Most Unique Things to Do in Nashville This Spring

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Spring is one of the best times to visit Nashville. The trees are in bloom, the weather hasn’t yet reached scorching temps, and the droves of summer crowds are still at bay. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a patio happy hour or a rooftop night. It’s also an excellent season for those who want to experience some of Nashville’s most anticipated annual events. From the colorful fields of the Tulip Festival to inventive craft beer creations, cultural festivals, songwriter celebrations, and more, we’re sharing the most unique things to do in Nashville this spring. So, book your vacation rental, pack your bags, and get ready to live like a local on your next Nashville getaway.  

Explore the Outdoors at the Tulip Festival

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From mid-March to mid-April, a quaint farm in Tennessee rivals the fields of Amsterdam as rows of brilliantly colored tulips create one of the most picturesque scenes this side of the Atlantic. With more than 700,000 tulips and over 100 different varieties, the anticipated Tulip Festival invites you to experience the largest pick-your-own tulip farm in the Southeastern United States.

Lucky Ladd Farms offers an exceptional day of outdoor fun for the whole family. Whether you’re wandering the rows and picking tulips for your keepsake bouquet, letting the kids enjoy the Fun Park and Zoo, or honing your photography skills as you search for that Insta-worthy shot, the Tennessee Tulip Festival is a must-do spring activity in Nashville.

Celebrate at Music City Irish Fest

If you’re visiting Nashville the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in for a treat as the Music City Irish Fest paints the town green. Events will be held at some of Nashville’s favorite venues, from McNamara’s to The Station Inn, and will feature live music, traditional Irish step dancing, delicious food, and more. On March 17th, the festival culminates with the St. Patrick’s Day Festival held at Geodis Park. From noon to 5pm, you’re invited to celebrate all things Irish as you mingle with the Gaelic Athletic Football Club, enjoy a few pints, and take in even more traditional music and entertainment. Tickets are on sale now, and the festival is rain or shine. Check out the full list of events and locations, and take advantage of this unique festival when you visit Nashville this spring.

Find Your New Favorite Song at Tin Pan South

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This April, the much-anticipated Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival returns for its 32nd year. Sponsored in part by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, Tin Pan South is a festival that celebrates what truly makes Nashville “Music City,” our songwriters. Every favorite song has a story, and every story was birthed by brilliant creators who spend their days trying to create the soundtracks of our lives. This festival gives you a front-row seat to the stories behind the songs – told directly by the writers themselves.

If you’ve never attended Tin Pan South, it’s definitely one of the most unique things to do in Nashville this spring. Happening April 2-6, the week will feature 400+ performances spread across 10 iconic venues for more than 98 different shows. Check out the schedule of events to find the shows featuring your favorite writers and experience the true heart of Nashville’s music scene when you visit. 

Craft Creations at East Nash Beer Fest

The East Nashville Beer Fest is turning 13, and you’re invited to the party April 13th in East Park. Featuring more than 40 breweries, the day will be full of delicious samples, tasty food truck specials, and even artisan crafters and makers. You must be 21+ to attend, and tickets are on sale now!

Check out the list of confirmed breweries here.

One-of-a-Kind Releases at Record Store Day

Always a fan-favorite, Record Store Day in Nashville is unlike most cities. Thanks to the host of musicians who call this town home, you just never know who will show up to perform pop-up concerts throughout the day. This year, the event takes place on April 20th, and there are several stores to visit if you’re in Nashville. Among the most popular are Grimey’s, The Vinyl Tap, and Swaggie Records.

Enjoy discounted vinyl, live performances, and a day full of festivities when you experience this nationwide event in the heart of Music City. 

Book Your Spring Getaway to Nashville

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Armed with this list of the most unique things to do in Nashville this spring, the only thing left to do is book your vacation rental. At Nautical Properties, we have a variety of options that put you close to downtown and in the heart of all the action. Browse our available vacation rentals, and remember to book direct for your next Nashville getaway.