To-do list: 6 events to check out in Southwest Nashville

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Your ultimate local guide for the months of April and May.

Go outside for Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day

April 27
Join the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville for tai chi and qi gong demonstrations and workshops. Athletic attire is recommended. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Fannie Mae Dees Park, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville. 615-397-7375. www.chineseartsalliance.org

Run the streets of Nashville at the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

April 27-28
More than 30,000 runners, walkers and spectators are expected to gather in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The half marathon and marathon races begin at 7:15 a.m. at 8th and Broadway, Nashville. Other races include 5K, one mile and a children’s course. $32-$142. Registration is required.
www.runrocknroll.com/events/nashville

Shop local at monthly Gulch Night Market

May 02
The free and pet-friendly event features a mix of local artisans, live music, and food and drink vendors. 5-9 p.m. Free. The Gulch, 11th Avenue and Laurel Street, Nashville. www.gulchnightmarket.com

Attend the 7th annual Sevier Park Fest in 12 South

May 03 through 04
Sevier Park Fest kicks off Friday night with live music by Gin Blossoms and Frances Cone. The festival continues Saturday along 12th Avenue with local vendors, food, art and music. 6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.). $30 (Fri.), free (Sat.). Sevier Park, 3000 Granny White Pike, Nashville.
www.sevierparkfest.com

Discover arts and crafts at Spring Tennessee Craft Fair

May 03 through 05
Browse art made with clay, glass, metal and other materials by more than 200 artists at the 48th annual event. The craft fair also features art demonstrations, food vendors and a children’s area. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 615-736-7600. www.tennesseecraft.org

Iroquois Steeplechase

MAY 11
Iroquois Steeplechase attracts more than 25,000 attendees each year for a day of horse racing and socializing. On-site accommodations include areas for families, furnished tents and tailgates. New this year is Steeplechase Central, an infield festival area with local food truck vendors, live music, games and a photo booth. Event proceeds benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets start at $75. Percy Warner Park, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville. 800-619-4802. www.iroquoissteeplechase.org

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