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Artober Nashville is an annual month-long celebration of arts and culture hosted by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) and Nearly 300 arts and cultural organizations will highlight the depth and breadth of arts activities during the month of October through official Artober Nashville events. Activities include visual and performing arts, music, crafts, film and more. Check the listing below for a comprehensive list of events as more and more activities are added throughout the year. Visit for more information.

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Andy Harding: Ghost Structures

Presented by Belmont University - Leu Art Gallery at Belmont University - Leu Art Gallery, Nashville

August 17 - November 30, 2015

Nashville-based artist Andy Harding transforms the Leu Art Gallery into a contemplative natural setting, infused with the dynamic energy of a sci-fi film set. Geometric and organic shapes combine within the compositions to explore the dynamic cycle of order and entropy that bears witness to both the emergence of form and its dissolution in the multifaceted processes that make up the natural world.

"Ghost ...more

Charlotte's Web

Presented by Nashville Children's Theatre at Nashville Children's Theatre, Nashville

October 29 - December 6, 2015

E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web has been named “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years” by the Children’s Literature Association.  NCT’s acclaimed stage...more

The Nashville Shakedown!

Presented by Shindig Mafia at Marathon Village , Nashville

December 5 - December 6, 2015

Shindig Mafia presents its first ever cocktail festival: The Nashville Shakedown!

Join us December 5th as we celebrate the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. Take a...more

Mike Zito & the Wheel

Presented by Douglas Corner Cafe at Douglas Corner Cafe, Nashville

December 7, 2015

"…his fiery Strat playing elevates each and every song, as do the swallow-your-emotions vocals." –Vintage Guitar

"His music flows into the veins and moves the body in ways that can...more

Have Yourself a Harris Little Christmas

Presented by Douglas Corner Cafe at Douglas Corner Cafe, Nashville

December 8, 2015

Have Yourself a Harris Little Christmas with Roxie Dean, Mason Douglas, Cory Batten, Peter McCann and Daniel Dennis.  Judy Harris Publishing presents a night of great entertainment by award...more

Shanna Henderson

Presented by Douglas Corner Cafe at Douglas Corner Cafe, Nashville

December 9, 2015

Shanna Henderson's musical proclivity always veered in the direction of country music. And her instrument of choice: the tuba. Shanna was in her high school’s marching band, and that is the...more

Pat McLaughlin and the Roughnecks

Presented by Douglas Corner Cafe at Douglas Corner Cafe, Nashville

December 9, 2015

Pat McLaughlin is a maverick. His compositions have been recorded by a jaw-dropping array of artists including Bonnie Raitt, Alan Jackson, Taj Mahal, Trisha Yearwood, Al Kooper, Nanci Griffith,...more

The Producer's Chair featuring Jody and Jeff Stevens

Presented by Douglas Corner Cafe at Douglas Corner Cafe, Nashville

December 10, 2015

Don’t miss my Special ‘Year-End’ (Father and Son Producers) show with JEFF & JODY STEVENS on The Producer’s Chair. They were both completely immersed in music, long before their teens,...more

Johnny Hiland

Presented by Douglas Corner Cafe at Douglas Corner Cafe, Nashville

December 11, 2015

A bluegrass picking marvel, Johnny Hiland was born legally blind, so there were a lot of the things his friends could do, that he never really could. This led him to the guitar when he was just...more

Annual St. Nicholas Ball

Presented by Holidayfest of Sumner County and at Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club, Hendersonville

December 12, 2015

JOIN Jolly Ole St. Nicholas in Making Wishes Come TRUE..
Annual Soiree of the Season with Live Band and excellent entertainment. The social event of the season and a fun way to begin the...more

Jim Moran, Fred Koller, Pat Flynn and Buddy Mondlock

Presented by Douglas Corner Cafe at Douglas Corner Cafe, Nashville

December 12, 2015

Some of Nashville's finest songwriters -- Jim Moran, Fred Koller, Pat Flynn and Buddy Mondlock -- join forces for a great night of music. 

Nashville In Harmony Presents | Glitter and Bling

Presented by Tennessee Performing Arts Center, TPAC at TPAC - James K. Polk Theater, Nashville

December 12, 2015

Add some sparkle to your holidays with "Glitter and Bling," a dazzling concert by Nashville's favorite chorus, Nashville in Harmony. Under the direction of Artistic Director, Don Schlosser, the...more

1969 Band

Presented by Douglas Corner Cafe at Douglas Corner Cafe, Nashville

December 12, 2015

The 1969 Band bills itself as "America’s Premier Three-Car Garage Band." The 9-piece group consists of a four piece horn section, male vocalist, bass, guitar, keyboards, and drums. The 1969 Band...more

Adult Science! Hands-On: UV: Keep Your DNA Safe!

Presented by Be An Action Hero! Academy

December 15, 2015

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands wet conducting fun & short investigations in our laboratory. In this fun lab activity, participants learn about the dangers of DNA damage. Participants...more

Bold Faces of Truth Art Exhibit

Presented by Scarritt Bennett Center at Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville

October 15 - December 15, 2015

Exhibited as a gift from the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, “Bold Faces of Truth” is a provocative art collection created by survivors of domestic violence.

These faces took...more

Christmas 4 Kids Shopping

Presented by Holidayfest of Sumner County at Hendersonville Walmart Superstore, Hendersonville

December 15, 2015

This is the day, the children come into Walmart and buy what they want and we give each child a coat.

East Side Storytellin' 73 | Kathleen Cosgrove and Austin Manuel

Presented by East Side Story at The Post East, Nashville

December 15, 2015

The 73rd round of East Side Storytellin,' now celebrating its 3rd year, features author Kathleen Cosgrove and musician Austin Manuel.

On the 1st and 3rd...more

Kelly N Troy

Presented by Bobby's Idle Hour at Bobby's Idle Hour, Nashville

October 19 - December 21, 2015

Some of Nashville's best writers sit in with the wonderful duo Kelly N Troy.  

Twin Kegs Blues Jam

Presented by Twin Kegs II at Twin Kegs II, Nashville

October 26, 2014 - December 27, 2015

Twin Kegs II presents Twin Kegs Blues Jam.  Join the Twin Kegs Blues Band for our weekly Blues Jam.  This event is open to all Blues Musicians. Just sign up when you...more

Vespers & All that Jazz

Presented by Scarritt-Bennett Center at Scarritt-Bennett Center's Wightman Chapel, Nashville

January 4 - December 27, 2015

Vespers & All That Jazz is an informal worship service, reflective & contemplative in nature, and shaped by live jazz music. Join us every Sunday night in Wightman Chapel for this...more

A Tuna Christmas

Presented by Miss Jeanne's Mystery Dinner Theatre at Miss Jeanne's Mystery Dinner Theatre, Nashville

December 9 - December 27, 2015

A Tuna Christmas, the beloved two-man holiday comedy, comes to Miss Jeanne's Dinner Theatre for a limited run. Tobias J. Turner and Asa Ambrister, under the direction of E. Roy Lee,...more

Twin Kegs Singer Songwriter Open Mic

Presented by Twin Kegs II at Twin Kegs II, Nashville

December 15, 2014 - December 28, 2015

This is a Singer / Songwriter Open Mic.  Must sing only original, no covers.  Sign in at 6pm.  Show starts at 6:30.

Open Mic hosted by Make Music Nashville

Presented by TailGate Beer Brewery at TailGate Beer Brewery, Nashville

March 30 - December 28, 2015

Come to Tailgate Beer every Monday night for Nashville’s newest Open Mic Night hosted by Make Music...more

Greg Garing's Music City Circus

Presented by Greg Garing & Friends at Drifters BBQ, Nashville

January 7 - December 31, 2015

With over 3 decades in the music industry, Greg Garing has inspired two generations of musicians with his unique blend of country, bluegrass, rockabilly, and honky-tonk. Never one to stand still,...more

Chazz Wesley & The Traditional Country Music Band

Presented by John A's and John A's at John A's , Nashville

October 19 - December 31, 2015

Join us for live music with Chazz Wesley & The Traditional Country Music Band!

Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When

Presented by Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville

July 3 - December 31, 2015

Enter to Win 2 Complimentary Admission Tickets to visit any of the exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The tickets expire on 12/31/15.


The New Mythology: Morgan Herrin

Presented by Conservancy for The Parthenon and Centennial Park at The Parthenon, Nashville

August 28, 2015 - January 3, 2016

The Parthenon is pleased to announce a new exhibit by sculptor Morgan Herrin. The exhibit will run August 28, 2015-January 3, 2016.

Herrin creates figurative sculpture with a surrealistic...more

It's Who You Know

Presented by Maverick Entertainment Partners, LLC at TPAC - Andrew Johnson Theater, Nashville

January 7 - January 9, 2016


America’s Storyteller, Chambers Stevens, provides audiences with a rare first person...more

Pscychodrama Grief Group

Presented by Nashville Center for Psychodrama at Nashville Center for Psychodrama, Nashville

October 31, 2015 - January 23, 2016

The Nashville Center for Psychodrama is committed to providing therapy services to adults and teenagers with a variety of mental illnesses using psychodrama techniques.


Presented by War Memorial Auditorium at War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville

January 30, 2016

Rebelution is more than just a band that promotes “good vibes” and telling the “suites” to “chill.” After a decade, the California Reggae band has released four full-length albums,...more

Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived

Presented by Adventure Science Center at Adventure Science Center, Nashville

September 26, 2015 - January 31, 2016

Walk through full-scale jaws into a Megalodon sculpture and begin to explore the story of this fantastic ancient creature – its size, structure, diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors, evolution,...more

Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art

Presented by Frist Center for the Visual Arts at Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville

October 30, 2015 - February 7, 2016

The third in a series of exhibitions about the human body in contemporary art organized by Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala, Phantom Bodies includes provocative artworks that address themes...more

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Nashville

Presented by RAM Racing at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Nashville

February 13, 2016

The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k returns to Nashville, are you ready? It's the event for the whole family! A brisk 15k or 5k run, with inflatables and games to occupy the kids and an ALL-CHOCOLATE...more

Judah and the Lion

Presented by War Memorial Auditorium at War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville

February 13, 2016

Nashville’s own rising Americana-folk band, Judah and the Lion, have been touring all over the country in support of their two successful EPs, First Fruits and Sweet Tennessee,...more

Eric Church: Inside the Outsider

Presented by Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville

September 18, 2015 - February 21, 2016

This exhibit explores the life and career of Eric Church featuring stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and more from his personal collection.

“Eric Church is an...more

Story Time

Presented by Overbrook School

October 29, 2015 - March 22, 2016

Story Time returns to Overbrook School

Story Time for children 5 and under begins on Oct. 29 with a harvest-themed event at Overbrook School. The public is invited to Overbrook's...more

Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City

Presented by Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville

March 27, 2015 - December 31, 2016

When Bob Dylan came to Nashville to make his classic album Blonde on Blonde, he brought unprecedented attention to the city’s ultra-talented musicians. Johnny Cash did the same with his...more

Stories from the Hermitage Slave Community

Presented by The Hermitage at The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, Nashville


The Hermitage story is not just about Andrew Jackson and his family. In fact, the Jackson family story cannot be told without the stories of the 150 enslaved Africans who lived and worked at The...more

The Age of Jackson

Presented by Tennessee State Museum at Tennessee State Museum, Nashville


Between 1815 and 1850, Tennessee embodied the spirit of American expansion and politics, with President Andrew Jackson being the central character in the state's development. Displays on Jackson,...more

The Hermitage - Andrew Jackson

Presented by The Hermitage at The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, Nashville


The Hermitage's new orientation film Andrew Jackson, narrated by Martin Sheen, is now playing on new state-of-the-art equipment in the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center theater. The film is one...more

Palaver Thursday @ FooBar: Lane Abernathy, Walking Man, Glen Martin

Presented by Palaver Records at FooBar, Nashville


Come out for live music featuring:

  • 11:00PM: Lane Abernathy
  • 10:00PM: Walking Man
  • 9:00PM: Glen Martin

Sponsored by Palaver Records...more

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