The Weekendist: Dog Days Edition

TGIF, Nashville. It’s hot. The only things we really want to do this weekend are:

a) Play in a sprinkler and/or kiddie pool in the backyard
b) Have a contest to see who can keep their head in the freezer the longest
c) Only eat frozen things, preferably ice cream
d)  Build a tent over the air conditioner vent and have a campout

But since we know that you’re all probably way less wimpy than we are, we compiled a list of things to do this weekend anyway. Here are our top picks:

Red Caboose Concert featuring the Western Swingers. Friday, July 22 from 7-9pm at the Red Caboose Amphitheater in Bellevue, free. Pack your dinner and head for the park, where you can settle in for an evening of swing tunes from the Western Swingers. Bring the kids, it’s family friendly!

Nashville Flea MarketFriday (8am-5pm), Saturday (7am-6pm) and Sunday (7am-4pm), July 22-24, Tennessee State Fairgrounds, free (parking $5). It’s flea market weekend in Nashville. The fairgrounds will be packed to the gills with treasures all weekend, but get there early to snag the best finds. Don’t forget cash!

Nashville Sounds vs. Iowa Cubs. Friday (7:05pm), Saturday & Sunday (6:35pm), July 22-24 at Greer Stadium, regular ticket price. The Sounds are kicking off another 4-game home series tonight at 7, and the weekend is full of special events. Catch fireworks after the Friday & Saturday games, or chow down on $1 ice cream sundaes on Sunday (get it?). Saturday is also the 4th Purity Faith Night Concert of the season, featuring a pre-game concert by Jaci Velasquez. Can’t make it this weekend? The 4th game is on Monday at 7, and it’s dollar hot dog night.

OMG Urban Flea Market. Saturday, July 23 from 8am-4pm at Old Made Good (1304 McGavock Pike), free. More than 20 local vendors will showcase their wares at local vintage boutique Old Made Good this Saturday. We went to the inaugural OMG Urban Flea Market a few months ago and stumbled across everything from vintage kitsch to handmade crafts to potted herbs to a milkshake stand. And it’s an outdoor event in Nashville, so obviously you can count on a food truck kicking around, plus some musical entertainment.

Ice Day at the Nashville Zoo. Saturday, July 23 from 9am-4pm at the Nashville Zoo, regular admission price. So, has anyone mentioned how hot it is lately? Ice Day is super appealing this year, because of, y’know, ice. Any way to beat the heat, we say! Anyway, you can enjoy a day at the zoo plus all things frozen: popsicles for the animals, an ice cream eating contest for the humans, a “winter wonderland snow tent” (mysterious!) and more.

Grassy Knoll Movie Night: Harold & Maude. Sunday, July 24, sundown in the side lot next to Bongo Java East, $5 ($4 with canned food donation, $1 for kids). We’ve already told you how excited we are about Grassy Knoll Movie Nights, a new outdoor movie series in East Nashville. This week’s film is Harold & Maude, beer will be flowing and pizza will be sizzling, and everyone will be sweating under the stars. Bonding over body odor is part of the fun!

Photo by rebeccaseung.

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