Tracing its roots back to the late 19th century, Labor Day celebrates the role of American workers in the economic and social progress of the nation. Designated a federal holiday in 1894, the first Monday in September has become known as the unofficial end of summer as many back-to- school activities begin around this time.
While Nashville residents may use the extended weekend as an opportunity for a final summer getaway, Music City is a great location for travelers looking to explore a new city before the warmth and carefree feeling of summer is gone. Guests of all ages can enjoy delicious food, superb music, collegiate football and much more. If your Labor Day travel plans take you to Nashville, consider adding these popular annual events to your itinerary.
The first Sunday in September, Nissan Stadium is hosting the USMNT’s first home game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign, playing Canada. Enjoy a variety of post-game activities as well.
Over the Labor Day Weekend, the Grand Ole Opry shows off its famed musical roots as it hosts a variety of concerts and stage shows. Headline acts will also perform at the Ryman Auditorium. There are always surprises because guests never know which famous entertainer will stop by for a visit.
Enjoy Nashville’s annual Summer Shakespeare Festival, previously hosted at Centennial Park but now located at The Yard at OneC1TY. Spread out a blanket and enjoy several different dramatic performances, comedies and other entertainment over the course of the Labor Day weekend. Food and beverage vendors serve street food, barbecue and desserts.
If you’re visiting Nashville during the Labor Day weekend, remember to include an Old Town Trolley tour in your itinerary. The best way to visit all of Nashville’s attractions and historic sites during the holiday weekend is to hop aboard the Old Town Trolley. The tour enables you to see Music City’s best sites. You can hop on and off the trolley at your leisure. This reboarding privilege allows you to plan your vacation around the sites and activities that interest you and your family the most.
Situated on the east bank of the river opposite downtown, Cumberland Park provides wonderful views as the sun sets behind the Nashville skyline. While waiting for the sun to slip below the horizon, you can enjoy the park’s playground equipment, rock wall and splash fountains. Walk the pathways, take in the views and find the perfect photo opportunity to remember your Nashville vacation.
6th & Peabody features a distillery, brewery, bars, tasting areas, beer & bottle shops, merchandise, big screen TVs and live entertainment. Visitors enjoy moonshine, cocktails, and beer by the glass, food including White Duck Taco and Nashville’s own Prince’s Hot Chicken, as well as the purchase of jars of moonshine and bottled beer for enjoyment at home.
If you are a resident of Nashville, take advantage of Old Town Trolley’s Hometown Pass program. After verifying your registration, you will receive free admission to the historic and entertaining Nashville tour each time that you bring a full-fare adult guest. Learn more about the Hometown Pass program today.