Weekend Edition: Pirates of Davidson County

We’re excited that the weekend is finally rolling in, but we’re also overwhelmed. There’s a lot going on, and it’s all worth hitting up. We’re a little depressed because the 3rd Annual Great Nashville Race costs $30, but it’s still our top pick for Saturday.

“No longer will the Great Nashville escapades be limited to the streets of downtown! This year, teams will have to scour multiple destinations all across Greater Nashville solving riddles, cracking codes, outwitting adversaries and cursing the gods.”

Can you blame us? But if you can’t swing the big bucks for a mysterious scavenger hunt, never fear. There are plenty of other great options, and free entertainment is one of our highest priorities at Nashvillest.


  • Day 2 of the 59th Annual Franklin Rodeo, 7pm: The rodeo actually starts today, so we hope you’re paying attention.
  • Merrell Crawfish Boil Nashville, 4:30pm: The Crawfish Boil starts Friday, and it’s kind of a big deal. Between big name bands like Three Doors Down, New Found Glory, Papa Roach and hometown heroes Paramore, it’s probably worth the $20/day. If you know you’ll be eating a lot, grab a VIP pass for $50 – it includes free crawfish.


  • Improv Nashville Free Workshop, 1pm: Only offered five times a year, free improv basics that will have you as witty as Drew Carey in no time.
  • 5th Annual Tour de Nash, all day: We must have been living under a rock for the past 5 years, but this year we’re crawling out. Head down to East Bank Greenway between 7am and 5pm for the health festival and to walk or bike Nashville’s growing network of sidewalks, bikeways, and greenways.
  • Nashville Sounds Go Green, 6pm: Our hometown heroes are setting aside an entire game night to share their involvement in environmental awareness, special green jerseys and all. Nashvillest runs on green power too… Do you?
  • Tour 4 Cure, 7pm: Recording artists The Readings are hosting a nationwide tour of Borders stores, raising awareness and funding for a presently incurable form of cancer, Multiple Myeloma.
  • Nashville Rollergirls vs. the B-Funk Allstars, 7pm: If you’re not familiar with rollerderby, it isn’t for the faint of heart. Despite the 3-game losing streak, it’s sure to be an experience you won’t forget. Tennessee Fair Grounds, $15 at the door.
  • Laura Veirs with Liam Finn, 9pm: This one is going to be good. Enough said. The Basement, $12.


  • Mamapalooza Murfreesboro, 6pm: No one said Mother’s Day was over! Join Artsy Mamas for a “Mama of the Year” award, door prizes, skits, monologues, musical acts, vendors and more. $8 at the door.
  • Dragon Music Sunday, 3pm: This week marks the first of many free music Sundays in Dragon Park (also known as Fannie Mae Dees Park). Local entertainment and plenty of space for kids to play.
  • Nashville Symphony in Crockett Park, 7pm: It’s not every day that we get to see the Nashville Symphony for free, so we’re all over this.

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