Things to do in Nashville in September

There is something about school starting back that is equal parts nostalgic and terrifying (whether you are still in school or not!) But don't worry...the fun we had this summer ain't over yet. If you need some ideas on how to escape the stress of orientations and syllabuses (syllabi?), we've got you covered! Here are our suggestions on how to recover from the back-to-school blues in Music City this month.

September 8th: Wine on the River Nashville

Wine, food, and live music? Count me in! This annual event is going on it’s 16th year in Music City. Held in Riverfront Park, you can sample wine, beer and spirits as you “travel” through different regions. Restaurants featuring culturally themed menus will also have food available for purchase.

September 9th: Symphony Under the Stars

What better way to ring in the start of a new school year than to enjoy the cool (almost) autumn air while listening to classical masterpieces under the stars? The concert takes place at Ascend Amphitheater and features the music of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Did I mention there will be fireworks??

September 11th-16th: School of Rock, The Musical

HCA/TriStar Health Broadway presents School of Rock, an entertaining and hilarious new musical which follows the journey of wannabe rockstar Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher. Enjoy 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and all of the original songs from the movie as Mr. Schneebly raises his goblet of rock and turns his class of straight-A students into a kick ass band.


September 14-16: Music City Food + Wine Festival:

The 6th Annual Music City Food + Wine Festival brings together local culinary talent and celebrities with acclaimed regional and nation chefs, wine and spirits experts. There is an entire program of scheduled events: including cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, tasting sessions, Chef showcases, book signings, and more. Some of the events include an outdoor barbecue (put on by Martin's BBQ) in Bicentennial Capitol State Mall Park; Harvest Night, featuring live music from Kings of Leon; and a Gospel brunch at Music City Walk of Fame Park. Some of the daily and weekend tickets are already sold out, so get them while you still can!

September 21-23: 35th Annual Nashville Home Show

You can shop everything home and outdoor under one roof, in one weekend. The event has presentations for home improvement advice and education, DIY décor workshops, innovative product exhibits, and even a cooking stage.

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Every Thursday: September Sundown

This new free concert series presented by Musicians Corner will take place in Centennial Park every Thursday evening, all month long. Featuring local musicians, the event also aims to raise awareness and donations for Second Harvest Food Bank. While you enjoy the music, you can snack on some of the delicious offerings from the food trucks and shop from local artisans. There are also plenty of activities just for the kids!

Hope your lunch is packed up, boots are tied tight--and that you don't get in a fight.

Here goes nothin'.

-Denizen (and Billy Madison)