When to Go in Nashville

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September - October

Nashville is a city that supports all types of tourism every month of the year, but there are a few months where organizations sponsor festivals and other activities that make visiting a little more fun. May through September is the time when tourists flock to the city, but September and October might be the better time to travel to Nashville.


Baseball fans may enjoy Minor League Baseball with the Nashville Sounds. They play home games at Greer Stadium on Chestnut Street. Also in September is NFL Football with the Tennessee Titans with home games at LP Field on Titans Way and play goes into October. Late October NHL Hockey starts with the Nashville Predators at the Sommet Center on Broadway.


Not into sports, but love the theater? There are lots of opportunities during September and October. In Early September Centennial Park presents Shakespeare in an open air setting at the West End. The Tennessee Repertory Theatre presents classic, contemporary and off Broadway productions during September at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Deaderick Street that keeps going until May. In October the Tennessee Performing Arts Center produces Broadway Musicals at the James K Polk Cultural Center.


Music is always a big thing in Nashville but there is more than just country music. Starting in September the Nashville Symphony presents concerts at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center that go through to June. In October the Opera season starts as does the Nashville Ballet performing in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The Franklin Jazz Festival is in the first few days of September on the Square in nearby downtown Franklin. The Grand Ole Opry is the host to shows and concerts by country singers from September and goes through to late December.

Fairs, Festivals and Celebrations

The Tennessee State Fair starts mid September and goes 9 days. The African Street Festival is in mid September as well on the Tennessee State main campus. Wine of the River, a wine tasting and music fest is in mid September on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. Proceeds benefit cancer research. A juried craft fair, The TACA Fall Air, is held the end of September with nearly 200 artisans. In early October the Celebration of Cultures takes place in the Scarritt-Bennett Center on 19th Avenue. Come with the whole family to this incredible event that showcases more than 50 cultures.

There is so much more like book and antique fairs, German Fairs, and even a PowWow during October. You are sure to find something you enjoy along with the country music Nashville is famous for.

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