August in Nashville: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Grand Ole Opry, Nashville

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Any day of the week throughout the year, Tennessee's capital of Nashville is buzzing with events and things to do. Known as "Music City," it's famous for a diversity of genres and country music venues. If you are heading to Nashville in August, you won't be disappointed, as there are numerous entertaining ways to spend the summer, like live concerts, cultural festivals, and other attractions. Since it's a warm and humid time of year, you may also enjoy swimming in local lakes and other outdoor activities taking place in and around Nashville in August.

Nashville Weather in August

Though the hottest month is July, August is still warm, and the nearly 75 percent average humidity this month makes it feel more intense. Visitors can expect about 8.5 hours of sun each day. Other than humidity you can probably count on, Nashville's climate is unpredictable—August can bring anything from a sunny day to a rainy one, and thunderstorms are definitely possible. The month typically has approximately eight rainy days.

  • Average high: 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius)
  • Average low: 67 degrees Fahrenheit  (20 degrees Celsius)

What to Pack

It's best to prepare for diverse weather conditions and bring breathable light clothing, such as shorts, T-shirts, and tank tops, especially if you plan to be outside much. Bathing suits and flip flops are a useful addition if you choose to swim in the local lakes, rivers, and pools. A rain jacket or umbrella will be helpful if you get caught in a rainstorm.

August Events in Nashville

With warm weather in August, the city comes to life—it's a great time to get outdoors and enjoy a plethora of events, from bluegrass parties under the full moon to county fairs and Shakespeare festivals.

  • Grand Ole Opry: This is one of the world's longest-running live radio shows on “country’s most famous stage,” normally offering several live shows a week. Hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe head to Nashville to experience the famous production each year.
  • Middle Tennessee County Fairs: These annual events normally kick off in August and September. Check out the festivities if you enjoy seeing live animals, carnival rides, live music, and other activities, and dining on fair food.
  • The Nashville Shakespeare Festival: For over 30 years, the festival has been one of the city’s best-loved traditions and has entertained locals with their annual Shakespeare in the Park productions.
  • Jazz on the Cumberland: Enjoy the downtown skyline, sunset, and lights—not to mention some of Nashville's premier live musicians—the third Sunday evening in August at Cumberland Park, beside the Titans Stadium on the riverfront.
  • World's Longest Yard Sale: This amazingly lengthy yard sale runs down the Highway 127 Corridor, extending 690 miles from Gadsden, Alabama, all the way to Hudson, Michigan. You'll find everything from collectibles to crafts at this event, starting on the first Thursday in August and lasting four days.
  • Tomato Art Fest: Historic East Nashville's Tomato Art Fest is normally held the second week of August. This annual event offers a unique day of entirely way too much tomato-related fun with art, contests, music, food, and more.
  • Music at the Frist: Enjoy some of Nashville's most accomplished and celebrated artists at the Frist Center. Musicians perform classical, jazz, Latin, Americana, and bluegrass, and some of the area's accomplished singer/songwriters also contribute their talents to the Frist Art Museum each week.
  • Nashville Flea Market: Held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, this event is known as one of the best flea markets in the country. The Nashville Flea Market, which has offered a fun day of discovery for the entire family for almost 60 years, is open on the fourth weekend of every month (except for December, when it's held a week earlier).
  • Killer Nashville: Since 2006, this has been the go-to conference for mystery, thriller, and crime fiction authors and fans. Killer Nashville is held for four days every August and attracts bestselling authors from across the U.S., Canada, and beyond, plus scores of fans and budding authors.
  • Full Moon Pickin' Parties: Some of Middle Tennessee's finest bluegrass musicians perform under the light of a full moon; numerous jam sessions also take place. These parties normally run annually on Fridays closest to the full moon from May through October at Warner Park Equestrian Center. Proceeds help protect the parks and fund educational programs and special projects.

August Travel Tips

  • There are no public holidays that will affect your travels to Nashville in August.
  • Since the summer is a busy time of year, hotels and flight prices will be higher, so book in advance.
  • While the weather is mostly warm and sunny, prepare for the possibility of rain and thunderstorms by having some indoor activities lined up.

If you plan on going to various popular tourist attractions, packages and discounts are available.

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