The following post provides details about the best things to do in Nashville throughout the month of November, 2023.
We include a variety of fun activities, attractions, events, and festivals.
For additional ideas, check our following posts:
This list will include a variety of things to do that are either free, family-friendly or fun after dark.
We will also cover major concerts, sporting events, and theatrical performances you may want to attend.
1. Go to a Concert
If you’re looking for a concert, Music City is the place to find it.
Of course, in Nashville, you can find concerts happening every night of the week.
- Shakey Graves | November 1st
- Mudhoney/Hooveriii | November 2nd
- David Foster | November 5th
- Jefferson Starship | November 9th, 10th, 11th
- Porno for Pyros | November 15th
- Blues Traveler | November 21st
- Liz Phair | November 27th
- Joss Stone | November 29th
- Nashville MEGA MiniFEST | November 4th | The Whiskey Shot | featuring music, art, and community
2. Attend a Sporting Event
Nashville is a competitive city that loves its sports! November is a great time to catch a game since there are several teams playing during the month.
It is also an excellent way to spend the day with the family.
Take a look here at other sporting events happening in November.
3. Catch the CMA Music Awards
Each year in Nashville, for nearly 60 years, the Country Music Association Awards celebrates the best and brightest in country music.
Awards are given out for male and female vocalists of the year, entertainer of the year, song of the year, and more.
You're likely to see the biggest names in the biz walking the red carpet and performing on stage.
This year's festival takes place at Bridgestone Arena on November 8th.
Visit here for tickets to the awards show or the late-night-after party.
4. Enjoy A Stage Performance
Music City isn’t just about concerts. You can usually find other stage productions in the city.
- Mrs. Doubtfire | November 7th-12th
- Taylor Tomlinson | November 9th, 10th
- Bert Kreischer | November 17th
- John Cleese | November 19th
- Nurse Blake | November 25th
- Ultimate Comedy - Free Local Open Mic Stand Up | each Tuesday
- Stand-up Comedy - Live at the Dive Motel | each Thursday
- Peppa Pig's Sing-Along Party | November 10th
TIP: Check this list of the best Nashville comedy clubs if you can’t make it to one of the shows we’ve listed.
5. Take a Sightseeing Tour
November is the perfect time to explore Nashville.
Another popular option is to take a bus tour of Nashville.
A hop-on hop-off tour is a convenient form of transportation as well as a great source of insider information on Music City.
You can also find fun specialty tours such as a comedy bus tour or party bus.
Don’t forget to celebrate Halloween with the kid-friendly Ghost Tour at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage after hours.
6. Take in the Nashville Coffee Festival
This is the first year for this new Nashville Festival.
If you're a fan of coffee, you might enjoy the offerings of Nashville's top coffee roasters.
They'll have coffee, tea, and food along with music by some of the best bands in Nashville.
Activities take place at Marathon Music Works on November 4th.
Visit the Nashville Coffee Festival website for tickets and additional information.
7. Enjoy the Music City Bacon and Barrel Festival
This annual festival brings two delicious treats to guests - bacon and barrel-aged spirits.
Your ticket "includes unlimited samples of signature bacon-themed dishes and 15 whiskey samples".
Stick around to see who wins the Golden Hog award for favorite participating restaurant.
There's also live music, cocktails, photo ops, and more.
The fun takes place November 9th at Loveless Barn, from 6:30-9:30 pm. Visit the Bacon and Barrel Festival website for tickets.
For event more events in Nashville in the evening, check out our post What do Do at Night in Nashville.
8. Go to the Christmas Village
Nashville's annual Christmas Village event will be returning to the Fairgrounds in Nashville from November 10th-12th.
If you're looking to get some of your holiday shopping done as early as possible, this is an excellent opportunity to find unique and interesting gifts for the whole family.
There will also be opportunities to take photos with Santa, so feel free to bring your kids along for the experience.
Did we mention children 9 and under get in for free?
Tickets are $15 per person. Learn more here.
9. See Some of Nashville’s Top Attractions
Taking a trip to Nashville in November is the perfect opportunity to see the city’s top attractions with less crowding than during the busy season of summer.
History buffs will enjoy Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage.
We've listed some great opportunities to find live music on our post covering things to do at night, as well.
If you're on a budget, check out our free activities in Nashville post.
10. Save Money With a Tourist Pass
No matter what you’re planning to do in Nashville this month, chances are you’ll be able to save a few bucks on activities you’ll enjoy by using a tourist attraction discount pass.
While some passes include admission to dozens of attractions you can visit over the course of a set amount of days, others allow you to pay one flat price for a specific number of activities.
In addition to everything else, these services usually offer skip-the-line tickets for some attractions, making it easier to save time as well as money.
Here are some of the best activities included with these Nashville tourist passes:
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
- Country Music Hall of Fame
- Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
- Grand Ole Opry Tour
- Musician’s Hall of Fame
- Historic RCA Studio B Tour
- Jack Daniel’s Distillery Tour
- Ryman Auditorium Tour
- Madame Tussauds
- Nashville Zoo
- And more!
Depending on which pass you choose and how you use it, you could easily save anywhere from 20% - 50% off general admission prices.
For more details about these services, please read our post covering Nashville tourist passes.
In November, the Nashville Zoo opens its annual Chinese Festival of Lights called Zoolumination.
During this event, there are 500 custom silk lanterns dotted throughout the 60 acres of the zoo.
Several of these displays feature some of the popular animals you can see at the zoo, as well as holiday-themed scenes and a 200-foot-long dragon!
Zoolumination has taken place nightly from 5 pm - 9 pm and ticket prices have been the same as general admission – which is included with at least one Nashville tourist pass.
For more family-friendly fun, check out our post covering things to do with kids in Nashville.