Events in Nashville in June

Cumberland River and Nashville skyline, Tennessee, United States of America, North America
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The Annual June Events in Nashville, Tennessee, include some of the best of country and folk music, a folk dance event, and a Father's Day classic car show. The arts in Nashville go beyond the music with opportunities to enjoy arts and crafts, take in an unusual southern food event, and sample chef-driven local food and drink. 

For 2020, many of the below events have been canceled or rescheduled. Please check each event's website for more details.

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American Artisan Festival

American Artisan Festival
American Artisan Festival

American Artisan Festival is held in Centennial Park in mid-June. Some 160 artists from around the country have been carefully selected to represent their areas of expertise which include blown, stained, and etched glass; furniture, instruments, and clocks; wall hangings, weavings, and baskets; jewelry; decorative clay pieces, and quilts. Music and a variety of foods will be available in the park.

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Father's Day Classic Car Show

At Cheekwood Estate and Garden, Father's Day is time to head for the Father's Day Classic Car Show. Dad can enjoy a beer or cocktail and stroll among over 20 beautiful classic cars from the early to the mid-20th century at the event that runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cheekwood is a beautifully maintained 1930s estate with a Georgian mansion and 55 acres of botanical gardens. 

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Ashland City Summerfest

Ashland City Summerfest
Ashland City Summerfest

Every year, Ashland City hosts its annual Summerfest. Along with carnival rides, free concerts, food, games, and arts and crafts, they also have a fireworks display on Saturday night. Summerfest is held in early June at Riverbluff Park and is open for five days. The cost of the carnival armband is $25.00. 

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Bonnaroo Music Festival

Bonnaroo music festival
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The Bonnaroo Music Festival, held every June, debuted in 2002 on a 600-acre farm in rural Manchester, Tennessee, located 60 miles south of Nashville.

This event features a diverse, Woodstock hippie-like atmosphere, for three days of never-ending music. Rolling Stone Magazine called Bonnaroo "The American rock festival to end all festivals."

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CMA Music Festival

2017 CMA Music Festival
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CMA Music Festival, held annually in June, is Nashville's hottest and biggest annual country music event. CMA Fest is billed as "the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience" with four days and nights of music, activities, meet and greets, and more.

CMA Fest features 11 stages where everyone from up and coming musicians to the biggest stars of country music perform. A portion of proceeds from CMA Fest supports the CMA Foundation and their support of quality music education.

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International Folkfest

Band at International Folkfest
International Folkfest 

International Folkfest is held the third week of June in Murfreesboro and offers a week full of excitement and education with a host of international dance groups performing for area schools, youth, and senior citizen organizations, and for civic clubs.

This cultural exchange event is sponsored by the International Folkloric Society which arranges to bring the groups to Murfreesboro and also plays a role in sending Appalachian dancers and musicians to festivals all over the world. 

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Madison Bluegrass Festival

Larry’s Grand Ole Garage offers Nashville area music fans an opportunity to see Bluegrass Music in Madison Tennessee. There is a Bluegrass Music Park and the original garage, now a small music venue, an event space, and even a campground.

The Madison Bluegrass Festival-Competition and is held annually in the first part of June at Dad's Bluegrass Campground, part of the complex. 

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Miss Martha's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Crankin'

Miss Martha's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Crankin
Martha O'Bryan Center

Miss Martha's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Crankin' is held annually on the first Sunday of June at First Presbyterian Church of Nashville. Everyone is invited to come out and sample some of the best homemade ice cream around.

Over 100 volunteer crankers keep the hundreds of flavors coming. You can enter your idea for an ice cream flavor in the Purity Dairies Ice Cream Contest for a chance to have your ice cream flavor produced and sold. 

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Nashville Pride

Nashville Pride
Nashville Pride

Normally held the third weekend of June, Nashville Pride is Tennessee's largest gay and lesbian celebration.

The festival centers around Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville and is held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Sunday, June 23, 2019 (12 noon to 6 p.m.). The Pride event features over 200 vendors, three stages with live entertainment, a kids and family zone, youth area, a dance tent, and more. The Pride Parade held on Saturday kicks off Nashville Pride.

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Nashville Songwriter's Festival

Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival
Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival

The Tin Pan South Nashville Songwriter's Festival is held the first week of June and offers writers from all over America, Canada, and elsewhere a place to gather and share their talents. The festival is open to all forms of songwriting.

Tin Pan South consists of five days filled with opportunities to see, hear, and interact with songwriters at 10 venues (two performances a day) for a total of 100 shows. Event activities include the songwriter performances and a three-day Writers Retreat.

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RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival

RC Cola Moon Pie Festival
Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce

The RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival is held in June in Bell Buckle Tennessee. Celebrate one of the South's finest traditions with an RC Cola and a Moon Pie.

This wacky, fun, food-related festival is held in the downtown area where there are musicians, cloggers, family-fun contests, MoonPie games, and a colorful parade. Historic Bell Buckle is known for antiques, arts and crafts, and southern food, and this funky annual festival. 

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Tales at Twilight

Red Caboose Park where this L&N caboose is the central attraction
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The Tales at Twilight series features four weeks of superior music and dance entertainment for suitable for families. The programs, which are free, are scheduled every Friday evening in June from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Red Caboose Amphitheater, located at the corner of Colice Jeanne Road and Highway 70 in Bellevue. Bring picnic baskets and lawn chairs.

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Taste of Music City

Taste of Music City
Taste of Music City

Taste of Music City offers a sampling from some of the area’s best restaurants and guests can expect to enjoy tasting wine, beer, and a variety of other beverages as well as live music.

This annual event is normally held in Public Square Park in early June (usually the first weekend of the month) with live entertainment, chef demos, and, of course, great tastes.

Local chefs are chosen to be featured leading up to the event as well as the day of the event and participate in cooking demonstrations on stage and on Facebook Live on the Taste of Music City page. 

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Cross Plains Trash & Treasures

Trash & Treasure
Visit Cross Plains TN

From antiques and crafts to fishing accessories and tools, Trash and Treasures has it all. Everything anyone would see at a yard sale or a flea market is expected to be showcased. Booths are set up from city limit sign to city limit sign, about 8 to 10 miles total, from one end of Cross Plains to the other.

Trash & Treasures is an annual community-wide yard sale that normally takes place on the last Friday and Saturday of June.

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