Nashville is host to a number of fantastic events and interesting things to do. Below is a short list of unique events taking place this month, from post-apocalyptic Shakespeare to a restaurant festival with food trucks.
Winter Shakespeare: "Macbeth"
Dates: January 9–12, 14–19, and 21–26
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival features interesting modern twists on Shakespeare classics, and this year's Winter Shakespeare: "Macbeth" is no exception. Performing at Belmont University's Troutt Theatre, director David Wilkerson has reimagined the Scottish Play for a bleak post-apocalyptic setting, with dark and weathered costumes to match. Come watch this new take on the classic tragedy as prophecy, murder, and madness unfold onstage. For those still in school, student matinee performances will take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10 am.
Gathering of the Fork
Date: January 18
Gathering of the Fork Food and Music Festival advertises itself as being a twist on the restaurant festival. Local chefs and food trucks alike will be gathering at the Al Menah Shrine Temple, offering samples of their food at affordable prices. Tickets may be purchased to cover the costs of as many dishes as guests would like to buy. Not only will there be a wide array of food dishes to try, but a portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to local food pantries, as well as other charities. Come and bring friends and family so everyone can partake in this truly unique food experience, for fun and for a good cause.
Yoga Under the Stars
Dates: January 11 and January 25
The Sudekum Planetarium features many interesting events beneath its 63-foot dome, including Yoga Under the Stars sessions. Attendees will be treated to an out-of-this-world experience as they engage in a relaxing yoga routine under a 360-degree view of the stars. As the visual experience may be disorienting to some viewers, the Planetarium recommends this session primarily for experienced yogis. Feel inspired by the vast scale of the universe, and your place within it, as you do yoga. Don't forget to bring your own mat!
Date: January 2, 3, 4, and 11
Marshmallow Hikes are the perfect activity for families looking to get outside and have some fun during the holidays. Interested hikers will be lead through the snow-covered forest of Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary in Brentwood. Once the hike has been completed, the group will partake in hot chocolate and marshmallows roasted over a fire—it's the perfect reward after a chilly hike. Several hiking times are available in the late morning and early afternoon, and tickets are slightly cheaper when purchased in advance. Little hikers are more than welcome to come along.
There's lots to do and experience this January in Nashville. Try out something new for the new year, or start a new tradition when you've found something you like. It's up to you!
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