We should probably rename April to “Festival Month” because there is so much going on! There is something to do every weekend all across Middle Tennessee! From Mule Day to Nashville’s Comedy Festival, you certainly won’t be bored!
April 2-8: Mule Day
Downtown Columbia | Columbia
If you aren’t from Middle Tennessee you may not know it, but Mule Day is a favorite with all the locals! Over 100,000 visitors head to Columbia to see the parade, mule shows, and enjoy southern food! This has been a local tradition for the last 170 years and has awarded Columbia the title, “Mule Capital,” of the world. You really just have to see it in person!
April 7: East Nashville Beer Festival
700 Woodland Street | Nashville
The 8th Annual East Nashville Beer Festival is a must-attend event for beer lovers! All samples are included in the price of admission and you have the choice of everything you can think of: traditional Belgian, German, imported beers, and local breweries!
Note: This event is 21 and up.
April 7: Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil
Cumberland Park | Nashville
Make sure to save your appetite because this festival is all-you-can-eat crawfish! Enjoy live music along with your Cajun food. Alaina Cross, Three Star Revival, Dew Pendelton, and more will all be playing music for visitors!
Note: This event is 21 and up.
April 13-14: Spring Fling Market
Briar Rose Hill Event Venue | Bethpage
The Spring Fling Market is a great place to snag some clothing, pottery, leader goods, and more unique goods! Tickets are only $5 on Friday night (which also comes with free wine and appetizers!) and $3 on Saturday. On Saturday, you can also enjoy food from various food trucks, including, The Mac Attack Food Truck, Dan’s Gourmet, and more!
When you finish shopping, you can also see the 1850s plantation house and carriage barn at Briar Rose Hill!
April 14: Cherry Blossom Festival
1 Public Square | Nashville
Come celebrate Japenese culture and enjoy the gorgeous cherry blossoms! The day starts off at 9:45 am with a Cherry Blossom Walk that follows 2.5 miles of Nashville’s beautiful parks. When you are finished walking, enjoy the day with a variety of children’s activities, try your hand at sumo wrestling, or participate in the Pups in Pink Parade benefiting the Nashville Humane Association!
April 16-22: Nashville Comedy Festival
Various Locations | Nashville
If you love to laugh, then this festival is going to give you plenty of opportunities! This festival is jam-packed with well-renowned names in comedy including, Jeff Dunham, Tim Allen, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Brad Paisley! Tickets range in price as do venues so make sure to buy your tickets early!
April 21: Boro Adventure Fest
Barfield Park | Murfreesboro
It’s time to run away to the woods for an adventure-packed day in the ‘Boro! Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Candle Wishes Foundation, which provides birthday wishes and essential supplies for homeless and needy children, to put on this festival.
The only way to get to this fest is to hike through the woods. This journey leads to live music, campfires, food, slack lines, rock climbing, and fun activities for kids! There’s even a free campout with dinner! At only $10 to pre-register, this is an amazing and cheap activity for your weekend!
April 28-29: Main Street Festival
Historic Downtown Franklin | Franklin
This free event draws crowds of thousands to celebrate spring in downtown Franklin! Known for its live music, local artisans, and amazing food options, you’ll find plenty of entertainment at Main Street Festival! Proceeds from the event will go to the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County. Parking is free at Church of the CIty and Harlinsdale Farm so make sure to avoid the traffic! Shuttles will run from each location and charge $1 each way and per person.
April 29: Nash Spring Bash
Public Square Park | Nashville
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we love food trucks! This fun festival is a huge food truck meetup! Over 40 business vendors are going to be joining some of the cities favorite trucks to raise money for Project 615, a local philanthropic apparel company. Come enjoy amazing eats while raising money for a great cause!