Memorial Day is the time of year when women finally get a free pass to wear white, backyard grills are fired up and fireworks light up the sky. It is the arrival of summer and all that comes with it. However, Memorial Day is also the celebration of our fallen loved ones and all of those who have served to fight for what we stand for. So this Memorial Day, take the time to celebrate America and enjoy the summer fun that Nashville offers. Here are my top 10 things to do over Memorial Day Weekend in Nashville:
Head down to Centennial Park for the Food Truck Festival on May 24. Enjoy free music from 1:30-5pm from main stage performers and pig-out at 30 of Nashville’s best food trucks! Pre-show festivities include a beer garden happy hour, Artisan Marketplace and kid activities. This will surely be a truckload of fun!
The Music City Mudbug Festival is held at the Mercy Lounge Entertainment Complex with a HUGE outdoor stage and two indoor stages. Held on May 24, the festival promises a great time with acts such as Mikky Ekko, AJ & The Jiggawatts, DeRobert & The Half-Truths, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, Kyle Andrews, El El, Kansas Bible Company, The Get Togethers, What Up English and Sol Cat. Make this a family event! Children under 18 are permitted to attend with a parent.
3. Ren Fest
The annual Tennessee Renaissance Festival wraps up its last weekend in Middle Tennesee with the Royal Jousting Tournament Weekend. Travel back to 16th century England and experience a day full of Reniassance arisans, musicians and merrymakers.
Kick off the summer with a firework display! Join Nashville Shores for their opening weekend and watch as the skies light up on May 25 over Percy Priest Lake. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at dusk. It will surely be a spectacular sight!
The Nashville City Cemetery Association is holding the annual Memorial Day Dash 5k on May 26. All proceeds will benefit the restoration and preservation of Nashville City Cemetery. The race begins at Greer Stadium at 8am and ends in the City Cemetery. All ages are welcome!
Need a great way to cool off? Check out all of the Nashville water activities opening Memorial Day weekend including: public pools, spray grounds, canoe/kayak trips and marinas. Want to step up your water activity fun? Visit Wave Country for slides, wave pools and more! Take your coolness to a new level and get wet!
Camping has never been so much fun! Sleep under the stars with your favorite snoozing animals on May 24. This overnight camping experience is for the whole family and includes fun activities like hayrides, inflatables, an animal show, crafts and weenie roast! To finish off the night marshmallows will be toasted and enjoyed! This is a camp-out you will never forget!
Gather at Stones River National Battlefield Cemetery for a Memorial Day Service on May 25 at 1:30pm. Visitors are invited to to gather at the rostrum to remember the sacrifices of soldiers, past and present. The event will include patriotic music, a wreath laying ceremony and a reading of the names of veterans who have passed since last Memorial Day.
Celebrate the culture and artistry of Americana music. This 10-day festival dives into the roots of Americana, including Delta blues, bluegrass, Cajun, folk, alternative-country, jazz, rockabilly, and gospel. Hear all of these sounds as 50 artists take over 10 venues for 10 days, May 22 – June 1, at the park at Harlinsdale Farm. Influenced by the sounds of New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville, experience Americana lives in the words and sounds that history helped define.
10. Lo-Life Cruisin
Love cars? Head to Lebanon for the Lo-Life Cruisin’ Car Show on May 23, 24, and 25. Held at the Wilson County Fairgrounds, the Lo-Life Cruisin’ Car Show is designed with all car and truck enthusiasts in mind! Previously know as the Slammin’ and Jammin’ Car Show, this new car show will be the 18th year it has been held in Lebanon. So rev your engines and head down to the car show!