Enjoy a Weekend in Nashville to Celebrate Black History Month!
If you’re planning a weekend away for Black History Month and wondering what Nashville has to offer, look no further than this helpful itinerary of where to stay, where to eat and things to do. Check out your weekend getaway here and support these Black Owned Businesses in the Nashville area.
If you’re looking for a complete list of Black Owned Businesses to support, view our helpful guide. Don’t forget to check out all the Black History Month Events.
Dive Bar, Motel and Swim Club in Nashville has a unique flair and 70s vibe. Diving is not just for Motel guests, the Bar, Pool and late-night Kitchen are open to the public.
Start your day with a cup of Joe, or even a smoothie! These are some options we love in the Nashville area.
Locally owned and operated, 8th and Roast coffee shop has been a much-appreciated neighborhood spot amid the nightclubs and vintage stores along Eighth Avenue South, with added locations on Charlotte Avenue in Sylvan Park and at the Nashville International Airport. The coffee’s carefully sourced and expertly prepared, while food options include the three B’s — burritos, biscuits and bacon — for breakfast and various wraps, sandwiches and salads for lunch.
At Juice Bar, “have fun, be amazing” isn’t just a tagline; it’s a goal they live out every day. They offer fresh foods and beverages that encourage a healthy lifestyle, and they never add fillers or artificial ingredients. Whether you want a quick smoothie on the go, a growler of fresh juice for your fridge, or a full sit-down delicious meal, they are delighted to offer great tasting, super nutritious juices, smoothies, and foods. They have fun with what they do and look forward to being of service to you in any capacity. Open Mon-Sat, Closed Sundays.
Time to do some sightseeing in Nashville and see those attractions to celebrate Black History Month! Here’s a couple of options we recommend:
NEW! The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) opened its doors on Broadway last month! It’s the only museum in the nation with a dedicated focus on all dimensions of the contributions African Americans have made to American music. The museum is open from 9am-5pm CST with the last tour beginning at 4pm. Tickets are timed with a tour beginning every half hour.
United Street Tours offers a unique angle to Nashville tours by introducing you to the people, history, food, and art of black culture that is often overlooked. They’re on a mission as dedicated Nashville tour guides to increase your awareness, leave you feeling hopeful, inspired, and empowered to find ways to protest injustices, build bridges, and contribute to the community. Offering group tours only right now!
After a nice tour, you’ve probably worked up quite an appetite. Check out some of Nashville’s famous lunch spots!
Slim and Husky’s Pizza Beeria (Antioch, North Nashville, Downtown – Coming Soon)
Longtime friends and fellow Tennessee State University grads Clinton Gray, E.J. Reed and Derrick Moore have been receiving positive local and national attention matching the ever-present lines out the door at Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria, a fast-casual artisan pizza and craft beer joint, that started in the Buchanan Street area. A takeout-only spinoff called The Rollout already has opened up for both places, with cinnamon rolls also offered along with pizza. Go for the “P.R.E.A.M.” or “Red Light Special.” Vegetarians should try the “Nothin But A “V” Thang.” Serving lunch and dinner 10:30 am-11 pm Mon-Sat. Closed Sun.
Once merely a Nashville treasure and now a national phenomenon, hot chicken reigns supreme at Prince’s Hot Chicken, honored by the prestigious James Beard Foundation as one of “America’s Classics” restaurants in 2013 and now with location with a location in South Nashville joining the legendary North Nashville original. Prince’s is owned and operated by Andre Prince Jeffries, whose heritage in the kitchen dates to her great-uncle Thornton Prince, whose girlfriend reputedly invented this style of heavily cayenne-spiced chicken as revenge when Thornton came home late after a night of carousing. But whattaya know: He loved the stuff! The spartan restaurant only has a few booths, and you’ll likely wait upward of 45 minutes from their time you order at the counter and when your food arrives. The wait is well worth it. Order the medium if you think you want the hot; mild if you want the medium; hot if you like playing with fire. Beer available. Open for lunch and dinner Open for lunch and dinner 11 am-10 pm Mon-Thu, 11 am-midnight Fri-Sat. Closed Sun.
Former Vanderbilt and NFL football player Marcus Buggs opened East Nashville’s Coneheads in November 2019, a fast-casual spot notable for serving its fried chicken in a waffle cone; however, you can substitute it with fried cauliflower. Various vegetarian-friendly sides include fries, cauliflower, macaroni and cheese, grits, and pineapple slaw.
Relocated in spring 2018 to bigger digs on Buchanan Street in North Nashville, locally owned and operated The Southern V specializes in fast-casual Southern-style vegan fare. Biscuits, mushroom gravy and steel cut oatmeal are among the breakfast offerings, with veggie burgers, barbecued jackfruit nachos, and fried “chick’n” for lunch and dinner. Open 10 am-2 pm Wed-Thu, 10 am-2 pm and 5-9 pm Fri, 9 am-noon breakfast and 1-5 pm lunch and dinner Sat, 10 am-2 pm and 1-5 pm lunch and dinner Sun. Closed Mon-Tue.
Want to get some yummy souvenirs or do some shopping? Maybe, check out a different historical tour?
Family owned Kernels Gourmet Popcorn shop in East Nashville features delicious sweet and savory varieties such as caramel, white cheddar, hot n spicy, chocolate drizzle, and vanilla cinnamon.
The Musicians Hall of Fame And Museum is the one and only museum in the world that honors the talented musicians who actually played on the greatest recordings of all time. Some like Jimi Hendrix are well-known, while others like L.A. session drummer Hal Blaine are not as well-known to the public but have played on hundreds of hit records from Elvis, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, The Byrds, The Mamas and The Papas and The Beach Boys, just to name a very few. The museum has on exhibit the very instruments that these musicians used to record many of these classic hits, and will constantly be adding new exhibits for you to enjoy from all genres of music.
Don’t forget to treat yourself to a yummy treat during the day!
New Orleans native Mignon Francois’ charming The Cupcake Collection local bakery has lasted long enough — it opened in 2008 — to have preceded and outlasted scores of outposts in the nationally franchised cupcakes craze. “Our cupcakes taste homemade because they are homemade,” is the store’s motto. You’ll agree. Try our favorites of Strawberry, Red velvet, carrot, and pineapple upside down cupcakes. CLOSED SATURDAYS
Time to unwind and enjoy some dinner before hitting the town!
Fast-casual Tex-Mex spot Tacos With a Twist opened in August 2019 in the steadily growing Melrose neighborhood, offering a full bar, build-your-own tacos and set options such as Baja fish, Bang Bang shrimp, Korean smoked pork, and Nashville hot chicken.
Located since 2014 in the gorgeously restored historic circa 1942 Melrose theater space, Sinema adeptly maintains an inventive, evolving, chef-driven menu in the downstairs dining area along with a Hollywood-esque cocktail lounge experience upstairs. (The full menu also is available upstairs.) Nooks and crannies abound throughout the building, with the flickering images of a vintage movie screened on the side of one massive wall. The ownership group is headed by Ryman Hospitality CEO Collin Reed and sons Sam and Ed.
Here’s a couple options for a fun night out!
Located in the back of Urban Cowboy bed and breakfast in East Nashville, Urban Cowboy Public House features the wonderful wood-fired, locally sourced creations as well as a top-notch bar. Open since November 2016, this is a place where the area’s top chefs go to eat and drink on their nights off. Currently Roberta’s Pizza has a pop up on site for some late night eats. Ahead of evening entertainment, get stylish with statement-making pieces from high-end heritage menswear shop, Snake Oil Provisions, located in the property’s Parlor.
Opened in Summer 2020 in the Buchanan Arts District of North Nashville, Willie B’s Kitchen & Lounge, owner and proprietor Christopher Jones’ testimony to his grandmother, serves Cajun and Southern specialties such as fish or shrimp and grits, fried catfish, chicken and waffles, fried frog legs, and gumbo.
Dress code. Admission age 21 and older. Full bar. Open 3-10 pm Tue, 11 am-10 pm Wed, 11 am-11 pm Thu-Sat, 11 am-10 pm Sun. Closed Mon.