Nashville Arts and Entertainment Magazine
Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine 2012-2013 Edition
Now in its fourth year, NowPlayingNashville.com has once again partnered with Nashville Arts and Entertainment Magazine for the 2012-2013 issue. The magazine contains a 17-page spread of calendar information highlighting some of the area's upcoming events. If you're a visitor or a local, be sure to grab the latest issue of the Nashville Arts and Entertainment Magazine to find out "Where to Go ... What to Do!" in Music City.
In addition, check out the sections below that offer additional recommendations on Where to Go and What to Do in Music City.
PARKS AND RECREATION ACTIVITIES
Whether you’re looking for a picnic spot or want to work up a sweat, Nashville offers a variety of parks and recreational activities to let you play! From walking trails to rock climbing, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Hike the Ganier Ridge Trail at Radnor Lake.
Kayak down the Harpeth River.
Romp with your canine at Centennial dog park.
Visit Warner Park Nature Center.
Splash around at Wave Country or Nashville Shores on a hot summer day.
Take a Segway tour of Nashville.
Play a game of disc golf with friends at Seven Oaks Park.
Test your strength at Climb Nashville rock climbing gym.
Check out the green roof and downtown views at Public Square Park.
Strap on ice skates for a cooler activity at Centennial Sportsplex.
Cruise Percy Priest Lake on a rental boat from Elm Hill Marina.
Take in nature at any one of Nashville’s 100 or more parks.
Walk across the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge for spectacular views of the city.
Good to its name, Music City is brimming with live music to make your feet tap and entertain your ears. While you’re out on the town, check out these hotspots for Nashville’s nightlife best.
Take in a show at Mercy Lounge.
Start at Tin Roof, and bar-hop your way down Demonbreun.
Visit the honky-tonks on Lower Broadway.
Get sushi and cocktails at Virago.
Hear a writers’ round at The Bluebird Café.
Get a late-night coffee at 24-hour Café Coco.
Dance to the 80s and 90s at Decades.
Sing karaoke at Lonnie's Western World in Printer’s Alley.
Grab a late night snack from Paradise Park Trailer Resort.
Order a specialty cocktail from The Patterson House.
Shoot pool at Buffalo Billiards on 2nd Avenue.
Sip wine on the deck at Rumours Wine Bar.
Pick your choice of bars in the East Nashville area.
OUTINGS AND TOURS
When looking to venture out on a Nashville excursion that has a different flair, try one of these tours or outings. Be sure to check out our NEW Tours Category page for more information.
Bicentennial Mall, Cooter’s Place Museum, Dyer Observatory, George Dickel Distillery, Haunted Tours, Haunted Tavern Tours, Jack Daniels Distillery, Lane Motor Car Museum, Music City Duck Tours, NashTrash Tours, Nashville Farmer’s Market, Nashville Public Library, Nissan Tour, Purity Dairy Tour, Riverfront Park, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, The Parthenon, Tennessee State Capitol, Walking Tours of Downtown, Watkins School for the Arts, or Yazoo Brewery Tour.
From the performing and visual arts to music and Southern heritage, enjoy the diversity of Music City and get cultured with a few of these starters.
Visit the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
Take a cooking class at the Farmers’ Market.
Attend an instrument demonstration at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Buy a Hatch Show print from their store on Lower Broadway.
Catch a flick at the Belcourt Theatre.
Take a drive down Music Row.
See a live show at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
Visit the shops and eateries in Hillsboro Village.
Have a picnic at The Parthenon.
NASHVILLE'S HOTSPOT BOROUGHS
12th Avenue South
From Wedgewood Avenue to Gale Lane, you’ll find an afternoon of activities in this stretch of neighborhood less than 3 miles from downtown. The 12th South area is both trendy and friendly, with offerings for all ages. Play in Sevier Park, stretch it out at 12 South Yoga, and cool down with a Las Paletas gourmet popsicle! This area offers a concentration of activity with Mafiaoza’s Pizzeria, 12th South Taproom, Mirror, Rumours Wine Bar, Portland Brew, Frothy Monkey, Corner Music Store, Ray’s Plants and boutiques 2 Elle, Moda, Serendipity Emporium, and Kathy K’s Ranch Dressing.
Put on a cowboy hat and let those boots boogie in Downtown Nashville. Second Avenue, Broadway and Printer’s Alley cover all the bases for live music and bars with karaoke, honky tonks, mechanical bull riding, disco, dancing and even dueling pianos. Other places located downtown are the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Cummins Station, LP Field, Musicians Hall of Fame, Riverfront Park, Ryman Auditorium, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Tennessee State Capitol, The Convention Center, The Frist Center for Visual Arts, The Sommet Center, and the historic Union Station Hotel. Don’t forget your Music City accessory or memorabilia when leaving downtown!
Known as the artsy, more eclectic side of Nashville, head over to the East Side for a collection of art galleries, bars, boutiques, unique eateries, and even pet retail. Enjoy the friendly, neighborhood vibe as you stroll the sidewalk and take in the colorful homes. Places not to miss include the Turnip Truck, Bongo Java, I Dream of Weenie, 3 Crow Bar, Rumours Wine Bar, Beyond the Edge, Edgefield Bar & Grill, Calypso Café, Margot, Rosepepper Cantina, Family Wash, Marché, Eastland Café, J’s Pampered Paws, Sweet 16th Bakery, The Groove, and Woodland Wine Merchant. By the time you leave, you’ll be ready to proudly display the 37206 bumper sticker as East Nashvillians do!
Green Hills’ desirable homes are only one part of the area’s landscape. You’ll find a flurry of activity centered around the Green Hills Mall, where you can shop, eat, get a manicure or catch a movie. The new Hill Center features Nashville’s first Whole Foods Market along with restaurants and retailers Zoës Kitchen, Pei Wei, Anthropologie, Francesa’s, and more. There’s a cold beer waiting for you at the Greenhouse Bar, Spanky McGee’s, Box Seat, or Corner Pub. And you simply can’t leave Green Hills until you’ve hit some upscale boutiques and experienced live music at nationally-renown Bluebird Café.
Known as The Village to Nashvillians, it’s one street about two blocks long filled with unique bars, restaurants and eclectic boutiques. From antiques to used books, this street manages to cover it all. The hotspots are A Thousand Faces, Bookman/Bookwoman Used Books, Cabana, Carissa’s Armoires and Antiques, Belcourt Theatre, Boscos, Fido, Fire Finch, Jackson’s, Pancake Pantry, Pangea, POSH, Sam’s Bar and Grill, Social Graces and Sunset Grill.
It may be Nashville’s most booming area with new high-rise condos popping up everywhere. In addition to the living, there are definitely some trendy restaurants and bars like Agave Tequila Lounge, Bar Twenty3, Radius 10, Ru Sans Sushi and Seafood, Sambuca, Station Inn and The Watermark. Urban Outfitters, a retail shop, will make its grand debut in this area early 2009. Be on the lookout for more retailers to open shop in Nashville’s newest upcoming borough.
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