10 Best Spring Events in Nashville

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Top events happening this month include The Franklin Main Street Festival — munch on all kinds of delights like this local little boy! Check out ALL of our Editor's Picks.

CHEEKWOOD IN BLOOM
Sat/Sun through April 26
Cheekwood, Nashville
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; All ages
615-356-8000
$14 adults, $7 ages 3 – 17
Every weekend features fun outdoor offerings, including the Easter-themed Spring Art Hop on Saturday, April 4. Every Saturday, enjoy Garden Tales, Garden Demonstrations and art activities. Other special events take place for kids on Saturdays, and Sundays include garden tours, live music and more.

CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 11
Public Square, Nashville
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; All ages
615-663-6060
FREE admission
This celebration of spring also heralds the friendship between Japan and America with live entertainment, arts and crafts, a Japanese marketplace and the J-Funland area including Japanese youth culture and children’s activities.

FRANKLIN MAIN STREET FESTIVAL
April 25 – 26
Public Square, Franklin
Sat 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; All ages
FREE admission
More than 200 artisans and crafters present their goods. Enjoy lots of live entertainment on two stages, a variety of international food and a dedicated children’s area that includes inflatables, train and pony rides, bungee jumping and a petting zoo.

GREENWAY 100
April 1 – March 31, 2016
Greenway in Murfreesboro
All ages
615-893-2141
$10
This year-long fitness initiative hosted by Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation encourages families to walk, run or bike 100 miles on the Greenway. Register from April 1 – 30.

NASHVILLE EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 18
Centennial Park, Nashville
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; All ages
FREE admission
There’s no time like spring to celebrate Mother Earth, and your family can enjoy a day of live music, children’s activities and nearly 100 booths promoting environmental awareness.

PICKIN’ IN THE PARK
Saturday, April 18
Fairview Recreation Complex
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; All ages
FREE admission
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the football field for this inaugural spring event with live country and bluegrass music. Food trucks will offer nosh options.

PIONEER DAYS
Saturday, April 25
Cannonsburgh Village
Murfreesboro
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; All ages
FREE admission
This 39th annual festival features live music, cloggers, old-time demonstrations, crafters, hayrides, an antique car show and more.

RIVERS & SPIRES FESTIVAL
April 16 – 18
Downtown Clarksville
Thu – Fri 5 – 10 p.m., Sat 10 – 8 p.m.; All ages
FREE admission
This annual spring festival features three days of live music, interactive entertainment, a sports zone, car shows and more. The new Family Fun Zone this year comes with a Pirate theme and includes related costume contests and activities for little ones.

SPRING FAIRYLAND
Sunday, April 19
Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary
Brentwood
1 – 4 p.m.; All ages
$10 per adult/one child, $7 each additional person
Get into the spring feeling by collecting natural materials from the orchards and meadows (or purchase special items using “fairy gold” at the Gnome Depot), then pick a spot around Fairyland to create a dwelling fit for a fairy or elf. While you’re there, stroll down the StoryWalk trail and read a story together while enjoying the beauty of the woods.

ZOOVIE NIGHT
Friday, April 24
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Nashville
6 – 9:30 p.m.; All ages
Free with zoo admission, or $6.50 after 6 p.m.
The zoo kicks off its 2015 Zoovie Nights season this month. On select Fridays during the spring and summer, enjoy after-hours fun on the property that includes games, bounce houses, music and a family-friendly flick on a large inflatable screen. This month’s movie is Epic.


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Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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