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Things to Do in Nashville in April

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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 2020. 


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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. 

Don’t forget to check out our popular Nashville posts:

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.






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 13-19, 2020.

You could grab tickets to see Heather McMahan, Whitney Cummings, Lewis Black, Bill Burr, or Taylor Tomlinson.



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.

Ticket prices vary depending on the comic and the venue. 

You can find all of the comedy in Nashville here.

4) Enjoy a Theatre Production or the Ballet 

You'll be able to find a few, fun productions onstage during April.



Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood comes from a Mr. Rogers character, and now delights a new generation of kids. This puppet comes to life on stage with interactive dialogue, song, and dance.

Modern Masters is an extraordinary partnership between modern bands and musical artists and the Nashville Ballet, featuring the Nashville Symphony. See these acts perform live while the Ballet performs choreography uniquely suited to modern music.

Find all the theatre tickets this month here.

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 18, 2020. 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 Saturday, April 18, 2020, 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 13.

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) Sightseeing Tours

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.


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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,, and more.
Updated: September 29th, 2021
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