The month of love is here! It’s still chilly outside so stay warm and make the most of this month by enjoying live music, plays, attending amazing conventions, and supporting local charities! Middle Tennessee has so much going on this month. Now you won’t miss a thing!
November is a great time to enjoy time with your family and friends, eat a great meal or two (or more!), and gear up for the holiday season. There’s a lot going on this November to keep you busy, but many events have the wonderful opportunity of also letting you give back to your community. Take some time this month to reflect on what you’re grateful for and give back when you can! Continue reading
Trick-or-treating is all about family fun, halloween decorations, costumes and of course…..CANDY! Going door-to-door screaming “TRICK-OR-TREAT”, collecting candy, and showing off your best costume is a halloween tradition. And Nashville has landed in Zillow’s Top 20 Best Places to Trick-or-Treat. Middle Tennessee has some of the best streets to take your children to, complete with out of this world decorations, spooky haunted houses, spider webs, zombie graveyards and so much more. Here are some of the best neighborhoods to go trick-or-treating this halloween:
- River Plantation in Bellevue
- The Richland Neighborhood off West End
- Fatherland Street in East Nashville
- Belmont Boulevard in Nashville
- Essex Street in Hillsboro/West End
- Westhaven in Franklin
- Hampton Avenue in Green Hills
- Eastland Street in East Nashville
- Willoughby Station in Mount Juliet
- Hampton Hall in Hermitage
- The Ballentrae subdivision in Hendersonville
- Moss-Wright Park in Goodlettsville
The 20th Annual Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival
Nashville is a fantastic place to live because it is a melting pot of many cultures, and the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival is a great event that showcases all of the culture that Nashville has to offer. The free festival will feature a variety of music and dance performances on 5 different stages as well as food vendors that will be offering exotic tastes from around the globe. The world market will be filled with booths that will not only have imported and hand-made items from around the world, but also information on various non-profits and services that benefit our community around the world. Happening on October 1st from 10am-6pm at Centennial Park.
Gallatin’s Main Street Festival
The first Saturday in October each year is Gallatin’s Main Street Festival in Downtown Gallatin. This festival draws in over 20,000 people each year and has become a town favorite. There will be children’s area, food vendors, craftsman and 2 stages for live entertainment. Happening from 10am-5pm on October 1st.
Art @ PARKS
Come to Parks Realty in Green Hills for an evening filled with stunning artwork by Anna Baskin Floyd, Donna Littleton, and Tracie Grace Riesgo. Enjoy food, wine, and music from 6-8pm on October 6th.
On October 7th, 8th and 9th, Nashville’s Oktoberfest will be taking place in Historic Germantown. There is so much fun to be had like a parade on 7th Ave. N and Monroe Street, led by Mayor Megan Berry, an Oktoberfest 5k Bier Run, pup parade, bratwurst eating contest, the world’s longest beer slide and so much more. And best of all, this event is free! To find out times and location, click here.
Tennessee Craft Week
Tennessee Craft Week is an event that celebrates craft artists, their work, and their businesses. It will also showcase how Made in Tennessee is so important to Tennessee’s identity and economy. Come out and enjoy workshops, demonstrations and craft fairs all week. It will take place on October 7-16th.
Parade of Homes @ Hideaway at Arrington
Hideaway at Arrington will be hosting the Home Builder’s Association of Middle Tennessee’s 2016 Parade of Homes October 8th-23rd. This year will be HBAMT’s largest Parade of Homes yet by featuring 7 of the best builder’s in the area. Tickets will be $12 per adult at the door and children under 12 will be free. Find out the times and more here.
If you’re preparing to make a move to a new home, you already know that it’s a monumental decision in one’s life. It becomes even more significant if you have children who are (or will soon be) of school age.
Whether they’re already enrolled in school or their school career is just around the corner, moving house is one of the most impactful moments that can happen in any child’s life. You can make the transition easier by ensuring that their new school measures up.
Regardless of your preference for public or private school, there are a number of important factors to consider when deciding where to move. Even if you’re locked in to a generalgeographic location because of your job requirements, you can examine all of the schools – at least from a distance – in that area before setting up house.
Try to keep the following things in mind as you seek out your child(ren)’s new school:
- Make a wish list. Together with your child, make a written list of the qualities you and they would love to have in a school. For example: specific instructional styles, size of the school, class size, learning structure, grading system, diversity, extra-curricular activities and specific class offerings like languages. Use this list to refer to as you consider each school.
- Look at school performance records. In addition to ticking off items on your wish list, it’s also important to investigate how well a potential school compares in terms of test scores, college readiness, attendance and parent reviews.
- Visit the top contenders. If possible, once you have your list narrowed down to a manageable number, your best next move is to physically pay a visit to each remaining option. Without actually seeing the school in action, you can miss important nuances and details about the administration, staff and students that you simply can’t glean from a distance.
- Ask other parents. This may prove to be a challenge, but if you’re able to make a visit to the school, ask the principal if there are any parents who you may contact to learn more. Additionally, if you already know anyone who lives in the area, see if they happen to have any friends or relatives with children who attend the school in question. You may even be able to use your professional network to connect with the right people, especially if the move is related to your job.
- Focus on the big picture. While we definitely advocate for doing your due diligence when it comes to picking out a new school system for your child, the big picture is more important than tiny little minutiae that may cause some hesitation. Keep in mind that every school will probably have at least something that is less-than-optimal, but your goal should be to have its ‘Pros’ list outnumber its ‘Cons’ list.
Williamson County Fair
The Williamson County Fair is coming to the Williamson County agEXPO August 5th-13th with the most adorable theme. This year, the fair is bringing a little taste of New Orleans to Middle Tennessee with the theme: “Barnyard Mardi Gras.” This fair welcomes more than 200,000 guests each year and this year there will be a number of competitions, exhibits, entertainment, attractions and more. This year’s opening day entertainment kicks off with Pelican 212, the family band that was recognized on the hit shows Little Big Shots and The Tonight Show. Stop by to catch the fun and visit here to get more information and tickets.
Franklin Art Crawl
The first Friday of every month, Downtown Franklin hosts the Franklin Art Scene. It is a free event for all and there are free trolley rides where patrons can ride and stop anywhere from 6-9pm. Art will be displayed at dozens of sites even including the Parks on Main office, which will be featuring jewelry made from vintage marbles by Mary Catherine McAnulty and Gerald Witcher. Stop by to see what kind of creativity local artists have to showcase and plan your art crawl here.
Mafiaozas Music City Brewers Festival
Come out to the Music City Walk of Fame and enjoy the 15th annual Music City Brewers Festival, named one of the top 8 summer beer festivals, on August 6th. This event is split up into two sessions, the afternoon session from 12pm-4pm and the evening session from 6pm-10pm. Enjoy tastings from some of the most popular breweries in Nashville like Yazoo, Blackstone, Czann’s, Tennessee Brew Works, Jackalope, Fat Bottom and more. No Nashville festival is complete without live music, and there will be plenty of that here! To find out more information and ticket prices, click here.
Go back in time to the prohibition-era with an event inspired by Tennessee’s unique history of bootlegging at the Bootlegger’s Bash at the Carnton Plantation on August 13th. What better way to celebrate the end of summer with whiskey tastings, a southern dinner, and old-time country music? All of the proceeds go to the maintenance and upkeep of the historic plantation and Carter House. Find out all of the details and ticket prices here.
Wilson County Fair
The Wilson Country Fair will be held from August 19th-27th at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon and will be filled with tons of entertainment for the whole family! Come out and enjoy some of the best live music, food, attractions and events in Middle Tennessee during the summer. Live music performers include CMA and ACM award winners, The Oak Ridge Boys as well as The Talley’s, Jason Crabb and The Blue’s Brokers. This year’s fair theme is “We Want YOU” in honor of the election year and the Wilson County Fair wants YOU to be a part of all the fun. Click here for all the information you will need.
Depot District BBQ Festival
This years Depot District BBQ Festival will take place in the Historic Downtown District in Smyrna on August 20th to wrap up the end of summer with BBQ food vendors, live music and family fun!
Look Ahead to June
Music City Jazz Festival
June 3rd and 4th at the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheatre at Fontanel starting at 5pm Friday night and 11am Saturday morning. The music City Jazz Festival has partnered with the City of Nashville to throw this phenomenal inaugural event. With support from Governor Haslam, Mayor Megan Berry, and Senator Harper, the whole city and state will be involved. Don’t miss your change for a weekend of fun and amazing live music. Find out more and get tickets here.
CMT Music Awards 2016
CMT hosts and films the CMT Music Awards LIVE at Bridgestone Arena on June 8th at 7pm. Hosted by Erin Andrews and J.J Watt, who will be kicking off summer with a night filled with famous country stars, performances and appearances from famous actors and actresses. Scheduled to perform are Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldridge, Fifth Harmony, The Oak Ridge Boys, Cam and Maren Morris. Some guest appearances to present during the show are Vince Vaughn, Danika Patrick, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay and Kellie Pickler. Tickets are on sale on Ticketmaster and you can find more information here.
One of the largest and most well-known festivals in Nashville, the CMA Fest will be held June 9th-12th this year. This event happens to already be sold out (it is THAT popular) BUT there are still many free events throughout the weekend. There will be seven free stages throughout downtown Nashville as well as vendors who will be giving out free food samples and product samples. There will be free games, give-a-ways and chance for you to come and go as you please for FREE. Find out times and more information here.
Located in the Westhaven Community in Franklin, the Westhaven Porchfest will be held on June 18th from 4-10pm. This is a free event where the whole family is welcome! Walking down the streets of the Westhaven community, there will be local artists performing on the porches of the homes. There will be food and product vendors available. Come out and indulge in some live music and support local artists and the Westhaven community. See this link for details.
The Great Tennessee Air Show
On June 4th & 5th in Smyrna, TN you will NOT want to miss the Great Tennessee Air Show. Fun for the whole family, you can see many aircrafts take flight. The famous Blue Angles & Breitling Jet Team will be in attendance to perform in the air for all as well as U.S. Air Force F-22 Demo Team, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and more! It will be held at the Smyrna/Rutherford County Air Port near Sam Ridley Parkway. Click Here for more.
Best Mexican in Nashville: Cinco De Mayo
With Cinco De Mayo coming up this Thursday, we thought we would share some of the best Mexican joints in Nashville to get you ready for the fiesta!
If you are addicted to Chipotle, you must try the local favorite, Baja Burrito. Located in Berry Hill and started in 2000, Baja Burrito is an authentic, locally-owned, independent burrito shop. Set up the same way as Chipotle, where you order either a burrito, taco, salad or ect., and you go down the fast moving line to tell the cheerful staff what you would like inside or on top, but with a more local and fully authentic flare. Be sure to try the Baja fruit tea and queso.
Located in the Gulch, you will find a trendy, high-end Mexican restaurant. Saint Anejo offers inspired Mexican cuisine and Latin mixology and a premium tequila bar. The cocktail list cannot be passed up and how could you when their list includes craft margaritas like a pineapple-cilantro margarita and cocktails with fresh, exotic botanicals. Imagine a full, delicious meal starting with Mexican street corn then hot chicken tacos with a chipotle-honey glaze and finish it off with Horchata bread pudding. Saint Anejo has open sliding windows that lead out to the outdoor patio making for a great indoor-outdoor feel that attracts many.
The Local Taco
With 3 locations in East Nashville, Sylvan Park and Brentwood, the Local Taco is a unique and eclectic taco restaurant. It mixes tex-mex cuisine and southern home cooking making it a taco joint unlike any other. Aside from delicious tacos that you can mix and match like the spicy shrimp, local BBQ and southern fried tacos, the sides are to die for. The sides at local taco are sides you will not see anywhere else. Mexican tater tots, local hot sauce turnip greens, ham hock pinto beans and queso cauliflower just to name a few. Also make sure to order a margarita made with fresh lime
juice and agave nectar which are just $4 on Wednesday’s.
Taco Mamacita is conveniently located in Edgehill Village and is a great place to play, eat and hangout. With an array of unique and delicious taco choices and margaritas that will not disappoint, Taco Mamacita is “fresh-mex” at its finest. Some mouthwatering taco favorites include the Korean BBQ, the Memphis, Sloppy Jose, and Shrimp Po’boy BLT. Whether you are a regular or a first-time guest, Taco Mamacita will make you feel at home.
Listing of the Week
Our Listing of the Week comes from the Governors Club! It is located at 27 Tradition Ln Brentwood, TN 37027, listed for $2,099,500. This 8,737 square foot 5BR/6.5BA home features an open floor plan, soaring ceilings, gourmet kitchen, fully finished walk-out basement, resort style pool and grill master kitchen, and
gym. No expense has been spared in this custom built home. This home is listed by Heather Gipson from Parks in Brentwood and you can view this listing here.
Cheekwood In Bloom
You do not want to miss out on one of the most beautiful places to visit in spring in Nashville. Cheekwood in Bloom takes place every spring from March 19th-April 24th. With 100,000 of colorful tulips covering the majestic grounds of Cheekwood, there is no better way to celebrate the change of the season.
The eruption of color combined with the magical landscape of Cheekwood is something that someone of any age can appreciate. New this year, Cheekwood will have special themed weekends as well as continue to have family activities, entertainment and plenty of options to enjoy nature. Here are some events coming up:
Saturday April 16th
East Side Storytellin’
At 11am and 1pm join Nashville’s local bookstore, East Side Story, for a show that combines music and books to tell a story.
Plant A Story Demonstration
From 10am-2pm write your own story on wildflower seed paper then learn how to plant your story at home and watch it grow!
Saturday April 23rd
From 10am-2pm learn how to climb Cheekwood’s trees from a tree-climbing specialist. It will be first-come first-serve and is open to anyone over 8 years old.
Take Home Tree Seedlings and Planting Demonstration
From 10am-2pm learns how to plant your own trees and even take home your own tree seedling.
Every Saturday & Sunday
Featured Garden Tours: 11:30am
House & History Tour: 12:30pm
Collection & Exhibition Tour: 1:30pm
Cheekwood is open from 9am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $12 for college students, $9 for youth (3-7), and free for children 2 and under. Parking is $5 per car. Stop by and experience what everyone is talking about and to really appreciate all that spring has to offer.