Exploring the Nashville artsy side? Here is your guide.

Mckenzi Harris

Last week I shared some of my favorite spots in Nashville with you all, so I decided this week I will share a few more.

This week I want to share some of my favorite artsy places in downtown Nashville, including some cute photoshoot locations and music venues.

  1. The Capitol and the Parthenon are two of my favorite spots. The Parthenon is located in Centennial Park and not only is it a perfect picture spot, but it’s also great for picnics or even just a stroll around the massive greenway located around the park. When I say the capital I am referring to the part of town where the capitol is located and the area around Public Square Park. The capitol area is perfect for pictures because of all the light and neutral colors that mesh with the greens around the parks. This area of town will give your photos a clean background with a bit of foliage to pop in the background.
  2. The Exit / In is a venue down the road from the Parthenon and located on Ellingston Place. Ellingston place is full of funky restaurants, music venues and shops. The whole street is packed with Nashville gems. The Exit / In is a gem of a music venue and is set up very similar to a black box theatre. The environment is more like a bar, but they book some of the top rising artists in the country as well as some of the more well-known ones.
  3. Buffalo Exchange is a national chain but there just happens to be one of them on Ellingston Place, so if you are checking out the Exit/ In or the Parthenon you should pop in. Buffalo Exchange is a vintage, consignment style clothing store with the best of the best-used clothing at extremely low prices.
  4. The Antique Mall is located on 8th avenue and is massive! If you are looking for multiple room setups for photos or genuinely wanting to shop for antiques, the Downtown Antique Mall has you Covered. They have a large collection of old cameras, clothing, furniture and home decorations.
  5. Music Festivals are something you definitely have to be in Nashville at the right time for, but Nashville has two major ones that the town really shows out for. The first one of the year is CMA fest. CMA fest takes place in June and is somewhat of a nationally known festival and it is basically all of the well-known country artists at the time in one stadium for about 4 days, but the town celebrates and adds to CMA fest throughout the week. Essentially, Nashville turns a 4-day festival into over a week of activities, live music and more. The next well-known festival of the year is Live on the Green and it is the alternative music festival put on by the Lightning 100 in August. The series of concerts take place in Public Square Park every Thursday for a month and then at the end of the month it closes out with a whole weekend of concerts. The best part of this festival is that admission is free! No tickets needed, you just show up. They never disappoint with the line up either, it’s bomb each year!

I hope you have enjoyed another Nashville local travel post. Let me know what you want to see more of by answering the poll below.


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  • Shelby
    March 14, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I’ve never heard of the Downtown Antique Mall but it sounds awesome! Can’t wait to check it out!

  • Alex H.
    March 14, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    These look like some fun places to go. I’ll have to check them out over the summer!

  • Katrina
    March 14, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Great places for pictures! everyone needs to have a good photo shoot thats not infant of a Nashville Mural