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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Nashville: When Is the Best Time to Go?

Updated: Jan 30

Truth be told, I'm writing this during a record snow storm in Nashville. The snow has caused a total gridlock in the city, and it got me wondering... when is the actual best time to visit Nashville? Of course, when it comes to Nashville, it is not hard to think about all the things that make it amazing; Hot Chicken, honky-tonk bars, and country music legends to name a few. But, as much as the city is famous for all these reasons, it is also known for its incredible seasons! Every month in Nashville is full of different activities, festivals, and events. So, if you are planning a visit to Music City and wondering what the best time to go would be - we're here to help! In this article, we have listed down what you need to know for a perfect trip. Let's get into it with our Nashville Travel Guide.

Nashville Parthenon in Spring
Spring in Nashville can be Stunning

Spring - March, April, May

It's Perfect T-shirt weather, but not weather you sweat in

Crowd on Broadway: It'll be crowded but not at it's peak

Spring in Nashville is all about sunshine, tulips, and great music! The city comes alive with festivals and events. The most awaited one is the Nashville Fashion Week that usually hits the town in April, and the city is full of chicness and glamour. The music scene is also not left behind. You can watch the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, where more than 100 songwriters share their music with fans all across Nashville. So, if you enjoy a fresh breeze, some great music, and fun street festivals, spring is the perfect time to hit up Music City.

Kayaking on the Cumberland
Who wants to Kayak to the Batman Building?

Summer - June, July, August

Weather: HOT. You will sweat and you will seek out air conditioning

Crowd on Broadway: It'll be a packed party from 10am until 3am everyday.

Summertime in Nashville can be hot - really hot. But, don't let that stop you from experiencing all the amazing things the city has to offer. From July 4th celebrations on the waterfront, country music concerts, to pool parties at the adult swim club, summer is all about soaking up the sun and enjoying the splashes! You can also try out some events like the Tennessee Brew Works's intramural league or attend the Tomato Art Fest that takes place in East Nashville, where you'll find activities like a book festival, art festival, and of course- a tomato-themed festival!

Fall - September, October, November Weather: A light jacket will suffice, as it's quite pleasant outside.

Crowd on Broadway: Less crowded than usual, but can still be unpredictable.

Nashville in the fall season is a postcard-perfect scene. With clear blue skies and the changing colors of leaves, it's hard to resist the temptation of the magic that lies ahead. During autumn, theatre lovers will adore the chance to attend the Nashville Shakespeare Festival production in the parks. Beer enthusiasts will appreciate the yearly Oktoberfest event, and some spooky souls won't want to miss out on the ghost tours that ghost tour that models the downtown and takes you through the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Winter - December, January, February Weather: It's be 'Southern' Cold. You'll need a jacket, but it rarely gets below freezing.

Crowd on Broadway: Not too crowded. The Honky-Tonks may start later in the morning, around 11 am.

Opry Crhistmas!
Opry Christmas!

Winter in Nashville is particularly enjoyable because of the holiday season. Several of the town's highlights revolve around Christmas. Check out the Gaylord Opryland's "A Country Christmas" event, and see how they've turned the resort into a winter wonderland. You can run on the Nashville Hot Chocolate Run and warm yourself up with some hot cocoa. The annual Mayor's Tree Lighting usually takes place in early December to kick off the festive feeling as the whole town comes together to watch the tree light up the night. And, if you are around for the New Year, celebrate it with live music, fireworks, and champagne at the Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve event.

In conclusion, Nashville has it all, no matter the time of year you choose to visit. The city comes with different shades of excitement at all times of the year! So, whether it's summer or winter, you'll have something to look forward to experiencing. We hope this article has given you an insight into the best time to hit up Music City. Plan your visit well, and we are sure you'll have an enjoyable experience in Nashville. Now, pack your bags and get ready to go on an adventure of a lifetime!

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