The Best Ever Birthday Weekend Awaits!

June 15-17, 2018

It’s not uncommon for women my age to stop celebrating, and start dreading, birthdays. Who am I kidding – it’s not uncommon for anyone my age to start dreading birthdays. But when you live in Music City, you’ve got friends in town and your thoughtful spouse has planned a weekend of activities in observance of your birthday – well, there’s nothing to dread about that, is there?!?

I’m not exactly sure what surprises await me starting tomorrow – but I thought it might be fun to share some of the possibilities with you. Oh – and most of these activities are FREE!

A friend texted me last night to alert me to this first activity, saying, “Just realized that with your bday being 615 you are SOOOOO Nashville!!! 615 is Nashville Day really haha!” And would you believe that this had not previously occurred to me? Anyway, the kindhearted folks at Project 615 and Lightning 100 are celebrating All Things Nashville (including me, of course) with 615 Day on June 15 from 3 – 9pm at Richland Park on Charlotte Avenue. This free and family-friendly event will feature local businesses, food trucks, live music by local musicians. There’s even a family-friendly yoga session (hot yoga, compliments of Nashville’s heat wave) starting at 5:15. Donations will be accepted to benefit Musicians on Call, an organization that brings live and recorded music to patients. Find more information here.

The weatherman is promising no rain for Friday or Saturday…so why am I hearing thunder? It’s not thunder at all, but the roar of NGK F1 Powerboat Championship Circuit as the boats roar into action! Thunder on the Cumberland comes back this weekend, with qualifying heats on Friday and racing starting at noon on Saturday. Watch the colorful action from either side of the Cumberland River. Free admission! For more information, visit

A woman can’t have too many pairs of earrings. Am I right? Even when I head to the American Artisan Festival at Centennial Park resolved not to purchase a single thing, I will inevitably succumb to the temptation of a new pair of earrings, or a brooch, or a basket, or… The annual festival opens Friday at noon, and opens Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10. Admission is free. Preview this year’s exhibitors at

This weekend also features festivities associated with the 18th Annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival. Friday night’s Bridging the Gap Mixer will be a SoBro Block Party starting with Happy Hour drink specials at 5pm at 5th & Demonbreun.  Music starts at 7pm; the evening ends at 11pm so that participants can get rested up for Saturday’s Jazz & Blues Festival lineup at the Bicentennial Mall off Jefferson Street. Tickets to the Mixer are $10 at the gate; Tickets to the Festival are $25 at the gate. More information, including information about performers and shuttle service, can be found at

Come Sunday evening, we’ll all be looking for something a bit more “chill” as we wind down our Father’s Day/Birthday weekend. The perfect solution is to grab a folding chair and head down to Cumberland Park to hear Nina Green and Friends perform. This free concert is part of the award-winning Jazz on the Cumberland series. Parking is available for $5 in Nissan Stadium’s lots R and T. Food trucks start serving at 4:30; music goes from 5 – 8pm. More information about Jazz on the Cumberland is available here.

Truthfully, I don’t know whether I’ll be going to any of these events, or whether my husband has planned an entirely different itinerary for my birthday weekend. (I know there is a Moon Pie Festival down in Bell Buckle this weekend…) I’m just going to relax and relish the experience.

Written by Margaret

Sounds Like Fun - Nashville is a labor of love - my love for Music City, Middle Tennessee, and experiencing the best that our area has to offer. In recent years, I've developed an informal following among my friends and professional colleagues. People ask me what I've got planned for an upcoming weekend – or seek advice about good activities for showing visiting friends or relatives around the Nashville/Middle Tennessee area. Even though there are other sites with event calendars, I think followers of my blog can expect some extra insight into goings-on that would suit ‘most anyone seeking to experience the diversity of fun and interesting things to do around town. I'm always on the look-out for good places to walk my dog. Maggie is a 10-year-old mixed breed shelter dog who still becomes comically ecstatic when she sees me pick up a leash. She's my inspiration to start a page featuring great dog walks around Nashville.


  1. Happy Birthday, Margaret! You’re a Gemini like Pam


    From: Sounds Like Fun – Nashville
    Reply-To: Sounds Like Fun – Nashville
    Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 8:29 AM
    To: Dan Haile
    Subject: [New post] The Best Ever Birthday Weekend Awaits!

    Margaret posted: “June 15-17, 2018 It’s not uncommon for women my age to stop celebrating, and start dreading, birthdays. Who am I kidding – it’s not uncommon for anyone my age to start dreading birthdays. But when you live in Music City, you’ve got friends in town and yo”

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