The Nashville Football Club will be hosting the Music City Invitational Soccer Tournament April 17-19, 2015 at fields across the city. Today’s post has suggestions for “other” things to do in Nashville for visiting team members and their families.
At the Music City Center (Nashville’s still-new convention center), the LEGO KidsFest will running that weekend. This festival brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.Tickets are being sold for half-day “sessions,” with one session on Friday, and two sessions each on Saturday and Sunday. (Saturday’s sessions are almost sold out.) Tickets for children aged 3-17 and 65+ seniors are $19.50 each; adult tickets are $22.50 each. Children aged 2 and under are admitted free.
For those who prefer entertainment with more horsepower (and don’t mind the smell of burning rubber), check out the State of Drift grassroots drifting competition series on the racetrack at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 18. Information about this event is clearly written for participants – I couldn’t find spectator ticket prices, so perhaps it won’t cost a thing to go watch these cars slide around the track! (As with most motor sports events, you should be prepared to sign a waiver to gain entrance, however.)
On a much greener note, Nashville’s annual Earth Day celebration will be held in Centennial Park on Saturday, April 18 from 11 am to 6 pm. Nashville’s Earth Day Festival is a free, family friendly event with live entertainment through out the day celebrated each year in April. The event will feature exhibits and activities aimed at educating participants about protecting our environment. Live music will start at 11, and will culminate with a free performance by the Rebirth Brass Band at 4:30. The event also features a Green Market, a Beer Garden, and educational exhibits.
I find it particularly challenging to make restaurant suggestions that will appeal to family members of all ages. So, my suggestion would be to head down to the Nashville Farmers Market for midday meals on Saturday or Sunday – in addition to some of the best produce around, there’s a great variety of restaurants and food stands in the Market House, along with plentiful seating in the center of the action. While there, look for the Dirty Pages exhibit, highlighting the most-used (i.e. “dirty”) handed-down family recipes of Nashvillians from all backgrounds. (If you’re still in town on Sunday evening, there will be a Dirty Pages storytelling event from 5 – 7 pm, sponsored by The Porch writers’ collective.)
If the adults are able to sneak out for a night on Saturday April 18, I highly recommend making a visit to The Sutler Saloon in the Melrose/Berry Hill section of town. This recently-reintroduced music venue features a restaurant menu filled with tasty (if a bit indulgent) foods and beverages, a speakeasy-style downstairs lounge, and – starting at 9:00, the very talented up-and-coming pop musicians Daphne Willis and Jenna Scott. I caught Daphne Willis performing recently at City Winery and was just blown away by her talent. You can sample some of her sounds (and Jenna Scott’s) on ReverbNation. This show would appeal to all ages, but I’m thinking that, by 9 pm, the athletes should be in bed for the evening!
Whether you’re visiting Nashville for the soccer tournament, or just looking for some fun stuff to do, I hope that one of these suggestions will Sound Like Fun to you!