The Weekendist: Work It (Or Don’t) Edition

TGIF, Nashville. Assuming your weekend isn’t already full of barbecue hopping, football watching, lake excursions and other such long weekend delights, you may want to check out our top picks for things to do this Labor Day weekend. Stay safe, don’t drive drunk, have fun, etc! We’ll see you Tuesday.

73rd National Folk Festival. Friday – Sunday, September 2-4 at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, free. If you missed our post about the National Folk Festival earlier today, head over here to check it out. You don’t want to miss the fest and its 250+ performers, from flea circus to ancient hula dancing and everything in between. Did we mention it’s free?

Musician’s Corner. Saturday, September 3 from 3-6pm in Centennial Park. Musician’s Corner is back for the fall, and the first week is packed with great local artists - Attwater, The Co, Andrew Osenga, Damien Horne, Striking Matches, Metro Parks Jamband and Foxes Have Foxholes. Activities for kids and everyone’s favorite food trucks/stands will round out the afternoon of free entertainment, so take advantage of one of these last summer Saturdays to spend in the park.

First Saturday Art CrawlSaturday, September 3 from 6-9pm in downtown Nashville. It’s that time of year when the evenings are cooling off, which makes for a pretty perfect stroll down 4th & 5th Avenues and through the Arcade for an evening of perusing art galleries, sipping wine and possibly seeing some street performances.

Franklin Jazz Festival. Saturday – Sunday, September 3-4 in downtown Franklin, $10. If the National Folk Festival isn’t enough music for you (or you just can’t find parking), head to Franklin for the 22nd annual Franklin Jazz Festival. A portion of all profits benefit The GEAR Foundation, and you can expect 8 fantastic jazz acts to take the stage through the fest, including headliners C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band and The Nashville Jazz Orchestra featuring Blue Lou Marini (Blues Brothers) and Charles “Wig” Walker (The Dynamites).

Photo by _Faraz.

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