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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 2022. 


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN APRIL IN NASHVILLE

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 fantastic events scheduled with big-name artists and local acts alike.

You can see more of the Ryman Auditorium with a backstage tour

Find all of the April concerts here.


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.

Hockey

Baseball

Soccer

Click here to find all the sporting events in April.


3) Nashville Comedy Festival

Nashville’s annual Comedy Festival with well-known comedians dominating the stage is happening April 16th-23rd, 2022.

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:

Ticket prices vary depending on the comic and the venue. 

You can find all of the comedy in Nashville 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.

If you want to take advantage of some nice weather, take a bicycle tour of downtown or a walking tour of Nashville's honky-tonk 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.

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Depending on the pass you purchase, you could get entry to:

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 23rd, 2022. 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 9th, 2022 to taste samples of beer from local and regional breweries. Food trucks and a full lineup of live music will be included.

General admission is $60 and includes a 5-ounce tasting glass and beer samples. The festival will be 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.  


8) Find a Free Festival

Come to Nashville in April to find free festivals happening every weekend. If you love nature, crafts, or live music, there is something here for you to attend.

The first festival of the month will be the Cherry Blossom Festival. Enjoy free music, a parade, food trucks, and street performers.

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 30th, 2022.

The Junior Chamber of Commerce puts on the Ragin Cajun Crawfish Boil at Cumberland Park. This annual event has been going for 20 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 $50 and $60, depending on whether you can catch the early bird ticket sales.

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.

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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: March 30th, 2022
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