Summer is peak tourist season in Nashville, during which time the city can be hot, crowded, and expensive. Fortunately, from a lodging perspective, Nashville hotel prices don’t dip at any time of the year as much as they used to. Summer is when Nashville experiences its hottest weather with temperatures hovering around 100°F (38°C), and humidity hitting up to 100 percent from June through mid-September. In short, it’s hot, but it’s also jam-packed with events, which makes it a nice time to visit if you’re looking to plan your trip around an activity. In all seasons, temperatures can take 20-degree swings from night to day, so check the weather and pack accordingly.
Spring and fall are very pleasant, with warm days and cool nights, and for my money, they are the best times to visit. In April, the first day that breaks 50°F (10°C), every patio in town will be packed, and spring brings diverse crowds of people to town for everything from the Music City Marathon to the Steeplechase horse race. September and October are similarly moderate in weather and packed with activities, with favorites like Music City Food & Wine, Oktoberfest, and the Southern Festival of Books drawing folks in. Winters can be cold, with daytime temperatures staying below freezing, though it typically only snows once or twice a year. Even when it does, it’s mild, and many of the city’s attractions (Opryland, the Hermitage Hotel, Cheekwood) go all out with holiday decor, so it’s a festive time to visit. There are also a fair number of country stars who are at home in Nashville during the holidays, so you may see a spike in concerts during that time, which is great for locals. But the bottom line for anyone planning to visit is this: Nashville has arguably the best music scene—acts, venues, and crowds—of any Southern city, so I recommend planning your trip around a show or concert if you’re a music fan (or even if you’re not). If you don’t experience live music while you’re in Nashville, have you really been to Nashville?
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