20 Nashville Happenings: August 2015

20 Nashville Happenings: August 2015


The days of summer are quickly slipping by, but we are not ready to bid a final farewell to afternoons by the pool and weekend excursions to the lake just yet. Before we dive into fall, get out this month, grab your friends and family, and hit these local events.

As an added bonus: we know for some readers it’s back to school time, so we found three great consignment sales geared towards kids happening this month to add to the list. Shop and save!

Check out all the great events in Nashville this month!

Mark your calendar for the Tomato Art Fest. Image credit: Steve Cross

August 1-31: David Lusk The Price is Right

This annual exhibition takes place at David Lusk Gallery and features original works priced under $1,000. On Friday, August 1, stop by the gallery for the opening reception. The pieces vary in medium and subject matter offering a wide range of works at a more approachable price point. Visit davidluskgallery.com/nashville.

August 1: Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple at Ryman Auditorium

While this two-night show is already sold out, we wanted you to be in the “know,” just in case some tickets were to open up… Dolly Parton, who has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1969, will be doing a concert for the Opry Trust Fund. This will be her first Nashville concert in 12 years and we are envious of the lucky ticket holders. ryman.com/events/Dolly_Parton_2

August 1: Hot Shot Festival at Bridgestone Arena

As Middle Tennessee’s favorite hot chicken restaurants come together with local and national bourbon and whiskey distilleries, folks will flock to Bridgestone for an afternoon of fun. For $60, you can enjoy chicken and unlimited whiskey and bourbon tastings, and for $40, you can enjoy some tasty chicken; everyone will be treated to live music. This event will support the Nashville Predators Foundation.  bridgestonearena.com/hot-shots-hot-chicken-whiskey-and-bourbon-festival

August 1: Watermelon Picnic and School Supply Drive at Sevier Park

Swing by Sevier Park for a watermelon picnic and school supply drive hosted by The Nashville Mom. All supplies collected will be donated to a Metro Nashville school. Bring the school supplies and enjoy watermelon, drinks and games. facebook.com/events/145565

August 2: Community Open House at Ascend Amphitheater

Nashville’s newest music venue and Riverfront Park invite the Nashville community to an open house with live music and activities, including fitness demonstrations, trail tours, garden demonstrations by Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, games and educational booths. Community Day also includes a school supply drive. Bring donations for LP PENCIL Box, an organization that shares free school supplies with MNPS teachers and families who cannot provide their own. ascendamphitheater.com/community-day

August 6-9: Ink-N-Iron

There is no denying the presence of tattoos in Music City, and Ink-N-Iron celebrates this culture and artistic movement. Dubbed as a Living Art Gallery and Community Festival, Ink-N-Iron brings hot rods, live music, burlesque, art, fashion and the tattoo convention to downtown Nashville. Five stages will showcase bands, cabaret shoes, a tattoo content and a pageant. nashville.ink-n-iron.com/

August 7-8: Tomato Art Fest

This fun and wacky festival is back with a concert on Friday night and more music and festival activities on Saturday, including a tomato toss, food trucks, contests, a 5K, exhibits, performances and much more. The fun will take place in Historic East Nashville’s Five Points, and the events are free. tomatoartfest.com

August 8: An Art Deco Affair at Frist Center for the Visual Arts

This glamorous Art Deco event will transport you to the Jazz Age. Sip cocktails, snack on hors d’oeuvres and enjoy live music. Guests will have an opportunity to view Italian Style: Fashion since 1945 and Postcards of the Wiener Werkstätte: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Don your most fashionable black and white attire for this jazzy evening at the Frist. fristcenter.org/an-art-deco-affair

August 13: Wine & Wishes at aVenue

Wine tastings and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be offered to party goers as they enjoy great music and bid for their chance to win fabulous items in the silent auction–100 percent of the proceeds from the evening will benefit Mark-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. The attire is vineyard cocktail to match the Italian Villa motif. middletennessee.wish.org/wine-and-wishes-2015

August 14-15: Music City Hot Wing Festival

If you are a fan of hot wings, craft beer and live music, you will not be alone in enjoying this local festival. Held in Riverfront Park, grillers will have a chance to take part in the Hot Wing Championship Cook-Off. If tasting the chicken is more your speed, see how many hot wings you can scarf down in 45 seconds. Celebrate all-things-Music City and help to raise money for The Bootstraps Foundation. musiccityhotwingfestival.com

August 14-15: West End Church of Christ Consignment Sale

If you are looking to update your kiddo’s closet without breaking the bank, the West End Church of Christ Consignment Sale can help. This bi-yearly sale features children’s attire and always has a plethora of good choices without the clutter. The sale kicks off on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and runs on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., when many items will be knocked down to half price. westendsale.com

August 15-22: Encores South at the Franklin Fieldhouse Sports Complex

Another great spot to find bargains on children’s clothing and accessories, this sale is held twice a year with over 800 contributors. Shop items for all ages (infant to teen and maternity). In addition to the great selection of clothes, the adult/home section offers things for your home and yourself. encoresconsignmentsouth.com

August 15: Harvest Party at Arrington Vineyards

Make a trip out to the breathtaking Arrington Vineyards for their annual Harvest Party. Folks of all ages are invited to this family-friendly event, which includes live music by Kix Brooks, eats from Simply Living Life’s Food Cottage and of course wine, for those who are legal. Gates are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. so head there early to secure a good spot. arringtonvineyards.com/2015-harvest-party

August 15: Family Day at OZ Arts Nashville

Indoor and outdoor art activities are offered to young people and families during this full-day event. Designed to spark creativity and expression, kids will be encouraged to take part in imaginary fun. Local artists will be on hand and food trucks will be serving up food. Sound Maze, an interactive experience of sound and mechanics through fifteen newly invented musical instruments and sound sculptures, will act as the centerpiece of the event. Experience, enjoy and interact with art. ozartsnashville.org/family-day-2015

August 15: Idina Menzel at Ascend Amphitheater

This is only one of the great summer concerts being held at Ascend Amphitheater this month. Idina Menzel, who was the voice of Elsa in Frozen and performed as Elphaba in Wicked, has made a name for herself through performances on Broadway and the big screen. Her voice is electrifying and captivating. Catch her performance mid-month and for more tickets and concert information, check Ascend Amphitheater’s calendar. ascendamphitheater.com/events

August 16 & 28: Woods Amphitheater–Summer Concert Series

In May, Woods Amphitheater started bringing acts to the stage for their summer concert series. For the past three months names such as Amos Lee, Barenaked Ladies and Brian Wilson have taken the stage. This month, enjoy the sounds of Major Lazer, Gents & Jawns, Grandtheft and more. Located about 15 minutes from downtown, this outdoor venue is the perfect spot to listen to great music on a summer night. woodsamphitheater.com/calendar

August 20 & 27: Live On The Green

Lighting 100 will bring local and national bands to Public Square Park, for free, again this summer. Houndsmouth, Lord Huron and Cold War Kids, just to name a few bands, are slotted to play the last two Thursdays of the month and the fun will continue into September with four days of music from Ben Folds, Lennon & Maisy, Elle King and more. liveonthegreen.com

August 22: It’s Just a 10K

Lace up your tennis shoes and move your feet. It’s just a 10K … simple as that. This race will have a flat and fast course so if you have a need for speed, run as fast as you can and beat your personal record–there will be a 1.5 hour time limit on the course. whatdoyourunfor.com/its-just-a-10k-simple-as-that

August 27-29: Little Sprouts Upscale Consignment at the Franklin Fieldhouse

If you happen to miss the two children’s consignment sales being held earlier in the month, or if you want to shop even more great finds, swing by this sale in Franklin, which features upscale clothing brands for boys and girls from babies to teens. But, the sale does not stop there. There will also be a wide selection of shoes, books, toys and home goods. littlesproutssale.com

August 29: Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival

For the first time in 15 years, the air balloon festival is coming back to Nashville. With a classic car show, kids zone, live music, craft vendors, food trucks and hot air ballon glow at dusk, this is a family event you do not want to miss. The festival will be held at Percy Warner Event Field from 3 to 9 p.m. musiccityballoonfestival.ticketleap.com/music-city-balloon-festival

Looking for more community-wide events, sales, shows and activities? Visit our Happenings page. 

And check out these other fantastic Southern events taking place all over the region in August: click here for more events.