It’s sweater weather.
We’re breaking out our Cosby best and bundling up for the weekend with these low 60s temperatures, and we couldn’t be more pumped. While we release our outerwear from the prison that is the dusty back corner of our hallway closet, we’ll be mentally planning out a super fun Nashville weekend. With so much going on (live music! midnight movies! waterfall adventures! cemetery tours! hip hop classes! We could go on forever), it can be hard to keep our weekend schedules straight. You can find all your Nashville adventures with Wannado, but we thought we’d do a little something just for you and highlight some things you’re gonna love. Let’s break it down:missing or outdated ad config
Get “So Fancy” With Your Indie Shows & Night Hikes
FOR THE ENTREPRENEURIAL HUSTLERS:
Humility, Hustle, & Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Hub: a conversation on building a successful social enterprise featuring Kyle Westaway, author of Profit + Purpose, Patrick Woodyard, founder of Nisolo, and Kyle McCollom, founder of Everly.
FOR THE VOLUNTEERS:
Helping The Hungry, West Nashville United Methodist Church: People struggling with homelessness all around the city know that every Thursday, they can come to West Nashville United and get a hot meal from some kindhearted and hardworking volunteers. Be a part of it & help serve a meal to those in need!
FOR THE QUIRKY MUSIC JUNKIE:
tUnE-yArDs, Marathon Music Works: There’s no one quite like tUnE-yArDs Merrill Garbus. She’ll create drum loops on the spot, layer with ukelele and some insane vocals, etc. Her reckless abandon on stage and truly unique melodies will leave no doubt in your mind that you’re witnessing some crazy pure creativity.
FOR THE TOP 40 ENTHUSIAST:
Iggy Azalea & Ludacris at Commodore Quake, Vanderbilt University: The 13th annual Commodore Quake is starting off Vanderbilt homecoming week with a bang. Who dat, Who dat? Why, it’s I-G-G-Y. Oh, and Luda. Get ready to get cray (or swaggied, or whatever the kids are saying these days).
FOR THE NIGHT OWL ADVENTURER:
Night Hike, Edwin Warner Park: The Nashville Meetup group (some of the friendliest faces you’ll ever meet) are headed out into nature tonight! Take a hike by the light of the moon (and the super cool night light you should wear around your head, because that’s a great photo opp).
FOR THE COMMUNITY-DRIVEN SONG LOVERS:
Communion Nashville, Mercy Lounge: Some monthly concert series can feel like a rotating door of cool indie artists that pull off denim vests really well. There’s more to Communion than that. The brain-child of some fellas deeply rooted in community and the music industry (hello, Mumford & Apache Relay), Communion is a gathering of passionate people that you’ll keep coming back to (you can read more about it here). Killer line up this week!
Cookies, Bratwurst, Country Queens, & Tim Burton Films
FOR THE COOKIE MONSTERS:
Christie Cookie Oktoberfest Launch Party, Christie Cookie Company: You haven’t lived till you’ve had a Christie Cookie. This Nashville staple is starting off Oktoberfest with some sweet (free) treats! Free cookies & milk, brats, beer, and tons of swag. They’ll even have an opportunity for you to win VIP passes to the rest of Oktoberfest. Oh, and there will be bluegrass. Cookies & bluegrass FTW!
FOR THE FALL FESTIVE:
Nashville Oktoberfest 2014, Historic Germantown: We will NEVER say auf wiedersehen to brats & beer. Germantown turns into a crazy fun fall-festive European adventure every October. There will be food from Monell’s, Nashville Sounds kickball tournament, Yazoo beer, samples from new restaurants, a 5k, traditional German music, a car show, a pup parade, activities for the kids, and of course: liederhosn. Ya!
FOR THE MJ FANS:
The Music Of Michael Jackson, Schermerhorn Symphony Center: It’s going to be a Thriller of a night, because the Nashville Symphony wants to Rock With You. Bring that single white glove to Nashville’s stunning classical venue to hear the late great MJ’s songs performed by an orchestra.
FOR THE HALLOWEEN-LOVIN’ FAMILIES:
Family Film: Coraline, The Frist Center: Ok, so the Tim Burton animated film isn’t explicitly Halloween-themed, but anything he does has that fantastically mild spookiness that will get your little ones into the Halloween spirit. This is a film screening in a 3 part series for The Frist, and it’s going to be a blast!
FOR THE 90’S COMEDY NERDS:
Rob Schneider, Zanies: That’s right, ladies & gents. Deuce Bigalow will be gracing our presence tonight at Nashville’s premier comedy club. An Emmy nominee with countless credits to his name, Schneider has just returned to the standup circuit after a twenty year hiatus, and he’s getting rave reviews. Grab a pal and see how long it takes one of you to break out into “The Richmeister”.
FOR THE CLASSIC COUNTRY FANS:
Loretta Lynn, Ryman Auditorium: Does she even need an introduction? We think not. If you look up classic country, we’re pretty sure you see Loretta’s picture. She is a testament to our Music City Roots, but she’s never stopped evolving. Head to The Ryman to see one of the artists that started it all.
FOR THE HIP-HOPPERS:
Isaiah Rashad, Marathon Music Works: This Chattanooga native is gonna be a rap star, y’all. He recently wrapped up a worldwide tour with Schoolboy Q, and his intelligent rapid-fire delivery is something you just have to see in person.
FOR THE CHARITABLY ACTIVE:
Light The Night Walk, LP Field: Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by taking a walk with your city. Registration is free, and your online donation page is easy to set up! This is a great way to get out this weekend for a truly wonderful cause.
Walk With Zombies, Chill At A Waterfall, & Get The Inside Scoop On The Worst Movie Ever Made
FOR THE MAJESTIC OUTDOORSMAN/WOMAN:
Early Morning Fall Falls Adventure: The air is crisp, the leaves are falling – that doesn’t mean you can’t have an outdoor water adventure! Hang out with the awesome folks from Tennessee Hiking Group & explore some of the area’s best waterfalls (spoiler alert: there are a lot and they are breathtaking).
FOR THE WHIMSICALLY SPOOKY:
Zombie Walk, Public Square Park: Calling all the dead! Gather at the park at 2pm. This annual tradition is going strong, so bring your food donations and arrive early to get your makeup done and socialize with your fellow zombie folk. You’ll be peelin’ through the streets of Nashville wreaking (good-natured) havoc on your favorite city for a cause!
FOR THE PICTURESQUE MOMENT:
Live Music: Bluegrass In The Herb Garden, Cheekwood: If you’ve never been to Cheekwood during the day, prepare your mind, body, and soul for a magical Nashville moment. You’ll be surrounded by beauty in the Herb Garden, listening to the heavenly bluegrass sounds of some of Nashville’s best pickers. So fun!
FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT LOVER:
Dave Barnes, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound & The Soil & The Sun, Musicians Corner: Hosted at Centennial Park, this local concert series always draws a huuuuge crowd. This Saturday will be no exception, especially since local favorite Dave Barnes is headlining. Food trucks, picnic blankets, flannel, and fall tunes! What could be better?
FOR THE SPORTY:
Vanderbilt V. Charleston Southern, Vanderbilt Stadium: ANCHOR DOWN. Put on your black and gold and come support your favorite college football team against Charleston Southern. It’s gonna be a good one.
FOR WHEN YOU WANT TO MARVEL AT SOMETHING:
Bandaloop Harboring, Oz Nashville: Truly a sight to behold! “A pioneer in vertical dance performance, Bandaloop seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality and intricate choreography to create graceful weightlessness in dance.” Woah. Get ready to be floored.
FOR THE HILARIOUSLY IRONIC:
The Room & The Disaster Artist, Belcourt Theatre: We’ve talked at length about the experience of going to see “the worst movie ever made”. There’s an artfulness to it’s haphazardness, and Tommy Wiseau is the surreal (sometimes nonsensical) movie star this generation deserves. If you haven’t been yet, this is the weekend! Greg Sestero, who plays Mark in the film, will also be screening his project The Disaster Artist. A must-do, people!
FOR THE THRILL SEEKERS:
Historic Cemetery Illuminated Walking Tour, Mt. Olivet: It’s going to get spooky, y’all. This is a perfectly timed October event, providing some thrills and historical education for the whole family (though your kids may not want to sleep alone that night). You’ll visit Civil War gravesites and walk among the soldiers and southern belles of Nashville past (yep – there are re-enactors present).
Walking Dead Premiere, Football Parties, & Hip Hop Dancin’
FOR THE TV CONNOISSEUR:
Walking Dead Season Premiere Party, 12th & Porter: AMC’s larger than life (but actually, you know, death) zombie show “The Walking Dead” has developed a cult following. Wanna watch the season premiere with your fellow enthusiasts? Head to 12th & Porter for drink specials, a zombie costume contest, and a screening of the first episode.
FOR THE (KINDHEARTED) EXPERT FOLDERS:
Weekends At Thriftsmart: Thrifsmart is a humongous thrift store with a heart of gold. Sales from Thriftsmart’s store support 4 other nonprofits including Mercy Children’s Clinic, The Belize Project, African Leadership, and New Hope Academy. Come volunteer and help sort, tag, and fold clothing donations! It will make such a difference.
FOR THE FOOTBALL FANS:
FOR THE CLASSIC HORROR FILM BUFFS:
Grassy Knoll Movie Nights, Bongo Java East: Before “The Rachel” there was “The Mia Farrow”. The pixie cut heard round the world was put on display in the classic horror film (perfect for the Halloween season) Rosemary’s Baby. Come to the outdoor screening in East Nashville at Bongo Java!
FOR THE POP & LOCKERS:
Open Hip Hop With The Walkers, DancEast: This is a no-pressure, high energy way to blow off steam before the work week, y’all! Bring ‘dem high tops and your best mean muggin’ face, because you’re about to break it down. Only 10 bucks if you bring a friend!
FOR THE INDIE DARLINGS:
Brave Baby with Susto & Guthrie Brown, The Stone Fox: It’s always a party on Sunday nights at our fave West Nashville joint, The Stone Fox. Grab some chicken and waffles and a cocktail and kick back with the sweet sounds of indie rock pulsing through your veins. These dudes are good.
WHOOP. It’s going to be a solid weekend, filled with fun and whimsy and adventure (and we’re only skimming the surface in this list). Make some memories out there, Nashville! To find all the fun things to do in Nashville (happy hours, sporting events, laser light shows, etc.), grab Wannado! We’ve got you covered.