The Month’s Top 10: September 2016

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September's steeped in lots of fun things to do, and we've narrowed down the top 10 for your family!

Pictured above: A local family has fun playing Skee-Ball for prizes at the Tennessee State Fair.

ThomasSaturdays, Sept 3 & 10; Sundays, Sept. 4 & 11
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
All ages
Tennessee Central Railway Museum
$20
Choo, choo! Little kids love riding the train pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine, plus there’s a lot more fun activities like meeting Sir Topham Hatt, playing on train tables, enjoying live entertainment and more. Train rides depart hourly starting at 9 a.m. with the last ride at 4 p.m.  — be sure to arrive one hour prior to your train ride.

Marine Week TapsWednesday, Sept. 7 – Sunday, Sept. 11
MARINE WEEK NASHVILLE
Times and locations vary throughout Nashville
All ages
FREE Admission
Hundreds of U.S. Marines visit Nashville to host more than 80 free events, including military dog demonstrations, children’s storytime events, basic training workout routines, military vehicle displays and more.

TN State Fair NightFriday, Sept. 9 – Sunday, Sept. 18
TENNESSEE STATE FAIR
Mon – Fri 5 – 10 p.m., Sat 10 am. – 10 p.m., Sun 12 – 10 p.m.
All ages
The Fairgrounds, Nashville
$8 adults, $6 ages 3 – 17, free ages 2 & younger
Ten days of family fun include rides for everyone in your family, livestock competitions, games, food, children’s activities and more.

Nashville Greek FestivalFriday, Sept. 9 – Sunday, Sept. 11
29th ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL
Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
All ages
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Nashville
$3 adults, free ages 12 and younger
Enjoy three days of authentic Greek food, dancing, music and fellowship.

PRIVATE SCHOOL FAIRSaturday, Sept. 10
NASHVILLE PARENT’S PRIVATE SCHOOL FAIR
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
All ages
Adventure Science Center, Nashville
FREE Admission
Thinking about sending your child to private school for a better education? Come to our annual Private School Fair where you can meet one on one with representatives from several local independent schools in Middle Tennessee. Entry to the Private School Fair is free, but regular admission applies if you want to explore the science center’s exhibit areas.

OzomatliSaturday, Sept. 10
OZ FAMILY DAY FEATURING OZOMATLI
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
All ages
OZ Arts, Nashville
$25 adults, free ages 12 & younger
OZ Family Day is chock-full of indoor and outdoor hands-on art activities for kids that span the spectrum from painting to button creation. Plus, Grammy-winning Latin band Ozomatli performs.

DragonBoatFestivalSaturday, Sept. 10
10th ANNUAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
All ages
Cumberland River Compact, Nashville
FREE Admission
Enjoy the excitement of large dragon boats racing along the Cumberland River while a festival takes place in the park that includes children’s activities.

Nashville Ballet CinderellaFriday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 18
CINDERELLA
Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.
All ages
TPAC’s Polk Theater, Nashville
$28 – $89
Nashville Ballet reprises its beloved fairtyale production filled with magic and a little humor — men play the roles of the evil step sisters while dancing in pointe shoes!

MtJulietPowWowSaturday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 25
35th ANNUAL MT. JULIET POW WOW
Sat 10:30 a.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.
All ages
Mundy Memorial Park, Mt. Juliet
$8 adults, $5 ages 6 – 11, free ages 5 & younger
Native American culture is alive and well during this family-friendly celebration filled with music, dancing, food and more.

Jazzy AshSaturday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 25
PILGRIMAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL
10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
All ages
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, Franklin
$69 per day, free for kids 10 & younger with paying adult
Back for its second year, this Middle Tennessee music festival features acts like Hall & Oates, Beck, Jason Isbell, Better Than Ezra and others. The Little Pilgrims Family Stage features Ralph’s World, The Happy Racers, Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards, Tom Mason & The Blue Buccaneers, and more.

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

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