Tennessee State Advice and Guidelines
Tennessee State Advice and Guidelines
Tennessee State Advice and Guidelines

I’m counting down until Summer Vacation with 50 things to do in May in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Even though winter wasn’t bad this year (except for the 40 days or rain!), I’m daydreaming about summer family fun.

Use this list to plan some family activities to bridge the gap between Spring and Summer. And if you need some ideas for frugal fun, the events in Blue are FREE!!!

50 Things to Do in Nashville in May with Kids

  1. Skip around the maypole at Cheekwood’s May Day Celebration on May 1
  2. Learn and Play at Days on the Farm at The Sam Davis Home on May 4.
  3. Make mom a gift at Home Depot Free Kid’s Workshops on May 4.
  4. Bring the pups to Bark in the Park in Murfreesboro on May 4.
  5. Have some Star Wars fun at SOAC on May 4.
  1. Nashville Ballet on Tour Presents “Degas and the Little Dancer” at the Williamson County Library on May 4.
  2. There’s fun every weekend in May at the Tennessee Renaissance Festival.
  3. The Spring Fling at Watermelon Moon Farm is scheduled on May 4 & 5.
  4. Party in 12 South at the annual Sevier Park Fest on May 4.
  5. Celebrate “May the 4th” with Star Wars characters at the Nashville Zoo.
  1. See The Olde Worlde Theatre’s presentation of Peter and the Wolf at The Belcourt every Saturday in May.
  2. Get moving at Super Science Saturday on May 4.
  3. The World Slime Convention squishes in to Gaylord Opryland on May 4.
  4. The Williamson County Community Band presents 2 free concerts May 4 & 27.
  5. Don’t miss the last showings of Tomas and the Library Lady at Nashville Children’s Theatre May 4-19.
  1. Cuddle some baby goats at Noble Springs Dairy on May 4, 11, 18, 24 & 25.
  2. Have some free fun every Saturday morning at Kidsville @ The Parthenon.
  3. See a Vintage Baseball Game at  The Hermitage on May 5.
  4. Make Letterpress Art at Hatch Show Print on May 5.
  5. Pinkies out for Tea with American Girl on May 5 & 26.
  1. The Mystic Mermaids perform at the Aquarium Restaurant on May 5 & 9.
  2. Schedule a Farm Tour at Hatcher Dairy on May 7 or 21.
  3. Farm animals, honeybees and more take center stage at the Historic Rural Life Festival on May 9 & 10.
  4. Grab your hairbrush microphone and head to the Grease Sing a Long at Capitol Theatre on May 9.
  5. Play in the sand at the Barfield Beach Party on May 10.
  1. Enjoy Family Movie Night in Goodlettsville on May 10.
  2. Musician’s Corner (our favorite summer festival!) starts on May 10.
  3. Welcome summer fun at the Barfield Beach Party on May 11.
  4. Take a hike at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary on May 11.
  5. Learn about fungi at Science Club at the Library on May 11.
  1. Head to Cannonsburgh Village for the Backyard BBQ Festival on May 11.
  2. Take advantage of a rare Free Day at Oaklands Mansion on May 11.
  3. Introduce the kids to goats and horses at Down at the Farm at Belle Meade Plantation on May 11.
  4. Dress to the nines and attend The Royal Ball Family Fun Night at SOAC on May 11.
  5. Have some tea to celebrate mom at the SOAC on May 12.
  1. See PJ Masks save the day live at TPAC on May 12.
  2. Jazz on the Cumberland kicks off the season on May 12.
  3. Tilt a Whirl at the Kissel Entertainment Carnival at Rivergate May 16-26.
  4. Saddle up for the Franklin Rodeo May 16, 17 & 18.
  5. Touch a Truck at Jim Warren Park on May 17.
  1. Skate the night away at Fairview Recreation Complex on May 17.
  2. Repticon slithers back to the Nashville Fairgrounds on May 18 & 19.
  3. Get safe for summer at the Smyrna Kid’s Safety Day on May 18.
  4. Take the tinies to Tennessee Toddles’ Birthday Bash on May 18.
  5. Celebrate slowly at World Turtle Day on May 18.
  1. Get ready for Shrek at Shrek The Musical at HPACTN May 23 – June 9.
  2. The Nashville Symphony presents Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix May 23-26.
  3. Watch Ralph Breaks the Internet at Zoovie Night on May 24.
  4. Have some Memorial Day Madness at Boro Beach on May 27.
  5. Tie Dye a tshirt in Smyrna on May 29.

If this isn’t enough to keep you busy this month, check out these ideas for more May Family Fun. Also consider attending one of these spring festivals happening throughout May all over Middle Tennessee.

Rachel Kline
About the Author: Rachel Kline

Rachel 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!)

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