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 http://thunderonthecumberland.com/.
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 https://www.americanartisanfestival.com/#welcome.
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 http://www.nashvillejazzandbluesfest.com/.
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.