By: Kate Quigley
The dog days of summer may be upon us, but Nashville is showing no signs of slowing down. If you are searching for all of the best eats, shopping, and things to do this month, then look no further! We have complied another bucket list full of events, restaurants, and local shops you won’t want to miss!
Photos via Blended Festival Instagram
August 13 - 14
The multi-city Blended Festival has finally made its way to Nashville! This wine and music festival features a variety of musical talents, celebrity chefs and mixologists. If you are a foodie, come and experience food trucks, local restaurant pop ups, chef demonstrations and competitions. Wine lovers will be able to track their tastings to keep up with their favorites. When you need a moment to relax, stop by the wellness lounge for an IV drip or take a snooze in a nap pod. No matter what you choose, this event won’t leave you disappointed.
Photos via Tomato Art Fest Instagram
August 13 - 14
East Nashville’s Tomato Art Fest is back this year and ready to bring the community back together! This free neighborhood built event is located in Five Points, and features live music, food trucks, unique artists and vendors. The weekend is kicked off with a parade and costumes are encouraged. Come join the locals at one of their favorite events of the year!
Photos via PBR Instagram
August 21- 22
Professional Bull Riding is back in Nashville for two nights this month! Grabs some friends and come experience what it truly means to be country in Tennessee. After that, head to Broadway, save a horse, and find a cowboy!
Photos via Friends of Warner Park Instagram
August 20 - 21
Head to Percy Warner Park this month and enjoy an evening under the moon and stars listening to traditional bluegrass music. Gather up your best friends, a blanket, and even your dog and come listen to some local musicians while enjoying a treat from a food truck.
Restaurants to try:
Photos via Twelve Thirty Club Instagram
550 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
The Twelve Thirty Club is a four-level dining, cocktail, and music experience that is part of the newest edition to Nashville, Fifth + Broadway. The restaurant is reminiscent of the supper clubs of the 19th-century with a cosmopolitan feel, so when you step inside you will find it hard to believe you are in Tennessee. With a different menu and vibe on each level, you will want to come back again and again.
Photos via Big Al's Instagram
1828 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Specializing in Southern comfort food staples, Big Al’s Deli has been a celebrated institution for the last 15 years. Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’re sure to find something to satisfy any craving.
Photos via Folk Instagram
823 Meridian St, Nashville, TN 37207
If you are craving a salad and pizza, then head to Folk. Sister restaurant to Philip Krajeck’s Rolf & Daughters, Folk offers a variety of natural wines, seasonal vegetables, and wood fired pizzas.
Photos via Culture & Co. Instagram
3820 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
Located in the L&L Market, Culture & Co. offers a unique and interactive dining experience for its visitors. The menu is focused on cheese, charcuterie, and paired wines. Choose your items from a conveyor belt that is rotating around the seating area and enjoy!
Photos via 1767 Designs Instagram
2611 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216
If you are looking to add a new piece of decor to your home, then you’ve got to check out 1767 Designs. They are a woodworking company that is dedicated to memorializing Nashville’s historical architecture. They do this by recycling wood from historic homes and turning them into beautiful art. Custom designs are also available.
Photos via Apple & Oak Instagram
717 Porter Rd, Nashville, TN 37206
Known for their beautiful Turkish rugs, Apple & Oak is a unique store offering furniture, home decor, accessories, and gifts. The store even offers the opportunity to rent their rugs and 1965 turquoise Ford pick-up truck for any event you may have.
Photos via Whites Mercantile Instagram
2908 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
This one stop shop with its nostalgic feel is reminiscent of another time. The space is designed to look like a old general store, with vintage decor displayed throughout. You will find a little bit of everything here. From home decor, antiques, souvenirs, and gifts, there is no doubt that you will find something you need to take home.
Photos via Denizen Instagram
5014 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209
Located in The Nations, Denizen is a curated home, plant, and gift shop. This shop offers home goods, clothing, and plants that are the perfect addition to any home. If you have a wedding or event coming up, they offer floral design and rentals to make your special day even more beautiful.
Photos via Adventure Works Instagram
1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Rd, Kingston Springs, TN, 37082
With two locations in Nashville, Adventure Works has something for every adventure lover! For those that love being active out in nature, you will love the beauty of the majestic forest as you experience the park. If you want to fly through the air, try the multiple ziplines that will give you a bird’s eye view of the trees below. If you are in search of a physical challenge, try the 25-element treetop aerial adventure course.
Photos via Williamson County Parks and Rec Instagram
920 Heritage Way, Brentwood, TN 37027
If your kiddos need a way to cool off this month, be sure to head to the Brentwood Splash Pad. This splash pad is 10,000 sq. ft. featuring multiple slides, ground and ring sprays and a 100-gallon dump bucket. When they are worn out and hungry from fun in the sun, there are vending machines for them to grab a snack and refuel!
Photos via Radnor Park Instagram
1160 Otter Creek Rd, Nashville, TN 37220
If you are looking for an outdoor activity with beautiful scenery, throw on your hiking shoes and drive down to Radnor Lake State Park. This park is perfect for nature lovers! Hike the many trails and observe the wildlife living in this 1,368-acre space.