Nashville Annual July Event Guide

An Annual Event Guide to July Events in Nashville

A list of Annual July 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 July.

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Independence Day at Riverfront Park

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For nearly 20 years Nashville has celebrated Independence Day along the banks of the Cumberland River.The Nashville Fourth of July celebration at Riverfront Park is an annual Nashville Tradition.

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Middle Tennessee 4th of July Area Celebrations

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While Downtown Nashville has a great fireworks display there are tons more annual July 4th Celebrations and happenings in and around the Middle Tennessee Area.

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Bluegrass at the Ryman

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Every summer the importance of Bluegrass Music and Genre is highlighted in the Bluegrass at the Ryman series. Series usually runs each week for about 6 weeks in the months of June and July.

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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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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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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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Chet Atkins Appreciation Society

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Founded in 1950's by one of Chet's fans, Jim Ferron, the CAAS has grown into one of the largest guitar-related fan clubs in the world. Since 1985, their 4 day convention is held each year in Nashville, Tennessee, the second week of July.

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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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Eddy Arnold Amphitheatre Concert Series

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Eddy Arnold Amphitheatre Concert Series are held in Brentwood’s Crockett Park and these Free concerts are normally held Sunday evenings during the months of June and July.

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Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree

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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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First Saturday Art Crawl

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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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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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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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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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Full Moon Pickin' Parties

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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 runs annually from May through October.

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Glitter & Glam

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Every year the Agape Animal rescue host their annual Glitter and Glam event which is solely dedicated to canines. This extraordinary fashion show, silent and live auction, and wine tasting directly impacts the many animals in need in the Middle Tennessee area. This event is normally held sometime in July.

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Grand Ole Opry

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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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Historic Carnton Sunset Concert Series

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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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Ice Day at the Nashville Zoo

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Looking for a chilly place to pass the "dog days of summer?" Go to Nashville Zoo and chill out with the animals! This mid-summer event normally takes place the third weekend of July and is ice-packed with fun activities, including: popsicle treats for the animals, free ice cream samples for our human guests, an ice cream eating contest, a water slide inflatable and much, much more!

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Jammin in the Alley

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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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Jazz on the Cumberland

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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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Jazz on the Lawn

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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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Larry's Country Diner

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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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Making Music in Berry Hill

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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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Metro Nashville Parks

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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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Metro Parks Brown Bag Lunch Concerts

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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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Mule and Donkey Show

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The annual Mule and Donkey Show, hosted by the Tennessee Walking Horse folks, brings three days of quality mules and donkey events and family fun to this equestrian event. This events is held normally the weekend after July 4th in Shelbyville.

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Music at the Frist

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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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Music City Brewers Festival

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Every year in late July, brewers from around the country converge at the Music City Brewer's Festival to participate and sample beer from over 30 local, regional and national breweries. They also get to learn about brewing their own beer while watching local bands perform all day long.

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Music City On Stage!

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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

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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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Music City Hot Chicken Festival

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The annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival, normally held the first week of July, celebrates an original Nashville culinary tradition - hot chicken! This free event features the unique southern flare of local restaurants, amateur cooking competition, inflatables for the kids, the Yazoo Brewery beer garden, and of course, legendary Nashville music.

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Nashville Dancin’

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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Nashville Farmers - Night Market

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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 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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Nashville Predators Skate of the Union

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Nashville Predators “Skate of the Union” event is normally held at the Bridgestone Arena in the first week of July. This free event features an update on the Nashville Predators team, highlights the recent NHL Draft, an overview of the season schedule, autograph signings, souvenir photos, and a used-equipment sale.

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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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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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Nashville Unleashed

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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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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

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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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Riverbluff Summerfest

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Summerfest is a yearly music festival held at the 20-acre Riverbluff Park along the riverfront in Ashland City and is sponsored by the Ashland City Parks and Recreation Department. The festival lasts for 4 days normally kicks off in early, just after July 4th celebrations. Festivities usually include a family oriented carnival, nightly music, shopping vendors and fireworks at the end of the festival. Music acts are both local and regionally known music talent from a variety of music genres. All shows, parking and admission to the park are free of charge.

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Second Saturday Book Sale

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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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Shakespeare Allowed

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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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Silver Screen Saturdays

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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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Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree

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Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree is held on the first weekend nearest to the 4th of July.The Jamboree has been featured in several nationally renowned magazines as among the top rated Bluegrass, Folk and Appalachian Music Competitions in the Nation. This event located in DeKalb County and brings in over 100,000 visitors.

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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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Soul Food Festival

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The Soul Food Festival, normally held in mid-July, highlights the aroma of traditional soul food cooking in the air while bringing together families & friends in an outdoor social setting for a day of reunion and live national award winning entertainment.

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Sumner Crest Winery Summer Festival

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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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Tennessee Agricultural Museum Summer Saturdays

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Summer Saturdays and fun-filled activities for the family are just minutes away at the Tennessee Agricultural Museum in Nashville. Special programs spotlight farm happenings throughout July.

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Tennessee State Parks

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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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Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival

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Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival, beginning the Thursday after July 4th, was established to honor the memory of Uncle Dave Macon, who lived near Murfreesboro and is considered one of the first Grand Ole Opry superstars.There are numerous highly charged acoustic, instrumental, and dance competitions.

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Vespers & All That Jazz

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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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Watkins Visiting Artists Series

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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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