Hike in the woods, play with Legos or go to a rock concert: 5 things to do in Williamson County this weekend, Jan. 3-5

The Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary in Brentwood will host Marshmallow Hikes this weekend. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary in Brentwood will host Marshmallow Hikes this weekend. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary in Brentwood will host Marshmallow Hikes this weekend. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)

Jan. 3-4

Drink hot chocolate and hike in the woods

The Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary in Brentwood will host Marshmallow Hikes this weekend, where the whole family can enjoy a hour-long hike in the woods followed by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. There are three options, including a challenging hike, a moderate hike and a family hike. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $10 (early online registration), $12 (at the door). 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. 615-370-4672. www.owlshill.org



Jan. 3-5

Watch a video game tournament in Cool Springs

Kumite Gaming will put on Kumite in Tennessee 2020, a gaming tournament that will last throughout the weekend and feature competitions with prizes for several fighting game franchises, including Super Smash Bros., Tekken, Soul Caliber and Mortal Kombat. Noon (Jan. 3)-11 p.m. (Jan. 5). $30 (spectators), $50 (early participants), $70 (day-of participants). 700 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin. www.facebook.com/kumitegaming



Jan 4.



Play with Legos in the library

The Williamson County Public Library System will host Legos in the Library, where children ages 2-11 can express themselves and create structures with the famous building block toys. Legos will be provided at the event. 3-4:30 p.m. Free. 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin. 615-595-1244. www.wcpltn.org



Jan. 4

Go to a rock show

The Mockingbird Theater, located inside The Factory at Franklin, will put on Girls Rock The Mockingbird, a rock, grunge and indie concert, featuring bands like Pillbox, Dinzy and more. 6-11 p.m. $10. 230 Franklin Road, Bldg. 6, Franklin. 615-429-0157. www.mockingbirdtheater.com



Jan. 4-5

Dress up and geek out at the Nashville Fan Fest

Fans of sci-fi, comics, horror and pop culture are invited to attend the Nashville Fan Fest at the Williamson County AgExpo Center, where accomplished actors and artists will be available for autographs and photo ops. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). 4215 Long Lane, Franklin.



www.fanfestevents.com



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