Your Wannado Guide To The Nashville Weekend

Things are getting busy, Nashville.

Sometimes the excitement of a new season can be a tad overwhelming. Maybe you were drowned in a sea of paperwork from your company’s new hires this week, guiding entry-level twenty-somethings through office etiquette, building protocol, and most importantly, how to make a proper cup of Keurig coffee. Maybe your kids’ after-school activities have had you racing all around town in your Honda Civic, eating a steady diet of Chick Fil A (no complaints there) and constantly picking dried play-doh off your cable knit sweater at the end of every day. Maybe college midterms are approaching with the ominous ferocity of The Huns coming over that hill in that scene from Mulan, daring you to put off doing that review guide in favor of going to your roommate’s band’s show instead. Either way, you’re probably starting to feel the stress of the autumn season. It’s time to stop and smell the roses (or, you know, brightly colored leaves). Go pick yourself up a scented candle (there is one at Imogene + Willie that is just amazing), decompress, and plan some fun for your weekend with Wannado! There are about a million cool things going on this weekend, but we picked out some of our favorites just for you!

Thursday

80’s Popstars, Networking Beers, & Pumpkin Spice Life

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FOR THE FESTIVE FAMILIES:

Ghouls At Grassmere, Nashville Zoo: Another round of Ghouls! Just one of the cutest events of the year! Dress up your toddlers like pumpkins (because aren’t baby Halloween costumes the primary reason people even have children?) and head to Nashville Zoo. There are trick-or-treat stations, haunted hayrides, carnival games, and more! This is a wonderful place to make some memories, parents!

FOR THE BEER-LOVIN’ TECHIES:

Beacons & Beer, Emma: If you’re even remotely aware of the booming Nashville tech community, you’ve probably heard of Beacon (aka Bluetooth Low Energy). If you haven’t, that’s ok – come to Emma in The Trolley Barns (you could even take the after party next door to Pinewood Social) to chat with your fellow tech-lovers about everything cutting edge over some beers!

FOR THE CHARITABLE CHILDREN OF THE 1980S:

Tiffany & Friends, Thistle Stop Cafe: If you remember slap bracelets and/or the affectionate term of “mall rat”, then you probably remember 80s pop star Tiffany. The “I Think We’re Alone Now” songstress took teen popstardom by storm in a time before Bieber. She’s getting back to her Nashville roots, and you don’t want to miss it! Come enjoy some tunes at Thistle Stop Cafe, a great dinner spot with a charitable mission – half of the night’s proceeds benefit Thistle Farms!

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE WINE & FEEL LIKE SPLURGING:

Vino on the Veranda, Union Station Hotel: Fancy wine tastings and a silent auction in one of the most historic hotels in Tennessee? Well if that doesn’t sound like just a complete delight! Yes, the ticket will set you back $100, but when it comes to fall wines in a beautiful setting, we have to say YOLO. Or, in layman’s terms – TREAT YOSELF. You deserve it!

FOR THE CHELSEA LATELY FANS:

Josh Wolf, Zanies Comedy Club: It takes a specific kind of (awesome) person to be a diehard Chelsea Lately fan. The round-table, cutting humor is not for the faint of heart, and you can catch some of that bravado from series regular Josh Wolf in Nashville tonight! The standup comedian has brought his sharp sense of wit to round tables, a New York Times bestseller, and writing for hit television shows. Check him out, y’all!

FOR THE PSLIFERS:

Pumpkin Spice Night, The Skillery: PUMPKIN SPICE: It’s a lifestyle. Forget all the PSL-mocking memes and the opponents of all things fall & spicy: that just means there’s more for you. Heck, put on your UGGs if you want – no judgement here! Head to The Skillery for a night of craftin’ and all things pumpkin. There will be autumn drinks and pine cones galore!

FOR THE FUNKY ROOFTOP ENTHUSIASTS:

The Main Squeeze, Acme Feed & Seed: Romance is in the air, y’all – you’re probably looking for a Main Squeeze. Well look no further! This funk-electro-jazz fusion hails from Bloomington and currently resides in the funktastic Chicago! Head to Acme Feed & Seed for this installment of the “Funk Tonk!” series. You can even bundle up and head to the rooftop for a breathtaking view of the river and downtown Nashville!

Friday

Clinton-Era 90s’ Party, East Nashville Fall Fun, & Aerial Artists

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FOR THE CHILL FRIDAY NIGHT:

Backyard Brewgrass, Little Harpeth Brewing: Sure, a certain type of bluegrass can get rowdy. However, in Nashville culture, there’s probably nothing more chill and relaxing than kicking back with some pals and a brew and listening to some talented pickers do what they do best. Tonight’s installment is bringing you Brad Lee Folk, Luke Nicholson, Johnny Appleseed, and Mayday Malone. So fun!

FOR THE POLITICALLY AWARE 90S’ KIDS:

FREE Pick The Vote Show From My So Called Band, Marathon Music Works: First of all, if you’ve seen My So Called Band before you probably know that it will at least set you back a couple of books. So this thing is FREE, which makes it doubly great! Now down to the main appeal: this show is being put on by The Davidson County Democratic Party. You’ll meet the candidates, learn about ballot initiatives, and most importantly (okay, maybe not MOST)…dance to Clinton-era 90s’ jams like “No Scrubs” and The Fresh Prince theme song. Brush up on your lyrics, kid.

FOR THE DOWN-HOME SOUTHERN NIGHT:

Reading Roundup, The Loveless Barn: Is there anything more Tennessee than Loveless Cafe biscuits? Well, yeah – Dolly Parton. Lucky for you Southern-loving folks, both are involved in this event! The sixth annual fundraiser offers cocktails, food, music, and fun at one of the best venues in the metroplex, Loveless Barn! Proceeds benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee.

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO WATCH JAMIE LEE CURTIS FREAK OUT & ENJOY THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD:

East Nashville Underground’s Pumpkin Ale Patch, Headcorders: Have you been holding off on your annual viewing of the original Halloween movie? Your instincts were right on target, champ. Enjoy the horror movie classic and watch a young Jame Lee Curtis panic for almost two hours under the stars with your neighbors! Earlier activities include fall games, pumpkins, seasonal beers, live music, and smores! Partay.

FOR THE FOLKSY:

Jason Isbell with Amanda Shires, Ryman Auditorium: If you haven’t seen Jason Isbell live before, we hope you got tickets to his show at The Ryman already, because it’s sold out. His opening act, Amanda Shires, can draw a crowd in her own right. Gonna be amazing! (If you’re dying to go, we suggest trying day-of Craigslist for people who had a last-minute change of plans.)

FOR THE WHIMSICALLY WEIRD:

Halloween Freak Show, Aerial Showcase Party, Miss Fit Academy: 3 DOLLARS. Do you know what that gets you these days? A water bottle at a cheap corner store. 2 Arizona teas with tax. Maybe a pack of bobby pins from Target. At Miss Fit Academy, you’ll get all this for three bucks: a “super sexy” freak show with aerial performances, pole dancing (so yeah…don’t bring your kids), and TWO free drinks – beer, wine, or something called “Gypsy Juice”.

FOR THE 70S’ ROCK FANS:

Yacht Rock Revue, Cannery Ballroom:  This high energy tribute to all things 70s light rock has hit the 615! This band has done a ton of music cruises with the stars – Kid Rock, Train, Zac Brown Band, Sister Hazel, even Jillian Michaels. Their spot-on renditions of Hall & Oats, Michael McDonald, and Steely Dan will have you jammin’ and feeling like you’ve stepped in a time machine. Oh, and they’ve performed at Playboy Mansion. So there’s that.

Saturday

Civil War Ghosts, EDM Block Parties, & All That Jazz

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FOR THE APPRECIATORS OF JAZZ HANDS:

Chicago, Tennessee Performing Arts Center: The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be…ROXY. Put on those knee highs, grab that cane (actually, you should probably leave the cabaret costumes to the performers, but we digress), and head to TPAC for the traveling Tony award-winning production that has been a Broadway mainstay for years – Chicago!

FOR THE FRANKLIN FAMILIES:

Pumpkinfest, Historic Downtown Franklin: Is there anything in the world more quaint than Franklin in the fall? This fall festival has been going on for decades, and it’s a mainstay for a reason! Bluegrass bands, Southern gospel, choirs, teenage battle of the bands, community swing dance, chili cook-off, pumpkin carving contest, costume contests, trolley rides, inflatables, pony rides…we can’t get enough. This is a wonderful memory, Nashville!

FOR THE FEARLESS MOVIE BUFF (WANNADO EXCLUSIVE!):

Twelve Hours Of Terror, The Belcourt: Not for the faint of heart, y’all. It’s going to be AWESOME. 12 hours. 7 movies. Rolling heads. Hungry dead. Mall-haired corps. Gore galore. This scary movie fest starts with Shaun Of The Dead and ends with Usane. If you’ve never been to a big movie event at the Belcourt, now is the time. And you’re in luck! Wannado is giving away a pair of tickets for the movie marathon. Click into the event, tap the heart, and we’ll select the winning Wannado user by Friday!

FOR THE BRAVE KIDS (AND PARENTS):

Hauntings At The Hermitage: This event is designed for families with kids 12 and under, but we’d say the older ones could enjoy it too! Taking place at the historic home of President Andrew Jackson (where some seriously spooky stuff has gone down), there will be a haunted hay ride, presidential trick or treat, historic crafts, live music, pumpkin decorating, and the main event: Ghost Tours!

FOR THE FOOTLOOSE & FANCY-FREE:

Footwork Presents “Hoptober”, Jackalope Brewery: Ah, to be young and wild and free. Started by some of the coolest Nashville twenty-somethings around, Footwork is a dance party that is picking up steam. This October edition promises a maximum amount of hops (in your beer and your dance moves), a photo booth, and good times all around. Get your dance on, champ.

FOR THE BACON-OBSESSED:

Bacon & Barrel Festival, Nashville Farmers’ Market: Bacon is having its moment in the sun. Pretty much everyone is infusing bacon into menu items – cupcakes, whiskey drinks, ice cream…the list goes on. Come enjoy the bacon craze with a side of bourbon at the Farmers’ market! You’ll get 15 samples (YEAH. 15) of bourbon and healthy portions of bacon & BBQ from The Farm House, Edley’s, Two Bits, Donut Den, and more!

FOR THE INDIE POP PEOPLE (WANNADO EXCLUSIVE!)

COIN w/The Lonely Biscuits & Dana Swimmer, Exit/In: ICYMI, here’s our interview with “swirly indie party pop” band COIN! They’ll give you their Nashville faves and more info about the show this weekend and their upcoming record. Don’t forget to click into the event, “heart” it, and we’ll give out a pair of tickets to Saturday’s show to a lucky Wannado-er!

FOR THE EDM JUNKIES:

Monster Block Party, Anthem: Anything hosted by someone named DJ Snake has to be pretty baller, right? Right. Head to Anthem this weekend for an EDM/hip hop extravaganza with some of the best DJs around. Wear your neon (even a costume!) and dance to the devious sounds of the monster lineup from Disco Donnie and Ultimo.

Sunday

Football Time, Folk Music, & Bill Murray Fighting Ghosts

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FOR THE FOOTBALLER:

Tennessee Titans v. Houston Texans, LP Field: We gotta support our boys in baby blue! Our beloved Titans take on the #1 pick in 2014, the Houston Texans this weekend. The team is looking good with new head coach Ken Whisenhunt, and having star quarterback Jake Locker back in the mix certainly isn’t going to hurt our chances. Let’s start gunnin’ for a win, Tennessee!

FOR THE PERSEVERANT OUTDOORSMAN/WOMAN:

Canopy Ropes Course, Adventureworks: Join the expert outdoorspeople at Team Green Adventure for an active Sunday Funday! You’ll strap on a harness (so, you know – just wear the right kind of pants), make your way through a maze of cables and cords, and end up in a tree canopy. It requires some good old fashioned endurance – you’re gonna love it!

FOR THE ROOTSY:

Sturgill Simpson, Ryman Auditorium: This dude is authentic. An artist with two hugely successful independent releases to his name, Simpson has scored a spot at the legendary Ryman Auditorium. You know you need some music that’s described as “an island of hope in a sea of tacky” and “Bonafide mountain hillbilly soul”.

FOR THE BILL MURRAY FANS (SO, EVERYONE):

Ghostbusters, Franklin Theatre: The original SNL star movie vehicle, the Ghostbusters movie is the stuff of legend (have you heard about the all female reboot? Rumored cast includes Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Linda Cardellini, Mindy Kaling, and Kristen Wiig). Come see Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and the gang bust up some ghosts at the precious historic Franklin Theatre in the main square. Sunday Funday indeed!

FOR THE MUSICAL TASTEMAKERS: 

The Last Bison w/Bombadil, 3rd And Lindsley: The Last Bison has been touring all over and gaining popularity, but we have a feeling this next record is gonna shoot this Virginia-based group to stardom. Lightning 100 is giving us a live show with new material from their time working on music in a literal wigwam on the edge of a swamp in Chesapeake, Virginia. If that isn’t hipster street cred, we don’t know what is.

FOR WHEN YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE:

Dinner at Safe Haven Family Shelter: Whip up your favorite dish, Nashville, and serve it to some of the most lovely people in the community. Safe Haven Shelter is a place where families from the community that are in transition can find housing together. Rich conversation, the gift of sharing a meal – it will have a huge impact on you and them. So worth it!

FOR THE AMERICANA-LOVIN’ CREW:

Liz Longley & Marc Scibilia, City Winery: ICYMI, here’s our interview with the incomparable Liz Longley – a wonderfully kind talent who now calls Nashville home! She’ll be playing the brand-new City Winery with fellow talented songwriter, Marc Scibilia. You don’t want to miss this!

So take a quick nap, grab a cup of joe from Frothy Monkey or your local neighborhood coffee shop, and fuel up! It’s going to be a fun-filled weekend in Music City. For all your Nashville discoveries, from live music to happy hours to pumpkin patches, grab Wannado! We’ll make sure you find all the opportunities to do what you wannado in your city!