Events in the Nashville area this weekend include the 2019 NFL Draft, the Nashville Jewish Food Festival, an event celebrating independently-owned bookstores and more. See the full list of activities below.
1. Check out free festivities at the 2019 NFL Draft, April 25-27
The 2019 NFL Draft, which serves as the official kickoff to the football league’s 100th season, features daily draft announcements; concerts on the main stage; and a free, three-day festival at Nissan Stadium. Aside from draft picks announced daily, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Chip Esten and more are scheduled to perform this weekend. See Community Impact Newspaper’s full guide here.
Noon-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Free. Lower Broadway, Nashville. www.visitmusiccity.com/nfldraft
2. Learn music history at The Bluebird Cafe’s open house, April 26
In honor of the NFL Draft, The Bluebird Cafe is opening its doors to locals and visitors alike. Stop by the 90-seat venue to learn about its history, take photos and browse the gift shop. For those unfamiliar with the Bluebird’s history, watch the trailer for a new documentary about the venue that premiered at the 2019 South by Southwest Festival in Austin.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Bluebird Cafe, 4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville. 615-383-1461. www.bluebirdcafe.com
3. Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Parnassus Books, April 27
Join Parnassus Books for an all-day celebration of independent book stores. The event features a sing-a-long with local children’s author Emily Arrow, record-spinning by independent radio station WXNA DJs and giveaways. There will also be a selection of exclusive books only available on Independent Bookstore Day.
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 14, Nashville. 615-953-2243. www.parnassusbooks.net
4. Try new dishes at the Nashville Jewish Food Festival, April 28
The Gordon Jewish Community Center will host its inaugural food festival, a four-hour event featuring food, music and other activities. Vendors include Avo, Ess and Fress Catering, Sweets Melissa and Sons Catering and more.
12-3 p.m. Free entry with option to purchase food. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville. 615-356-7170. www.nashvillejcc.org