In this post, you’ll find all the best events and things to see and do in April. We have a Top 10 list of things to do that is updated for 2023.
You’ll never run out of choices for activities and things to see in Music City. That’s why we’ve listed our Top 10 Things to Do in April for Nashville, Tennessee.
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1. Attend a Concert
If you’re looking to hit up a concert in Nashville, April is the perfect time to go.
The Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry House, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and Bridgestone Arena, all have events scheduled with big-name artists and local acts alike.
A few of the artists appearing are:
- Brian McNight | April 7th, 8th
- LeAnn Rimes | April 8th
- Lady A | April 14th, 15th
- Lainey Wilson | April 15th
- Keith Sweat/New Edition | April 16th
- Kid Rock | April 18th
- Jill Scott | April 23rd
You can see more of the Ryman Auditorium with a backstage tour.
2. Catch a Sporting Event
April is a great time to catch a game in Nashville. The NHL is starting the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Nashville Sounds open their minor league baseball season.
3. Nashville Comedy Festival
Nashville’s annual Comedy Festival with well-known comedians dominating the stage is happening April 15th-23rd, 2023.
There will be several well known and beloved comedians performing during this event, giving you a great opportunity to see some off the most famous comics in the world and enjoy a good laugh.
The week-long lineup is constantly growing, as the festival is spread out over the Ryman Auditorium, Tennessee PAC, The Opry House, and other venues.
Here are some of the biggest names performing either during this event or in Nashville throughout the month of April:
- Nate Bargatze | April 15th
- Leanne Morgan | April 19th
- David Spade | April 21st
- Fortune Feimster | April 22nd
Ticket prices vary depending on the comic and the venue.
Outside of the festival, there will be other comedians performing in Nashville in April. You can find them here.
4. Go on a Sightseeing Tour
Take a tour of Nashville’s famous Old Town Trolley Tours.
The hop-on-hop-off tours have bus stops at all the best landmarks in the city center. Your driver is also equipped with a headset so you can learn about Music City’s history.
Take a half-day to learn about Nashville’s Southern food scene and how it is intertwined with Civil Rights and music history on this all-inclusive food tour.
5. See More with a City Pass
See more of Nashville in April with a city pass that includes entry to all the most popular attractions.
The passes are a great way way to get a bulk discount on museums, venues, and historic estates.
Depending on the pass you purchase, you could get entry to:
- Cheekwood Estates in Bloom
- Ryman Auditorium Backstage
- Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage & Gardens
- Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Find all the information about the Nashville city passes here.
6. Celebrate Record Store Day
Record Store Day is a nation-wide celebration of independent record shops on April 15th, 2023. Why not celebrate it in Music City?
The celebrations will include live music, special record releases, and limited-edition promo products from participating stores.
Record Stores to Check Out:
- Grimey’s New & Preloved Music
- Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop
- Jack White’s Third Man Records
- Mckay Books
- Found Object Records
- The Great Escape
7. East Nashville Beer Festival
Looking for a convenient way to taste test Music City’s beer options? The East Nashville Beer Festival is one of the few springtime beer events in Nashville.
Go to East Park on April 15th, 2023 to taste samples of beer from local and regional breweries. Food trucks and a full lineup of live music will be included.
General admission has in the past run around $60 including a 5-ounce tasting glass and beer samples. Last year the festival was open from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
You must be 21+ to attend.
Tip: If you aren’t a fan of beer but want to join your friends, $25 designated driver tickets are available that come with a $10 food truck voucher.
Tickets will be posted soon.
8. Find a Festival or Event
Come to Nashville in April to find festivals or events happening throughout the month.
The first festival of the month will be the Cherry Blossom Festival. Enjoy free music, a parade, food trucks, and street performers.
- Cherry Blossom Festival - April 15th
- Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair - April 22nd-23rd
- Earth Day Festival - April 22nd
There are also some interesting events taking place such as:
Take a look at our free things to do post for more free activities.
9. Ragin Cajun Crawfish Boil
Experience Nashville’s largest young professionals party on Saturday, April 29th, 2023.
The Junior Chamber of Commerce puts on the Ragin Cajun Crawfish Boil at Cumberland Park. This annual event has been going for 21 years and is always packed.
The Cajun crawfish boil offers 4,000 pounds of crawfish and a stage with live, local music. General Admission is between $20-$95, depending on whether you want to eat or VIP access.
If you want to enjoy some Nashville staples but aren’t in town during these events, try this downtown Nashville walking food tour.
10. Go on a Day Trip to Memphis
Nashville might be the Music City of Tennessee, but Memphis is the home of none other than the King himself, Elvis Presley. Fans often make it a point to visit his former house, known as Graceland, at least once in their lives.
If you're in Nashville to see some of the most notable sites tied to musicians, chances are you'll relish the opportunity to see important landmarks in Memphis as well.
Thankfully, there is an organized day trip you can take which includes VIP access to Graceland. You'll also receive a guided tour of Sun Studio and free time on Beale Street!
This organized tour of Memphis is approximately 15 hours long, so you'll have plenty of time to see the most notable landmarks and explore the city.
Honorable Mention: Whiskey Warmer Charity Tasting
Whiskey Warmer is an annual fundraiser for the Westhaven Foundation, which provides grants and scholarships to local charitable organizations.
This charity whiskey tasting is a 20-minute drive south from downtown, in Franklin.
The event is only open to attendees who are 21 years old or above.
You can sample up to 15 whiskeys from different distilleries, including Bulleit, Tin Cup, Tennessee Legend, Chattanooga Whiskey, Bushmills, and more.
The event takes place April 1st, 2023.
Check out our other ideas for things to do at night here.