Plus, our guide to Baton Rouge
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Today's Note
Hey y'all, Dylan here. Country music is in the air this weekend with CMA Fest going on through Sunday, June 11. If you plan to go to this year’s festival — even for just an afternoon — check out our guide below. Alternatively, you may be looking to steer clear of the downtown crowds. Keep reading for nine more weekend events.

Friday, May 26
  • “Into the Woods” | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | TPAC, Andrew Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St. | $39+ | Be enchanted watching this twisted take on your favorite storybook characters.
  • Emily King and Devon Gilfillian | Friday, May 26 | 8 p.m. | Ryman Auditorium, 116 Rep. John Lewis Way N. | $29.50+ | The pair are accompanied by Joseph Solomon.
  • The Beach Boys with The Nashville Symphony | Friday, May 26-Saturday, May 27 | Times vary | Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Pl. | $61+ | You’ll have “Fun, Fun, Fun” when The Beach Boys join the Nashville Symphony for a night packed with all your favorite hits.
Saturday, May 27
  • Musical Instrument Petting Zoo | Saturday, May 27 | 2-3 p.m. | Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Rep. John Lewis Way S. | The program will begin with a demonstration of the instruments by a professional musician.
  • Picnic at the Proctor Barn | Saturday, May 27 | 12-2 p.m. | Proctor Barn at Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City | Free | Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy lawn games and barn tours.
  • The Emo Night Tour | Saturday, May 27 | 8 p.m. | The Basement East, 917 Woodland St. | $15 | Dance the night away to hits from Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and more
Sunday, May 28
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From the editor

  • Visit Ryman Auditorium on Sunday for free, family-friendly activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual Ryman Community Day features self-guided tours, face painting, food trucks, and live music. Pro tip: Don’t forget to bring a valid Tennessee ID.
  • Earlier this week, we shared our guide to Nolensville with where to dine, places to shop, and what’s new. Check out this Reel to see how we spent a Saturday in this charming Williamson County town.
  • Did you know Sunday is National Burger Day? If you’re looking to double down on burgers this weekend, be sure to revisit NASHtoday’s burger bracket. Psst — we also hear Hoss’ Loaded Burgers is serving up $5 Old Timer burgers on the special day.
Great Escapes
Our Guide to Baton Rouge, LA
State Capitol Park, Baton Rouge
Visit the Capitol Gardens for a break from the big city bustle. | Photo by @evrentrx
One thing we love about Baton Rouge is how much pride the city has in its history. The food, the music, and the people are all a reflection of the rich cultures that make this city so special.
  • Why go: A music lover’s paradise. The annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival helps to keep the swamp blues music scene alive and well. The genre is native to the city and is a great way to get to know the city from a new perspective.
  • Food: Bayou Cafe. The BBQ chicken at this family-owned restaurant is a must-try.
  • Outdoors: Baton Rouge Zoo. Newly-renovated and just 15 minutes from the heart of downtown, this is a great family-friendly excursion.
  • Vrbo: Going with a group? This charming stay offers four bedrooms + a full kitchen. (~$300/night)*
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