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"Awesome April"

The GMA (Gospel Music Association) Dove Awards, the CMT Music Awards, and the Tin Pan South songwriters' festival all take place in this action-packed month, when Nashville weather is at its prettiest. Also on tap are the Music City Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony, the Nashville Film Festival, and the Country Music Marathon. For more detailed information on each of these events, and for tour packages and tickets, contact the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau (tel. 800/657-6910; All month.



Tennessee Renaissance Festival, in Triune (20 miles south of downtown Nashville). Maidens, knights, gypsies, jugglers, jousters, games, and food -- think whole turkey legs that you can eat like a barbarian -- are some of the diversions you'll find at this medieval fair held on the grounds of the Castle Gwynn (tel. 615/395-9950; Weekends in May, including Memorial Day.

Tennessee Craft Fair, Centennial Park. With the largest display of Tennessee crafts, this fair opens the summer season. Food, demonstrations, and children's craft activities (tel. 615/385-1904; Early May.


Iroquois Steeplechase, Percy Warner Park. This horse race has been a Nashville ritual for more than 50 years. A benefit for Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, the event is accompanied by tailgate picnics (tel. 615/322-4814 or 615/343-4231; Second Saturday in May.

Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society's Jazz on the Lawn, various locations. Every Sunday evening May through October, the society performs on lawns of historic homes such as Cheekwood Botanical Garden, the Hermitage, and Belle Meade Plantation (tel. 615/301-5121; Sundays May through October.



Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman, Ryman Auditorium. Thursday nights at the historic Ryman Auditorium play host to top-name bluegrass acts such as Alison Krauss and Ricky Skaggs (tel. 615/889-3060; Thursdays June through July.

CMA (Country Music Association) Music Festival (formerly Fan Fair), Various downtown locations. This is a chance for country artists and their fans to meet and greet each other in a weeklong music celebration. Glitzy stage shows and picture/autograph sessions with country music stars are all part of the action. A Texas barbecue and tickets for sightseeing are included in the price of a ticket, along with a bluegrass concert and the Grand Masters Fiddling Championship. This is the biggest country music event of the year in Nashville, so book your tickets far in advance. Contact the CMA Office (tel. 615/244-2840; for ticket information. Four days in mid-June.

American Artisan Festival, Centennial Park. Artisans from 35 states present a wide range of crafts, from blown glass to leather and quilts. Children's art booth and music, too (tel. 615/298-4691). Mid-June.



Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing! Riverfront Park. This family-oriented, alcohol-free event attracts 100,000 people for entertainment, food, and fireworks. Top-name entertainers, such as Taylor Swift and Wynonna Judd, have headlined the patriotic, televised extravaganza (tel. 800/657-6910; July 4.


Tennessee Walking-Horse National Celebration, Celebration Grounds, Shelbyville (40 miles southeast of downtown Nashville). The World Grand Championship of the much-loved Tennessee walking horse, plus trade fairs and dog shows (tel. 931/684-5915; Late August.



Music City Jazz, Blues & Heritage Festival, Riverfront Park. The festival coincides with the John Merritt Classic football game (and battle of the marching bands) at Tennessee State University (tel. 800/791-8368 or 615/506-5114; Labor Day weekend.

Tennessee State Fair, Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Sprawling livestock and agriculture fair, with 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America members well represented -- and a midway, of course (tel. 615/862-8980; Early to mid-September.


Belle Meade Plantation Fall Fest, Belle Meade Plantation. Antiques, crafts, children's festival, garage treasures sale, and food from local restaurants (tel. 800/270-3991 or 615/356-0501; Mid-September.

African Street Festival, Tennessee State University, main campus. Featured entertainment includes gospel, R&B, jazz, reggae music, and children's storytelling (tel. 615/251-0007; Mid-September.

TACA Fall Craft Fair, Centennial Park. This upscale fine-crafts market features artisans from throughout Tennessee (tel. 615/385-1904; Late September.



Southern Festival of Books, War Memorial Plaza. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the region's largest, free literary festival is a feast for book lovers. More than 200 authors gather for a variety of special events over 3 days (tel. 615/770-0006; Second full weekend in October.

Oktoberfest, Historic Germantown, at the corner of Eighth Avenue North and Monroe Street. Tours of Germantown, polka dancing, accordion players, and lots of authentic German food (tel. 615/256-2729; Early to mid-October.


Annual Fall Festival & Tennessee State Pow Wow, place to be determined. Native Americans from the United States and Canada gather for this powwow, sponsored by the Native American Indian Association (tel. 615/232-9179; Mid-October.

Birthday of the Grand Ole Opry, Grand Ole Opry House. Three-day party with performances, autographs, and picture sessions with Opry stars. In recent years, the all-star lineup has run the gamut from Ralph Stanley to Alan Jackson (tel. 615/889-3060; Mid-October.



Longhorn World Championship Rodeo, Tennessee Miller Coliseum, outside Murfreesboro. Professional cowboys and cowgirls participate in this rodeo to win championship points (tel. 800/357-6336 or 615/876-1016; Third weekend in November.

Christmas at Belmont, Belmont Mansion, Belmont University Campus. The opulent antebellum mansion is decked out in Victorian Christmas finery, and the gift shop is a great place to shop for Christmassy Victorian reproductions (tel. 615/460-5459; Late November to late December.

A Country Christmas, Opryland Resort. More than two million Christmas lights are used to decorate the grounds of the hotel. Musical revues change every few years, with headliners ranging from Pam Tillis and Louise Mandrell to "Charlie Brown" and the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes (tel. 888/777-OPRY [6779] or 615/889-1000; November 1 to December 25.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.