This summer’s events and attractions are deep and diverse.
A staycation is a great way to enjoy time off from work with family or friends. As with an actual getaway, the more you plan for fun, the more likely you are to enjoy your time ‘away.’
Of course, that sounds simple enough. But sometimes we grow so familiar with our surroundings that we don’t recognize all the opportunities available in our own backyard. To help plan the perfect staycation for you and your family, here is a list of some things to do around Brentwood this summer.
Attend a Concert in Crockett Park
Brentwood’s Summer Concert Series grows in popularity every year, thanks to the beautiful setting of Eddy Arnold Amphitheater in Crockett Park. Concerts are free and begin at 7 p.m.
- Tuesday July 4 | The Kadillacs (and Fireworks)
- Sunday, July 9 | The Celebrity All-Star Band
- Sunday, July16 | Rubix Groove
Taste-Test Tomatoes at the Tomato Festival
Presented by Amerigo Italian Restaurants, The Tomato Festival takes place at the Franklin Farmer’s Market, 230 Franklin Road, on July 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you love summer’s favorite vegetable than this festival is for you. There will be free and fun games for the kids as well.
Spit Seeds at the Watermelon Festival
The Watermelon Festival presented by Williamson Medical Center is a big, juicy-sweet seed-spittin’ event for the entire family! With games for kids and adults, the Watermelon Festival includes, contests, wild watermelon carvings and slices of ice cold watermelon!
Go Biking in a Brentwood Park
There are several designated bike trails throughout Brentwood, including a 1-mile course around Tower Park‚ a 1.2-mile circuit at Concord Park and a 2.8-mile path along River Park and the Wilson Pike Tunnel.
Witness a once-in-a-lifetime stellar event
On August 21 a total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States for the first time in nearly 100 years and Nashville will be the largest city in the country in the path of totality. Make plans now to celebrate this event by viewing it at the best locations:
- The Adventure Science Center will host a special festival full of activities, exhibits, food, music, and more.
- The Bicentennial Capitol State Park will host a special festival including food, wine and live music.
- Cheekwood Estate and Gardens will host an event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with half-price admission.
Have some fun at the Zoo
The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is always a great place to spend an afternoon. But did you know the zoo sponsors a wide-range of programs and special events? Here are some examples.
- July 1 – Summer Splash presented by Southern Icee. The zoo will transform into a water park with slides, games and fun-filled splashy attractions.
- July 28 – Red, White, & Zoo. The zoo’s third annual wine tasting event is an adults only night where you can enjoy the trails while sipping some interesting varietals. Unlimited tastings and a complimentary glass are included.
- September 1 – Zoovie Night. Visit the Zoo on Labor Day Weekend for inflatables, games, face painting, crafts and a DJ. The event begins at 6.p.m and when the sun sets, enjoy an outdoor screening of Disney’s Zootopia.
More information is available at NashvilleZoo.org
Celebrate Independence Day
Head down to Broadway for what’s being billed as the nation’s largest Independence Day celebration. Enjoy food fireworks and live music from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Chris Young and more.
Race in the Firecracker 5k
Begin Independence Day by participating in the Firecracker 5K. The race begins and ends at Brentwood Town Square. Refreshments, awards, door prizes and music will follow the race at the square.
Register online at Brentwood5K.com.
Enjoy a cookout or picnic
Owl Creek Park’s hours are dawn to dusk. It includes a picnic shelter, a playground, basketball courts and walking paths. It has one picnic shelter available for reservation. It is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or cookout with family while the kids enjoy some fun on the playground. All it takes is a $50 deposit.
Reservations can be made on the Parks & Recreations page at BrentwoodTN.gov.
Even if your summer plans call for an out-of-town adventure, try to find some time to make the most of the opportunities available right here at home. It’s fun and affordable and the memories will last a lifetime.