Nashville knows its way around a good time. While festivities may look a little different this year, there’s still plenty of festive fun to fill your time — and bellies — across the Music City. Here, get moving and grooving with some of our favorite activities and eats around the city.
While the annual concert and traditional fireworks display are on hold this year to ensure the safety of viewers and party-goers, the city is still planning to celebrate with televised fireworks and prerecorded performances by Keb’ Mo’, John Hiatt, Tenille Townes, and Lilly Hiatt, honoring Nashville’s healthcare heroes, first responders and frontline workers. You’ll be able to watch online or on local NewsChannel 5 from 9-10 pm. If you’re in downtown Nashville, you’ll likely be able to catch them from one of the many rooftops while having a socially distanced drink.
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Get it while it’s hot. The 14th Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival is still on in deconstructed style with take-out and curbside pick-up from local favorite restaurants and food trucks around the city. It’s recommended you order online before you visit (to limit wait times). Here’s a full list of participating restaurants.
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When in Nashville, hitting up a bluegrass brunch is a must. The Sutler Saloon will host their weekly brunch from 10am-3pm. It’s worth the wait in line. Grab a (bottomless) mimosa or Bloody Mary while you put your name in and enjoy the live music while deciding between hot biscuits, brisket hash and fried chicken and waffles.
Grab a bike through Nashville B-cycle for a day and ride the greenways through the city, starting at Riverfront Park in downtown along the Cumberland River. Break off and head toward Bicentennial Park to the Farmer’s Market, or continue on for a long, leisurely six-mile ride ending at Ted Rhodes Park (and back). Or Bike the Greenway. There are two separate paths depending on the level of adventure you’re looking for. The Shelby Bottoms Greenway is a four-mile ride into East Nashville and the Stones River Greenway covers eight paved miles with numerous side routes and some elevation changes.
Beat the heat at Percy Priest Lake, among Nashville’s largest lakes, 15 minutes from downtown. The park spans more than 250 miles of shoreline, making it an ideal spot to boat, fish, swim, picnic — you name it — you can do it here. Or paddle your way down the Narrows of Harpeth, located 15 miles from Nashville — you’ll see just where it gets its name. You’ll head through a 100-foot tunnel carved into the rock in the early 1800s, taking you for a five-mile float downriver. It’s a Class I river, so beginners are welcome. Don’t worry about gear; there are canoe outfitters like Tip-A-Canoe offering all-inclusive floats.
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You can’t leave Nashville without getting your fill of Tennessee-style BBQ. There’s more than we can count on two hands, so pace yourself. Try The Gambling Stick, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Puckett’s, Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint or Pork Legger. Hours, take-out and sit-in options vary. Check individual websites for more information.
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