Best of 2020

Each year, we create a "Best Of' list from NowPlayingNashville and we are doing it again to say farewell to 2020! What a year it's been! January and February started off pretty normal, until March…

Each year, we create a “Best Of’ list from NowPlayingNashville and we are doing it again to say farewell to 2020!

What a year it’s been! January and February started off pretty normal, until March 3rd when a Tornado devastated our city and parts of the Middle Tennessee region. Then one week later, a pandemic and lockdown hit our country. It shattered some of our cities most-loved businesses and hurt a ton of our hospitality, tourism and restaurant industry! We saw some of our favorites close this year to never re-open and that just breaks our hearts.

To say it’s been a crappy year would be an understatement. However, we at NowPlayingNashville can provide some positivity with highlights on the GOOD and BEST OF things that happened on our website and social media this year!

So let’s all bid adieu to 2020, an unforgettable year to say the least!

 

BEST OF 2020 ON NOWPLAYINGNASHVILLE

 

12.  BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

Black-Owned Businesses Nashville

Social Justice, Equity and Equality were brought to light in 2020! It is important to NowPlayingNashville that we are supporting black-owned businesses in our community and that we continue to fight against racism and inequality in this country. This page is a great resource to find Black-Owned Businesses to support in Nashville!

 

11.  ARTOBER NASHVILLE

Artober Nashville

Artober Nashville, the month-long celebration of the arts and humanities, looked a bit differently this year! We were able to create online content to showcase during October. We partnered with many local organizations to bring content to homes through our Learning Labs, as well as creating Artober TV  and Artober Talks segments. Visit NowPlayingNashville’s YouTube and Facebook to catch up on Artober Nashville!

 

10.  16 FALL THINGS TO DO IN NASHVILLE

Cheekwood Harvest
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

While many fall events were happening virtually, we were still able to do our 16 Things to Do this Fall page. This page included a mixture of outdoor festivals, family fun, virtual festivals and more.

 

9.  LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT TO STREAM RIGHT NOW

Live Music & Entertainment to Stream Right Now

Throughout the pandemic, live music and entertainment began occurring on social media and many new streaming platforms. With shows across the country being postponed and even cancelled, many artists took to their social media accounts to bring happiness to everyone’s homes. From March – August, we kept you all updated on a daily basis with artists and entertainment to stream.

 

8.  TORNADO RELIEF

Tornado Relief Events

When the March 3rd tornado hit the Nashville and Middle Tennessee communities, events and fundraisers began popping up all across the country. We decided to create a Tornado Relief page, so people could find ways to give back!

 

7.  INSTA-WORTHY MURALS IN NASHVILLE

Hot Air Balloon Mural
Photo by Victoria Leuang

Throughout Music City, murals constantly pop up on the side of restaurants, shops or industrial buildings adding a nice, vibrant and unique look to its surroundings. Especially with a pandemic, finding the Insta-Worthy murals in Nashville was a safe and socially-distant activity for visitors or locals alike!

 

6.  CANCELLED + POSTPONED EVENTS

Cancelled & Postponed Events

Welp, no surprise here to that this one made the list! With so many events still being Cancelled, Postponed or Rescheduled, we created this page to give you all the most up-to-date information for happenings in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

 

5.  14 THINGS TO DO FOR VALENTINE’S DAY IN NASHVILLE

14 Things to Do for Valentine's Day

Back before COVID-19, there was Valentine’s Day in February when Broadway shows were touring, artists were performing, restaurants were at full capacity and we could all gather in groups. This blog topped the list (obviously) since events took a downhill spiral right after this. Look back at what happened before we entered the new pandemic world!

 

4.  19 HIP & HIDDEN BARS TO VISIT IN NASHVILLE

Photo by Dream Hotel

When you’re in Nashville, explore these Hip and Hidden Bars around town. Whatever scene you’re looking for, you’ll find something that fits your style that you didn’t know existed. From tiki tropical-themed bars to bright neon lights, we’ve got 19 places to definitely add to your list when this pandemic is over!

 

3.  JINGLE BEAT

JINGLE BEAT
Jingle Beat

Jingle Beat is a NEW holiday light show at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. It’s not your average holiday drive-thru experience, this large-scale visual and auditory display is brought to you by the creatives behind world renowned tours and installations. The award-winning, Nashville-based production team typically handle arena tour productions for artists including Billie Eilish, Kacey Musgraves and Lizzo, among others when concerts are touring. GRAB YOUR TICKETS HERE!

 

2.  THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND

Things to Do this Weekend
Morgan Yingling | NowPlayingNashville.com

The Things to Do this Weekend page is always a favorite on the NowPlayingNashville website. It features events from all over the Middle Tennessee area that are happening in the upcoming weekend. Hint: We always reset this page on Mondays.

 

1.  LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT

Discover Live Music Tonight
Grand Ole Opry

Surprise! The #1 Most Viewed Page is Back Again – Live Music Tonight. Whether it was virtual or in-person music, it’s obvious you guys love the music in Music City!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR … CHEERS TO A BETTER 2021!