Fireworks, carousels, and chocolate-dipped bananas can mean only one thing: the Williamson County Fair is in town. This year it rolls in to celebrate the summer with rides, exhibits, and live entertainment from top acts from around the country. Thrill-seekers may want to start at the midway, which corrals all of the adrenaline-pumping, eye-popping attractions into one convenient location. The Enterprise dares riders to experience its 85-degree-angled high-speed twirl, and the Pirate swings them back and forth in a full-size ship that re-creates the excitement of the high seas, from mounting colossal waves to mouth-feeding a seagull. Plenty of family-friendly rides, such as a carousel and kid-approved roller coaster, ensure fun memories for visitors of all ages.
A trip to the fair wouldn?t be complete without exploring live events, exhibits, and competitions. Musical guests take to the main and blue-grass stages to keep toes tapping all day long. Further exploration of the grounds leads visitors to daily exhibits, from an agricultural-equipment display and a BMX trick team to a petting zoo and nightly fireworks. Judges critique entries in various competitions, such as bread and pie baking, the Fairest of the Fair Pageant, and the Sing Your Heart Out competition.
The Holiday Market stuffs 40,000 square feet of the Nashville Convention Center with clothing, accessories, housewares, and gourmet food for sale. With merchants such as Gilchrist & Gilchrist Vintage Living, Cathy’s Antiques, or Emily G’s on hand, visitors can quickly browse a broad selection of stores without having to roller-skate through a mall. At the Girls’ Night Out event, guests peruse curated goods such as vintage jewelry and specialty desserts while listening to music and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres. Those attending the morning-preview event can bet in silent auctions or fill fists with discounted items while noshing on light breakfast fare. Morning shoppers also enjoy complimentary valet parking and gift-wrapping of purchases or any shopping companions finding it difficult to get into the holiday spirit. Each of the market events benefits charities backed by the Junior League of Nashville, an organization that promotes projects aimed at enriching the lives of children, women, and families.
The most "peaceful" time of year often ends up being the most stressful—especially if your holiday plans involve a stop at the Nashville International Airport or if Grandma challenges you to a duel. Today’s deal smooths out your trip with a little Entourage treatment: for $50, you’ll get private SUV transport to or from the airport from Always Precious Cargo Limousine Services (a $108 value). Each SUV accommodates six riders—perfect for the average family or traveling bowling team. One six-person carload is cheaper than two cabs, and it saves hours of arguing about who will ride with whom. And because tax and gratuity are already included, you can skip the awkward “Ahem…” moment followed by thumb-to-finger rubbing that ends so many vacations.
Dance Theatre of Tennessee trains students in the art of dance and dazzles audiences with world-class performances. "Swan Lake – At 75: A Tribute to Elaine Thomas" honors Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s artistic director, who has served as coach, choreographer, and ballet mistress to prominent companies around the world. Audiences aim their eyes at the stage as guest artists from Ballet West, Pennsylvania Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, and The Australian Ballet celebrate Elaine’s career with accolades and ritual burnings of DDR games. The tribute culminates in a spectacular staging of act 2 of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, Swan Lake.
The Shopping Bag is a non-profit thrift store that relies on generous donations. All profits benefit Bethlehem Centers of Nashville, an organization dedicated to helping men, women, children, and low-income families find stable footing. The friendly staff makes everyone feel welcome, making for an excellent experience!