Listed as one of the top places to visit in 2013 by Conde Nast, downtown Nashville attracts tourists from around the world as well as residents from down the street with its wide variety of restaurants, entertainment, live music, sports and sights.
Tunes from every genre—blues to rock, country to classical—spill out from almost every street corner here in world-famous Music City. Major performance venues like the Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena and Tennessee Performing Arts Center host impressive shows weekly. With over 190 restaurants and over 40 live music venues , downtown has something for everyone.
Millions visit downtown Nashville every year to cheer on the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators in their respective sporting events. Downtown offers fourteen options for hotels and is conveniently located just ten minutes from the Nashville International Airport. Famous yearly events that take place downtown include the Music City Bowl, the Country Music Marathon, the CMA Music Festival and the Fourth of July celebration.
Other popular attractions consist of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts , the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Arcade (a daytime downtown street where people have gathered for over 100 years), Printers Alley, the Tennessee State Capitol , Riverfront Park, the Lower Broadway entertainment district, the Tennessee State Museum, Cumberland Park and many art galleries .
With art, music, culture, food and fun all conveniently located in one place, downtown Nashville is the perfect place to play.
Mark your calendar for the first Saturday of every month when art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings! Over 1,000 people attend this very popular monthly event. Presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, the galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring every genre of art. Admission free, First Saturday Art Crawl is a festive atmosphere with participating venues located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade – all welcoming the community to experience downtown Nashville as a center for art.
Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. The gallery crawl is a great free night on the town! Click here to see a shuttle route and map of where the galleries are located. For parking options, please use our online interactive parking map .
View a list of all the art galleries located downtown and watch for more galleries to open soon! This growing arts community is one of downtown's treasures.
"Picnic" in Church Street Park over your lunch hour this Spring and Summer!
Weather permitting, tables and chairs will be set up every Wednesday beginning in April and local food trucks will be positioned around the park during lunchtime. There will be performances scheduled throughout the month. Stay informed about performances and food trucks each week by reading Downtown Details every Wednesday.
If you are a performer or have a programing proposal and would like to participate in Picnic in the Park, please click here .