Welcome to Downtown Nashville
There are very few cities in the world where the mere mention of the name conjures up vivid images. Nashville is one of those places. Whether it’s a young singer with a guitar slung across his shoulder, music ringing from the rafters of the historic Ryman Auditorium, an acoustic set by one of Nashville’s famed songwriters, or the high-energy pyrotechnics that accompany performances by today’s hottest superstars, thoughts naturally turn to entertainment when you hear Music City.
Music is the very heart of Nashville. You can hear great music 24/7, 365 days a year. Long recognized as the world’s capital of country music, Music City also boasts sounds of pop, rock, gospel, bluegrass, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, blues, and soul. With more than 150 live music venues, there is something for everyone. You’ll catch star-dusted pickers and songwriters all over town, in places like bluegrass venue Station Inn, the rockin’ Exit/In, the honky tonks on Broadway, the song-centered Bluebird Cafe, or the legendary Ryman Auditorium.
Nashville has a host of unique attractions, including the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson, Cheekwood, Belle Meade Plantation, Ryman Auditorium, and the Grand Ole Opry.
Nashville has long been known for its expansive music scene, but it’s the talent and creativity of its arts scene that is making waves. Music City’s recent emergence of world-class fine arts, performing arts options, and the award-winning culinary arts is putting Nashville on the map as an artistic and culturally rich destination.
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is an exquisitely converted Art Deco post office which hosts roving exhibitions changing every couple of months. Cheekwood houses an extensive art gallery, while the city offers art crawls, studios, and art galleries all around town. Dubbed the Athens of the South for its elegance, style, and many academic institutions, Nashville claims a full-size replica of the Parthenon in Centennial Park, complete with the 42-ft high statue Athena, the tallest indoor sculpture in the western world.
Nashville’s innovative music scene has raised the bar in other creative aspects of the city. From southern fare to haute cuisine to quite literally everything in between, Nashville’s award-winning culinary scene is worth a visit all on its own. Hot chicken and ‘meat and threes’ are Nashville’s most notable contributions to the culinary world, but Music City has become increasingly known for its chef-driven restaurants as well.
To really get a feel of the ‘local’ side of Nashville, be sure to explore its neighborhoods as they are teeming with new restaurants, coffee shops, independent boutiques, craft cocktail joints, and live music venues. The Gulch, 12South, East Nashville, Marathon Village, Hillsboro Village, SoBro, Wedgewood-Houston, and Germantown are popular neighborhoods that have their own personalities that suit their surroundings and welcome all walks of life.
With its charming mix of musical, historical, and cultural flavors, Nashville is truly a city for all seasons and styles. Nashville’s promise is to provide the ultimate musical entertainment experience celebrated throughout our diverse cultural and entertainment offerings and presented in an authentic, unique, friendly, and unpretentious atmosphere. So whether it’s listening to live music, soaking in the art scene, exploring history, or simply relaxing, you’ll find many ways to enjoy Music City and discover why music calls us home.