Music and Nightlife
Staying true to its roots, Nashville—known to locals as NashVegas—still offers the best of the best with its thriving music venues and nightlife. Named a “Top 10 Nightlife Spot” by Travel & Leisure, as well as the best music scene in the country by Rolling Stone, Nashville continues to impress on the national stage. Within just a few blocks of downtown, there are more than 78 bars, restaurants, and pubs. Join craft beer enthusiasts at the Yazoo Brewing Company in the Gulch or visit a perennial favorite, the Stage on Broadway, to hear great bands and have a good time with friends.
Yes, we have country music… and so much more.
In Nashville, you will find a thriving music scene — from rock to indie, and gospel to blues. Rock icons such as Jack White, Sheryl Crow, the Black Keys and Kings of Leon call Nashville home. Many music organizations thrive here, from the American Association of Independent Music to the Barbershop Harmony Society and Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society. Click here to learn about the various music industry associations that are based in Nashville.
Nashville loves to celebrate its music.
In Nashville, you will find glitz and glamour on the red carpet at various music awards shows. All of these shows are star-studded with hosts, presenters, and performers. And they’re all ticketed and open to the public!
Travel + Leisure says it all: “Nashville a top city for foodies.” Translation? Nashville = Food City. From homegrown eateries to national chains, Nashville offers more than 150 restaurants in the downtown area alone—not to mention the multiple dining options in the nearby suburbs. Nashville is taking the culinary world by storm, from breakfast to dinnertime and later.
Home to one of the Top 10 can’t-miss Restaurant Weeks in the country, according to The Daily Deal
Nominated for 4 James Beard Awards in 2012
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No longer just Music City, Nashville offers the crossroads of music, dramatic performance, and the visual arts. Looking for the latest Broadway tour? Look no further than Tennessee Performing Arts Center, which caters to Broadway lovers and novices alike with its presentation of multiple national tours each year. More interested in exploring the paintings of Rembrandt or the German Expressionists? Check out the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. With 124 performance venues and 52 visual arts showcases, Nashville provides something for the arts enthusiast in all of us!
Sports and Outdoors
Public parks. Golf courses. Pro sports teams. Nashville’s list of recreational and outdoors activities goes on and on. Not sure where to start? Spend a Sunday morning playing flag football in Centennial Park, then head down to LP Field to cheer on the Tennessee Titans. Take in the natural beauty of Radnor Lake or Percy Priest Lake. No matter if you’re a passionate sports enthusiast or you’re a fan of spending the day on a nature trail, Nashville has a recreational activity for you.
Professional and College Sports
After moving from Houston to Nashville in 1998, the Tennessee Titans have been home to some of the NFL’s greatest players, such as Steve McNair, Eddie George and Frank Wycheck. Since arriving in Music City, the Titans have been instrumental in raising $20 million for local charities and nonprofit organizations across Middle Tennessee. But don’t forget to bring your earplugs when visiting LP Field, a 68,000-seat stadium that has consistently sold out to the loudest fans in the NFL!
On any given night between October and April, “Smashville” is overflowing with diehard hockey fans, sporting Fang Fingers and screaming for their favorite NHL players. The Nashville Predators are consistently competitive, having made it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for seven of their past eight seasons. Playing at Bridgestone Arena in the core of downtown, the Nashville Predators provide hours of nonstop, action-packed excitement!
Named for the city’s musical association, the Nashville Sounds are a minor league baseball team and the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. With a family-friendly atmosphere, Throwback Thursdays and a guitar-shaped scoreboard, kids, parents and young professionals are sure to enjoy watching America’s favorite pastime!
- 92 public parks, equaling more than 9,300 acres of green space
- 69 miles of greenway trails
- Six state and national parks
- Two recreation lakes within a 25-mile radius of Nashville
- 56 public and private golf courses
With a focus on the importance of family, Nashville appeals to parents and children alike. The city diversifies its family-friendly options by mixing educational opportunities, such as the Adventure Science Center, with outdoor activities and the arts. Encompassing a well-rounded variety, Nashville’s family activities are available throughout the year.
From summertime games at a sports club to wintertime trips to the Nashville Children’s Theater, your children will have multiple opportunities to connect with their peers, enrich their knowledge, and have fun at the same time.
The oldest professional children’s theatre in the U.S., this family-friendly attraction presents plays and musicals to inspire children’s imagination and creativity. NCT also provides year-round camps, classes and workshops to teach children the art of theatre and to inspire confidence, and has been ranked one of the top five children’s theaters in the U.S. by Time magazine.
What do a musical petting zoo, Hatch Show Print and historic RCA Studio B have in common? They’re all kid-friendly workshops provided by the world-famous Country Music Hall of Fame! Children of all ages can create their own Hatch Show Print poster, test out all types of musical instruments and learn the process behind creating a record.
Continuing down the path of creativity, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens offers a plethora of kid-friendly activities, including Tuesdays for Tots and special summer camps. Each Tuesday morning, you and your toddler can embark on a fun-filled, artistic adventure that is sure to spark your imaginations!
With one of the largest community-built jungle gyms in the U.S, spanning 66,000 square feet, your child will get to swing and play just like the monkeys! This Nashville landmark also offers field trips, youth programs, scout & overnight programs, photography classes, summer camps, backstage passes and youth volunteer opportunities.
Dating back to the 1940s, the Adventure Science Center and Sudekum Planetarium continue to serve as one of the best places for children to learn and have fun! From field trips to family science labs, there’s something for everyone!
The Frist Kids’ Club is designed to help children explore, discover and create art. This free monthly club is for children ages 5-10 and includes art classes, special rewards and the opportunity to discover their inner artist! The Frist Center also offers free admission for children 18 and under and free family days throughout the year. The award-winning Martin ArtQuest Gallery, the Frist Center’s colorful interactive space, inspires visitors of all ages to become artists as they learn about art.
With 20 library branches scattered throughout the Nashville region, the Nashville Public Library system offers weekly and bi-weekly puppet shows and storytimes. Regardless of the neighborhood you choose, there’s sure to be a library right around the corner!