The Weekendist: Weekend Mania Edition

We hope you’re planning on enjoying one of your last cidada-free weekends, Nashville (well, sort of – they’re already starting to come up. Hooray!). Here’s our top picks for this weekend:

Arch Nemesiz w/ Modoc & Jamie Grace featuring the debut of Little Filipino12th & Porter, Friday, May 6, 8pm, $8. It’s time to party at 12th & Porter, with local duo Arch Nemesiz headlining tonight’s bill. One of Nashville’s newest food trucks, Little Filipino will be doling out free egg rolls until they run out, and your $8 goes to benefit People Loving Nashville.

TACA Tennessee Craft FairCentennial Park, May 6-7, 10am-6pm; May 8, 10am-5pm, free. The 40th annual TACA Spring Craft Fair kicks off today in Centennial Park, where you can see the fine handicrafts of over 170 Tennessean artisans. Chat with the vendors, munch your way through the food court, and pick up a little Mother’s Day gift while you’re at it.

Red Bull Manny ManiaRiverfront Park, Saturday, May 7, 12-4pm, free. Red Bull is always bringing the LOLz to Nashville, starting with Flugtag in 2007 which saw local inventors compete in homemade flying machines (as you might imagine, most did not actually fly), all the way up to last November when they hosted a chariot race in Centennial Park. This year they’re going from city to city looking for amateur street skateboarders, and throwing a big ol’ competition to find the best in the US. Red Bull events are always entertaining to watch, so grab a blanket and camp out in Riverfront Park for the day.

Musician’s Corner. Centennial Park, May 7, 3-6pm, free. Centennial Park is the place to be this weekend! In addition to the TACA Spring Craft Fair, this year’s Musician’s Corner kicks off with Sarah Buxton, Andrew Ripp, The Westbound Rangers, Dara Tucker and Marie Hines, plus more fun for the whole family and the debut of yet another new Nashville food truck, Riff’s Fine Street Food. We’ve written about both Musician’s Corner and Riff’s in the past few days, so check out those posts to learn more.

Cinco in the GulchThe Gulch, Saturday, May 7, 5pm, $40. And you thought Cinco de Mayo was over. Nashville’s annual Cinco in the Gulch 5k/10k is this weekend, and there will be no pasta buffet at the end of this one. Instead, runners will be treated to a block party with margaritas, beer, Mexican food, prizes and fireworks after they cross the finish line. Can someone say “best 5k ever”? No word on how you can get into the block party without running the race, but we know you’ll figure something out.

First Saturday Art Crawl. The Arcade/5th Ave between Church & Union, Saturday, May 7, 6-9pm, free. Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl really needs no introduction, except to say that if you haven’t ever been to one, you’re missing out. Browse through dozens of art galleries, sip on some free wine and come support local artists.

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