The sun is out (most days), the flowers are blooming, and the days are getting longer. Spring has definitely arrived in Nashville! Last Spring it felt like many of the usual activities in Music City were put on hold or canceled due to COVID-19. This year, however, we’re excited to see many of our favorite activities and festivals back on the calendar! If you’re looking for something fun to do around Nashville this Spring, check out our list of these family-favorite springtime activities.
Cheekwood in Bloom
It’s true, we include just about every Cheekwood seasonal activity in our lists of favorite things to do around Music City. Cheekwood was originally the estate of Leslie and Mabel Cheek, built in 1929. The mansion and 55-acre estate have since been transformed into a botanical garden and art museum and are one of Nashville’s top cultural attractions.
Cheekwood in Bloom is the estate’s Spring festival held from March 6 to April 11, 2021. Enjoy over 150,000 blooming bulbs as well as special weekend activities, live music, crafts, and more. If you miss the festival, it doesn’t mean you’ve missed all the fun. The gardens continue to bloom throughout the spring and summer, and you can visit the Cheekwood gardens, mansion, gift shop, and cafe at any time during the year.
Visit for the day or come enjoy many of the springtime activities hosted by the Nashville Zoo! There are so many reasons to love this zoo—continually growing exhibits, tons of educational opportunities, and fun historic sites to explore. Not to mention the 66,000 square foot playground and jungle gym, train, carousal, and zip line (a popular choice for the kid in all of us). The Zoo offers events for both kids and adults throughout the Spring, including an egg hunt, teddy bear clinic, and an evening for the adults to eat, drink, and mingle. You can explore all of the Zoo’s special events here.
Springtime in Nashville always means the return of some of our favorite local vendors and farmers! A few of our local farmer’s markets run year-round and are currently open to the public. They include the Richland Park, Franklin, and Nashville Farmer’s Markets. Looking a little further south, the Nolensville Farmer’s Market offers special Winter hours through April before transitioning to their Spring/Summer schedule. The remaining markets begin opening in May and usually run through October! You can find a comprehensive list of the top Nashville area Farmers Markets on our blog!
Adventure Park at Nashville
If you’ve been feeling cooped up this winter and are ready to get out in nature, try one of Nashville’s newest attractions: The Adventure Park at Nashville. Located near Percy Warner Park in southeast Nashville, the adventure park features zip lines, treetop trails, and plenty of opportunities to swing, climb, and zip around the beautiful Nashville forest. While you’re there, check out Firepit Fridays happening through May 4. Cozy up to a firepit after your day on the course and enjoy some s’mores.
Nashville Cherry Blossoms
The annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival is, sadly, canceled this year. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy some of Nashville’s 1,000 Japanese cherry trees! The festival usually happens in early-mid April, which means now is the perfect time to explore the city and observe these beautifully blossoming trees. Through a local initiative and sponsorship, the city has spent the past ten years reaching its goal of planting 1,000 trees. Simply follow this map to find some cherry blossom trees in a park or neighborhood near you!
Tennessee Craft Fair
Tennessee Craft will be hosting their 50th annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair this May! Held on the lawn at Centennial Park, the event will feature food, music, crafts, and a slew of vendors exhibiting and selling their handmade crafts. The fair will last for three days, giving you plenty of time to get out and explore the crafts. Some vendors have been participating in the fair for several decades, making this a local favorite and longstanding Springtime tradition in Nashville.
Explore Nashville’s Greenways
Whether you go on foot or by bike, there are nearly 100 miles of greenways to explore in Nashville. The greenways aren’t all interconnected, so check out the interactive map over at greenwaysfornashville.org in order to find one you haven’t yet explored! For a fun afternoon riding a bike, we recommend the Shelby Bottoms Greenway. The park includes 9.7 miles of paved biking paths that connect via a pedestrian bridge to an additional 10 miles of the Stones River Greenway.
If you’re looking for a great morning hike, Beaman Park in northeastern Nashville has over 2,000 acres of hiking trails and boardwalks through one of the most botanically diverse regions in Tennessee.
There is an abundance of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in Nashville this Spring! Now is the perfect time of year to explore the city, find new favorite spots, and support our incredible local businesses and restaurants. Do you have any favorite Springtime activities that we missed? Get in touch! We would love to add them to our list!