Nashville Weekend Getaway: Derby, Birds & Country Tunes

The first weekend in May will prove to be an exciting one in Nashville, Tennessee, with special concerts, extra colorful exhibits and an out-of-town Kentucky Derby celebration.

May 5th is a big day in Nashville, but perhaps an even bigger day in Kentucky, where the Kentucky Derby festivities are just beginning. It seems that Derby fever has spilled over into Nashville over the years, as the Belle Meade Plantation will be holding its 4th Annual Kentucky Derby party. There, you can watch the 138th Kentucky Derby on the big screen TVs, enjoy a tasty “Derby buffet,” sip on some specialty Derby-inspired cocktails and try your luck at a Game of Chance table. The party starts at 3:00pm and lasts until the ending race.

If you’re looking for the type of musical entertainment that Nashville is known for, head over to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for a concert that features classic country favorites. Guitar Man: A Tribute to Jerry Reed is a belated concert that celebrates what would have been Jerry Reed’s 75th birthday. Special guests Craig Dobbins, Sean Weaver, Brent Maison, Thom Bresh, Richard Smith and Mark Thornton will be accompanied by an acoustic guitar, bass, drums and a mandolin. They’ll be bringing all of the best Jerry Reed hits back to life, like “Guitar Man,” “A Thing Called Love,” and “Amos Moses.” The show is included with admission to the museum and begins at 1:30 pm, but be sure to get there early, as seats are limited.

The Nashville Zoo’s newest exhibit is for the birds… literally. For Avian Awareness Day, the zoo has put together a fascinating exhibit that celebrates the importance of birds in cultures and communities throughout the world. Guests will learn about migratory birds’ paths, the way that birds navigate, and exactly how feathered wingspans compare to each guests own “wingspan” equivalent. There will be displays of eggs and feathers, as well as informative “keeper talks” at all of the zoo’s bird exhibits. At 11:00 am and 1:30 pm, there will even be special animal shows at the amphitheatre. The event is free with admission into the zoo and continues during the zoo’s regular hours throughout May 5th.

Wherever you find yourself in Nashville, a great hotel can make or break your weekend getaway. If you’d like a Derby-style meal, stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/ Vanderbilt, which is only 5 miles from the Belle Meade Plantation. The Super 8 Nashville Airport is less than six miles from the Nashville Zoo, and the beautiful Guesthouse Inn & Suites Music Valley is ½ mile to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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