Crockett and Carnton Summer Concert Series 

Pack up a cooler, some food and a blanket and there is no better way to spend summer with friends than listening to great music in an outdoor venue. 

Arrington Vineyards – Music in the Vines

Music in the Vines offers Jazz and Bluegrass on Saturdays and Sundays.  Arrington wines and food by Simply Living Life are available for purchase…which takes the work off mom.

 The Frist Center/Country Music Hall of Fame/Cheekwood 

A trip to any or all of these destinations is always a great respite from scorching temps and breaking up the monotony of summer.  Educational and fun, I always leave thinking we should do this more often.

 Nashville Shores 

 With some of the new changes, like no tube rentals and free sunscreen, we always enjoy a quick day-trip to Nashville Shores.  It’s close enough to leave in the morning and make it home in the afternoon.

 Ascend Amphitheater 

One thing the Jones family enjoys together is music.  We love exposing our kids to all kinds of music (their first concert was Bruce Springsteen.)  Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville has a great summer lineup and is a fun way to experience a big name act under the stars.

 Watertown Drive-In Theater

It’s only (about) an hour drive to the Watertown Drive-In. Complete with outdoor concessions that are affordable, this is a great road-trip for kids.  Pop open the back hatch of the car, and let the kids dangle their feet out the back and settle in for your favorite summer movie on the big screen under the stars. 

 Nashville Sounds Game at First Tennessee Park

I love that we have a state of the art AAA Ballpark in downtown Nashville which is the home for the Nashville Sounds. One of the features of the park is The Band Box, a VIP area of sorts which has libations for the adults and ping pong, corn hole and foosball for the kids. A variety of (typical) ballpark concessions are available as well as Nashville Hot Chicken. 

Blackberry Jam Festival

This is one of my faves!  Blackberry Jam never disappoints as a way to spend time with friends at Boyd Mill Farm.  The talent lineup is always topnotch, and there is plenty for the kids to do from food trucks to a musical petting zoo and throwing the football in the field while music floods your soul.

 Franklin Farmers’ Market

My family has a Saturday tradition … the Franklin Farmers’ Market. While Derby and I cover the event, visit with friends in the community and take pictures, the kids get in line at Ellie’s Old Fashioned Donuts. We grab a bite at one of the food trucks and steal away inside to one of the buildings adjacent to the market, where the cool A/C is flowing and have our family breakfast. If you have not done this yet you have your assignment for Saturday … you’re welcome.

 Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay, 

Louisville, Kentucky

 Last summer we made a quick trip to Louisville and Cincinnati when we discovered air fare to Chicago was going to be a little steeper than our paychecks would allow.  We stayed at The Embassy Suites downtown, which offers free breakfast, free Happy Hour and snacks from 5 – 7 p.m

The Park at Harlinsdale Farm 

I am a big supporter of the Park at Harlinsdale Farm and Friends of Franklin Parks. There isn’t a prettier landscape in Franklin than Harlinsdale Farm.  With the addition of the Tractor Supply Co. Arena, a state-of-the-art equine facility and concession stand offerings from Catering and Events by Suzette, families can find plenty of local horse related events this summer, like twilight Polo matches and the annual Raise the Roof fundraiser (August 17). 

Franklin Art Scene

I love that Franklin has designated the first Friday of the month as Franklin Art Scene.  We have a rich heritage of artists in this community and I love walking around our charming community to see original works of art.

Berry Picking

There is nothing like picking fresh berries at Golden Bell, Stoney Creek, Boyd Mill and Delvin Farms in Franklin.  It gives you a sense of what it was like back in the day, to work for our own bounty.  The Blackberry Cobbler after the day is done is what makes the outing that much sweeter.

Williamson County Fair

My kids have already started asking me, “What week is the fair?” This is the 15th Anniversary of the Williamson County Fair.  We load up as many friends as we can and stay until they kick us out.  If they could, my kids would go every night … and some years they do.

River Rat’s Canoe Rental

Float Down Duck River in an inner tube float.  My daughter’s BHS soccer team did this as a team bonding exercise last year.  It was relaxing and fun and took about 2 hours.  


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