Traveling Tigers: There’s Only One Music City

Nashville Skyline

The Nashville Skyline

There is only one Music City, and Nashville is ready for the Missouri Tigers to come experience it! Vanderbilt’s stadium, also known as Dudley Field, is located in the heart of Nashville only minutes from downtown’s honky tonks, art galleries, unique neighborhoods, botanical gardens and greenways, historic homes, more than 120 live music venues, and culinary delights.

While game day and tailgating is the reason you are here, a popular spot to set-up tent is at Centennial Park. Nashville’s 132-acre premier park features the iconic Parthenon (a full-size replica of the Greek Parthenon), a one-mile walking trail, Lake Watauga, the Centennial Art Center, historical monuments, an arts activity center and a beautiful sunken garden. Thousands of people visit the park each year to visit the museum, see exhibits, attend festivals (such as Musicians Corner taking place from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, October 5), and to enjoy the beauty of the park.

There are other events and great sights to see while in Nashville. Music remains Nashville’s calling card to the world and is the very heart of the city. You can hear great music 24/7, 365 days a year. Long recognized as the world’s capital of country music, Music City also boasts sounds of pop, rock, gospel, Americana, bluegrass, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, blues and soul. You’ll catch pickers and songwriters all over town, in places like bluegrass venue Station Inn, the rock venue Exit/In, the honky tonks on Broadway, the song-centered Bluebird Cafe or the legendary Ryman Auditorium.

The Johnny Cash Museum

The Johnny Cash Museum

There are hosts of attractions that have made Music City famous; from the ultimate country music venue the Grand Ole Opry, to the world renowned Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. New to Nashville this year, two attractions opened in summer 2013; the Johnny Cash Museum and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. Nashville now houses the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts in the world at the Johnny Cash Museum downtown. The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum honors musicians from stars to studio players that represent all genres of music and features the very instruments used to record some of music’s greatest hits.

The Southern Steak & Oyster

The Southern Steak & Oyster

While Nashville has long been known for its expansive music scene, the talent and creativity of its culinary scene has recently put Nashville on the map. Dubbed “The Coolest, Tastiest City in the South” by Bon Appetit, Nashville’s creative spirit has infiltrated into its kitchens, turning them into the chef’s studio. From southern fare to haute cuisine to quite literally everything in between, Nashville’s palate offers it all. Visit Nashville’s food page for more information on fabulous restaurants around town.

The Cheekwood Lights

The Cheekwood Lights

Nashville’s visual and fine arts scene is also making waves. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is housed in an exquisitely converted Art Deco post office which hosts roving exhibitions changing every couple of months. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art houses an extensive art gallery, while the city offers art crawls, studios and art galleries all around town. Be sure to check out Cheekwood’s Light exhibit, a stunning outdoor art installation using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing optic fiber that have transformed the garden into an enchanting, dream-like landscape. The exhibit will run until November 10, 2013 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings until 11 p.m.

Fido, in Hillsboro Village

Fido, in Hillsboro Village

One of Nashville’s gems are its neighborhoods, so be sure to make time to get out and discover some great local restaurants, shops, music venues and more. Neighborhoods like Hillsboro Village, 12South, East Nashville and The Gulch each have their own personality, projecting the nature of the people who frequent them.

With its charming mix of musical, historical and cultural flavors, Nashville is truly a city for all seasons and styles. For more information on fall events in Nashville, visit: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/fallfun

Other Events include:

Nashville Beer Festival: Oct 5, 2013 from 1-6 p.m. at Public Square Park

First Saturday Art Crawl: Oct 5, 2013 from 5:30-8 p.m. downtown Nashville

Visit www.nowplayingnashville.com for a full list of events

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Thanks to Katherine Roberts with Visit Music City for guest blogging!

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Countdown to Gameday: Vanderbilt

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

-Make your way into The District and enjoy pregame festivities with home and visiting fans alike. Once you’re ready to cheer, take the Spirit Bus to the stadium. It’s only $1.50 each way and will get you to the game on time and back downtown fast once the final play has been made.

-Tiger fans will not want to miss the Tiger Walk, a tradition that’s become extremely popular in recent years. Cheer on the team as they make their way from the training facility to Memorial Stadium two hours before game time. Just follow the trail of black and gold to the pedestrian bridge over Providence to be a part of Tiger Walk!

OTHER GREAT EVENTS:

-In the mood to ‘Hold on Loosely?’ If you’re in town Friday night, head over to the Missouri Theatre to see 38 Special in concert!

-You can also catch Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at The Blue Note in downtown Columbia. 

-Movies more your style? Check out Ragtag Cinema downtown. Columbia’s home of independent film always has a unique lineup of features, shorts and documentaries. While you’re there, have a Reuben from Uprise Bakery (trust us on this one).

FOOTBALL FRIDAYS:

It’s Football Friday, every Friday of home football games at the Walton Building! Be sure to stop by the Walton Building, location of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, on Friday for visitor information and cookies!