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September 25, 2023

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Top Things to Do for Parents this Weekend

Find out the "Science of Sprits" at Adventure Science Center, plus the Nashville Film Festival; Nashville Greek Festiva; and more things to do for parents in Middle Tennessee!

Parents need to have fun, too! Find a sitter and and paint the town to recharge your batteries for the week to come. Here’s our top ten things to do for parents — listed in no particular order — through Sunday, Oct. 1.

Click on the links for more information about each event.

Friday, Sept. 29

Science of Spirits at the Adventure Science Center invites guests 21 and up to sample an array of liquors, spirits, specialty cocktails and inventive mocktails, plus related programming and shows in the Sudekum Planetarium.

Thursday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 1

Get in touch with your dramatic side at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s 2023 Summer Shakespeare series, featuring Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at Academy Park in Franklin.


Thursday, Sept. 28 through Wednesday, Oct. 4 

The 54th Nashville Film Festival will present more than 125 film screenings, a selection of post-film Q&As and in-depth discussions with attending filmmakers.

Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 1

Savory cuisine, soulful music, lively dancing, and educational tours transform the grounds of Holy Trinity Greek Orth. Church into a three-day glendi.

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Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 24 (runs until Oct. 31)

Hear about strange encounters such as the spirits of the Battle of New Orleans and Jackson’s infamous meeting with Tennessee’s Bell Witch.

Sunday, Oct. 1 – Monday, Oct. 2

See Drake’s “It’s All A Blur Tour” live with special guest 21 Savage at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

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Saturday, Sept. 30

Studio Tenn Theatre Company and TPAC are teaming up again to present an intimate evening on TPAC’s Jackson Hall stage with Broadway star Emily Skinner (Side Show; Billy Elliot; New York, New York).

Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 1 (runs until Oct. 14)

Come out to Pull Tight Players Theatre (112 2nd Ave. S, Franklin) for this classic, sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic peek into life behind the locked doors of a mental institution. Performances are Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 29

Enjoy yard games, food trucks, beer gardens and live music from 3 – 8 p.m. at Shelby Park near the Riverview Pavilion.

Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1

Come out to Arrington Vineyards for live jazz, bluegrass bands, food trucks and wine tastings on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 – 7 p.m.




About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.