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 plenty of events going on in and near Nashville. Here’s a list of the top 12 events to attend before summer ends in chronological order. See each event’s website for details regarding entry and safety requirements.


Wilson County Fair / Tennessee State Fair

August 18-27

The Wilson County Fair / Tennessee State Fair combined forces in 2021, and have continued to be a joint venture. Make your way to Lebanon for the state’s largest fair featuring rides, contests, food, and more. There’s something for everyone. Cotton candy and rides await!

Admission: Free-$45

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Shakespeare in the Park

August 18-September 18

The annual Shakespeare in the Park will take place at ONEC1TY. Watch live theatrical performances outdoors and enjoy food trucks and adult beverages.

Admission: Free but a $10 donation encouraged

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Nashville Sounds Games

August 9-14, August 30-September 4, September 13-18, September 26-28

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: $15+

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Deep Tropics Music, Art & Style Festival

August 26-27

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 a variety of performances by electronic, house, and hip hop acts.

Admission: $119+

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Songwriters Under the Stars

August 26-27

Enjoy an evening of song and symphony at Cheekwood’s Songwriters Under the Stars. The event takes place on Cheekwood’s Swan Lawn and will feature performances from Music City hit-Makers and Music City Symphony. Food vendors will be available on site.

Admission: $55+

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Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party

August 27

The final Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party will take place on August 27, 2022, at Cornelia Fort Airpark in East Nashville. This annual event features live music, food, drinks, and a pickin’ good time. All ages are welcome.

Admission: $18+

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September Sundown

September 2, September 9, September 16, September 17, September 23, September 30

September Sundown is a music series from Musicians Corner taking place on select evenings in 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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Sunset Safari

September 17

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: $175-$1,000

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Pilgrimage Festival

September 24-25

Pilgrimage Festival, the popular two-day music and cultural festival, takes place at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennessee. The 2022 lineup includes Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jon Batiste, The Avett Brothers, and many more.

Admission: $219+

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