The Weekendist: Memorializing Edition

Frist Friday featuring Same As It Ever Was. Friday, May 27 at the Frist Center, 6-9pm, $10 or free for members/under 18. If this looks familiar, it’s because we wrote about it a few moments ago, so head over there to read about the summer series! Tonight’s event features Same As It Ever Was, a Talking Heads cover band, light refreshments and a cash bar, plus exhibits galore.

Nashville’s Downtown Puppet Festival. Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29, downtown Nashville Library, free. We’ll try to get over our fear of puppets long enough to tell you about this one. If you’ve got kids, this is the place to be all weekend. Dozens of puppet shows will be taking place at the downtown library, from Pinocchio to The Frog Prince to some more “mature” offerings (ages 8 and up!) like Amongst the Birds: A young girl meets death. All puppet shows are free, but you have to get a ticket for most. Reserving online in advance has a fee of $2.50, or walk up to get your tickets for free. Tickets and a full schedule of shows can be found here.

Nashville Flea MarketFriday, May 27 8am-5pm; Saturday, May 28 7am-6pm; Sunday, May 29 7am-4pm. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, free (parking $5). It’s flea market weekend again! It only rolls around once a month, so get there early and start browsing for treasures.

Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City RedHawks. Friday, May 27 at 7:05pm; Saturday, May 28 at 6:35pm; Sunday, May 29 at 2:05pm; Monday, May 30 at 7:05pm. Greer Stadium, $10-14. Is there anything more American than spending Memorial Day weekend at the ballpark? The Sounds play the OKC RedHawks in a four game home series this weekend, and you can bet there will be hot dogs and burgers a-plenty, along with some fireworks.

Hands Together in Flatrock Music & Arts Festival. Saturday, May 28 at Coleman Park, 10am-4pm, free. The annual Flatrock neighborhood music & artist festival grows bigger each year. This year, they promise artisan booths from over 65 vendors, a classic car auto show with prizes, a County Music Hall of Fame petting zoo (um…) and a special children’s exhibit by the Frist Center, in addition to lots of diverse ethnic food and entertainment from local musicians.

Margaritaville Street Party. Saturday, May 28 on Broadway between 3rd & 4th Aves, 11am-8pm, free. Broadway’s gonna be a mess on Saturday, so steer clear unless you’re aiming for this giant margaritafest. And you should be, because all proceeds benefit Hands on Nashville, and you know it’s more fun to drink in the street.

Musician’s Corner featuring James Otto, The Delta Saints, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken and more. Saturday, May 28 at Centennial Park, 3-6pm, free. Musician’s Corner happens every weekend, but we’re particularly excited about this week’s lineup. It’s always a fun afternoon of live music and food from Nashville’s favorite food trucks, and we hear there might be a little extra surprise this week for those who get there early.

Nobody’s Vault But Mine: Third Man Records Fan Appreciation Event. Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29 at 6pm at the Mercy Lounge, $12/show or $20 pass for both nights. The second annual fan appreciation weekend for fans of Third Man Records and their artists starts Saturday, with performances by Dex Romweber Duo, The Jacuzzi Boys, The Ettes, The Turncoats, & White Buffalo Woman. Sunday’s lineup features Henry & June, PUJOL, The One Through Tens, D. Watusi, and The Grayces.

Dragon Music Sunday featuring Elle Macho. Sunday, May 29 at Fannie Mae Dees Park, 4pm, free. This should also look familiar to you, because we wrote about it yesterday despite missing the first two events of the year. There’s still time to catch the last four, starting with this weekend’s performance by Elle Macho.

Memorial Day Spring Blues Festival. Monday, May 30 at Centennial Park Bandshell, 10:30am, free. Headlined by Bobby Blue Bland and featuring other local blues and jazz musicians, the Memorial Day Blues Fest gets off to a bright & early start at 10:30am (which is a good thing, because you’ll still have plenty of time to grill).

Free Day at Cheekwood. Monday, May 30 at Cheekwood, 9:30am-4:30pm, free. HCA and Tristar are sponsoring a free day at Cheekwood for the holiday, and the weather’s supposed to be beautiful for it. Take your day off from work and go see some beautiful gardens and art!

Photo by Silenus81.