With September comes the beginning of autumn and the last month before the weather starts dipping. So if you’ve been putting off going to outdoor events because it’s been too damn hot, now’s your last chance.
Shakespeare in the Park – September 1st-16th
Playing Thursdays through Sundays, local actors will be performing the Shakespearian comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the next two weeks. The event is free, though donations are encouraged.
Live on the Green Music Festival – September 1st
The last day of one of Nashville’s favorite outdoor music fest is the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, which means it will be packed! Some great local bands will be performing (I’m looking forward to seeing Rayland Baxter perform again) and a few well established bands like ZZ Ward and Jimmy Eat World. And it’s all free!
Kidsville Family Festival – September 8th
If you’re looking for something free that the whole family can enjoy, look no further than the Kidsville Family Fest. They’ve got all sorts of activities including inflatable games, yoga for kids, Dolly Parton’s Reading Tent, the Nashville Predators Fitness Zone, and more.
Symphony Under the Stars – September 9th
Enjoy a night outside listening to classical music with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony at Ascend Amphitheater. Tickets are incredibly cheap for the lawn, so take a big blanket and lie down listening to some beautiful music, which will be followed up by fireworks.
Americanafest – September 11th-16th
In it’s 19th year here in Nashville, the Americanafest promises to be bigger than it’s previous 18 years. With seminars in the day and intimate showcases all around town at night, Americanafest is a great way to see as many up-and-coming acts in the Americana genre. Over 500 different performances in 60 different venues, you can’t go wrong buying a festival wristband and spend the week seeing as many concerts as possible.
Music City Food + Wine Festival – September 14th-16th
This three day festival highlights the best the culinary world has to offer. Whether you go for celebrity chefs, like Anne Burrell (Worst Cooks in America), Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods), and Aaron Sanchez (Master Chef, Chopped) or for local chefs like Pat Martin (Pit master, Martin’s Bar-B-Que), Karl Worley (Chef, Biscuit Love), and Sarah Gavigan (Executive Chef and Owner, Otaku Ramen and Little Octopus), there is going to be a lot of amazing food. Your ticket will include all the food and beverages you can eat and plenty of cooking demos.
Woofstock – September 16th
If you’ve ever wanted to spend an evening listening to live country music with your dog, have I got the event for you! Emmylou Harris will be headlining the show with Jamey Johnson, John Hiatt, and others. This is the first year it’ll be hosted at Ascend Amphitheater so there’ll be plenty of people there and all proceeds go to Harris’ dog rescue Bonaparte’s Retreat and Crossroads Campus, a nonprofit that rescues homeless animals.
Nashville Brew Fest – September 21st
With over 50 confirmed breweries, this festival is the ideal way to enjoy the warm weather while it lasts. A ticket gets you access to a lot of great breweries, many of which are local and a dozen food trucks (you haven’t lived until you’ve tried Bao Down). Spend the night outside on the Nashville Sounds baseball field drinking beer, eating great food, and playing mini-golf, Ping-Pong, and corn hole. Sounds like a great evening to me.
Music City Bacon & Barrel Festival – September 21st
The marriage of bacon and whiskey is one that is made by the gods. And when a festival comes around that celebrates them together, you know we at Whiskey Neat Barbershop are gonna be all over it. A ticket gets you 15 samples of bourbon and whiskey and you get to try a ton of bacon and barbecue. What could be better?
KG BBQ Bash – September 22nd
An incredibly important and incredibly delicious fundraiser, the BBQ Bash will be held at Little Harpeth Brewery this year. All the money raised will go to “Our Kids, a Nashville organization that assists children and families affected by sexual abuse.” A ticket gets you access to food, beer, live music, and games.
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.