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Labor Day Events in Nashville

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.


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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.

Discover the World in Music City

Sample delicious ethnic food and celebrate other cultures during the annual Inter’Nash’ional Food Crawl. The event takes place along a 2-mile stretch of Nolensville Road, the city’s international corridor. Stop by a variety of eateries to enjoy kebabs, gyros and tacos as well as a wide assortment of other tasty delicacies. Learn about the unique culinary traditions of Cuba, India, Turkey and other parts of the world.

Down Home Throw Down

If your inner foodie is craving some down home American comfort food, head for Riverfront Park. Nashville’s premiere outdoor recreation and concert venue hosts the Rewind Barbecue Festival. Guests enjoy a variety of musical genres and other family entertainment while pit masters from all over the South serve up some of the region’s best barbecue.

nashville nissan stadiumHut, Hut, Hike!

Saturday afternoons in the south were custom-made for enjoying college football. The first Saturday in September, Nissan Stadium plays host to the John Merritt Classic, an annual gridiron match-up between the hometown Tennessee State Tigers and one of their conference rivals. Named in honor of the school’s legendary coach, the game is preceded by tailgating, pep rallies, band concerts and other thrilling events. Enjoy a variety of post-game events as well.

nashville-ryman-auditoriumThe Music that Made Nashville Famous

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.

Shakespeare in the Park

In addition to The Parthenon, walking trails and a scenic lake, Centennial Park is the setting for a band shell that hosts the annual Shakespeare in the Park Festival. 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.

Day Out with Thomas

Nashville’s younger visitors will enjoy spending the day with Thomas the Tank Engine, a character featured in a series of children’s books. Young engineers will be amazed and thrilled to see their favorite animated railroad come alive. They can even climb aboard and take a ride on the classic storybook steam engine.

Hop Aboard the Trolley

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.

Hometown Advantage

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.

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