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Events in Nashville to Look Forward to in 2020

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Congrats! You made it to 2020. Not just a new year, but a whole new DECADE ahead of us. That’s pretty cool, and we’re definitely big fans of that “fresh start” feeling.

We’re hoping to see a ton of new events popping up this year so we can bring you the best of the best. But for now, let’s highlight the best events in Nashville that we know we can look forward to this year.

On the majority of Thursdays in August, and the entirety of Labor Day weekend, you can head down to Public Square Park to enjoy Lightning 100’s FREE concert series and some food from delicious food trucks.

The music is obviously great considering how notable the performing artists/bands are, but when you stop for a lobster roll at the Cousins Maine Lobster food truck, that’s all you’ll be thinking about!

Though the festival is free, there are a couple paid VIP options to enhance your experience:

Lightning Lounge VIP

  • Unlimited Access to VIP Lightning Lounge
  • ‘On The Rail’ Stage Viewing for Both Stages
  • Complimentary Catering from 6PM–8PM
  • Complimentary Beer, Wine, Water, and Soda
  • Complimentary Late Night Snacks
  • Air-Conditioned Flushable Restrooms
  • Shaded Lounge Seating Areas
  • Commemorative Woven Cloth Wristband

Backstage Access VIP

All Perks included in VIP Lounge Pass, PLUS:

  • Unlimited Access to the Backstage VIP Area
  • Exclusive Side Stage Viewing (Main Stage)
  • Unlimited Beer, Wine, Water, and Soda
  • Table Service in Backstage VIP Area

Event Details
🗓 Thursdays in August
📍 Public Square Park

A 4-day long Country Music festival with free concerts from more than 100 Country artists and other activities–who wouldn’t be excited?! This is Music City, after all.

Possibly the biggest event every year, CMA Fest is a MUST. The greatest part is that if you don’t want to spend money on tickets for the nightly Nissan Stadium shows, you can still see some really amazing artists perform for FREE at any one of the free stages around downtown Nashville. We love that.

Check out our Guide to CMA Fest for more details and tips!

Event Details
🗓 JUN 4–7
📍 Downtown Nashville/Nissan Stadium

This event takes over a span of 10 blocks in the Germantown area every year, so you can enjoy all of the awesome activities!

Stuff to Do

  • Dachshund Derby
  • Annual 5K Bier Run
  • Food
  • Kids Activities
  • Annual Parade
  • Bratwurst Eating Contest
  • Live German Music
  • Annual Pup Parade
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Beer Tastings
  • Beer Stein Holding

Event Details
🗓 OCT 8–11
📍 Germantown

We look forward to this event for a couple of reasons. #1, we’re obsessed with the venue, The Park at Harlinsdale. #2, the lineup is always amazing.

This year’s lineup has yet to be released but make sure to check back here or on their website. Last year’s lineup included the Foo Fighters, Killers, and Keith Urban. So you can only imagine who it could be in 2020!

Event Details
🗓 TBA
📍 The Park at Harlinsdale

This all-inclusive food tasting event is one of the biggest in the area! For a set price, you can enjoy sample dishes and drinks from restaurants all over Nashville in a laid back, outdoor setting–all while enjoying live music from local musicians.

You can find ticket info here. Who knows, you could find your new favorite restaurant!

Event Details
🗓 JUN 13 | 5PM–9PM
📍 Public Square Park

More Awesome Events in 2020 – Coming Soon

Music City Hot Chicken Festival

Iroquois Steeplechase

Music City Brewer’s Festival

Music City Food + Wine Festival

Nashville Pride Festival

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McKennan Henninger

McKennan Henninger

McKennan is the City Manager for UNATION and author of the   Stuff to Do in Nashville Blog. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Nashville area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinNashville on Instagram and Facebook.

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