The Big Band Dance series at Centennial Park is hands down one of my favorite events of the summer. When it was cancelled last year due to Coronavirus, I was crushed. Happy days are here again because Metro Parks is bringing the Big Band Dance back for 2021! The days, location and length of the series will be different this year but the music and fun will stay the same.
In addition to hearing an amazing musical ensemble, two dance lessons are offered each night at 7PM & 8:30PM. Learn to swing, foxtrot, rumba and more! The only negative thing I can say about the dance is that Middle Tennesseans love this event and that makes for a BIG crowd. Don’t let this keep you from jumping and jiving though. Just plan to arrive early. This year the dance will be held at Cumberland Park (Map) so there should be plenty of room to park and enjoy the concert.
Each dance is scheduled from 7-9:30 PM on Friday evenings. Try to arrive by 6:15PM. Pack a picnic or buy dinner from a food truck and make a night of it. This is a perfect family outing or date night. And if you have some teens, load a whole bunch of them in your minivan and let them loose on the dance floor. Did I mention that this awesome entertainment is completely FREE? Y’all, I just can’t wait for summer 🙂
2021 Metro Parks Big Band Dance Schedule
Friday July 9 Rory Partin & His All Star Big Band
Friday July 16 The Lynn Beal Band
Friday July 23 The Moonlighters
Friday July 30 Music City Swing
*Schedule subject to change. May be cancelled due to inclement weather. Check the Twitter page for weather related announcements.