Things to do this weekend
Music, food, fashion and books — the top 5 Nashville happenings this weekend, October 12-14.
Written By: Nashville Lifestyles
Photographers: The Tennessean & Various
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at Ryman Auditorium
Friday, October 12 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 13 at 8:00 PM
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are returning to the Ryman stage for two nights. The group initially made a name for themselves as a touring band on the jam band circuit, but their influence lies within the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll. Playing up to 200 shows a year, the band shaped and sharpened their sound the old-fashioned way, on stages in front of demanding crowds. Their first three albums had a late '60s/early '70s vibe mixed with rock n’ roll, but their newest album has a hard-hitting rock sound as the music goes, once again, against the current.
Be there on time so you don't miss amazing local, Natalie Prass, open the show.
The Southern Festival of Books
Friday, October 12 - Sunday, October 14
Perhaps you’re a connoisseur of fine literature, in search of the “Great American Novel,” or maybe you’ve just picked up a Nook from Barnes & Noble and you’re looking for more to inspire your reading fancies than volumes one, two and three of Fifty Shades of Grey. Whatever you choose, you won’t be alone at the Southern Festival of Books. Each year, 30,000 book junkies travel to the Legislative Plaza and the Nashville Public Library to celebrate belles-lettres at their best. This year’s line-up includes signings and visits from New York Times bestsellers Gillian Flynn and A.J. Jacobs, Pulitzer Prize winner Buzz Bissinger (Friday Night Lights), Nashville food fanatics Chris Chamberlain and Jeremy Barlow (Tayst chef/owner). The festival is an opportunity to listen to and speak with some of our long time favorites favorites, while discovering a few new ones.
Also be sure to swing by Parnassus Books in Green Hills, where the local bookstore will be donating 10 percent of the event’s book sales to Humanities Tennessee.
COST: Free (entry)
The Great Goo Goo Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, October 13
On Saturday, October 13th, beginning at noon, a series of clues will be posted on Goo Goo Cluster's Facebook and Twitter accounts that lead participants to the secret locations. (Lightning 100 will also be posting the clues on its Facebook page)
There are five locations in downtown Nashville which will be changed every hour on the hour. Once participants arrive at the location, they will find a Goo Goo ambassador on site with a box of specially marked Goo Goo Clusters. Those candies will serve as entries into drawings for an array of prizes, including concert tickets, gift certificates to area businesses, Goo Goo Clusters, and Goo Goo merchandise. For each location visited, participants will get one entry. Participants who visit all 5 locations – and acquire a specially marked Goo Goo Cluster from each – will be guaranteed to win a prize, and will be eligible to win the grand prize: a year’s worth of Goo Goo Clusters and $100 to spend at Goo Goo’s online store.
33rd Annual Oktoberfest in Germantown
Saturday, October 13
Celebrate the coming of fall with Historic Germantown’s 33rd Annual Oktoberfest. Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 7th Ave. and Monroe streets will be crowded with authentic German food and drinks, a beer garden, antiques, street performers, live music, arts and crafts and a petting zoo. With free entry and four stages of live German music it will be hard not to join in on the polka dancing.
COST: Free (entry)
Sunday, October 14
Bootleg, the popular shoe trailer filled with hard-to-find labels and coveted designs, is taking its lovable airstream on the road, hitting 20 cities in 30 days including Nashville on Sunday at imogene + willie from 2-4 p.m.
Spearheaded by Bootleg founder Sarah Ellison Lewis, the road trip is a celebratory journey (a "pre-party" of sorts) toward the launch of BOOTLEGmarket, the first and only global peer-to-peer e-commerce, social and news SHOE marketplace, launching this February.
The trip kicked off in Marfa, TX this past weekend timed to Chinati Open House weekend. In addition to Nashville, other stops include Oxford, Florence, Brooklyn, Charleston, New Orleans and more. At each stop, BOOTLEG will throw open the doors of its airstream and invite people in to chat shop shoes and get a sneak peek of BOOTLEGmarket. An incredible fashion photographer will be traveling with the team capturing scenery, southerners, savories, sweets and of course – shoes – throughout the trip.
Follow the tour on Twitter @bootlegmarket.
COST: Free (but you probably will want to bring some $ for your shoe fetish...)