September. It’s one of a lot of Middle Tennessean’s favorite months. The air is beginning to show signs of cooling, college football has started back up, and there’s a lot to see and do around town. Whether you’re interested in some food related fun, one of the best music festivals in Tennessee, or are eager for a throwback, we’ve got some great event ideas for you to fill your September calendar!
September 1-17, Thursdays-Sundays + Labor Day: Shakespeare in the Park
Centennial Park Bandshell | Nashville
For some classic culture, make plans to attend one or both of this year’s Shakespeare in the Park productions. Putting a unique spin on the plays to make them relevant to modern times, the non-profit theater company attracts large audiences each year. This year’s lineup includes The Winter’s Tale and Antony and Cleopatra. Those in the know recommend arriving at 6:00 to get a good spot, then enjoying some fare from the food trucks and vendors before the pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30.
September 2: InterNASHional Food Crawl
Various Restaurants | South Nashville
Try a variety of international cuisines at the 5th Annual InterNASHional Food Crawl benefiting the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition. Guests will be able to try samples at at least eight immigrant owned restaurants. The event usually sells out, so grab your tickets while you can.
September 2, 9, & 16: Musician’s Corner
Centennial Park | Nashville
Musician’s Corner is closing out summer with three more Saturdays of free music. The lineup includes Steve Moakler, Future Thieves, Okey Dokey, and many more, plus September 16 is a special AMERICANAFEST event. The events are always family and pet-friendly, so bring the whole crew.
September 9: Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival
Cumberland Park | Nashville
Grab 20 friends and sign up for the Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival – or just come hang out as a spectator! According to legend, dragon boat racing began in China over two millennia ago. Today, the Cumberland River Compact uses the fun event to bring awareness to the Cumberland River and keeping it clean.
September 9-10: Sulphur Dell Vintage Base Ball Cup
Carnton Plantation | Franklin
To wrap up a fine season, the top local vintage base ball (yes, two words) teams get together for the Sulpher Dell Cup, paying homage to Nashville’s baseball past. If you’ve never been to a vintage base ball game, now is the time! Volunteer players dress in period attire from the 1860’s and play by the era’s rules, meaning no spitting, no swearing, and no sliding. They also don’t use gloves. All games are played at historic venues which are usually open for tours if you’d like to make a day of it. Teams, times, and location will be determined at the end of the regular season.
September 8-17: Tennessee State Fair
Tennessee State Fair Grounds | Nashville
Tennessee Proud. It describes the fairgoers, but it’s also the 2017 theme for the annual Tennessee State Fair. Whether you’re interested in the rides, the fair food, or the agricultural or craft exhibits, the fair has something for everyone.
September 12-17: AMERICANAFEST
Various Venues | Nashville
Featuring 230 artists scheduled over six days at nearly every music venue in Nashville, AMERICANAFEST is billed as one of the best-valued music festivals in the country. Americana music is gaining traction quickly by being a genre that is accepting of folk, blues, rock, country, roots, R&B, bluegrass, and other genres, blending a unique sound that is welcomed by both artists and music fans alike. Some of this year’s artists include the Turnpike Troubadours, Drive by Truckers, John Hiatt and the Goners, John Paul White, Elizabeth Cook, Brandy Clark, and many more.
September 23 & 24: Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival
Harlinsdale Farm | Franklin
2017 might boast the strongest Pilgrimage lineup yet. Huge acts such as Justin Timberlake, Ryan Adams, Eddie Vedder, Fitz & the Tantrums, the Avett Brothers, and many more, the two-day event will certainly keep you entertained. Unfortunately, due to the popularity, the event is already nearly sold out. If you didn’t snag your tickets already, do your best to win a set and mark your calendar for next year’s on-sale dates so you don’t miss out again.
September 22-24: TACA Tennessee Craft Fair
Centennial Park | Nashville
Over 200 artists from across the nation will be on site selling their handcrafted goods. The craft fair is juried, which means there will be a wide selection of a variety of crafts, and many of the crafters are award-winning. Some of the crafts will include jewelry, woodwork, photography, clay, and much more. When you get tired of shopping, there will also be demonstrations and activities for the kids to participate in.