Italian Lights Festival 2017

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The 8th annual Italian Lights Festival is August 18-21, 2017, at Bicentennial Mall State Park. Unique to 2017’s festival will be the viewing of the solar eclipse, which is being referred to as the Great American Eclipse. The Italian Lights Solar weekend is a NASA certified event and solar viewing glasses will be provided by the Tennessee State Parks and Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. There will be solar activities hosted by NASA researcher Veronica Zabala and Janet Ivey of the Janet’s Planets show on PBS. Monday, August 21st will be the big viewing opportunity.

Of course, it will also continue to be a celebration of the Italian culture and cuisine over four full days. This is a family-friendly event that includes activities like a meatball eating contest, a bocce ball tournament, a grape stomping competition, kids activities, and wine tastings. The event is free and open to the public.

VIP tickets are available for $79 for a 1 Day VIP Ticket or $125 for all 4 Days VIP Ticket. Get more details.

Event Overview

  • Dates & Times: 
    Friday, August 18th – 2:00pm to 10:00pm
    Saturday, August 19th – 10:00am to 10:00pm
    Sunday, August 20th – 10:00am to 10:00pm
    Monday, August 21st – 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Location: Bicentennial Mall State Park: 600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243
  • Cost: FREE

What to Expect

  • *2017* Solar Eclipse Viewing and Activities!
  • Live music
  • Arts and crafts
  • Wine making and tasting classes
  • Grape stomping and meatball eating contests
  • Bocce ball tournament with grand prize
  • Beer and wine garden
  • Art gallery
  • Kid’s zone
  • Authentic Italian food

Visit the Italian Lights Festival’s website for more information.

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