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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
There’s nothing quite like a desert sunset. | Photo by Emily Herron
Scottsdale, Arizona has made a name for itself not only for being a hot spot for outdoor enthusiasts, but also for those looking for food, fun, and endless shopping.
Why go: Scottsdale and its surrounding cities like Phoenix and Tempe have something for everyone, even the kids. From golf courses and high-end shopping and spas to the Arizona Boardwalk, it’s simply impossible to run out of things to do.
Food: Pizza from Oregano’s and don’t you dare skip out on their piz-ookie for dessert.