Nashville is the new “It” city. With so many young people flocking to Music City, there will be plenty to do and see in the upcoming months. Here are seven great events coming up this summer as previewed by Jade Spilka.
CMA Music Festival, June 8-11
The most popular festival in country music returns to Nashville once again. The CMA Music Festival draws thousands of country music fans to Music City every summer to enjoy concerts, meet and greets, autograph signings, celebrity sporting events, bar hopping, and tourist hot spots. The biggest names in country music will headline shows at this year’s festival. The event is sure to take over downtown once again.
Info: CMA Music Festival, 1-800-262-3378, cmaworld.com
Bonnaroo, June 8-11
Located 1 hour outside of Nashville is the popular Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Bonnaroo, held in Manchester, draws 80,000 fans each year. The events will span four days and will be headlined by the legendary band, U2. Other performers include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Travis Scott, and Cage the Elephant.
Info: Bonnaroo, 800-594-8499, bonnaroo.com
The Nissan Taste of Music City Festival, June 17
The Nissan Taste of Music City is the largest food and drink festival in Nashville. This year, the festival is celebrating 15 years at Public Square Park. The festival only requires a one-price admission fee. Once the fee is paid, the event is all-inclusive. Chefs will be cooking and demonstrating their techniques on-site, offering guests the opportunity to learn from some of Nashville’s top talents.
Info: The Nissan Taste of Music City, tasteofmusiccity.com
A Summer of Wine, June 22; July 20-22
A Summer of Wine, Nashville’s popular wine auction, is an important event for wine collectors and enthusiasts. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the fight against cancer. The year’s theme is California Collectibles and the guests of honor are six California wineries. A Summer of Wine is the longest running charity wine auction in the country.
Info: A Summer of Wine, 615-329-1760, nashvillewineauction.com
The Fourth of July, July 4
The Fourth of July in Nashville is a serious affair! This years’ fireworks and concert will include musical performances by Chris Young, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jonny P, The Sisterhood, and the Nashville Symphony. There will also be climbing walls, water slides, samples, and games for the entire family to enjoy. The family event is free to all and is one of the most exciting Independence Day celebrations in the nation. The downtown festivities draw a multitude of locals each year.
Gold Cup Soccer, July 8
Nashville will host two Gold Cup games this summer, a first for Tennessee’s capital. The U.S. Men’s National Team will open their game play against Panama on July 8 at 3:30 p.m. Following USA vs. Panama, Martinique will face Nicaragua at 6 p.m. The games will be held at Nissan Stadium. The stadium boasts 69,143 seats, which means plenty of fans will have the opportunity to attend. One ticket or ticket and hotel package gets you into both games.
Info: Gold Cup Soccer,
Live on the GreenMusic Festival,
August 10-September 2
Live on the Green, a free outdoors concert series, is presented by Lightning 100 and features several talent acts. Although the concert is free, VIP tickets and packages are also available to purchase and will go on sale June 20. The concert series will take place on Thursdays from August 10 to 24 and will extend to Labor Day Weekend, August 31- September 2.
Info: Live on the Green,