spirit and music of Nashville through film. It has been named one of the top five film festivals in the US by the Brooks Institute.
Cost: Varies When: April 20-29
7. Zoovie Nights. The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere kicks off their first movie night of the season with lots of family fun – an outdoor movie, inflatables, crafts, and the animals for a night full of memory-making.
Cost: Free with zoo admission When: April 24
8. Pioneer Days. Head on out to Murfreesboro for the 41st annual Pioneer Days at Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro for a blast back to the past with clogging, an antique car show, hayrides, and lots of pioneer-era fun.
Cost: Free admission When: April 22
9. St. Jude Rock-n-Roll Marathon and Half Marathon. Pull out your running shoes and run to the beat of live bands all along your route with a concert on Saturday night to cap it all off.
Cost: $20.99-124.99 (depending on the race) When: April 27-29
10. Tennessee Craft Fair. A Nashville staple, enjoy hundreds of Tennessee craft artists as they display their wares. A perfect place to pick up a unique Mother’s Day gift or a new piece for your home.
Cost: Free admission When: May 5-7
11. Iroquois Steeplechase. Get out your fancy hats and head to a Nashville tradition. Enjoy the company and seven races the second Saturday of May, along with 25,000 other Nashville residents.
Cost: Varies When: May 13
12. CMA Music Fest. The 41st annual CMA Music Fest is four days and nights packed full of all your favorite country acts in the heart of beautiful downtown Nashville.
Cost: Varies depending on show/package. When: June 8-11