The Big Band Dance series at Centennial Park is hands down my favorite event of the summer. This is the 36th summer that Metro Parks has hosted this series. I was introduced to this event almost twenty years ago and I look forward to it every year.
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 most Middle Tennesseans agree with me and that makes for a BIG crowd. Don’t let this keep you from jumping and jiving though. Just plan to arrive early.
Each dance is scheduled from 7-10 PM on Saturday 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 🙂
2019 Metro Parks Big Band Dance Schedule
Saturday June 1 Music City Swing
Saturday June 8 The Merchants of Cool
Saturday June 15 The Establishment
Saturday June 22 The Lynn Beal Band
Saturday June 29 Radio Daze
Saturday July 13 Rory Partin & His All Star Big Band
Saturday July 20 The Jazz Alliance
Saturday July 27 The Paul Ross Orchestra
Saturday August 3 South Jackson Street Band
Saturday August 10 Music City Big Band
Saturday August 17 J. Bradley Big Band
Saturday August 24 Debbi Bailes & Her Band
Saturday August 31 The Moonlighters
*Schedule subject to change. May be cancelled due to inclement weather. Check the Twitter page for weather related announcements.
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!)