Top Festivals In Nashville

Nashville has earned its nickname Music City by virtue of its strong connections to the music industry, but one thing to note, too, about this popular Southern capital is that it is a wonderful place for celebration all year long. Local and regional festivals celebrating the arts, sports, music, and just plain fun make Nashville a must-see travel destination any time of year.

What’s going on in Nashville this year and every year? Get out your calendars and plan accordingly to this sample schedule of Nashville festivals and celebrations, which draw thousands of local and visitors to various points around Music City.

Nashville Shakespeare Festival – One of the most renowned Shakespearean companies brings the best of the Bard to Nashville each year. Fans of Elizabethan theater flock to Centennial Park each year to witness unique interpretations of classic plays like Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and others. The Shakespeare Festival is usually held during late summer and is free to enjoy.

Shades of Black Theater Festival – Underground theater at its finest. Enjoy work on the fringe at the Darkhorse Theater when local and regional actors and writers offer up unique and thought-provoking drama and comedy. The Shades of Black festival is usually held late summer or early fall.

Tennessee State Fair – Nashville is home to the state fairground, where each fall the best of statewide livestock, crafts, agricultural innovations and exhibitions are put on display. Midway rides and live music entertain kids of all ages.

African Street Festival – A social, cultural, and educational experience, the African Street Festival has highlighted African heritage and commerce for over two decades. Held at Tennessee State University, this early fall festival brings hundred of vendors and thousands of people from all over the state and country and is sponsored by the African American Cultural Alliance.

Music, culture, drama, and country living…Nashville finds the best to celebrate and invites everyone to join in the fun.