Labor Day Weekend in Nashville
- SWATHI RAMASWAMY
- UPDATED May 09, 2018
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Nashville believes in having fun come Labor Day Weekend. If you are of a similar mind, then this is for you! Also called the music city, Nashville also offers entertainment in the form of art exhibits and performances, laugh out loud comedy, sports and other awesome events, besides live music.
If you want some much-needed rest and relaxation, browse through Nashville’s bountiful parks or spend some time out on the water in nearby lakes or rivers. There is no need to cook, just check out the multi-varied diverse food scene here. And if you want to get involved, get active, then here’s a potential list of all you could do.
1. Annual Labor Day Parade
You can sign up to be a part of the parade that marches from Nissan Stadium to downtown and back. Organized by the Labor Council and other bodies, and sponsored by Workers Dignity, the parade affords a chance of meeting new people, exploring a section of the city on foot and having fun in general.
2. Live on the Green
This is a free music festival held at the Public Square Park. You can check out the schedule of performances and catch your favorites live. Be they local, regional or national, the festival offers choice selection of each. There is an abundance of food trucks in the park and the dedicated foodie is spoilt for choice. The event also has kid fests in the afternoons so you can make it a family outing as well.
3. BBQ Festival
Riverhouse Park houses the annual Old School BBQ Festival. The award-winning music is generally a live performance of the rap jams and throwback rhythms and blues kind. Dancing and showing up with an appetite are encouraged. As is bringing your own lawn chair. The park offers the traditional soulful barbecue cookingin the air ritual in a hyped-up, larger scale community event which is a great way to get to know people and get back the taste for that sizzling barbecue!
The festival also offers complimentary vending space to professionals who wish to offer either complimentary services or offer life-changing knowledgeable seminars on Health, Technology, Family intervention, Financial Literacy, Career Building or Workforce Development.
4. Cavalia’s Odysseo
Cavalia’s Odysseo is a $30 million touring production which boasts a crew the size of fifty multi-talented acrobats, riders, dancers and musicians that hail from around the world, and sixty five spectacular horses. There are 350 costumes and a hundred pairs of shoes used in any show. Debuted in Tennessee in 2017, their performance is held at White Big Top, near Opryland Hotel. They offer an immersive theater experience showcasing talents of both man and horse. It is a true revolution in live entertainment.
You can order tickets in advance or even book Rendez-vous packages for multiple visits or for large groups.
5. Annual InterNASHional food crawl
The food crawl is held along Nashville’s most diverse corridor of international restaurants, eateries and markets. A minimum of eight participating restaurants and markets can be signed up for by food lovers. A total of 62 restaurants and businesses were involved in 2017! Samples of food are provided at each stop and the package comes along with a tour guide, adult beverages and a charter bus for travel from stop to stop.
6. Mud Run Nashville
There are two options, the first, a 5k 3.1 miles course with 18 obstacles and the other, a 10k 6.2 miles course with about 30 odd obstacles. The Run also features a children’s run called the Fun Run.
If you are the sporty, challenge yourself type, then this is a must do for you. Find out exactly where you stand on the grit and stamina scale.
7. Franklin Art Scene Crawl
One of the most popular events presented by the Downtown Franklin Association, the Art Crawl includes dozens of participating galleries, retail stores, restaurants and offices. They host local artisans and enable them to display their crafts and intermingle with guests.
Most locations offer complimentary food and drink, live music or even live demonstrations. A free trolley runs between locations for the convenience of guests, to take them from one event to another.
The Nashville Labor Day Weekend celebrations are truly fun-filled and aplenty. The place promises to offer something for everyone!