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July 19, 2024

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Top THINGS TO DO for Parents This Weekend

Date night, anyone? Check out all of the interesting goings on for the weekend ahead.

Need to get out of the house? Call grandmom or hire a sitter so you can make a new memory at one of our top things to do for parents (or older kids!) through Sunday, July 21.

Click on the links for more information about each event.

Top Things to Do for Parents This Weekend:

Friday, July 19

For more 25 years, Full Moon Pickin’ Parties have been a Nashville tradition and they continue this year starting this month. Spend time in Warner parks listening to traditional bluegrass and enjoying food from local food trucks. There are five concerts in all this summer.


Friday, July 19

Enjoy some smooth jazz under the stars at Cheekwood (1200 Forrest Park Dr., Nashville). Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a slow-down session in the summer breeze, while immersing yourself in the soundtrack of the season. Concerts start at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $65.


Friday, July 19

Enjoy a string quartet performing Vivaldi classics and more under the glow of candlelight inside The Parthenon in Nashville. Performance stars at 7 p.m. Then the same string quartet plays again at 9 p.m, this time playing hits from the band, Queen. For ages 8 and older. Tickets start at $33.


Friday, July 19

Nashville Ballet kicks off its 2024- 25 season with the inaugural Nashville Dance Festival at Belmont University’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the event features special performances by Nashville Ballet company dancers. In addition, members of NB2, Nashville Ballet’s official second company, will join dancers across the nation including esteemed guests from Lines Ballet and Collage Dance Collective, alongside students from School of Nashville Ballet’s Choreographic Intensive.


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Friday, July 19 through July 21

An aspiring composer questions his life choices on the eve of his 30th birthday in Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical. Performances are at the Center for the Arts (110 W College St., Murfreesboro) on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Adults are $22; children are $20. Rated PG-13.


Friday, July 19

Come see Alabama perform live at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville) on their “Roll On II” North American tour with special guests Gary Allen & comedian Dusty Slay. Show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $42.


Saturday, July 20

The 2024 Cornelia Airpark Concerts happen monthly in Nashville’s Shelby Park through August. This unique concert experience features live music, craft beers, wine, local food trucks, activities and “Instaworthy” moments, including photos with a vintage plane. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of local live music at the historic venue. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 5:45 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes beer/wine ticket for ages 21 and older. Ages 15 and under are admitted free.


Saturday, July 20

Big Band Dances take place every Saturday evening through August, at Centennial Park’s Event Shelter (2500 West End Ave., Nashville). A live big band provides the music while you and your kids learn a different dance style. Food trucks are on site, or you can bring a cooler. Take a free dance lesson at 7 p.m. to be ready for the night! The big band takes over at 7:30 p.m.


Frist Arts Fest - Frist Art Museum

Sunday, July 21

Get artsy at the Frist Art Museum with creative fun for the whole family with live music, art making, performances and more from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and guests ages 18 and younger. Cost is $15 for adults.


Now – Sunday, July 21 (Runs through July 28)

Two-step into the world of Cirque du Soleil’s newest US touring show now at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Enjoy an acrobatic and live musical performance showcasing the artistry of Cirque du Soleil with the melodies of country legends and contemporary stars.


Sunday, July 21

See comedian Sebastian Maniscalco perform live inside Bridgestone Arena. Show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $82.


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.