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Top 5 Things to Do this Weekend: June 29-July 1

Prep yourself for July 4th with these weekend activities.

Written By:  Hanna Flanagan

Photographers:  Supplied

Cocktail Crush – June 29, 7 p.m. ($35)

Learn how to make six signature cocktails that are guaranteed to elevate your next dinner party or pregame hangout. You’ll have your own mixology station and receive instruction from a world-class bartender, while nibbling on hors d’oeuvres and socializing with friends. The best part? Guests get to enjoy all six of their personal creations! theLAB Nashville, 624A Jefferson St, Nashville, TN 37208; eventbrite.com

Brunch at Bicentennial – June 30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ($75)

Spice up your Saturday brunch routine with a trip to the park for Brunch at Bicentennial. The event will feature a mimosa bar, a Bloody Mary bar, the State Park’s signature Blonde Ale, plenty of brunch food, live music, and a live auction. All proceeds benefit the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243; z2systems.com

Porter Flea Market – June 30, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Free)

Shop handmade goods from Nashville’s most talented artisans and designers at this semi-annual makers-market. Stroll from booth to booth to find one-of-a-kind goodies, like flowers, furniture, food, and everything in between. Make sure to come hungry, because Music City’s best food trucks will also be in attendance! The Fairgrounds Nashville, 625 Smith Ave, Nashville, TN 37203; porterflea.com

The Make Music Experience – June 30, 10 a.m. ($10 in advance; $20 at the door)

The Make Music Experience, hosted by Summer NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), is a Nashville first. It offers an all-access pass to demo the newest music and audio gear, attend educational sessions, listen to live performances, and network with top music industry insiders. Whether you’re a musician, a songwriter, a venue owner, or simply a music enthusiast, this all-day event is a must. Music City Center, 201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; namm.org

Great Slider Showdown – June 30, 4 - 7 p.m. ($29 - 59)

Ten Southern chefs will whip up their best version of the slider, as they compete for a grand prize of $3,000 and an automatic entry into the 2018 World Chef Challenge. Although judges Alton Brown, Maneet Chauhan, and Robby Melvin will make the final decision, ticket holders are invited to taste the miniature burgers and enjoy several featured beverages. Liberty Hall, The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN 37064; madesouth.com/slider-showdown

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