7 Cool Things to Do in Nashville Before Summer Ends

7 Cool Things to Do in Nashville Before Summer Ends


From summer garden cocktail parties to getting a jumpstart for fall picnics and fashion, the remaining days of August in Nashville have a lot to offer…

1. Cocktail Crawl at Cheekwood

August 16, 5 PM-10 PM

Photo from Cheekwood website

At Cheekwood

Tonight is the last chance to enjoy this new-to-Cheekwood event. Stroll the summer gardens; tickets include drink tickets to redeem at each stop along the crawl. Must be 21+ to purchase tickets. Details and tickets here. Food trucks, live music, and lawn games.

Advance Ticket Pricing (must be purchased by one-hour before the event)
$15 for members | $25 for not-yet members

*On-site Ticket pricing
$20 for members | $30 for not-yet members (includes admission to Thursday Night Out)
*On-site ticket sales end at 8:30pm. 

2.  Watermelon Night Market

August 18, 2017, 5:00 PM – 9 PM

Nashville Farmer’s Market

Photo from Nashville Farmer’s Market Website

Fresh watermelon cocktails, watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, free samples, live music. 80 local and regional food artisans, craftspeople, artists, food trucks, and international restaurants. 3.

3.  Big Band Dancing in the Park

8/18/2018, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Rory Partin & His All Star Big Band

8/25/2018,  7:00-10:00 PM, Music City Swing

Centennial Park Event Shelter

This summer is the 35th anniversary of Big Band Dances in Metro Parks. Bring a lawn chair  and get ready to TANGO. Free lessons at 7 and 8:30. Swing dancing for all ages till 10.  Food trucks on-site. If wondering if cancelled due to weather, check Twitter at  www.twitter.com/bigbanddances.

4.  Shakespeare in the Park presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

August 16 – September 9, 2018


Thursdays through Sundays and Labor Day Monday at  Centennial Park Bandshell. 

More info here.

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival  presents this beloved play. This production asks, “If we’re in love, are we ever in control?” Bring a blanket and watch Puck do some fairy magic and mischief.

Food & drink vendors open:
Talking Shakespeare with nightly special guest speakers begins:
Pre-show entertainment begins:
Performance begins:

Suggested Donation: $10

5.  Art Deco Affair

August 18, 2018 – 7:00 pm-10 pm

Frist Art Museum

Price: $65 per person
(includes open bar and light bites)

Fundraiser for the care and maintenance of the Frist Art Museum’s 1930s art deco building.  Exclusive access to the galleries and entertainment by Nashville’s DJ AyDamn. Dress: Cocktail chic

6.  Wine and Picnic Pairing At City Winery

August 23, 6:30-8ish

More info on City Winery and tickets Here.

Tastings with City Winery Nashville’s Beverage Director Jenelle Engleson who pairs four of their locally-made wines with light bites.

7.  Nashville Scene and Nfocus’ Fashion for a Fraction at City Winery 

8/25/18, 11AM-3 PM

For tickets and more info go here.

Nashville’s best designer boutiques under one roof for discounted apparel, handbags, jewelry, accessories. 

Tickets are $5 for a limited time and will increase to $10 closer to the date. Sales at the door are not guaranteed but will be based on availability.