When you choose to visit Nashville for your vacation, it won't matter which month you decide to reserve a room. Music City is perpetually hopping with seasonal festivals and events that celebrate the best of the region: food, music, and fun! If you plan ahead, you can join in with the locals and see the city at its most vibrant.
What's happening this year and beyond in Nashville. Here's a shortlist of some of our favorite annual festivals, many of which are free to the public and feature the finest in Southern art, culture, and cusine.
Tennessee State Fair: Held annually in September, the official state fair gathers the best of everything that defines Tennessee. Discover homespun fun and agricultural achievements from Nashville to Memphis. Kids will enjoy the rides and games, and just about everybody comes around to watch the popular Krystal hamburger eating contest - it has nothing on Nathan's annual pigout!
CMA Music Festival: Imagine every single country music superstar on the charts today, and chances are you'll find most of them performing at this summer celebration. From top acts like Alan Jackson to up and coming stars, this three day party sponsored by the Country Music Association fills the city with classic and contemporary songs. Highlights of concert footage are also aired on national television.
Celebration of Cultures: No other event in town represents the diversity of Nashville better than the annual Celebration of Cultures, held usually in October. Visitors can browse hundreds of art and craft vendors representing nations of the food, and delicious ethnic cuisines leave mouths watering.
Bluegrass Fan Fest: Sure, Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State, but in October Nashville is the place to be to hear the best bluegrass artists from around the country gather for a huge jam session. If you're fan of this folksy blend of music native to the region, you can't miss this event!
The finest masters of country music, art, and agriculture converge on Nashville regularly to display their talents. Don't wait to plan your visit if you want to attend a specific event - they are all so popular that accommodations fill up quickly.