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Weekend Forecast

🌧️ Expect a chance of rain on Saturday and temps in the high 40s.

Howdy, Nashville — Skylar here. The chilly weather has me curling up inside most days. Between this and one of my 2024 goals being to learn a new craft, I’m eyeing tickets to the hand embroidery class on Sunday. Keep scrolling for eight other upcoming events.

From the editor

Nashville Farmers Market’s Fall Ball, Y’all is this Saturday. | Photo via Nashville Farmers Market

City Editor Dylan here. Before you scroll down for even more events (yep, it’s a busy weekend in Music City), let’s play a game of “choose your own adventure” with three categories — seasonal shopping, local brews, and 5k races. If you’re looking to...

Shop local (with fall festival vibes):
  • 2023 Fall Ball, Y’all Festival | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Nashville Farmers Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. | Free+ | Enjoy vendor shopping, live bluegrass, a pumpkin patch, fall-themed crafts, a pie baking contest, and more.
  • Nashville Food Faire | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | oneC1TY Nashville, 8 City Blvd. | Cost of purchase | Shop from dozens of local vendors selling pastas, hot sauces, jams, and other provisions.
Sip local brews and listen to live music:
  • Nashville Brew Fest | Friday, Sept. 29 | 8-11 p.m. | First Horizon Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way | $50+ | The evening will feature over 50 breweries, 150 beers, food trucks, music, and lawn games — early admission at 7 p.m. is $65.
  • Touch of Brews | Friday, Sept. 29-Saturday, Sept. 30 | Times vary | Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Ln. | $35 | One ticket grants you admission to both days of the festival for live music, a kid zone, street vendors, food trucks, and more.
  • Fridays by the River | Friday, Sept. 29 | 3-8 p.m. | Shelby Park - Riverview Shelter, 1900 Davidson St. | Free+ | The fall family-friendly beer garden is back with yard games, food trucks, and music.
Hit the ground running (literally):
  • 5K and Grand Celebration | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Mill Ridge Park, 12847 Old Hickory Blvd. | Free+ | The celebration will include a donation-based, family-friendly 5K (8-10 a.m.) as well as live music, dancing, food trucks, games, and exhibits.
  • Music City Run for Dyslexia | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 8-11 a.m. | Shelby Park Greenway, 1900 Davidson St. | $45+ | This run features certified and timed 5K and 10K courses, a Family Zone, yard games, and vendors — the 1 Mile Dyslexia Dash for children 10 and under is $20.
Friday, Sept. 29
  • Thomas Rhett | Friday, Sept. 29-Saturday, Sept. 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway | $36+ | Featuring special guests Cole Swindell and Nate Smith.
  • Artville | Friday, Sept. 29-Sunday, Oct. 1 | Wedgewood Houston and Chestnut Hill neighborhoods | Free+ | Expect 20 installations and murals as well as gallery shows, after dark events, and other activities.
Saturday, Sept. 30
  • Nashville Coming Together | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | Public Square Park, 10 Public Sq. | Free | Mayor O’Connell’s inauguration event doubles as a family-friendly festival with food trucks, live music, and more.
  • Nashville SC vs. Seattle Sounders | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 7:30 p.m. | GEODIS Park, 501 Benton Ave. | $26+ | The Boys in Gold are back on home turf this weekend.
  • Brahms, Bach, and Montgomery | Saturday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct. 1 | Times vary | Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Pl. | $25+ | Ruth Reinhardt’s Nashville debut features two piano concertos composed centuries apart.
Sunday, Oct. 1
  • Drake: It’s All A Blur Tour | Sunday, Oct. 1-Monday, Oct. 2 | 8 p.m. | Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway | $304+ | Drake will be joined by 21 Savage on his “It’s All A Blur” tour stop.
  • Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengals | Sunday, Oct. 1 | 12 p.m. | Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way | $107+ | Cheer on the Titans in Week 4.
  • Story Pirates: The Amazing Adventure Tour | Sunday, Oct. 1 | 1 p.m. | James K. Polk Theater | $36.50+ | Plan for an evening of interactive songs and improv comedy from the children’s podcast “Story Pirates.”
Plan Ahead
  • Restaurant Week Green Hills | Monday, Oct. 2-Sunday, Oct. 8 | Green Hills, Locations vary | Cost of purchase | 14 restaurants will host special deals, menus, and discounts.
  • Witch, Please! It’s a Drag Brunch | Sunday, Oct. 8 | 12-2 p.m. | Ellington’s Restaurant at Fairlane Hotel, 401 Union St. | $20+ | A drag brunch inspired by the hotel’s Emerald City pop-up bar.
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  • Drink: Stay caffeinated with a cappuccino from Cartel Roasting Co. and head over to Diego Pops when you’re ready for a margarita or two.
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