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An annual celebration of everything athletic, the Music City Sports Festival treats both fans and athletes to a schedule packed with local, regional, and national sports programming and personalities. Instructional clinics anchor the two-day event, inviting kids aged 5?18 to try their hand at traditional sports, such as baseball and tennis, or more niche sports including lacrosse and archery. Away from all the swinging and sprinting, the festival's speaker series showcases current and former pro athletes and coaches. As they speak, attendees gain in-depth insights while getting close enough to their heroes. A host of other activities rounds out the event, from autograph sessions to giveaways, and vendors doling out gear and goodies.

681 Kingsway Drive
Old hickory,
TN
US

Few things in life are finer than a cigar (except perhaps a bacon-wrapped cigar). Today's deal will convert your printed Groupon into a few of these delightfully puffable paperwads: for $10, you get $20 towards cigars and accessories at Midtown Cigars. While Midtown, located here, is known for its near-endless selection of wine and spirits, your Groupon can only be used toward non-alcoholic items in accordance with the Sumerian Code of Ur-Nammu.

222 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville,
TN
US

A hush falls over the pews and all heads turn to see the bride step into the light as she glides down the aisle. The groom's face breaks into a huge grin, and guests can't help but smile themselves. For an instant, everyone in the room forgets that this couple is already married, and that no one in the room knows who they are. But, everyone agrees that the ceremony is beautiful. This is The NotWedding, a mock wedding in which on-trend wedding vendors display their talents to entice those planning their big day. Brides- and grooms-to-be are treated to an entire faux wedding, complete with ceremony, dinner, and dance reception. They spend dinner jotting down the names of the bakers who created the delectable wedding cake, the chefs who sizzled up the artfully plated meals, and the rental centers that provided the elegant table settings. Guests can also glean ideas for modern and hip decorations and wedding-planning advice, including tactful ways to tell their fianc?e's father to retire his ruffled periwinkle tuxedo.

2112 32nd Ave. S.
Nashville,
TN
US

Established in 1855, the Tennessee State Fair's long history includes more than thrilling Midway rides and food on sticks; the festival also features a yearly theme around which events and exhibits center. This year, the fair's theme is "Let the Good Times Grow," an idea embodying the fair's fiscal growth and the locally-grown entertainments it houses. The Taste of Tennessee event, for instance, gathers chefs who craft native cuisines, local bands, and area craft brewers.

The grounds also showcase a range of entertaining shows, from beauty pageants and pig races to dogs performing gravity-defying tricks to catch frisbees. Plus, the Kenya Safari Acrobats return for the 7th year to show off their incredible agility. Should younger visitors feel inspired to step on stage themselves, they can enter the kids' ice cream eating contest; a winner's trophy goes to the kid whose mouth can shovel the most ice cream and whose brain can withstand the worst ice cream headache.

500 Wedgewood Avenue
Nashville,
TN
US

Tres de Mayo Festival de Margarita Y Cerveza challenges professional mixologists from more than 40 of Nashville's restaurants and watering holes to test their mettle with interpretations of a classic party drink: the margarita. At this riverfront festival, they square off to prepare their version of the margarita, and festival-goers wander from vendor to vendor for unlimited samples and to determine who's drink tastes the best, settling any disagreements with a staring contest.

Attendees can also grab Mexican food and 15 styles of Mexican beer, and VIP attendees sample premium tequila flights. Live music from female-fronted bands on two stages adds to the festive atmosphere.

100 1st Avenue North
Nashville,
TN
US

The Nashville Zombie Brew Fest transforms Nashville Shores?a charming lakeside resort?into a ghoulish Halloween festival with plenty to drink. Designers deck out the grounds with spooky decorations and masterfully carved pumpkins while employees don the guise of zombies, serving craft beer from local breweries and artisanal bloody marys. Organizers encourage visitors to wear their own costumes to the event, which includes catered meals for premium VIP members and suitably terrifying forms of entertainment, such as a DJ spinning Halloween tunes, a performance by Music City Burlesque, and wandering monsters who might at any moment form a tribute band.

4001 Bell Rd.
Nashville,
TN
US