I'm counting down until Summer Vacation with 50 things to do in May in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Our Spring this year has been… strange. I'm writing this at the end of April and I still have not been able to wear my flip flops. Ya'll, I need my flip flops. I usually wear them from March through November. But this year, they're still buried in the back of my closet. I know that in 6 weeks I'll be sweating and complaining about the heat and the bugs. But for right now, I'm just daydreaming about summer family fun. Use this list to plan some family activities to bridge the gap between Spring (if we ever get one!) and Summer. And if you need some ideas for frugal fun, the events in Bold are FREE!!!

  1. Go back in time for some historic fun at the Bledsoe Fort Historical Fair May 4-6.
  2. Celebrate Star Wars Day at May the 4th Be With You in Williamson County on May 4.
  3. Attend Kid's Safety Day in Smyrna on May 5.
  4. Come out to the 6th Annual Sevier Park Fest on May 5.
  5. Bring the littles to Llama Llama loves to read storytime at Barnes & Noble on May 5.
  6. Don't miss the last showings of Dragons Love Tacos at Nashville Children's Theatre May 5, 6, 12 & 13.
  7. Get tickets in advance for the Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival on May 5.
  8. Take part in Free Comic Book Day activities at all Linebaugh Library locations on May 5.
  9. Plan a date night. Drop the kids at Parent's Night Out at Bounce U on May 5.
  10. Plan some Mother's Day fun at the American Girl Store on May 6.
  11. Make letterpress art at Hatch Show Print on May 6.
  12. Take the whole family to Nerf Wars at MPact Sports on May 5 or May 19.
  13. Hear the Williamson County Community Band in concert on May 5.
  14. See a Vintage Baseball Game at Mansker's Station or The Hermitage on May 6.
  15. Attend the Tennessee Valley Winds Concert on May 6.
  16. Learn and Play at Days on the Farm at The Sam Davis Home on May 10 & 11.
  17. See sheep shearing, butter churning and more at the Historic Rural Life Festival on May 10 & 11.
  18. Go ‘down the rabbit hole' at Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Jr at The Franklin Theatre on May 11 & 13.
  19. Welcome summer fun at the Barfield Beach Party on May 11.
  20. Head to Centennial Park for some free music and fun at Musicians Corner every Friday and Saturday starting on May 11.
  21. Lace up your skates for a night of family fun at Fairview Rec on May 11.
  22. Enjoy Family Movie Night in Goodlettsville on May 11.
  23. Watch Linus, Lucy and your favorite blockhead in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown live at The Franklin Theatre on May 11 & 12.
  24. Take a bicycle tour of Stones River National Battlefield on May 12.
  25. Celebrate our favorite fruit at the 77th Annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival on May 12.
  26. Explore Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary on a Free Hike on May 12.
  27. Take part in Avian Awareness Day at The Nashville Zoo on May 12.
  28. Head to Cannonsburgh Village for the Backyard BBQ Festival on May 12.
  29. Create a family adventure with a kayak float on the Stones River on May 12.
  30. Take advantage of a rare Free Day at Oaklands Mansion on May 12.
  31. Have some fun with your pooch at Bark in the Park on May 12.
  32. Get ready for lots of family fun at Sumner Fest on May 12
  33. See Disney's Beauty & The Beast, Jr at The Franklin Theatre on May 12 & 13.
  34. Rock out with Bubble Guppies Live! on May 13.
  35. Be at the kickoff of the season for Jazz on the Cumberland on May 13.
  36. Schedule a Farm Tour at Hatcher Dairy on May 15.
  37. Register in advance for the New Moon Hike for women and girls at Warner Park on May 16.
  38. Experience the story of the ugly duckling at Honk! at HPACTN May 17 – June 2.
  39. Touch a Truck at Jim Warren Park on May 18.
  40. Celebrate summer with some yummy food at the Food Truck Festival on May 18.
  41. Get tickets in advance for the American Girl Tea Party at Mansker's Station on May 19.
  42. Attend the Nashville Carnival on May 19.
  43. Celebrate World Turtle Day on May 19.
  44. See a Vintage Baseball Game at The Fontanel, Rippaville or The Hermitage on May 20.
  45. Watch Moana at Zoovie Night on May 25.
  46. Take a Twilight Stroll at Bowie Nature Park on May 25.
  47. See ‘A Bug's Life' at Movie Night at the Market in Gallatin on May 25.
  48. Let the older kids skate late at the Schools Out Late Skate at Rivergate Skate Center on May 25.
  49. Head to the Frist Art Museum for Family Mondays on May 28.
  50. Register in advance for the Full Moon Campfire on May 29.

About Rachel Kline

Rachel KlineRachel is a Middle Tennessee native, born and raised in the Nashville area and having lived in Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, and Mount Juliet. She is mom to 3, step mom to 4 and Grandma to one (so far!)