Nashville Annual August Event Guide

An Annual Event Guide to August Events in Nashville

Any day of the week, any time of the year, Nashville is buzzing with events and things to do. If you are heading there in August, you won't be disappointed! Check out this list of 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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    County Fair in Tennessee
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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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    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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    Parthenon at Centennial Park Nashville Tennessee
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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 pm. and live music plays from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. Bring your lawn chair. Snacks and beverages available from the Centennial Café.

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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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    8th Annual Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation Benefit - Celebrity Off-Road Trail Ride
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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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    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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    Courtyard in a Nashville Public Library
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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 lunchtime hours at the Nashville Public Library.

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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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    Cybersphere at the Renaissance Center
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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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    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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    Tomato Art Fest 5K in East Nashville
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    The Blevins East Nashville Tomato 5k benefits the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA in East Nashville. This annual event is normally held in mid-August and on the same weekend as the East Nashville Tomato ArtFest.

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    The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is 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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    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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    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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    Grand Ole Opry House
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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 leaves the ​​Grand Ole Opry House and returns to the Ryman Auditorium Stage for a few months, normally from November - January.​

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    Jammin in the Alley is a free concert series that takes place in Historic Downtown Clarksville's Strawberry Alley every third Friday from May to October. Music begins at 7 pm. and it's free to the public.

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    Hydrangeas
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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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    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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    Cumberland Park
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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) 5:30 pm-8:00 pm, at the Cumberland Park Amphitheater, beside the Titans Stadium on the riverfront.

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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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    Centennial Park Nashville
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    Explore what's happening this month at one of the many Nashville Metro Parks. Metro parks offer 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 am.-1:30 pm. 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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    Nashvile Flea Market
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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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    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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    Nashville Roller Girls
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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 locals with their annual Shakespeare in the Park productions.

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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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    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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    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 pm, 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 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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    This annual feast has been going on for years and is normally held the 1st week of August. It offers a 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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    Roan Mountain State Park
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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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    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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    Tennessee Titans Football
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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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    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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    Tennesee Walking Horse National Celebration
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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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    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 artists and their work through by hosting lectures and art exhibits.

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    Nashville Pink Bride Wedding 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