How will you celebrate Memorial Day 2022? There are plenty of options to get out and about this year. Here are some of our favorites.

1. PARTY ON THE PLAZA

Image: Ryman

On Friday, May 27, enjoy free live music from Kimi Most, an outdoor bar, and special giveaways on the PNC Plaza outside the Ryman. This is where music-lovers come to kick off the weekend and celebrate the soul of Nashville. For even more great music, get a ticket for the Bonnie Raitt show inside the Ryman after the party. Info and tickets here.

2. TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM

Image: Tennessee State Museum

Experience Tennessee history, art, and culture at the (free!) Tennessee State Museum on the corner of Rosa L. Parks Blvd. and Jefferson Street at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.  Hours:  Tuesday-Saturday: 10 – 5; Sunday: 1 – 5. Learn more.

If you time your visit right, after you finish at the museum you can stroll across the parking lot to…

3. NASHVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET

Image: Nashville Farmers Market

Find fresh produce, artisanal food, restaurants, shops and crafts at the year-round Nashville farmers’ market. Night Market occurs on the fourth Friday of every month, 6–9 p.m. and yes, Memorial Day weekend starts on the fourth Friday of May. Details here.

4. MEMORIAL DAY DASH

Image: Miguel A. Amutio

Run the most historic 5k in Nashville with the 22nd annual Memorial Day Dash!  Hosted by the Nashville City Cemetery Association and the Metro Historical Commission, the course features some of the most historic places and scenic views in the city. Be sure to wear your most patriotic themed-costumes to win prizes at the end. Sign up here.

5. TOUR A BATTLEFIELD

Image: Nathan Zucker, Battle of Franklin Trust

If running isn’t your thing, how about a 90-minute guided walk through history on the site of the Battle of Franklin, one of the most dramatic events of the Civil War? While you’re in the area, visit the Carter House  to hear the story of Capt. Tod Carter, who grew up in the house and was mortally wounded in battle (additional ticket required). Battlefield tour not recommended for children. Tickets and info here.

6. NEW MOON KAYAK FLOAT

Image: Amy Moore

Here’s a lovely way to end a holiday: a New Moon Kayak Float around Couchville Lake. All equipment (life jacket, paddle, kayak, and glow sticks) will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own. Paddlers will learn about the history of Couchville and Percy Priest Lakes, call for owls, and discuss some of the constellations you may find, even this close to Nashville! May 30, 8-10 pm, Long Hunter State Park. Details here.

Whatever you do to celebrate this Memorial Day, stay safe and have a wonderful time!

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