12 Events to Attend Before Summer Ends

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Although it feels like summer just began, fall is just around the corner. Don’t worry though, there are tons of events going on before then. Here’s a list of the top 12 events to attend in Nashville before summer ends in chronological order.


Movies Under the Stars with Cinema by JW

August 12, August 26

Watch movies under the stars during Cinema by JW on The Green at JW Marriott Nashville. The complimentary movie series takes place on select Mondays throughout the summer. Make sure to RSVP in advance!

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Live on the Green

August 15, August 22, August 29-September 1

Live on the Green is one of Nashville’s most popular annual music festivals, which takes place over the course of four weeks. LOTG’s dates include three Thursday night shows and one full three-day music festival, for a total of six nights of live music. Head to Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville for this free, all ages, and public event.

Admission: Free + VIP Options

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Nashville Sounds Games

August 15-18, August 30-September 2

The Nashville Sounds, Nashville’s long-time Minor League Baseball team, ends its season in September. Watch the game, play put-put golf, and enjoy a beverage at The Band Box, the stadium’s popular outdoor bar.

Admission: $11+

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Deep Tropics Music, Art & Style Festival

August 24-25

The Deep Tropics Music, Art & Style Festival will feature a wide range of programming, including artists, musicians, muralists, and tastemakers. Attendees can expect two full days of music with over 30 performances by electronic, house, and hip hop acts.

Admission: $60-$175 

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September Sundown

September 5, September 12, September 19, September 26

September Sundown is a new music series from Musicians Corner taking place every Thursday during September. Local musicians, food trucks, Kidsville, Musicians Corner Pub, and vendors are just a handful of things to expect at this free, family-friendly event.

Admission: Free

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Tennessee State Fair

September 6-15

The Tennessee State Fair takes place at the Fairgrounds Nashville every year. Get ready for rides, ice-cream-eating contests, cornhole, karaoke, and more. There’s something for everyone. Cotton candy and rides await!

Admission: Free-$8

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Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival

September 7

The annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival is an outdoor event on the Cumberland River at Riverfront Park. Dozens of decorated boats will race while spectators cheer, enjoy cultural performances, and visit on-site vendors. The event benefits the Cumberland River Compact.

Admission: Free

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OUTLOUD Music Festival

September 14

OUTLOUD Music Festival, a one-day music-centric event, features live music, Nashville’s top food trucks, and other outloud activities. The event takes place on Church Street between 15th and 16th Avenue North in Midtown. All ages are welcome!

Admission: $20

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Sunset Safari

September 19

Nashville Zoo’s Sunset Safari unities wildlife and nightlife. It’s one of the best annual parties for adults, featuring food and drinks from top restaurants, live entertainment, and animal hosts. Dress in your best safari chic attire!

Admission: $125-$1,000

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Music City Food + Wine Festival

September 20-22

If you haven’t been to Music City Food & Wine Festival, you should consider attending this year. The event features a weekend-long experience full of demonstrations, panels, sipping on fine drinks, and tasting amazing food. The festival not only features top chefs and restaurants, but also includes Harvest Night, which is an unforgettable evening of live music. This is one of the most celebrated food and drink events of the year.

Admission: $85-$525

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Park(ing) Day

September 20

Nashville participates in Park(ing) Day each year, turning 30+ metered parking spaces into little public parks. These temporary parks are located throughout downtown Nashville, the Gulch, Germantown, and East Nashville. Nashvillians are encouraged to visit and relax in the elaborate, creative mini parks.

Admission: Free

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Pilgrimage Festival

September 21-22

Pilgrimage Festival, the popular two-day music and cultural festival, takes place at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennessee. This year’s lineup includes Foo Fighters, The Killers, Keith Urban, Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Head and the Heart, +LIVE+, Better Than Ezra, and many more.

Admission: $130+

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