What are some of the things you enjoy about the fall? As for me, I enjoy biking over crisp, autumn leaves during my evening rides through neighborhoods. The temperature is pleasant until late October, jump starting my wearing of cardigans and long, colorful socks. The occasional use of darkened rooms filled with the smell of brown sugar scented candles are welcomed in my space. After a long, studious day, I settle into my favorite cotton pajama pants and tank top, make cappuccino, and watch a movie. These are only a few things I feel most comfortable doing in the fall. Still, there are many other things to appreciate about the fall in Nashville.
If you go downtown, you will be greeted by harvest decors in display windows of local shops. Frosted glass paneled offices reflect the combination of a sunset and golden street pavements. The blocks of Second Avenue North and Broadway are filled with live music from street talents intimately warming the atmosphere. People mince between streets, looking for the right venue. There’s a constant exchange of instructions to tourists from natives. You will witness people utilizing lamp lit alleys and brightly colored bridges to get from one place to another, pausing only for pedestrian signaling devices. Banners and flyers advertise upcoming seasonal events. Our city, literally, is operating in intervals of seasons. This particular season just happens to be fall. Not to mention, we have seasonal activities such as craft festivals, football games, haunted attractions, pumpkin patches, and more! So I ask again, what are some of the things you enjoy about the fall in Nashville? Feel free to share your enjoyments in a comment below!
Some events to look forward to this weekend are listed below.
The premiere of Peter Pan featuring the Nashville Symphony at Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)’s Jackson Hall
Running from September 18th to September 20th, the Nashville Symphony has collaborated with Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) for the Peter Pan production. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office of TPAC as well as on their website. Having worked on a high school Peter Pan production as Lead Lighting Operator, I may attend this event to make comparisons.
The 33rd Annual African Street Festival
The African Street Festival will be held in Hadley Park. This event is a festival celebrating African arts, culture, dance, and food. Alongside musical guest performers, there will be orations from local leaders and founders of this festival, creative shows and more. There will be more than 100 vendors present so there’s something for everyone. As you could image, this event draws many people. Therefore, the African American Cultural Alliance (AACA) are always seeking volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for this event or in becoming a vendor, contact AACA by visiting their website. This event runs from September 18-20 at designated times. On Friday, September 18, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm and Saturday/Sunday from 11am to 9pm. It is open to the public. Free admission.
2015 Music City Mutt Strutt & Dog Day Festival
Bring your dogs out for a day of fun! The festival is hosted by Nashville Humane Society in Centennial Park. There will be microchip clinics, food vendors for dogs and pet owners, pet portrait stations, and other fun activities for pets and pet owners. This is truly a way to celebrate the relationship between pet owners and their four legged friends! As a pet owner of two miniature poodles, I plan to be there with my furry companions! Admissions is a suggested $5 donation. The festival occurs September 19, 2015. For more details about this event, visit Nashville Humane Society's website.
The O’Jays at the Ryman Auditorium
More than 50 years of performing, the O’Jays are still going strong! With hits like “Forever Mine,” “Fading,” and “For the Love of Money,” you do not want to miss the opportunity to see the O’Jays perform live! The legendary group will be at the Ryman Auditorium on September 26, 2015. I can vouch that the O’Jays’ music is very generational. I am twenty-one years old and the O’Jays rank as one of the top three “Most Played Artists” in my iPod shuffle! Their iconic artistry is everlasting! Be sure to head over to the Ryman Auditorium for tickets or visit their website for more details about this concert.
*Just an aside, the Janet Jackson concert at the Ascend Amphitheater is SOLD OUT.*
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