Labor Day weekend often marks the end of summer. Thankfully, in Middle Tennessee, the weather will still be warm enough to enjoy the great outdoors by going to the pool or out on the lake.
If you are trying to think of fun things to do over the holiday weekend, here are the Herald’s top 10 things to do in and around Williamson County.
The Field at Franklin will present “Grease” this weekend with special movie times on Labor Day and a costume contest. Post pictures of you at The Field all weekend in your best 1950s garb and make sure to tag them for a chance to win something fun. The movie will be shown outdoors, and there will be food trucks available to purchase dinner or snacks. All are listed on the website at https://www.ap-presents.com/store.
Arrington Vineyards has added picnic tables for social distancing, and the weekend should be a gorgeous time to visit. Sip on wine, enjoy food from the food truck and listen to live music. Friday nights are Food Truck Fridays, and this weekend, you can experience live jazz music.
Space is limited and being monitored, however, tables are set far enough apart that you can enjoy time with your family and friends safely.
To learn more about events this weekend, visit http://www.arringtonvineyards.com/event-calendar.
Distillery tours are available on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail this weekend. The Tennessee Whiskey Trail is a collaborative effort put together by over 30 Tennessee distillers with the goal being to promote whiskey tourism in Tennessee.
Visit https://www.tnwhiskeytrail.com/ to learn more and schedule your trip.
Kayaking is a fun outdoors activity for the whole family. There are several options locally where you can plan a day trip and enjoy winding your way along the waters of Tennessee.
Tripadvisor lists the top places to rent kayaks or canoes. Visit https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g28963-Activities-c61-t191-Tennessee.html to learn more.
Tennessee waterfalls are in full glory right now with all the rain the past few weeks. Hiking, nature and water make for a great family excursion or outing with friends. At Tennessee’s state parks, you can also reserve a spot for camping in the great outdoors.
To learn more, visit https://tnstateparks.com/about/special-interest/waterfalls.
Cheekwood’s Chihuly exhibit is sure not to disappoint. During the day, wander the grounds experiencing the beauty and uniqueness of the glass art. You can pack a picnic and spend a relaxing day at one of Nashville’s amazing treasures, or visit at night and take in Chihuly by moonlight. Cocktails are served and music is played Thursday through Sunday nights.
To thank servicemen and women, Cheekwood is offering free admission to military personnel first responders on Labor Day weekend.
To learn more about planning a visit, hours of operation or pricing, visit https://cheekwood.org/.
The Nashville Zoo is open and ready for you to visit. Roam the trails, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the exhibits. Special rates are being offered that you can find on their website. You can also schedule behind-the-scenes tours.
To learn more about pricing and specials, visit https://www.nashvillezoo.org/.
Apple picking with the family at one of Middle Tennessee’s farms is a great way to spend time together, and afterward, make an apple pie for the holiday, fresh apple sauce or maybe just crunch into a delicious apple.
For a list of farms where you can pick apples, visit https://pickyourown.farm/farms/middle-tennessee/apples.
Eat and shop local by supporting the Franklin Farmers Market, mom and pop owned businesses and restaurants in Williamson County. Many of these folks are still recovering from the losses in revenue due to COVID-19.
If you visit the farmers market, be sure to buy some meat that you can enjoy in our final suggestion for Labor Day weekend.
Have a good old-fashioned barbecue. Fire up the grill and get cooking, as the weather is supposed to be great this weekend. For those who aren’t a fan of grilling, there are many great barbecue joints around Middle Tennessee that are more than willing to have your business.