Events in Nashville, TN

Nashville is a world-class city, and the Kangaroos want you to have a world-class time when you visit us. Select from the categories of exciting, fun things to do and places to see during your visit.

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Actors Bridge

The Actors Bridge mission is to tell the stories that impact our community by producing provocative and socially relevant theatre, creating new theatrical works, showcasing emotionally authentic ensemble acting and fostering a nurturing environment where theatre artists at any stage in their development may train and assist in the production of professional theatre.

Adventure Science Museum

This a great place for kids and includes a planetarium. You gotta check it out!

Belcourt Theatre

This facility is a national landmark. After being restored, it now features two movie theaters that double as concert halls. This is where you will find the avant garde, eclectic, and classic movies. Located near Vanderbilt on Hillsboro Road.

Bluebird Cafe

Usually, this is the place that people want to go when they come to Nashville. The Bluebird is world famous and most songwriters get their start right here.

Boiler Room Theatre

This local theater has all of 120 seats! The productions are A-one and it is a very cool local theater.

Bonnaroo Music Festival

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a four-day, multi-stage camping festival in Manchester, Tennessee every June that brings together performers in rock and roll, jazz, Americana, hip-hop, electronica, and just about any contemporary music you can think of. In addition to dozens of epic performances, the festival's 100-acre entertainment village buzzes around the clock with attractions and activities including a classic arcade, on-site cinema, silent disco, comedy club, theater performers, a beer festival, and a music technology village.

Centennial Olympic Park and the Parthenon

See the only replica of the original Parthenon in the world, and the largest recreation of the statue of Athena. Both are full scale replicas.

Chaffins Barn

If you are looking for dinner and a show, then Chaffin's Barn (founded in 1967) is for you. After enjoying the southern cuisine buffet style, see a show with a 360-degree view - now there is something you don't see every day.

CMA Music Festival

CMA Music Festival is steeped in more than three decades of Fan Fair® tradition. Since Fan Fair was born in 1972, Country Music fans have poured into Nashville, Tenn., traveling from around the globe to see their favorite artists perform, to get that coveted autograph and to create lifelong memories. CMA Music Festival is unique among music festivals. It is a four-day celebration of America's music that features artist/fan interaction, autograph signings, photo opportunities, more than 100 hours of concerts, family activities and much more.

Cool Springs Galleria

This complex has just about everything for the modern shopper. Nearby is the Thoroughbred Cinema (20 screens) showing all the current hits (well, mostly the mainstream tripe, but the surround sound and stadium seating work well for movies like Matrix and Lord of the Rings).

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Even if it is not your cup of tea, this is the world center of country music, so when will you get another chance to see this?

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Check out this facility that hosts traveling exhibitions from around the world.

Grand Ole Opry

World famous for a reason. While this is not the original site of the Opry, if you are a country fan, this is a must see. Located near the airport, tours are available every day.

Green Hills Mall

This mall is just around the corner from Elmington Park and has plenty of shopping and restaurants for all tastes.

Jack Daniels Distillery

Lynchburg (pop. 361) is about 80 miles from Nashville, but only 60 from Franklin! There is a free tour (I have been twice and it is a half day activity). Okay, so this is not "in" Nashville, but who has never heard of Old No. 7?

Music City Motorplex

This is the second oldest active track in the country, with weekly racing and the Adam Petty Memorial 400 each November

Music City Triathlon

The Music City Triathlon made a big move to downtown Nashville in 2009. Based on rave reviews, the event will be in the same location on July 25th, 2010. Team Magic has managed the Music City Triathlon since 2006, but it has been around for 32 years in 2010. The course will include a swim in the Cumberland River, biking on Ellington Parkway and running through both the east and west side of the Cumberland River through the downtown business district.

Nashville Ballet

This may be the South, but that does not mean we don't have culture! National tours always make Nashville one of their stops, and so should you.

Nashville City Search

Find anything and everything in Nashville with this convenient website.

Nashville Film Festival

For a whole week in April, the town goes into the dark, of a theater that is! The Festival brings works of all kinds to Nashville that you normally can't get else where. A must see for film buffs

Nashville International Airport

The airport was orginally known as Berry Field Nashville (hence the B in BNA). Rental cars have easy access and the airport is only 10 minutes from downtown, and about 15 from Vanderbilt.

Nashville Kangaroos

The Kangaroos are one of the founding clubs of the USAFL and the MAAFL. Australian Rules Football right here in Middle Tennessee. It will surprise you!

Nashville Metros

The Metros are profession soccer at the Premier Development League level. As soccer is the world's most popular sport, you had to know there would be a team here.

Nashville Occasionals Cricket Club

The Nasvhille Occasionals are dedicated to promoting the great sport of cricket in Nashville. Can the rest of the world be so wrong? Of course not! Cricket is for everyone.

Nashville Opera

The Nashville Opera hosts several major events each year, and they are all top quality. If you love opera, you can't go wrong catching one of their productions.

Nashville Predators

The Predators are the NHL's version of working class stiffs: everyday overachievers. Games are always entertaining and of course this is the only sport in the world that is faster than footy. Of course they cheat and wear ice skates!

Nashville Rollergirls

That's right, roller derby! Not quite the same as ROLLERBALL of Jimmy Caan fame (forget the remake!), as no motorcycles are involved, but still a total blast to see the ladies going all out. Check it out!

Nashville Shores

Nashville Shores is the only gathering place in the Nashville area to provide extensive recreational facilities coupled with a wide assortment of meeting facilities designed for business and family fun. At Nashville Shores, any outing - from a simple 4th of July picnic to a sophisticated executive planning session - is like having the best facilities possible right smack in the middle of a beautiful state park! A beautiful beach along 14,000-acre J. Percy Priest Lake make for great fun or a kicked-back place to relax in the sun.

Nashville Sounds

The Sounds are the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The stadium is close to downtown, and they play at the same time as the Kangaroos - in the summer! Catch a game while you are here.

Nashville Storm

This men's minor league football team is tops in the southern region of the NAFL, the nations largest amateur football league. Just because they are minor league does not mean they hit any less hard, though. Season runs June through September and games are about $10. Check it out!

Nashville Symphony

In fall 2007, the Nashville Symphony moved into the Schermerhorn, a state of the art facility. Sound? Simply awesome! Location? Right in the downtown area. It's gorgeous and worth a visit.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Located just south of downtown in its new home and a fantastic place to take the kids for education and a day of fun. Be sure to look for the Lorikeet Exhibit and see some native Australian fauna. The Kangaroos are a sponsor of the annual 5K Run.

Natchez Trace

Go for a drive along Natchez Trace. Marvel at the amount of greenery (at least until you realize that it rains year round, a lot!) and see the Spectacular Bridge, or even drive over it!

Opry Mills

Near the airport, this used to be the land on which the Opryland Amusement Park stood. Now it is a small city unto itself with ridiculous amounts of shopping available and the world famous Opryland Hotel. If you think you are up for it, walk the entire thing! It includes a movie theater, and an IMAX theater. And you thought you wouldn't have any fun in the backwaters of Tennessee!

Opryland Hotel

Near the airport, this used to be the land on which the Opryland Amusement Park stood. Now it is a small city unto itself with ridiculous amounts of shopping available and the world famous Opryland Hotel. If you think you are up for it, walk the entire thing! It includes a movie theater, and an IMAX theater. And you thought you wouldn't have any fun in the backwaters of Tennessee!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon

If you are here for this last weekend in April, and you are a runner, how can you not participate in this one? The perfect place for runners to experience the city and support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Ryman Auditorium

The original home of the Opry. Located in the Downtown area. Concerts are still held regularly and if you are into country music history, don't miss this one.


This annual event occurs the second weekend of May, and is the place to be. Some people even watch the horse races.

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

Culture? How about Nashville Symphony, Nashville Ballet, Tennessee Repertory Theater, Nashville Opera Association, and Circle Players. All this on top of hosting six or seven Broadway shows a year.

Tennessee Renaissance Festival

Travel back to 16th Century England each weekend in May as Nashville comes alive with the bustle of a Renaissance Marketplace. Over 60 skilled Artisians from all over the country display their wares from silks to swords, gems to jewels. Flavors, aromas and tastes of specialty foods and drinks greet the festival-goer. Hear the sounds of Renaissance musicians and merrymakers as they echo through the trees. Color, movement, and peals of laughter welcome those who thrill to the challenges of Games of Skill and Man-Powered Rides.

Tennessee Repertory Theatre

The Rep has been recognized as a top local theater nationally. The shows are impeccably produced. The material ranges from fun to avant garde. If you enjoy theater, catch a show - you won't be disappointed.

Tennessee Shakespeare Festival

Brand new in 2008, this tribute to The Bard gets underway the last weekend in June and first weekend in July with the classic: A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Tennessee State Fair

The 2010 Tennessee State Fair, running from September 10th -19th, will again have a Festival of Nations which the Nashville Kangaroos will participate and promote Australia and New Zealand, with netball and footy demonstrations.

Tennessee State Museum

Located near the state capitol (tours available here as well, but only up to 3 pm on Friday), this museum will entertain you for a whole day from the history of Tennessee to the special exhibits including flags, quilts, furniture, and firearms.

Tennessee Titans

Formerly the Houston Oilers, the Titans moved to Nashville and missed winning a Super Bowl by a yard. Home of the Music City Miracle.

The Avenue

Located in Murfreesboro, The Avenue has more than 810,000 square feet of stores and restaurants, including anchors such as Belk and Barnes & Noble

The Factory at Franklin

Also available by trolley. For more modern shopping, the renovation of the old Factory may be just what you need.

Women’s Half Marathon

This race began in September 2010 and benefits the YMCA of Middle Tennessee

Zanies Comedy Showplace

If comedy is your thing, Nashville's Zanies is the place to go. They have smoke-free shows and a constant parade of A-list comedians, but be ready to laugh as all topics are fair game.

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