Places to go, things to do and food to eat.
Live On The Green and The Southernaire Market
Lightning 100’s Live on the Green is the ultimate outdoor music fest, running every Thursday night for a month and culminating in a three-day festival. The main stage is in Public Square Park, right in front of the Metro Courthouse, admission is free and parking can be had for a measly 5-spot (how often does THAT happen in Nashville?!). But you can’t jam without some jelly, and we have the perfect suggestion: Swing by the Southernaire Market for muffulettas to go. Head down 1st Ave to the park and take in the river view.
Thursday nights from 5-11 p.m.*
Aug. 20-Sept. 11: 4-11 p.m.
Sept. 12: 1-11pm
Live on the Green, Public Square Park
The Southernaire, 150 3rd Ave. S
Bluegrass Brunch & The Shoppes on Fatherland
At The Post East from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sundays, you can enjoy a little bluegrass with your biscuits and gravy. A bluegrass band entertains the crowds, lively enough to clap along too but not too loud to have a conversation with your family and friends. Enjoy a varied brunch menu that includes waffles (traditional or vegan oatmeal, customized with add-ins like berries or nuts), a Spicy Tofu Taco and cold-pressed juices, and the best caramel latte in town. Afterwards, saunter down Fatherland about six blocks, enjoying East Nashville’s eclectic architecture and lawn art along the way, and then go boutique shopping at The Shoppes on Fatherland.
The Post East
1701 Fatherland St.
The Shoppes on Fatherland
1006 Fatherland St.
Shakespeare In The Park and Rotier’s
Now is the summer of our utter content, because in August, the 28th annual Shakespeare in the Park festival gets underway. Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Aug. 13 through Sept. 13 (plus Labor Day!), you can take the family or your book club or a hot date and make your own dramatic picnic at the bandshell in Centennial Park. Go for bleacher seating or drag out grandma’s quilt and some folding chairs. Stop at Rotier’s for burgers so juicy the bard himself would have given up all his fame for them. (Cough! Cough! Famous Henry V quote! Cough! Cough!)
Shakespeare in the Park
Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave.
2413 Elliston Place