Labor Day is September 2, 2019 – but ask anyone, and they’ll tell you that the parties get started long before then. Nashville has a lot of options for free events, so you can expect to see a lot of residents and tourists out and about.
Here’s some of the neat stuff to do this weekend in and around Nashville:
- Live on the Green. This is Nashville’s outdoor music festival, and it runs from August 29th through September 2nd in Public Square Park.
- Nashville’s Seventh Annual Labor Day Parade & Celebration. The annual parade will be held on August 31st. The lineup starts at 8:30 am and the parade itself starts at 9:00 am. After the parade, there will be food, games, and live music to enjoy.
- Centennial Park’s Big Band Dances. These dances have run all summer long from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, but The Moonlighters will be playing on August 31st. You can pack your own snacks or check out the food trucks. You can take lessons, too!
- Cumberland Park and Charlie Daniels Park’s splash pads. These aren’t really “events” as much as they are good places to take the kids to cool down. Labor Day weekend is the last day the splash pads will be open, so get your water fun in now!
- Shakespeare Festival. This year, the festival is doing “The Tempest” and “Pericles” at the Yard at oneC1TY. Tickets are free, and the shows run Thursdays through Sundays.
- Summer Crest Winery’s 20th Annual Grape Stomp. Want to listen to live music and squish grapes between your toes? Summer Crest Winery will let you do just that on August 31st, form 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
- 6th Annual Old School Soul Barbeque Festival. BYOLC – Bring Your Own Lawn Chairs to Fair Park 625 Smith Avenue on September 1st to hear great, live music, eat some of the best food in the country, shop, and play games. This one isn’t free, but it’s easy to buy tickets.
- Fireworks at Nashville Shores. At around dusk on September 1st, get yourself over to Nashville Shores to watch the fireworks display over Percy Priest Lake.
These are just a few of the events happening this weekend. The local bars and restaurants are also having their own celebrations – a Shrimp Boil at Mayday Brewery; a 4-day Southern Comfort Labor Day party at Trimble House – so there will be plenty to do. And, as usual, there’s live music playing all over the city.
Preparing for a Labor Day weekend in Nashville
Whether you live in or around the city, or are visiting from another town or state, you want to make the most of your weekend plans. There are a few steps you can take to prepare yourself for a weekend out.
Charge your phone before you leave
Make sure your phone is charged before you go, so you’re not fumbling with it in the car. Once you’re in the car, turn the phone off, or turn on its “do not disturb” function if you need your phone for its GPS. Better yet, put one of your passengers in charge of looking at the map and (changing the radio stations).
Leave yourself time to travel
There are going to be thousands of people walking, cycling, and driving in, out, and through the city. All this traffic can be frustrating, and there will be other drivers out there who are not paying attention to the roads, who don’t quite know where they are, and who drive more recklessly than they should in an attempt to get past all the other cars. Leave yourself plenty of time.
When you get to your destination, leave the car parked
Use public transportation, Uber or Lyft, or simply walk to where you want to be. Labor Day weekend is a big drinking holiday, and getting behind the wheel after having a few is a bad idea. Stick to the crosswalks, too, when walking. You will be more visible to other drivers and pedestrians than if you cross a street in the middle.
Make sure you have sunscreen
Even if the weather doesn’t fully cooperate, you need to protect yourself from the sun. Even a cloudy day can be dangerous.
Whether you’re walking through the parks or doing some bar-hopping, it is critical that you stay hydrated. Dehydration and sun exposure can lead to respiratory distress, rapid heartbeats, fainting, and heat stroke. Stay cool, drink water, and rest often.
Remember that there are going to be a lot of people in the city. They may move more slowly than you, or take up extra space, or wind their way into the street. They may have too much to drink, or jostle you as they walk past. Don’t let them ruin your good time.
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