Nashville Annual August Event Guide

An Annual Event Guide to August Events in Nashville

A list of Annual August Events in Nashville that includes some of the best and most well-liked annual events that take place in and around Nashville in the month of August.

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    Middle Tennessee County Fairs are annual events and most all normally kick off at the beginning of August and run through Mid-September every year.

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    Already it's back to school time in Middle Tennessee. The summer went by so fast and now it's time to get ready for the 1st day of school and we've gathered up all the info you need to know from finding your local school district to shopping tips, sale, and events to help you get back to school with ease.

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    The Avant-Garage Sale is the annual destination for visitors to explore the gallery archives within a boutique vintage and affordable arts market. Cool artwork, art books, furniture, props, design, and posters are always selected for every year’s event. This is a once-a-year opportunity to explore one-of-a-kind merchandise.
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    Bell Witch Bluegrass Festival is always held at the old Bell School in Adams Tennessee on the 2nd weekend of August.

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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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    Centennial Park Big Band Dances

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    Metro Parks’ popular Big Band Dances kick off every Saturday night from June through August at the Centennial Park Event Shelter. A variety of free dance lessons are taught at 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. and live music plays from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chair. Snacks and beverages available from the Centennial Café.
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    Every summer beginning in Mid-August and running into October, the Nashville Public Library hosts a series of free Courtyard Concerts. These concerts normally take place once a week during lunch time hours at the Nashville Public Library.
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    The Craig Morgan Charity Ride is normally set for the first full weekend of August in Morgan’s hometown of Dickson, which is located 30 miles west of Nashville. Proceeds from the two-day event, which includes a ride and concert benefit the Craig Morgan Charity Fund.
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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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    TPAC normally host the annual Downtown Neighbors and Local Flavors event for Nashville's downtown residents in order to expose everyone to Nashville's rich and diverse downtown commerce. Don't miss this opportunity in Mid-August to mix and mingle with your downtown neighbors. It's Free!

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    The Blevins East Nashville Tomato 5k benefits the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA’s We Build People campaign. This annual event is normally held in mid-August and on the same weekend as the East Nashville Tomato ArtFest.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Some of Middle Tennessee's finest bluegrass musicians perform under the light of a full moon - really! True to the Bluegrass form they will also have numerous jam sessions taking place at any given time in addition to performances on the main stage. Full Moon Pickin' Parties normally run annually from May through October.

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    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 leave 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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    Normally held several times annually, the Highballs & Hydrangeas Events are chic, Friday night cocktail flings for Nashville's young, hip, art-loving crowd that introduces them to the contemporary side of Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art.
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    These summertime concerts are held once a month, usually the 4th Sunday of the month, at the Historic Carnton Plantation They are a fantastic place to enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon listening and dancing to your favorite tunes on the lawn at Carnton. Concert-goers also enjoy a stroll through the 1847 garden, a walkthrough of the historic house. Bring your own picnic or buy food on site. Water, soft drinks, beer, wine, liquer can be purchased on site.
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    Jammin in the Alley is a free concert series that takes place in Historic Downtown Clarkville's Strawberry Alley every third Friday from May to October. Music begins at 7p.m. and it's free to the public.
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    Come enjoy the downtown skyline, sunset, lights, and some of the city's premiere live entertainment. Plenty of free parking in Lot R, under the pedestrian street walking bridge. Every Third Sunday (May thru October) 5:30pm-8:00pm, at the Cumberland Park Amphitheater, beside the Titans Stadium on the riverfront.
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    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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    Since 2006, Killer Nashville has become THE conference for mystery, thriller, and crime fiction authors and fans. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Killer Nashville is held the fourth full weekend of every August and attracts bestselling authors from across the U.S., Canada, and beyond, plus scores of fans and budding authors.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Close to 6 dozen cook teams show up to compete annually on Tennessee's official, Music City BBQ Fest Day with the winner being officially crowned as the Tennessee State Barbeque Champion. Music City BBQ Festival is normally held the last weekend of August at Riverfront Park.

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    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 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 Dancin’ is a free summer concert series held throughout the summer on Thursday nights at Nashville’s Riverfront Park. This family-friendly concert series includes many top names from a variety of musical genres, local vendors, shuttle services, and free parking at L.P. Field.
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    Every third Friday of the month, the Nashville Farmers Market holds the special Night Market event. The night market is open evenings from 5-8pm on the third Friday evenings of each month from June through October. The event includes lots of opportunities to experience many of the flavors of TN & great fun for the whole family.
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    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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    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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    For over 20 years, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival has been one of Nashville’s best-loved traditions and entertains local with their annual Shakespeare in the Park productions.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    St.Lawrence Annual Barbecue Picnic

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    This annual feast has been going on for years and is normally held the 1st week of August. It offers day day of family fun as well as plenty of great BBQ, with over 5000 pounds cooked up every year.
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    Sumner Crest Winery Summer Festival is held on the third Saturday of the month from May to November, and is a great way to spend a relaxing evening. Pack a picnic and your favorite blanket or lawn chair, buy a bottle of Sumner Crest wine for the evening and a couple to take home for the upcoming week, sit back and enjoy the music.
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    Sunset Safari – A Walk on the Wild Side is the Nashville Zoo’s largest fundraiser. Attendees of this event help support everything that happens at Nashville Zoo. This annual evening fundraiser usually takes place in late August. The after-hours, adults-only event includes extraordinary food and drinks from numerous restaurants, caterers and beverage purveyors from the Middle Tennessee area.
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    Sweet Tea Festival

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    Located in Thompson’s Station on the beautiful grounds of the Homestead Manor, the Sweet Tea Festival provides a natural atmosphere loaded with outdoor activities, music, food, and kid friendly entertainment. It's usually held the last weekend of August and it's normally free too.
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    Swine Ball

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    Organized by the Music City BBQ Festival, Nashville's Infamous Swine Ball has returned and normally takes place in late July - Early August and prior to the Music City BBQfest.

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    The holiday is held in August and normally starts at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August and ends at 11:59 p.m. on the following Sunday.

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    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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    Tennessee Titans Season usually kicks off its pre-season games in August with its regular schedule running from September into January.
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    The historic Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, TN is home to The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, which takes place each year in late summer for the 11 days ending on the Saturday night before Labor Day.
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    East Nashville's Annual Tomato Art Fest is normally held the 2nd week of August. This annual event offers a really unique day of festivities and entirely way to much tomato related fun.

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    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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    Walden’s Puddle “Puddle-Palooza” benefit concert and festival raises funds for Walden’s Puddle Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center.  This all day event is normally held the 3rd week of August and children under 12 (accompanied by an adult) usually get in for free.

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    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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    Weddings the Bridal Show is your opportunity to plan your wedding in one day! Meet the area’s finest wedding professionals face-to-face and find the ones who share your vision for your special day! Many vendors will offer samples, coupons, and budget-saving discounts.

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    Labeled as the World's Longest Yard Sale,this yard sale runs down Highway 27 Corridor into Three States- Kentucky, Alabama and Tennessee. The length of this sale is said to be close to 500 miles long-WOW.

If I've overlooked your favorite Annual August Event in Nashville or if you need me to update, add to, or change one of our current listings, please contact me anytime - Thanks Jan