We are now in the height of summer here in Nashville! It’s hot here, but damn if that’s gonna stop us from partying outside every weekend. Here are some of the cool events we’ll be checking out this month.
Music City 5K/10K – July 4th
Start Independence Day with an 8am run through Rose Park with Nashville’s running community. All fitness levels and ages are welcome to participate, running through the Edgehill Community, making your way up Music Row and through the Gulch. All proceeds go to the Pedigree Foundation, an organization that helps with the adoption of dogs.
Music City Hot Chicken Festival – July 4th
One of my favorite July events is always the Hot Chicken Festival. Feast upon Nashville’s finest offerings of it’s signature dish, washing it down with cold local beer and some watermelon in East Park (700 Woodland Street). Admission is free and starts at 11. I’d advise getting there early because lines form quickly. Bring cash and an appetite. You will definitely be seeing me there!
Let Freedom Sing! – July 4th
Nashville’s biggest 4th of July party is held downtown on Broadway every year with free live music and one of the country’s largest firework displays. Lady Antebellum will be headlining the show this year alongside Chris Janson, Lucie Silvas, Shannon Sanders, and Katie Schecter. There are certainly a lot of other live shows to choose from, but this is definitely the biggest. It’s going to be a wild event with a lot of people and a lot of fun!
If crowds of thousands of people make you anxious, but you still want to party on the 4th, you can join me at one of Nashville’s best local breweries, Little Harpeth. With the purchase of a ticket, you get bottomless craft beer, live entertainment, and an incredible view of the downtown fireworks. Drinking great beer and playing cornhole is the best way to celebrate Independence Day, in my humble opinion, so come party with me at Little Harpeth.
Hosted at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, watch the original Star Wars film with the Nashville Symphony playing the legendary John Williams score right in front of you. They’ll be performing one Star Wars film each year, with Empire Strikes Back being performed in 2019.
Vans Warped Tour – July 10th
Emos and punks everywhere weep and mosh for the final Warped Tour. The iconic tour will be coming through Nashville with it’s usual giant lineup for one last show. Whether it’s your first or your 23rd, you’ve got to check out the last leg of America’s largest traveling music festival.
Bold Enough Challenge Rodeo – July 13th
Hosted by the Sumner County Anti-drug coalition, this rodeo is a family friendly event to watch all your favorite rodeo events. All the money raised will go to raising awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, underage drinking, and tobacco use.
Nashville Soul Music Festival – July 14th
Hosted at the Public Square Park, this festival will be featuring soul bands Cameo, En Vogue, the Yin Young Twins and more!
Super Cool Fun Fest – July 14th
For those with a deep nostalgia for the 90’s, Super Cool Fun Fest is a charity festival being held in Cumberland Park. A 21+ event (because only 90’s kids remember), there will be a silent disco (where people dance to music played on headphones rather than speakers), giant Jenga, 4 Square, and an MTV Spring Break Dance Party. Relive the 90’s with beer, food, and nostalgia.
Lightning 100’s Half Christmas Beer Fest – July 20th
You’ll have to unpack your elf ears and ugly Christmas sweaters for this wild event. Hosted at Marathon Music Works, there’ll be holiday DJ’s and karaoke, a huge dance floor, and lots of beer.
Music City Brewer’s Festival – July 28th
Hosting over 40 different breweries from around Nashville and the U.S., this is one of the biggest beer festivals in America. What’s better than spending the day outside, sampling a ton of beers and listening to live music? Probably playing drunk dodgeball and oversized yard games (which they will have).
What are some of the thing you’re doing in Nashville this July? Let us know in the comments!
About Mike Wargo
Mike Wargo is a food, drink, and travel writer based out of Nashville, TN. Born and raised in South Bend, IN, he relocated to Nashville after graduating Ball State University in 2016. He likes expensive whiskey, cheap food, and the Whiskey, Ink, and Lace warehouse cat, Basil.