The ribbon has been cut, and travelers will soon see a big part of Nashville International Airport’s BNA Vision come to life. | Photo by NASHtoday
The Nashville International Airport is a BNA Vision — and these photos are proof.
The International Arrivals Facility and BNA Marketplace, two key components of the airport’s renovation plan, will open tomorrow with British Airways marking the IAF’s first international arrival. There’s no need to wingyour flight, here’s what to know before your next takeoff.
The now complete IAF replaces the current Interim International Arrivals Building. It is part of the 400,000-sqft terminal lobby expansion and renovation. Additions include six international gates and a new Customs and Border Protection area. Pro tip: Review the airport’s non-stop destinations.
It’s no secret that the airport has placed a high priority on the retail and dining scene. BNA Marketplace is introducing 15 new concepts, bringing the total number of restaurants and stores to open since the pandemic to 85. Bonus: Half of those businesses are local, which might make that two-hour pre-flight arrival requisite a little easier. Some of the new additionsinclude:
You know what they say, it’s all in the details, and the airport’s design has plenty of local nods. As you exit customs, you’ll pass through an anamorphic art exhibition honoring the city’s history with images of old Hatch Show Print posters, the TSU Aristocrat of Bands, and The Bluebird Cafe.
The customs area dons a mural called “Nashville’s Rhythmic Skies” by Nashville native Eric “Mobe” Bass, which spans 1,000 sqft and celebrates Music City’s culture. We spy scenes like neon signs, BNA carpet + our local sports pros. Even the 12 faux trees dotting BNA Marketplace standing at 26 ft tall represent red maples native to Tennessee.
Pop Punk Pool Party | Tuesday, Sept. 26 | 4 p.m. | White Limozeen, 101 20th Ave. N. | Head to the Governor’s Pool for an open swim while listening to your favorite pop punk bangers with Altos Tequila and Codigo Tequila cocktails on the menu.
Nickelodeon Trivia Night | Tuesday, Sept. 26 | 7 p.m. | Bearded Iris Brewing, 101 Van Buren St. | Free | Join the brewery for a nostalgic journey back to your favorite Nickelodeon cartoons.
Wednesday, Sept. 27
This Must Be The Place: Book Launch | Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Grimey’s, 1060 E. Trinity Ln. | Free | Author Shain Shapiro will be joined in conversation by Tom Truitt, Chris Cobb, and Marcia Masulla to discuss the book and how music can shape the future of Nashville’s public policy.
Thursday, Sept. 28
Meet the Astronomer Talk + Telescope Viewing | Thursday, Sept. 28 | 7 p.m. | Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Dr., Brentwood | $5 | Browse the exhibits, hear from an astronomer, and view the sky through the historic Seyfert Telescope.
Friday, Sept. 29
Fall Clothing Consignment Sale | Friday, Sept. 29-Saturday, Sept. 30 | Times vary | Ladies of Charity, 2216 State St. | Cost of purchase | Attend opening weekend of the sale (which lasts through Saturday, Nov. 4) to shop men’s and women’s clothing + accessories.
Artville & Artville Afterdark | Friday, Sept. 29-Sunday, Oct. 1 | Times vary | Wedgewood Houston + Chestnut Hill neighborhoods (Martin Street and Southgate Avenue) | Free | Take in the free visual art festival featuring artisans, Community Art Show, galleries, public installations, murals, talks, live music, entertainment, food, drinks + kids’ art programming.*
Saturday, Sept. 30
2023 Fall Ball, Y’all Festival | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Nashville Farmers Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. | Free | NFM’s autumn harvest party will have live bluegrass, a pumpkin patch, fall-themed crafts, a pie baking contest, and more.
We now know what’s coming to the former Piggly Wiggly on Dickerson Pike. Honest to Goodness Hospitality will debut Fancypants by early 2024. The 2,200-sqft restaurant will feature an open kitchen, two bars, outdoor patio, and a dining experience centered around nine dishes. (Nashville Scene)
Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe is expanding its Middle Tennessee footprint with two new locations. The chain opened in Murfreesboro’s The Oaks Shopping Mall late last week + has plans for an October opening in Franklin’s Berry Farms Town Center. (Nashville Business Journal)
The Nashville Predators have entered a five-year deal with Regions Bank, marking the team’s first-ever jersey patch sponsor. The deal is especially notable as the Preds are named after saber-toothed tiger bones found beneath the company’s USB Tower. (Nashville Business Journal)
Dance her to Bridgestone Arena. Cody Johnson will bring the “Leather” tour to downtown Nashville on Friday, Feb. 2 with special guests Justin Moore and Dillon Carmichael. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.
Over $3.8 million — the amount Tennessee will receive in federal funding to support mental health and substance use disorder treatments. The US Department of Health and Human Services announced the contribution yesterday, which is part of $200+ million for youth mental health.
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has become the 170th member inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. He also received the inaugural Joe Chambers Musicians Legacy award, which honors the late Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder.
Nashville Zoo and Conexion Americas’ Hispanic Heritage Festival returns on Saturday, Sept. 30 with dance performances, a puppet show, live music, animal demonstrations, and more. The event is included with zoo admission.
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Choose four music legends with strong Nashville ties that you would immortalize above all others in our imaginary sculpture. We’ll keep the poll open until Tuesday, Oct. 3, and then put the top 10 submitted names onto a ballot.
The top four vote-getters from that ballot will then be featured in an upcoming newsletter celebrating their achievements with, of course, visuals of what we think the mountain would look like.
I would encourage y’all to visit our Instagram profile later today to see more scenes from BNA’s IAF and Marketplace. I can only hope those exiting customs feel as welcomed to Music City as I felt proud during last night’s ribbon cutting. Walking through the anamorphic art exhibition really is one of those “I’ve arrived” moments.