Although it feels like summer just began, fall is right 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 2023 ends in chronological order.
Nashville Sounds Games
August 1-6, August 15-20, September 5-10, September 19-24
The Nashville Sounds, Nashville’s long-time Minor League Baseball team, has games in August and September of 2023. Watch the game, play put-put golf, and enjoy a beverage at The Band Box, the stadium’s popular outdoor bar.
Big Machine Music City Grand Prix
Be sure to check out the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix from Friday to Sunday, August 4-6, 2023. This experience will take place in Downtown Nashville and feature IndyCar racing, live music from top artists, food, a Fan Zone, and much more. Drivers will pass by Nissan Stadium and over the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge!
Tomato Art Fest
The Tomato Art Fest will take place Friday and Saturday, August 11-12, 2023, in East Nashville. This two-day event will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival! Expect local music, delicious food, costumes, shopping, activities for kids, and a parade on Saturday. There is also a PreView Party (ticketed event) on Thursday, August 10, 2023, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The main event is free and open to all ages.
Wilson County Fair / Tennessee State Fair
The Wilson County Fair / Tennessee State Fair will take place from Thursday to Saturday, August 17-26, 2023. Make your way to Lebanon (see map / directions) for the state’s largest fair featuring rides, contests, food, and more. There’s something for everyone. Cotton candy and rides await!
Nashville SC Games
August 20, September 2, September 30
Celebrate the end of summer with a Nashville SC home game at Geodis Park taking place in August and September of 2023. Nashville SC is Music City’s Major League Soccer team.
Cheekwood Concert Series: Under the Stars
August 25-27, September 8
Enjoy an evening of songs at Cheekwood’s Concert Series: Under the Stars. The event will feature performances from Music City hit-Makers. Dates include Friday through Sunday, August 25-27, 2023, and Friday, September 8, 2023. Food vendors will be available on-site.
Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party
The final Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Cornelia Fort Airpark in East Nashville. This annual event features live music, food, drinks, and a pickin’ good time. All ages are welcome.
Shakespeare in the Park
August 31-September 24
The annual Shakespeare in the Park will take place at ONEC1TY on select Thursdays through Sundays in August and September of 2023. Guests can expect live theatrical performances outdoors, local food trucks, and adult beverages.
Admission: Free ($10 donation encouraged)
Nashville Zoo’s Sunset Safari will unite wildlife and nightlife on Friday, September 8, 2023. 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.
OUTLOUD Music Festival
OUTLOUD Music Festival celebrates LGBTQ+ artists and culture. This event will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2023, and feature performances by numerous local and national artists. Guests can also expect intimate Q&A discussions with select artists, interactive art installations, silent disco, food trucks, full-service bars, and more.
Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival
The annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival, taking place on Saturday, September 23, 2023, is an outdoor event on the Cumberland River at East Bank Landing. This family-friendly experience will include dragon boat races, activities, live music, community education opportunities, and more.
Pilgrimage Festival, the popular two-day music and cultural festival, takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24, 2023, at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennessee. The 2023 lineup includes The Lumineers, The Black Crowes, The Head and the Heart, Zach Bryan, and many more.