Go to a benefit show at the Ryman, tour a historic mansion by candlelight: 5 things to do this weekend in Southwest Nashville, Jan. 3-5

Students from The School of Rock will perform at the Ryman Auditorium on Jan. 5. (Courtesy School of Rock Nashville)
Students from The School of Rock will perform at the Ryman Auditorium on Jan. 5. (Courtesy School of Rock Nashville)

Students from The School of Rock will perform at the Ryman Auditorium on Jan. 5. (Courtesy School of Rock Nashville)

Kick off the first weekend of the new year with any of these Nashville-area events.

Check out beads and other jewelry at showcase

Jan. 4-5

The Fairgrounds Nashville is hosting the Intergalactic Bead and Jewelry Show, a two-day showcase with beads, accessories and gemstones, such as emeralds, rubies, pearls and more, according to organizers. The showcase features products made by more than 100 vendors, including Oriental Treasures and Spring Street Studios. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5. 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. 888-729-6904. www.beadshows.com

See holiday lights one last time at Cheekwood


Jan. 2-5

Residents have one last chance to check out million lights along a one-mile walking path at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens. In addition to the lights on display, the event features live reindeer, a s’mores pit and other activities. 5-10 p.m. $10-$22. Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 615-356-8000. www.cheekwood.org

Tour the Historic Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum by candlelight

Jan. 4

Join the Historic Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum for a festive evening honoring the night of Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night. Visitors will be able to tour the house by candlelight as well as participate in games and activities. 4-8 p.m. Free-$18. Historic Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum, 636 Farrell Parkway, Nashville. 615-832-8197. www.travellersrestplantation.org

Check out Monster Jam at Bridgestone Arena

Jan. 4-5

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series features competitions with vehicles such as ATVs, trucks and speedsters. Each Monster Jam truck weighs 12,000 pounds and generates 1,500 horsepower, according to Monster Jam. The champion will receive an automatic bid to compete for the title of world champion. 1 p.m., 7 p.m. (Fri.), 2 p.m. (Sat.). $21-$69. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 615-770-7800. www.bridgestonearena.com

Go to a student-led rock show

Jan. 5

Students enrolled in the The School of Rock, a performance-based music school with locations in Nashville and Franklin, are taking the stage at the Ryman Auditorium to perform a selection of songs from its upcoming performance season, including music originally performed by the Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones as well as various funk, indie and '90s-era selections. Proceeds from Rockin’ the Ryman will benefit the Green Hills-based nonprofit Learning Matters. 7 p.m. $12-$52. Ryman Auditorium, 116 5th Ave. N., Nashville. 615-889-3060. www.ryman.com
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