Top Spring Activities in Nashville
Spring is an exciting time in any city. But spring is downright gorgeous in Nashville. The trees and flowers start to bloom. The weather is perfect. And the communities come out to celebrate the passage of winter and the coming summer.
Music, food, and nature are all brought out to their full potential once the clocks spring forward that extra hour. This time of year brings out some of our favorite annual Nashville gatherings and activities.
The abundant greenery is one of the many reasons spring is such a wonderful time in Music City. The trees begin to bud, the animals come out to play, and the temperatures are downright comfortable.
So what are we most excited about this year?
Cheekwood is a botanical garden and art museum located on the west side of Nashville. The 55-acre Cheek estate was originally built in 1929. It was changed over to its current state in 1960 and continues to host over 225,000 visitors every year.
Cheekwood in Bloom is an annual celebration of all things spring. 150,000 tulip bulbs fill the gardens of the estate. The spring bloom brings an explosion of color and beauty to the botanical garden. Experience the varieties and beautiful arrangements as you explore the vast grounds of the estate.
Cherry blossom trees are beautiful. They bloom early in spring and provide a great punch of color to the previously barren landscapes of winter. Nashville is lucky enough to have a good amount of these wonderful trees strewn throughout our city. Taking a walk around the various neighborhoods will likely show you at least a few of these flower-filled trees.
The Cherry Blossom Festival takes place every year at Public Square Park, downtown Nashville. There are plenty of festivities, but the main draw is the cherry blossom walk, which takes festival-goers along the riverfront to view a large amount of these beautiful trees.
Earth Day is a worldwide event celebrated every year on April 22nd. Nashville celebrates this wonderful day of environmental awareness with our own Earth Day Festival. This year, the event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 18th in Centennial Park.
The event aims to celebrate the planet and encourage positive environmental change. It also supports local nonprofits and small businesses that place an emphasis on sustainability. There will be educational activities as well as a variety of local vendors. A children’s area will provide engaging, hands-on activities to help them learn about our planet and the environments it sustains.
You’re missing out if you’ve never been to a crawfish boil. And the Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil in Cumberland Park is one of the largest in all of Tennessee. What better way to get acquainted with a great southern tradition than to visit one of the largest you’ll be able to find?
The event has something for everybody. Live music keeps the guests dancing all day long, and the crawfish will keep you full. In fact, the event is all-you-can-eat until they literally run out of crawfish. So put on your dancing shoes and your bib because there’s a lot of fun to be had.
The Nashville Greenway is a series of paths that traverse a variety of beautiful natural areas of Nashville. Many people use the trails for hiking, jogging, biking, walking their dogs, or simply enjoying the restorative properties of nature.
These trails are a gift all year long, but spring is a particularly great time to enjoy them. The blooming trees and wildflowers give the areas a rejuvenating scent. And because the summer heat has yet to fully kick in, visitors can enjoy the beautiful areas without the oppressive heat that is sure to come soon. So get out your bikes, walking shoes, and sunglasses because this is a great, free way to spend an afternoon.
Who doesn’t like to laugh? The Nashville Comedy Festival is a great way to enjoy high-quality entertainment from some of the biggest names in comedy. These shows take place over the course of a week and are spread throughout Nashville and the surrounding communities. This way, you will have the ability to get in on the fun no matter where you are in the region.
Big names like Bill Burr, Nate Bargatze, and many more will visit renowned venues like the Ryman Auditorium, Zanie’s Comedy Club, and the Grand Ole Opry House. These venues are historic and can be just as much of a draw as the shows contained within.