Nashville has plenty of fun festivals and one-off events in the month of April, which is why visitors and locals should start making their plans now. The famous Music City may be best known for its venues, but Nashville has plenty of interests that lie beyond concerts. As the weather starts to warm up and residents start venturing further and further from their front doors, they should keep these special dates in mind for a fun day out in Nashville TN.
Few people will turn down a cold beer on a warm day. When it's time to shake off the cold, why not try a few new flavors and varieties from local and national brewers alike? And while there's no guarantee the sun will be shining on the day of the event, the East Nashville Beer Festival is still a great way to celebrate the anticipation of the slower days of summer.
The proceeds from this festival will benefit Ride for Reading, an organization dedicated to bringing more books to children in low-income areas. Entry to the festival includes beer samples and a 5-ounce tasting glass. Those who want an even bigger experience should consider spending a bit more for the VIP tickets.
- When: April 13 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Where: East Park
- Cost: $60 (regular entry) $25 (designated drivers)
Cherry Blossom Festival
The Cherry Blossom Festival is a family-friendly event where visitors can learn more about the cultural arts of the East. Encompassing a myriad of countries, it's an active event that manages to disguise learning as entertainment. For example, guests can witness traditional Japanese dancing and taste a variety of dishes from the East. Watch a few martial arts moves and pick up a few tips, or take part in an ancient tea ceremony. The festival will also have games and crafts for kids, so everyone has something to do. This is a great place to get a better understanding of the norms and traditions of different places all over the glove. It may even inspire the family's next vacation.
- When: April 27 – 28
- Where: Barnes Park
- Cost: Free
St. Jude Rock n' Roll Marathon
Whether attendees kept up with their winter fitness goals or not, the St. Jude Rock n' Roll Marathon is a great way to jump-start their regimen for summer. Bask in the warmer temperatures at this annual marathon alongside more than 30,000 runners and walkers. No matter which course an attendee chooses, they'll have a chance to wind their way through the famous streets of downtown Nashville.
With a 1 mile, 5k, half-marathon, and marathon option, there's an option for everyone who wants to get involved. There's even a run made just for kids aged 5 – 12. This event will benefit the St. Jude Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping sick children and their families fight serious illnesses.
- When: April 28
- Where: Location varies based on length of run
- Cost: $32 – $132
The NFL draft is a major predictor of how next season will go, and fans everywhere will follow which team scoops up which players. This year, Nashville was chosen to be the host city. Amy Adams Strunk, the Titans controlling owner, will be leading the way. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said the draft is one of the primary ways that fans can still get their football fix, even after the season has come to a close. He knows that Nashville has some of the most enthusiastic fans in the country, and he's happy to expand the draft to untraditional cities who may have once been overlooked.
- When: April 25 – 27
- Where: Various city landmarks
- Cost: Free
No matter where a visitor's passions lie, they can find something incredible to do in Nashville this April. From football to dance to fitness, now is a great time to start mapping out weekends so that no event falls through the cracks.
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