By CATHI AYCOCK
I always have a minor come apart when July 4th hits and I haven’t enjoyed as much leisure as I envisioned.
Where does the time fly? Most goes to work, responsibilities and all the other boring-ish things. But also to time wasters like Facebook and Netflix binges.
I’ve culled five fun things to do now, before football season and school starting signal the end of summer. Choose a few events and go — so you can truly look back on summer 2017 and have great memories that don’t include Netflix.
Music City Hot Chicken Festival
An homage to fried and fiery, this free event is held in East Park at 700 Woodland Street on July 4th each year. The Fire Truck Parade begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by free Hot Chicken samples to the first 500 people in line. Festival gates open at 11 a.m. Visitors can enjoy Hot Chicken from Nashville’s best Hot Chicken establishments, cold beer from Yazoo and other delicious edibles from local vendors.
Live music from local bands keeps the “Nashville” vibe going all day long and visitors can look on while five teams try their hand at cooking up their version of Hot Chicken in the Amateur Cooking Competition.
The event ends at 3 p.m., when visitors can make their way downtown for the annual fireworks display.
Jazz on the Cumberland
This concert series, rated as the top destination for jazz music in Nashville as selected by FourSquare offers the areas best live jazz, by local, regional, and national acts. This family friendly concert series is attended by residents, tourists, and music buffs alike. Bring a blanket and enjoy jazz under the stars.
The concerts, held from 5:30 – 8 p.m., at the park’s amphitheater (located at 592 South 1st Street, Nashville, Tenn.) are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Nissan Stadium’s Lot R for $5.
Red, White and Brew
Red, White and Brew, a mid-summer fest with local brews, tasty food, music and games combine celebrating America, freedom and beer. (A perfect trio, yes?)
This year’s event will take place at Tennessee Brew Works, located at 809 Ewing Avenue, Nashville. Admission includes two drink tickets, a tour of the brewery, sliders, snacks, games, darts and great patio space to bask in the summer sun. Wine will also be available, with a roundup of Nashville’s best restaurants serving up some samples to satisfy your cravings!
Proceeds from the event support The Tomorrow Fund, which builds community awareness and responsibility in Middle Tennessee young professionals by establishing a pattern of community service and charitable giving.
For tickets and information, click here.
Topgolf Crush at Nissan Stadium
A four-day festival featuring food trucks, live bands, and Topgolf games, where you Crush golf balls from up in the North Concourse of Nissan Stadium into giant targets on the field. Fun event for golfers and non-golfers alike.
Topgolf brings golf to a new level at Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans, featuring giant targets on the field, private bays for group events, and Toptracer technology so you can accurately track your golf ball like a pro.
Expect the usual scene from game day, including a lively crowd and cold beers, but with the benefit of live music by over a dozen bands, delicious eats from famed Nashville food trucks, and the opportunity to challenge your friends to addictive, point-scoring golf games that anyone can play.
For ticket information, click here.
Williamson County Fair
When state and county fairs start popping up you know summer is winding down. Head to the Williamson County Fair and get one last fun event in your summer memory bank.
Enjoy a slice of Americana with the Loveless Cafe Biscuit Contest, a nightly Bluegrass concert series, all the funnel cake you can eat and rides and animal exhibits.
This year’s fair also features a special Veteran’s Memorial exhibit honoring Williamson County veterans.
For ticket information, click here.