Spring in Nashville is absolutely delightful. Mother Nature’s breathtaking beauty comes out in full force, and the weather is comfortable most of the time. Also, there’s no shortage of things to see and do. If you’re interested in exploring Nashville outside of standard tourist attractions, these are the events to add to your spring calendar.
Cheekwood in Bloom
During March and April, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens hosts its Cheekwood in Bloom program. Over 100,000 tulips, as well as snowdrops, hyacinths, daffodils, magnolias, and dogwoods, are in full bloom in the gardens, which visitors can view from a sculpture trail and throughout the property. Other events and activities for those six weekends include live music, yoga in the gardens, a beer garden with food trucks, garden and mansion tours, and children’s storytime.
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 356 8000
Benefitting the Organized Neighbors of Edgehill, Edgehill Rocks is a one-day outdoor food, art, and music event. It takes place in the Historic Edgehill neighborhood of Nashville. The celebration, which spans several blocks, features live music on multiple stages, a children’s area, and a marketplace that highlights local artisans, as well as food and drink vendors. In 2018, the fun will take place on April 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival
The annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival, a free, family-friendly event, celebrates spring and Japanese culture in April. The festival begins with a 9 a.m. Cherry Blossom Walk, which starts and ends at Nashville’s Public Square. The festival activities begin at 10 a.m. and include music, dance, martial arts, a family circus, and a Cosplay Contest. There is also Sumo Suit Wrestling and a Pups in Pink Parade.
Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival
For more than 25 years, the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival has taken place in Nashville. The event spans five days in April and brings together over 250 songwriters who perform music for fans who attend the festival from across the globe. Ten venues host two shows a night for a total of 100 performances that often sell out quickly.
Nashville Fashion Week
Conceived in 2010 and launched in 2011, Nashville Fashion Week is co-founded and directed by a group of fashion, media and marketing professionals. The five-day celebration highlights Nashville’s fashion and retail community by featuring local, regional and national designers, as well as industry professionals. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which gives an annual award to a local honoree with demonstrated success in the fashion field. Nashville Fashion Week takes place April 3rd–7th in 2018.
Earth Day Festival
Each year in April, Nashville’s Earth Day Festival takes place at Centennial Park. It’s a free, all-ages event with over 100 booths and is hosted by community groups, environmental organizations, and government agencies. Live entertainment, exhibits, and hands-on activities are featured, aimed at educating the Nashville community about green living and protecting the environment. The date and time(s) for the 2018 celebration are April 21st from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
East Nashville Beer Festival
Now in its 8th year, the East Nashville Beer Festival is presented by 3 Crow Bar and will happen on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The event is expanding its offerings in 2018, featuring traditional Belgian, German and import beers in the Woodland Wine Merchant Tent. There will also be live music courtesy of The Basement East. Several local food and drink vendors will participate in the celebration, which takes place at East Park in East Nashville.
Nashville Film Festival
It started in 1969 under the name Sinking Creek Film Celebration, and 20 years later, it was renamed the Nashville Independent Film Festival. In 2003, it became the Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm for short). The multi-day event takes place in May and features films in World Cinema, American Indies, documentaries and short-form programs. Submissions come from veteran filmmakers, emerging directors, and first-time filmmakers. Awards are given in several categories, and winners of certain competitions qualify for Academy Award consideration.
Every May, Nashvillians break out their Sunday best for the Iroquois Steeplechase. The annual equestrian event occurs at Percy Warner Park, where it has been a Nashville rite of spring since 1941. Steeplechase celebrates Tennessee hospitality, Southern style, and a spirit of community with majestic horses and professional jockeys from around the world. They race over a turf track while guests enjoy furnished tents, food and drinks, and organized tailgates, all while wearing their favorite floppy hats, seersucker suits, and spring dresses.