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Arts and Attractions

Nashville is known the world over as the birthplace of Country Music. However, Nashville is a thriving hub for visual arts, theatre, film, fashion, local food and products! Jump in and discover our Athens of the South!

To find a calendar of regular events across Nashville visit

Sign up for MetroArts ArtsAlert or visit the Metro Arts Commission website at

Museums & Art Centers

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Nashville offers a wide range traditional and contemporary art at:

Visitors can explore many of our indy stores and neighborhoods including 5Points, SoBro, 12South, Edgehill, Germantown and Marathon Village or take in a self-guided gallery walk. Visit Nashville Art Dealers for information.

Don’t forget to take in the First Saturday Crawl on 5th Avenue Downtown, the Avenue of the Arts.

Discover Dolly Parton’s costumes, explore a Presidential home or see the solar system at some of our most popular cultural museums:

Literary Arts

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

Nashville pens more than songs. A diverse community of poets, authors and avid fans of the written word thrive here.

Theatre & Film

Nashville has numerous equity theatre and dance companies and dozens of community playhouses that showcase the depth of local writers, actors, designers and choreographers that call Nashville home. Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), a 5,000 seat venue is the home stage to the  Nashville OperaThe Nashville Ballet and the Tennessee Repertory Theatre. Check out a dazzling array of new works and repertory works in film and theatre:


National Folk Festival

Art in Public Places

Nashville has a wide array of public and privately funded art in public areas. Use the interactive Nashville Public Art map to search for a public art project.