Summer Fun For Nashville Families

My girls get out of school Friday. FRIDAY! How the heck did this school year fly by so quickly? It seems like yesterday that Miss C’s teacher was sending out information about 4th grade graduation.

I’ve already asked the girls to each think of three things they really want to do this summer. It could be as simple as going to see a certain movie (Epic looks great and opens this Friday) or Miss A’s favorite outing, the public library. Summer’s going to be short for us, the girls go back to school August 1, so I want to make sure we hit all the highlights before it’s time to sharpen our No. 2 pencils and buy new backpacks.

I’ve put together a list of seven must do’s for all you fellow Middle Tennessee families this summer. Check it out! And don’t forget tonight’s Music City Center Grand Opening Celebration, an all out free street party and concert featuring one of my faves, Sheryl Crowe. Yes this is on a school night but it’s the last week of school for most Nashville area kids…why not kick it off right?

12th Annual 5K for Fatherhood at Fontanel

This 5K, held on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend, will feature tons of family friendly fun, such as hot air balloon rides and live music featuring inspiring vocalist Mirka and and accomplished saxophonist and songwriter, Charles Walker. Not only will you get out and get moving with your family ona beautiful summer day, but this 5K event benefits the Family Foundation Fund, a wonderful organization that helps fatherless boys. Register here.

Bluegrass Along the Harpeth

Admission is free for the Fiddlers Jamboree event and competition July 27. Great way to hear some fantastic live music and watch clogging and buck dancing. Benefits the Williamson County Cultural Arts Commission.

Nashville International Puppet Festival

One of my friends tells me this is a can’t miss event, especially the programs on Friday featuring the Velo Theatre from France.

Zoovie Nights at the Nashville Zoo

Enjoy a day at the zoo and settle in to watch a movie under the stars. We’re first time zoo members this summer (tickets are available for everyone) and I definitely want to check this out! Madagascar on June 24 sounds fun although we’ll be singing “I Like to Move It, Move It” all weekend, okay, okay…summer.

Leiper’s Fork Lawnchair Movie Theatre

Speaking of summer movies, I’ve been wanting to check out the free Friday night family movies in Leiper’s Fork for some time. While you’re in Leiper’s Fork, you must check out Country Boy restaurant, one of our favorite Southern style restaurants.

Bruce Munro Light Outdoor Exhibit at Cheekwood

This outdoor art installation will be on display on the beautiful grounds of Cheekwood until November 2. and is definitely on my must do list! First Tennessee Fridays will also feature live music, cocktails, and a late closing time of 11 p.m. The Fireflies exhibit in the Japanese bamboo garden sounds amazing.

Summer Saturdays at the Tennessee Agricultural Museum

I’ve written about Summer Saturdays at the Ag Museum before. They’re filled with family fun, get your kids outdoors, and there’s no fee. The Hold Your Horses program July 6 sounds like a must do!

Looking for more summer activity ideas here in Middle Tennessee? Check out my Frugal Family Fun Nashville Style post or this post featuring Ten Fun Frugal Family Summer Outings.

What’s on your summer must do list?


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