Nashville Annual April Event Guide

An Annual Event Guide to April Events in Nashville

A list of Annual April Events in Nashville that includes some of the Best & Most Well-liked Annual Events that take place in and around Nashville in the month of April.

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Awesome April

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Nashville CVB

Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau celebrates the month of April with Awesome April, a musical tribute to the city that promises a major event each weekend.

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Brain Matters

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Brain Matters is an interactive exhibit that has in depth information about the brain, how it works and information about diseases and disorders. This exhibit consists of three stations that allow you to spend as much time as you like delving into the mystery of the human brain. Located in 100 Oaks Mall (upstairs), this free Vanderbilt exhibit is open during regular mall hours.

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Buchanan Log House Lecture Series

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Courtesy of Buchanan Log House 

The Buchanan Log House host monthly lectures on the 3rd Sunday of each month. These historical lectures feature a different speaker each month and highlight the people and times that define the local Donelson-Hermitage area. Free and open the public.

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Carriage House Music Series

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 Courtesy of Kaleidoscope Media

The Carriage House Music Series is known for having some of Nashville's best songwriters in attendance and performing. This bi-annual Nashville event has taken a bit of Nashville's rich history and blended it with one of Nashville favorite crafts to create a winning mixture of a great night of Nashville Entertainment.

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Charlie Daniels' Championship Rodeo

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Courtesy Tennessee Department of Tourist Development 

Charlie Daniels' Championship Rodeo is normally held the 4th weekend of April at the MTSU Livestock Center in Murfreesboro and offers IPRA sanctioned rodeo with barrel racing, calf roping, steer wrestling, bareback bronco riding, team roping, saddle bronco riding, bull riding and plenty more family fun.

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Cheekwood Spring Art Hop

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Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images 

Families will enjoy Easter egg hunts and visit with the Easter bunny during this popular holiday event.

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Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon

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 Courtesy of Country Music Marathon

Over 10,000 runners converge on Music City every April, normally in the last weekend of the month, to run in this 26 mile Marathon and the 1/2 mile Marathon. It even comes with roadside bands and entertainment.

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CyberSphere at the Renaissance Center offers very impressive year-round brilliant laser light and planetarium shows with an infinite array of colors, scans the dome with incredible speed, creating some of the most unusual and colorful imagery in the world. Cost is normally under $10.

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This celebration of spring includes several Easter egg hunts, games, shows and more. This is Nashville's Largest Easter Egg Hunt!

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Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree

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Webster PR 

Traditional country music fans have the opportunity to enjoy a very talented line-up at the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, which broadcasts LIVE from the landmark Texas Troubadour Theatre (2416 Music Valley Drive, Nashville) every Saturday night beginning at midnight. Admission to these shows is FREE and many artists typically stick around after the show to sign autographs in the lobby.

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Fayetteville's Annual Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival

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Courtesy Tennessee Department of Tourist Development 

The Annual Bluegrass & Barbeque is held in Fayetteville in Mid-April and offers plenty of family fun and some of the best Bluegrass heard in Lincoln County.

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Fiddlers Grove Storytelling Festival

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Courtesy Tennessee Department of Tourist Development 

A weekend full of story telling activities that features some of Tennessee’s best tellers. This event takes place annually in April at Fiddler's Grove in Lebanon.

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 Getty Images/Michael Blann

Four days of intense networking with the local film industry...Designed for filmmakers seeking funding and distribution for feature film, television, and documentary projects-in-progress. FILM-COM, normally held in mid-April, is not a festival that exhibits completed films for the general consumer public; rather, it is a business event specifically geared for filmmakers who have feature films, television concepts, or documentaries that already have some packaging elements in place. Examples of packaging elements include but are not limited to a business plan, partial funding, talent attachments, or some distribution interest.

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First Saturday Art Crawl

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© Jan Duke

Every month, local art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings with most all offering free wine and other refreshments. As an added bonus, they also provide free shuttles between the galleries!

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First Thursday ArtWalk

Presented by Downtown Clarksville Association, each ArtWalk event is normally held on the first Thursday of the month and highlights local artists at the many boutiques, restaurants & of course the Roxy in Downtown Clarksville Folks can enjoy local art on display in various venues.

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Franklin Main Street Festival

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 Courtesy Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Franklin Main Street Festival is held annually in Downtown Franklin, TN on the fourth weekend of the month Attendance to this event is around 155,000.

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Frankin Tour of the Arts

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On the first Friday of every month in and around downtown Franklin you can tour the downtown Franklin art scene with their Franklin Tour of the Arts. This evening tour is normally free and, as an added bonus, you can always get unlimited pick-up and drop-off service on their trolly service for a minimum charge too.

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Frist Center Architecture Tour

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Normally held on the first Saturday of each month, The Frist Center offers a monthly Architecture Tour for those interested in learning more about this Nashville landmark building–the former Downtown Nashville post office and a prominent Nashville architectural treasure from the Art Deco period.

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Frist Senior Mondays

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Marc Romanelli/Getty Images 

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts are host to Senior Mondays - a series of events for those who admit their "senior" status. On these days, gallery admission is 50% off of regular admission for seniors. Special gallery talks, activities, and other discounts are also normally scheduled for/on Senior Mondays too. Senior Mondays are normally held on the third Monday of the month.

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Gallatin Squarefest

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 Doug Menuez/Getty Images

Squarefest is an Arts and Crafts festival held annually, on the historic Gallatin square, the last Saturday in April. The festival includes arts and crafts, live entertainment, a kids area and a large variety of food vendors from throughout the mid-south.

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Glitter & Glam

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Glitter & Glam is a Wine Tasting and Fashion Show for the Animals, hosted by Agape Animal Rescue, and is normally held in mid-April. It features an upscale fashion show (with two- and four-legged models), complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres- as well as a silent auction.

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Golf For A Cure

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Multi-platinum, award-winning, country recording artist, Tracy Lawrence host the Annual Golf For A Cure Charity Golf Classic with the proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen Greater Nashville. Normally this event is held in Lebanon, Tennessee on the last weekend of the month. Occasionally, this event will fall on the first weekend of May.

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Gospel Music Week

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 John Russell/Getty Images 

is normally held the 3rd week of April in conjunction with the Dove Awards. This is a Gospel Music Industry event that attracts artist, record companies, radio and concert representatives, among others.

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Grand Ole Opry

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© Jan Duke

The Grand Ole Opry, one of the worlds longest running radio shows, normally offers several live shows a week including shows every Friday & Saturday Night as well as a Tuesday Night show. Every year, in late fall, the show leaves the Grand Ole Opry House (photos) and returns to the Ryman Auditorium Stage (photos) for a few months, normally from November - January.

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Highballs & Hydrangeas

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Normally held several times annually, the Highballs & Hydrangeas Events are chic, Friday night cocktail flings for Nashvilles young, hip, art-loving crowd that introduces them to the contemporary side of Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art.

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International Dogwood Festival

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Courtesy Tennessee Department of Tourist Development 

The International Dogwood Festival is held annually, every April, in Winchester and offers an entire week of family fun from historic home tours to plenty of shopping and live entertainment.

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Jammin to Beat the Blues

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 Courtesy of MHAMT

Jammin & to Beat the Blues benefit concert is held annually, in early April at the Ryman Auditorium and it's partner event, Runnin to Beat the Blues, its sister event is also held around the same time (in late March) and normally takes place at Centennial Park. Both events are sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee.

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Jazz on the Lawn

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© Jan Duke

Beachaven Winery has Jazz on the Lawn concerts that are held on most Saturday Nights from April- October, offer free admission with free parking too. Of course you're encouraged to buy a bottle of Beachaven wine to enjoy with the music.

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Larry's Country Diner

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Webster PR 

Jump in the car, take a drive into the country and pull off for a refreshing stop at Larry’s Country Diner. Join the folks at the “diner” set for some spontaneous music, guests and a full order of fun. Reservations to Larry’s Country Diner are free although they always tend to go extremely fast.

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Making Music in Berry Hill

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 Berry HIll

An evening of good music, good food, and good fun! Free live music is provided in front of the Curious Heart Emporium and held on the 4th Friday of every month from April - September.

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Mayor's Art Show

Created in the 1990's as an opportunity to recognize the artistic accomplishments of Metro Nashville Public School students, this annual event is normally held for several weeks in late March to early May at the Frist Center.

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Metro Nashville Parks

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 Courtesy of Metro Parks

Explore what's happening this month at one of the many Nashville Metro Parks. Metro parks offers a variety of programs and events throughout Davidson County - there's something for everyone!

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Metro Parks Brown Bag Lunch Concerts

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Getty Images/Rosie Greenway 

The Brown Bag Lunch Special Concert Series are usually scheduled from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Centennial Park Event Shelter. These free lunch hour concerts run from April to November and feature a diverse group of musicians as well as a variety of healthy, fresh and delicious Brown Bag Lunches for under $10.

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Mule Days

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Courtesy Tennessee Department of Tourist Development 

is held the first weekend of April, in Columbia and is week-long celebration of the mule. Thousands of visitors come to Columbia to take part in the numerous activities ranging from working mule and best of breed events, to horse shows, arts and crafts booths, and a flea market.

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Music at the Frist

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Jan Duke 

Enjoy some of Nashville's most accomplished and celebrated artists as they perform at the Frist Center on Thursday and Friday evenings. Musicians performing classical, jazz, Latin, Americana, bluegrass and environmental electronic music, as well as some of the area's accomplished singer/songwriters, contribute their talents to the Frist Center each week.

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Music City On Stage!

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  Campbell Entertainment Group

Featuring some of Music City’s most talented up-and-coming artists, Music City On Stage! is packed with a wide range of hits and styles, showcasing why Nashville really is Music City! Held at the Studio Gallery at Fontanel each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9p.m. Tickets include entry to the show, a home-cooked meal and a voucher (good for one year) to tour Fontanel Mansion. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

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Music City Roots

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 Kaleidoscope Media

Music City Roots is a weekly show built on the Americana music scene and the legacy of WSM's historic roots in live radio. It airs every Wednesday night from live from the Loveless Barn and features three to four artists in 30-minute segments, followed by a free-form "Loveless Jam."

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Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

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 Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

Nashville has hosted this annual event since 2009 and it offers a way to celebrate the diverse Japanese culture. Normally held at the Public Square, in mid-April, this festival also offers it's visitors a chance to join in on their annual Cherry Blossom Walk too.

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Nashville Earth Day Festival

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Nashville Earth Day 

Nashville Earth Day Festival features numerous informational exhibits and enjoyable activities aimed at educating Middle Tennesseans about protecting our environment. The family-friendly booths, hosted by community groups, environmental organizations and government agencies, offering fun and exciting hands-on activities for all ages.

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Nashville Film Festival

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 Janis Christie/Getty Images

Nashville Tennessee Film Festival, formally known as the Nashville Independent Film Festival is a five day festival celebrating independent films.

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Nashville Flea Market

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 Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, the Nashville Flea Market is known as one of the best Flea Markets in Tennessee and offers a relaxing day of wandering and discovery for the entire family.Nashville Flea Market is open on the fourth weekend of every month except for December when it's usually held a week earlier.

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Nashville Predators Hockey

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Bruce Bennett/Getty Images 

The Nashville Predators Hockey Season usually kicks off its regular schedule in October and it normally runs into early April.

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Nashville Roller Girls

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 Nashville Rollergirls

Founded in 2006, the Nashville Roller Girls are local all-female flat track roller derby league. This hard hitting group of skaters normally packs in the crowd at the Municipal Auditorium.

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Nashville Sounds Baseball

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From April into September you can always ensure a great family day at the ball field with the Nashville Sounds.

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National Park Week

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 Courtesy Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

National Park Week is a great time to celebrate the diversity, beauty, and history found in our national park system. National Park Week is an annual week-long celebration and recognition of our National Parks. Most national parks, including those in Tennessee, are free throughout the year no National Park ever charges an admission fee during National Park Week.

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Nashville Unleashed

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 Natchez Hills Vineyard

and Nashville Unleashed pair their passions for wine, music, and cuisine in unprecedented fashion, offering music enthusiasts a truly unique and mesmerizing concert experience by centering it all around an up-close-and-personal weekly acoustical performance and dinner concert, known as Nashville Unleashed. It's the perfect date night!

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Opry Country Classics

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 Gaylord Entertainment

Every Thursday night from March through October, Opry Country Classics highlights classic country music and memories through music, storytelling, and film clips of country’s all-time legends.

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Oyster Easter

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 Getty Images/John Knill

Oyster Easter is an annual fund-raiser that benefits the Community Resource Center, an organization that helps other non-profits by routing needed items that have been donated to other charities. Normally held in the first week of April, Oyster Easter comes complete with a crowning of an “Oyster King” and “Oyster Queen,” an incredible cuisine and a ton of music & fun.

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Pedal the Parks & Parkway Bike Tour

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 Tennessee Department of Tourism

Held annually by the Friends of Warner Park, you can choose from a 25 Mile or 50 Mile ride that takes you on the lovely back roads of Williamson County, the Natchez Trace and along the Harpeth River.

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Poet’s Corner at Scarritt-Bennett

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Poet’s Corner at Scarritt-Bennett Center offers a monthly poetry reading on the fourth Thursday of each month . The environment is informal, and conversation between the poet and audience is encouraged. Normally held at The Front Porch at Scarritt-Bennett from 7-8 p.m, the event is Free and open to the public. Reservations are requested but not required.

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Ragin' Cajun Crawfish Boil

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Getty Images/Chris Graythen 

The Annual Ragin' Cajun Crawfish Boil normally take places in mid-April in the heart of downtown Nashville at Riverfront Park!  Features All You can drink and eat, live music and even Cornhole tournaments!  This is a 21+ event.

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Rites of Spring Music Festival

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Courtesy of 360 Media 

For more than 30 years, Vanderbilt University Concerts has provided students and the community with the freshest artists in modern music at the annual Rites of Spring Music Festival.

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Rivers & Spires Festival

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Courtesy of River & Spires

An estimated 30,000 people descend upon Clarkville for the annual Rivers & Spires Festival. This is a three day outdoor festive event normally held in mid-April, and it features a night of patriotic tribute to military heroes, 5 stages of entertainment, International Streetfest, Kidz Zone, Jazz'N Wine area, car shows, parades, and much much more.

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Second Saturday Book Sale

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 Getty Images/Steve Mason

The Second Saturday Book Sale is monthly book sale that offers plenty of great deals on books each month. This monthly event is held at the Donelson Public Library Branch, located at 2315 Lebanon Road, on the 2nd Saturday of each month - normally from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

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Shade Tree Trot

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 Getty Images/Martial Colomb

Shade Tree Trot is an annual charity 5k race through Vanderbilt's campus to benefit The Shade Tree Clinic, which serves hundreds of uninsured patients in East Nashville.

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Shakespeare Allowed

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 Getty Images/Phillip Dvorak

Several times every month, Nashville Shakespeare Festival gathers to read one of the works of William Shakespeare. Normally, the readings are held at the Nashville Public Library on the first Saturday of the month (sometimes even the 2nd too) and readings at the Brentwood Library are generally held on the third Saturday.

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Silver Screen Saturdays

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Rick Moore 

Join in on the free fun at Fort Negley on the last Saturday of each month at 2 pm for feature presentations on the big screen. It’s free and open to the public!

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Songs for the Cure

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Songs for the Cure hosts several benefits throughout the year and offers folks not only a way to help others but also a chance to listen to some amazing music by some of Nashville’s best songwriters and musicians.

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Southern Women's Show

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 Courtesy of the Southern Womens Show

The Southern Women's Show, held annually in April, is the ultimate must do annual event for local women. The event lasts four days and offers makeovers, shopping, new decorating ideas, getting tips on health and fitness, sampling delicious foods, collecting exciting travel ideas, attending fabulous fashion shows and educating your self on the latest in financial planning. This event is all about women, their health and lifestyles!

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Temple Arts Festival

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 Getty Images/Charley Gallay

The Temple Arts Festival, normally held in mid-April, features the works of around 50 hand-picked acclaimed artists, craftsmen and jewelers from across the country.

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Tennessee Governors One Shot Turkey Hunt

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 Jeremy Woodhouse/Getty Images

Tennessee Governor's One-Shot Turkey Hunt is held annually in Pulaski and benefits local high school clay-target trap teams, and helps to establish public shooting ranges. This is a TWRA sponsored event.

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Tennessee State Parks

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 Tennessee Department of Tourist Development 

Celebrate Tennessee's State Parks! Discover miles of scenic waterways and acres of pristine land. Activities range from hikes, outdoor events, and family-friendly fun to weekend getaways and more.

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Vespers & All That Jazz

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 Scarritt-Bennett Center

Vespers & All that Jazz offers community worship services for all ages every Sunday evening in Scarritt-Bennett Center’s Wightman Chapel. Inspired by jazz as a process of making music and using the music as a way to experience the interruptive spirit of God, Vespers & All That Jazz encourages compassion, peace, justice and wonder. The services are informal and last approximately 45 minutes.

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Watkins Visiting Artists Series

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 Courtesy Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

The Watkins Visiting Artists Series is an annual year-long program which welcomes nationally and internationally recognized fine artists, designers, filmmakers, educators and critics to the campus and the community. The series explores the artisits and their work through by hosting lectures and art exhibits.

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World's Biggest Fish Fry

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 Courtesy Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

World's Biggest Fish Fry, held annually in Paris, Tn for more than fifty years, offers More than 10,000 pounds of catfish and parades, arts & crafts show, auto shows and more. All-you-can-eat catfish dinners are served at the fairgrounds.

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