Things to Do in Nashville This May

Things to Do in Nashville This May

The Big Payback

Thursday, May 2 • Online • Middle Tennessee

The Big Payback is a community-wide, 24-hour online giving challenge hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. This charitable event will help area nonprofits raise much-needed dollars and bring awareness to pressing needs in our community.

In the past five years, The Big Payback has helped raise more than $12.5 million for more than 1,000 local nonprofits – including schools and religious institutions. Participating organizations have received gifts from 24,716 NEW donors they may have not otherwise reached.

On Thursday, May 2nd, let’s show everyone just how generous Middle Tennessee residents are when we support each other. 

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Batch & Bushel Farmers Market 2019 Season Opening

Thursday, May 2 • Wilson County Expo Center • Lebanon, TN

This Pick TN-certified, producers-only market also features locally-sourced food & beverage stations AND local makers. Bring the whole family to meet your Wilson County neighbors who grow fresh produce and make locally-sourced products. Enjoy live music, food trucks… and a few surprises!

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Hip Donelson Community Farmers Market 2019 Season Opening

Friday, May 3 • Two Rivers Mansion • Nashville, TN

Join us as we kick-off our 8th season! 35+ vendors, food trucks, live music, local restaurants, and lots of fun!

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May the 1st FRIDAY (be with you)

Friday, May 3 • Two Rivers Skate Park • Nashville, TN

You know the drill: Let’s skate! And if you don’t know the drill… Chicks in Bowls meetups are open to everyone (i.e. gender inclusive). The purpose is to build a community and encourage everyone of all skill levels. Don’t worry if you feel like a baby giraffe on wheels; they want you there. Bring your skates/preferred wheels. Safety gear suggested. If it rains, they will meet at Sixth Ave Skatepark instead.

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Friday, May 3 • Discovery Center • Murfreesboro, TN

Shakesbeer is a night of fun and revelry dedicated to highlighting local craft brewers, Discovery Center, and the Murfreesboro Little Theater, M-Prov, and Inebriated Shakespeare. Each year the event gives guests the opportunity to sample some of the best craft brews Murfreesboro has to offer while enjoying Shakespearean performances and plays. Set up outdoors at the Discovery Center, crowds from all over the state flock to enjoy this laid-back event.

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Sevier Park Fest

May 3 – 4 • Sevier Park • Nashville, TN

Celebrating the artists, makers, musicians of the Belmont/Hillsboro and 12South neighborhood communities with two days of music, shopping, and more.

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Unlimited Off-Road Show

May 3 – 4 • Fairgrounds Nashville • Nashville, TN

Meet first hand with the top brands, check out the hottest Jeeps, Trucks, UTVs & Buggies and find some of the the best deals, meet the top fabricators and shops in Tennessee and beyond. Unlimited fun and off-road entertainment like nowhere else, from mild to wild – at any age!

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48th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair

May 3 – 5 • Centennial Park • Nashville, TN

Join the Nashville tradition of celebrating and supporting American handmade craft at this premier event on the lawn in Centennial Park. Shop one-of-a-kind, finely crafted artwork directly from the juried, award-winning artists. A unique feature of Tennessee Craft Fairs requires artists to be on-site. While shopping, you’ll meet the artists, learn what inspires them and how they take raw materials like clay, wood, metal and glass and transform them into fine craft.

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Margaret Cho at Zanie’s

May 3 – 5 • Zanie’s Comedy Night Club • Nashville, TN

Beginning with her early days on the scene in SoCal, comedian Margaret Cho has always been the Agent Provocateur of stand up. Never one to shy away from a difficult, or even ‘taboo’ topic, there is no subject off limits. Her socially aware brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader as well as a teacher to those with open minds and open hearts.

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Dinner and a Movie

May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 • Full Moon Cineplex • Hermitage, TN

The Full Moon Cineplex is home to Nashville’s classic Dinner and a Movie theatre. Dinner and Movie $22. General Admission tickets are $7 for movies. If you are wanting dinner, order your tickets before 2pm on Friday or Saturday. Films featured this month are Day of the Dead, The Hills Have Eyes, Can’t Buy Me Love, The Changeling, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Maniac, Interview with the Vampire, and Altered States.

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Romanian Spring Festival

Saturday, May 4 • Romanian Orthodox Church St. John Chrysostom • Old Hickory, TN

Bring the whole family to enjoy a taste of Romanian food, music, dancing, culture, history, and art! Everyone is welcome.

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Mt. Juliet Craft & Vendor Fair

Saturday, May 4 • Charlie Daniels Park • Mt. Juliet, TN

Watch the Facebook page for a list of participating artisans, crafters, vendors and businesses of Mt. Juliet!

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Pool School Class

Saturday, May 4 • Roy Vaden Pools • Mt. Juliet, TN

This informative class is offered to all pool owners that want more information on how to properly care for your pool. Topics include pool maintenance; equipment and operation. Morning refreshments will be served. Class is FREE to attend. Please RSVP as seats are limited.

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Paws on the Patio

Saturday, May 4 • Loews Vanderbilt Hotel • Nashville, TN

Everyone works so hard all week long and by the weekend you and your dog need some fun time together… what better way than to enjoy games, drinks, treats, music, on a patio. Bring your four-legged friend and join us each month for some fun in the sun. Sip refreshing handcrafted cocktails and local brews and while your BFF enjoys treats and toys. Listen to rocking tunes while you shop local pet vendors and local animal shelters.

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May the 4th Be with You! Star Wars Trivia

Saturday, May 4 • Caliber Coffee • Nashville, TN

Trivia contests at 4pm and 6pm at Donelson’s Caliber Coffee. Pre-register or pay at the door. All proceeds go to benefit City of Refuge Center.

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Hatch Show Print Block Party

Saturday, May 4 • Universal Music Group Hatch Show Print Space for Design, next to the Hatch Show Print store • Nashville, TN

Revel in the creative atmosphere of Hatch Show Print as you work with the shop’s image blocks and ink to create a design that you can hand-print onto paper, a tote bag, or a t-shirt.

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First Saturday Art Crawl

Saturday, May 4 • Fifth Avenue of the Arts and in the Historic Arcade • Nashville, TN

Mark your calendar for the first Saturday of every month when art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings! Over 1,000 people attend this very popular monthly event. Presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, the galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring every genre of art. Admission free, FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl is a festive atmosphere with participating venues located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and in the Historic Arcade – all welcoming the community to experience downtown Nashville as a center for art. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. The gallery crawl is a great free night on the town! Exhibits change out each month and additional galleries are often added to the list.

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Arts & Music at Wedgewood-Houston

Saturday, May 4 • Wedgewood-Houston Galleries • Nashville, TN

Named “best renegade art crawl” by The Nashville Scene, Arts & Music at Wedgewood-Houston is South Nashville’s monthly art walk. Each first Saturday, beginning at 6pm join hundreds of Nashville’s art lovers as they visit over a dozen venues within walking distance including: commercial art galleries, artist run collectives, open studios, maker spaces, and pop-ups.

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Spring Fling at the Plantation

May 4 – 5 • Watermelon Moon Farm • Lebanon, TN

Come join the fun as the farm welcomes vendors and food trucks to this special event! Flowers blooming and dancing around the May Pole… Fun Day in the Country! $3 admission (kids under 10 free).

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78th Annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival

May 4 – 11 • Main Street • Portland, TN

The Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival provides an opportunity for people to travel to Portland to enjoy the events, the food, the community and the small-town feel of Portland with family & friends.

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Tennessee Renaissance Festival

May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 & 27 • 2124 New Castle Road • Arrington, TN

Travel back to 16th Century England. The Village of Covington Glen comes alive with the bustle of a Renaissance Marketplace. Over 60 skilled Artisans from all over the country display their wares from silks to swords; from 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. Come join us at the Tennessee Renaissance Festival!

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Brunch & Bouquets

Sunday, May 5 • Henley • Nashville, TN

Join Henley for brunch every other Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm starting March 10, 2019, and receive a complimentary flower bouquet from Amelia’s Flower Truck. Following brunch prepared by chef Daniel Gorman, guests can select a fresh bouquet from the popular mobile flower truck while supplies last. Reservations are encouraged.

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Mt. Juliet Car Show and Family Fun Day

Sunday, May 5 • Wilson Bank and Trust • Mt. Juliet, TN

Besides classic autos on display in dozens of classifications, there’s fun for the whole family, including inflatables for the kids and concessions. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (auto registration ends at 1 p.m.), and admission is FREE!

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4th Annual Broadway Brunch benefitting Nashville Repertory Theatre

Sunday, May 5 • City Winery • Nashville, TN

BROADWAY BRUNCH, Nashville Rep’s annual gala, is the best musical brunch of the year! Join them for this marvelous party celebrating the power of live theatre with a delectable brunch, bottomless cocktails, remarkable live auction, complimentary valet parking and a dazzling musical performance by Nashville’s sensational theatrical talent! All proceeds benefit Nashville Repertory Theatre and its commitment to inspire empathy and expand the creative capacity of the community.

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Cinco De Mayo Party with “End of the Line”

Sunday, May 5 • Nectar: Urban Cantina • Nashville, TN

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with End of the Line : An Allman Brothers Tribute! Come hear your favorite Allman Brothers classics with some spicy jams on Sunday May 5th! Best enjoyed with a taco in one hand and margarita in the other.

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Cinco De Mayo Fiesta!

Sunday, May 5 • Rosepepper Cantina, East Nashville, TN

It’s that time of year again! We’ll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year with another epic parking-lot party (hopefully without any rain this time!) We’re gonna have booze and bands and fun stuff to take pictures in front of…and did we say booze? Let’s fiesta.

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1990’s Disney Movie Trivia in Donelson!

Monday, May 6 • Party Fowl Donelson • Nashville, TN

Put your Disney movie trivia to the test! 1990’s Disney movie trivia is coming to Party Fowl on May 6th at 7pm! Due to there being so many Disney movies made, the only movies that will be covered in this trivia are the ones referenced in the Facebook event picture.

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Plant Propogation

Tuesday, May 7 • Donelson Branch Public Library • Nashville, TN

Learn how to make new plants through three methods:
1. Division – how to divide or separate new plantlets, suckers, offshoots, bulbs, scales, or tubers from established plants
2. Layering – how to layer or root a new plant while the stem is still attached to the parent plant
3. Cuttings – how to sever plant pieces from a parent plant and root to form new plants
Presented by the Master Gardeners of Davidson County at the Donelson Branch Library.

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Kindness Day

Wednesday, May 8 • Don Fox Park • Lebanon, TN

Be kind and join us as we celebrate Kindness Day in Wilson County on May 8! The summer BackPack Program feeds students in the Lebanon Special School Districts and Wilson County School District who otherwise would not have meals during the day. Help Stuff-the-Bus with these much-needed items at Don Fox Park from 8 AM-3 PM or at the Providence Marketplace Kroger from 9 AM-1 PM. You can also drop off donations now thorugh May 7th at CedarStone Bank or Wilson Bank and Trust on West Main St. in Lebanon or N. Mt. Juliet Rd. in Mt. Juliet.

Items needed include:
Pop-top Ravioli and Spaghetti
Individual Easy Mac Bowls and Packets
Slim Jim Beef Jerky Sticks
Cheese and Crackers and Individual Crackers and Chips
Individual Cookie Packets
Breakfast Bars and Pop-tarts
Fruit Snacks and Juice Boxes

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Dart League

Wednesday, May 8 • Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace • Nashville, TN

Drink beer and throw darts! No experience necessary. No teams, just show up and you’ll be paired with somebody. Easy peasy. Game is cricket – 3 games played/week/team. Dues are $24 for the 8-week series ($1/game). Prizes at the end of the series for the most wins!

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Friends of Historic Lebanon Dinner

Thursday, May 9 • Venue 142 • Lebanon, TN

Historic Lebanon announces its annual “Friends of Historic Lebanon” Dinner on Thursday, May 9th, at Venue 142 in the Historic Arcade Building, 142 Public Square, Lebanon, Tennessee. Social Hour and Silent Auction preview begins at 5:00 with dinner served at 6:00 pm. Guest speaker this year is C. Tracey Parks. Parks is an independent scholar recognized for his research on Southern material culture and Tennessee’s decorative arts before 1845. He is a frequent speaker on the subject of Tennessee decorative arts especially Tennessee furniture of the antebellum era. He has spoken at numerous museums, civic clubs, the MESDA Summer Institute, Belmont Symposium, and the Williamsburg Antiques Forum. Tracey’s topic for the dinner is titled “Making the Middle: Material Culture in the Age of Jackson, 1785-1845.”

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Grease Sing-A-Long

Thursday, May 9 • Capitol Theatre • Lebanon, TN

This is your chance dress in your best T-bird and Pink Lady outfits and sing along to the best musical ever. Full audience participation is required. Grease is the word…

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NightLight 615, Nashville’s 21+ Outdoor Movie Series

Thursday, May 9 • Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park Amphitheater • Nashville, TN

NightLight 615, Nashville’s 21+ outdoor movie series, kicks off on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park Amphitheater. The brand new series will take place on six select dates from May to August. Attendees can expect the city’s best food trucks, craft beer, wine, a resident DJ, skyline views, and classic films for grown-ups. Season passes for all six nights are $50. General admission tickets are $9 in advance and $15 day-of. Doors open at 7:30pm and the movies begin around sundown.

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Steak & Burger Dinner Benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee

Thursday, May 9 • Liberty Hall in the Factory at Franklin • Franklin, TN

The Steak & Burger Dinner is Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee’s oldest and most time honored tradition. This fundraiser is designed to honor Club members and engage supporters of our organization with the young people who benefit from their generosity. This year Brad Hopkins will deliver the keynote address. The Steak & Burger Dinner incorporates an evening of good food, great entertainment and interaction with Boys & Girls Clubs youth at each table. As adults enjoy juicy, mouth-watering hamburgers, Boys & Girls Clubs members are treated to a special steak dinner. Each table consists of six adults and two kids so that event attendees learn about the kids in a unique setting.

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Bark in the Park

Saturday, May 11 • Wilson County Fairgrounds • Lebanon, TN

Fun for you, your family and your pup. Lots of great vendors, games, activities and more. Activities include FREE rabies vaccines, a lure course, CGC testing, an agility show with Team Zoom, an ice sculpture and more! See you there!

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Tennessee Naturalist Program

May 11 & 18 • Cedars of Lebanon State Park • Lebanon, TN

The Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) is an education training course designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to interested adults. The Cedars of Lebanon Chapter of TNP offers 12 classes for 48 hours of instruction — half in the classroom and half in the field. Instructors are experts in their disciplines.

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Drying Herbs Workshop

Saturday, May 11 • Explore Essentials • Hermitage, TN

Learn about the breakdown and benefits of an array of herbs provided in class for you to take home. Not only will you be learning all about herbs, but you will also make a DIY drying mobile for your herbs to hang and dry on. 100% organic brunch provided.

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78th Iroquois Steeplechase

Saturday, May 11 • Percy Warner Park • Nashville, TN

Race day is filled with glamour, fun and suspense and you won’t want to miss a minute of it.  The Iroquois Steeplechase is the premier spring event in Nashville and is packed with entertaining and exciting activities for all ages.

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East Side Art Stumble

Saturday, May 11 • Art Galleries of East Nashville and Inglewood • Nashville, TN

The East Side Art Stumble is a monthly event produced through the partnership of galleries, businesses, and artists to bring people to East Nashville and showcase the neighborhood’s remarkable pool of creative talent. ESAS happens the second Saturday of each month from 6-9 rain or shine. The galleries, businesses, and studios stretch across the neighborhoods of East Nashville and Inglewood. The Art Stumble is a great way to meet local artists, buy and support their work, and be part of the art scene in East Nashville.

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Kids’ May Flowers Workshop

Saturday, May 11 • Paper & Ink Arts in Donelson • Nashville, TN

In a beginner session and advanced session, students will make paper plate flowers and button tree canvases.

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2019 Boro BBQ Festival

Saturday, May 11 • Cannonsburgh Village • Murfreesboro, TN

The Boro BBQ Festival is one of Tennessee’s premiere BBQ Events and is a KCBS competitive sanctioned contest. It is a community event sponsored by the Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club to celebrate the culturally diverse and rich heritage of Tennessee.

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Finish on the 50 Titans 5K

Saturday, May 11 • Nissan Stadium • Nashville, TN

Run with some of your favorite Titans players and coaches and finish on the field at Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans! Receive a game ticket to a 2019 home game and see appearances by Titans cheerleaders and T-Rac. A portion of the proceeds from the Titans 5K will benefit PLAY LIKE A G!RL.

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Terrarium Building Workshop

Saturday, May 11 • Lawrence & Clarke Cacti Co. • Old Hickory, TN

Lawrence & Clarke Cacti Co. will provide all the instructions and materials to walk you through building your own terrarium as well as light refreshments as you learn and create your own mini dream garden under a blanket of twinkling lights. Wine is always welcome for those over 21, just bring your own bottle, glasses and bottle opener provided.

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The Ultimate Oldies Show: The Best of the 50’s and 60’s

Saturday, May 11 • Capitol Theatre • Lebanon, TN

Take a trip down memory lane with the best of the 50’s and 60’s. Doo wop, rock and roll, Motown, folk, surf rock, girl groups an much more!

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India Fest 2019

Saturday, May 11 • Sri Ganesha Temple • Nashville, TN

Sample vegetarian food from different regions of India, splurge at the arts and clothing bazaar, get Henna applied on your hands, enjoy dance performances by the hour or take a peak into the decorated sanctums of Sri Ganesha Temple with free guided tours on the half-hour mark. Kids activities include bounce & obstacle houses, field games, face painting, and Henna. Bring your friend and families and take home wonderful memories. All proceeds shall help with the Ganesha Temple’s Multipurpose expansion.

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Street Photography by Night

Saturday, May 11 • Downtown Broadway • Nashville, TN

Street photography encompasses a wide range of genres, and this week we’ll be looking at how you can use different crops and compositions to tell a story about the local area through your camera. There will be a mix of night, architecture and portrait photography in this session as we explore Downtown Nashville.

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Music Night at the Lake

Saturday, May 11 • The Lakeside Concert Series • Old Hickory, TN

The Lakeside Concert Series is an outdoor venue in Old Hickory Village. Seating is provided on a first come first serve basis. Feel free to bring your bathing suit and a towel and enjoy a dip in the pool.

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Michelle Obama: Becoming Live (An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama)

Sunday, May 12 • Ryman Auditorium • Nashville, TN

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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Full Moon Pickin’ Party

Friday, May 17 • Warner Park Equestrian Center • Nashville, TN

Come on out to the barn and enjoy Nashville’s tradition of pickin’ in the park with 2,000 of your Park Friends! Bluegrass and Roots pickers jam in circles in and around the barn, while three headlining bands perform on the stage. Grab some delicious fare from one of the Local Food Trucks and have a fun photo shoot at the Southern Style Photo Booth! All funds raised by the Pickin’ Parties go toward protecting the  Parks as well as funding educational programs and special projects!

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Hip D Cleans Up Trash Challenge

Saturday, May 18 • Community Clean Up bulk item drop off site at McGavock High School • Nashville, TN

Fill as many trash bags as you can and then post a picture on the event page of you and your clean-up crew with your trash with the hashtag #HipDCleansUp and the number of bags you collected! The person/group with the most collected bags will win a Gift Bag with Hip Donelson goodies, along with $100!! There will also be a gift bag and $100 for the person/group that find the most unusual/unique piece of trash! Then take your collected bags and items to the Community Clean Up bulk item drop off site at McGavock High School and enjoy lunch from 11am-12pm! Metro Beautification’s Community Clean Up Event also allows you to bring: bulk items, clothing donations, recycling, and expired prescriptions. They will also be holding a food drive for Blessing Box of Middle TN, so be sure to bring some non-perishables to donate!

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Nashville Rosé Festival

Saturday, May 18 • East Park • Nashville, TN

Don’t miss the second-annual Nashville Rosé Festival! One of the city’s most talked- and instagrammed-about events last year. Celebrate the second year in East Nashville’s East Park and have another chance to support the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition!

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Annual Urban Gardening Festival

Saturday, May 18 • Demonstration Building inside Ellington Agricultural Center • Nashville, TN

Tour the beautiful Demonstration Garden and visit with experts from 100 different participants. Talk and learn from experts on butterflies, honey-bee keeping, native bees, goats, chickens, soil, composting, trees, hemp, and native and non-native plants. Plus shop local artisans’ handmade products like pottery, woven baskets, metal art, broom making, jewelry, macrame, and planters.  Enjoy tasty eats, beverages and ice cream available from local food trucks and vendors.

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Homemade Sourdough Basics

Saturday, May 18 • The Loft at South x Sea • Nashville, TN

Nothing is better than a good loaf of bread, except maybe good bread that’s also good for you. In this class, you’ll learn firsthand how to make bread that is both delicious and good for your gut. Local bread maker Julie Saunders of Crumb will give you hands-on guided instruction as you create your own sourdough starter from scratch. You’ll get familiar with the bread making process, learn best practices for keeping it healthy, and how to use your starter in a hand-mixed recipe for a basic country loaf. Cross store-bought bread off the grocery list because nothing compares to homemade and healthy.

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Is it Paint by Number? Is it Watercolor?

Saturday, May 18 • Mill Creek Mercantile • Nashville, TN

Create your own art with IOD Paintable Transfers. If you don’t think you are an artist, but always liked coloring, you will love this! Choose your own Iron Orchid Design transfer to apply to a 16×20 painted board. Create your own watercolor masterpiece using Jim Holtz Distress Crayons and water! You will be addicted. This is better than an adult coloring book!!

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Margarita Festival

Saturday, May 18 • Walk of Fame Park • Nashville, TN

Join the Nashville Scene for the 8th annual Margarita Festival at Walk of Fame Park! Your ticket gets you entry to the event and 15 margarita samples from the city’s best marg makers. Sip and vote for your favorite while DJs rock the park. This year’s fest is returning to the heart of downtown Nashville, and as always, it’ll be squared, shaken, rimmed with salt and served up real chill.

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May 18 – 19 • Fairgrounds Nashville • Nashville,TN

Hosted at a new location, The Fairgrounds Nashville, this show features the weekend of reptile excitement that central Tennessee enthusiasts had been waiting for, with well over 100 tables of top-quality reptiles, amphibians, exotic pets, and pet products, hourly seminars and presentations, door prizes sponsored by Exo Terra, and much more! With great shows having returned in triumph, get ready Nashville, as Repticon returns in 2019!

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Friends of the Hermitage Library Book Sale

Sunday, May 19 • Hermitage Library • Hermitage, TN

Get bargains on used recent and vintage hardcover and softcover books. Books are organized into genres for easy browsing. We also have many DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks! Proceeds to benefit Hermitage Library programs.

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BBQ, Brews & Beethoven

Sunday, May 19 • Southall Meadows • Franklin, TN

C’mon Out and Kick-up Some Fun at Franklin’s first-ever Quirky Mix of Highbrow Music and Lowbrow Eats featuring great BBQ, local Craft Brews and Fantastic Live Music by Franklin’s own Gateway Chamber Orchestra. Attendees can mingle to live music by small groups of talented GCO musicians while enjoying a delicious southern BBQ meal perfectly paired with craft beer. The evening’s feature performance by the full orchestra will be George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.”

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Phil the House with Art & Friends

Sunday, May 19 • Two Rivers Mansion • Nashville, TN

Phil Claiborne will exhibit his oil paintings, in addition to his three Donelson print series. Introducing a new print series to be debuted called “Donelson Revived” (a series of 7 new businesses). Free admission.

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Music City Mutt Strutt 5K & Fun Walk/Run

Sunday, May 19 • Shelby Park • Nashville, TN

Every year at the Music City Mutt Strutt more than 1,000 people and pooches alike will gather to strut their stuff for a great cause! All money raised through the Mutt Strutt enables the Nashville Humane Association to provide care and love to the animals entrusted to them each day. The event is outdoors, fun for the whole family and they will be awarding medals to all runners and special prizes at the event.

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Tennessee Disability MegaConference

Thursday, May 23 • Marriott Nashville • Nashville, TN

The Tennessee Disability MegaConference is Tennessee’s largest disability-specific conference for individuals with disabilities, families, and professionals.  At the conference, people share the latest information and innovations on many topics including housing, employment, education, health care, recreation and leisure, mental health, and others.  Continuing education credits are offered in many categories.  People attending make new friends and important connections as everyone works together to encourage the full participation of all people with disabilities in their own lives!

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Field of Honor honoring Military, Veterans, and First Responders

Thursday, May 23 • the field located at the corner of Mt. Juliet Road and Division St. near train station • Mt. Juliet, TN

Prominent since ancient times, the number 7 has special significance in Mt. Juliet this May when the Exchange Club West of Wilson County joins with American Legion Post 281 to host their 7th Annual Field of Honor® display that will feature 400 U.S. flags honoring veterans and all Americans who love Old Glory. This anticipated local tradition draws area residents together to walk among flags posted in ordered rows and columns that remind us that our freedoms have been purchased by the service and sacrifice of those who have and do wear the uniform of our nation. At the close of the event, sponsors will retain the flags they dedicated to honor individuals. The Mt. Juliet display is a gift to the community made possible through donations, sponsorships and the efforts of many dedicated volunteers. You can show your support and gratitude by sponsoring a flag or making a donation. The impact of this event is hard to adequately describe, but once experienced it is not to be forgotten. Don’t miss it.

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Tristan Lockamy LIVE at Nectar: Urban Cantina

Thursday, May 23 • Nectar: Urban Cantina • Nashville, TN

Live music and tacos! What more can we say? Tristan Lockamy is a 16 year old singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN whose influences range from The Beatles to The Beach Boys and from Queen to Ed Sheeran. A true original, Tristan has a knack for writing catchy hooks and melodies.

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Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender & Car Show

May 23 – 26 • Gaylord Opryland Resort & the historic Nashville Palace • Nashville, TN

The Nashville Boogie is a celebration of Mid-Century American music, culture, and style! You’ll enjoy many acts on 5 stages over 4 days at 3 venues. Events included with admission include a large outdoor car show, a western fashion show, vintage vendor market, pinup contest, record convention.

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Dueling Pianos

Friday, May 24 • The Winery at Fontanel • Nashville, TN

This sold-out show is coming back to Fontanel this Spring. Duel out to your favorite tunes and rock the house. Full bar and pub menu available, and free parking!

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Nashville Flea Market

May 24 – 26 • Fairgrounds Nashville • Nashville, TN

The Nashville Flea Market is always open for shopping on the fourth weekend of every month.

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Dog Days at The Hermitage

Saturday, May 25 • Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage • Hermitage, TN

Bring out your favorite canine and enjoy the trails and grounds of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage!

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2019 Foster Love 5K & 10K

Saturday, May 25 • Virtual Race • Nashville, TN

May is National Foster Care Month and the Foster Love 1 Mile, 5K, 10KK, 13.1, 26.2 began to spread awareness for all those families that open their homes to foster children and help to make a difference in making sure that all children have a place to call home! This is a virtual run (or walk) so you choose your own course and time yourself anytime in May 2019.

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CajunFest 2019

Saturday, May 25 • Amber Falls Winery & Cellars • Hampshire, TN

Wine, food, music and loads of fun are what await you at Amber Falls Winery on May 25th when they hold their annual Cajunfest festival. Bring the whole family out for a fun filled day where you can enjoy real authentic cajun food cooked by real Louisiana Cajuns! Award-winning, handcrafted wines pair perfectly with all of the food and music you will encounter. Foods include boiled crawfish, jambalaya, fried gator and more! Held in the high ridges of Hampshire, Tennessee, you are surrounded by nature’s beauty while you get your Cajun on!

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S.T.E.A.M. and SuperHero Summer Camp

May 28 – 31 • Charlie Daniels Park • Mt. Juliet, TN

Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math all together in each activity to make learning challenging and fun! Kids will make chemical reactions, play brain games, and more! Each day they will create and observe how all of the STEAM components work together.

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Keeton KIDS CAMP: Wizard of Oz

May 28 – June 7 • The Larry Keeton Theatre • Nashville, TN

Led by professional teaching artists. Campers have fun learning musical theatre skills in a social setting, while rehearsing numbers for inclusion with the adult cast in their summer production of Wizard of Oz, running June 13-29 (show participation isn’t required).

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Young Rider Camp

May 29 – 31 • Daybreak Riding Academy • Mt. Juliet, TN

The popular Young Rider Camp is back for 2019! Kids ages 4-7 are invited to a half-day camp where they will ride horses, help brush and tack up their horse, play games and make a craft!

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Hermitage Homeschool Days

Friday, May 31 • Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage • Hermitage, TN

Smell, Touch, & Taste Rachel Jackson’s Garden! Engage your five senses as you explore The Hermitage’s beautiful garden! Learn about the culinary, medicinal, and beautiful uses of plant material in the gardens as you try out recipes, make medicines, do the laundry, and cultivate flowers and vegetables. Explore a garden typical of the enslaved community and learn more about nutrition and culture in their lives.

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About the Author

My wife and I live in Donelson, where we both were raised and graduated from high school (DCA Classes of 1983 and 1984).  Our current home is on the Cumberland River, very close to my childhood home and the former homes of both my McDonald and Rice grandparents.

Our daughter and son are grown now, and our daughter, Stephanie Miller, is my real estate partner.  She lives in Lebanon with her husband and their two children.  While Stephanie and I specialize in the areas of Downtown Nashville, Donelson, Hermitage, Old Hickory, Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, we have and do serve clients all over Middle Tennessee.

As a Nashville native, I’ve spent a lifetime watching our city evolve, and I am enthusiastic about showcasing it to others and serving their real estate needs.


1997 — 2000   Fleetwood HOA Board Officer

2013 — 2016   Rhythm at Music Row HOA Board Officer

2017   Greater Nashville Realtors: Housing Opportunities & Affordability Committee

2017 — 2018   St. Martin Square HOA Board Officer

2017 — 2019   Brentwood Photography Group Board

2018 — 2019   Senior Ride Nashville


National Association of REALTORS®

Tennessee Association of REALTORS®

Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®