Thursday, July 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Nashville Scene Sugar Rush
Herschel Greer Stadium, 534 Chesnut St
The confectionary cooks behind some of Nashville's sweetest foods — from marshmallows to Goo Goo Clusters to bundt cakes — will square off in this annual battle of the desserts. Attendees can gorge themselves on unlimited eats throughout the evening, then pick their fructose-filled favorite. The winner goes on to compete in a national competition. (Sounds pretty sweet to us.)
Deal nearby: Peg Leg Porker
Friday, August 1, through Sunday, August 3
If you're anything like us, you've been needing a new laptop and an extra pair of jeans for months... but can't scrape together the cash to pay for everything. Leave it to Tennessee's annual Sales Tax Holiday to save the day! From 12:01 a.m. on Friday morning to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday night, locals can buy clothing, school supplies of laptops without adding that pesky sales tax to the bill. Hooray for commerce!
Deal nearby: Piranha's Bar and Grill
Saturday, August 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
First Saturday Art Crawl
5th Avenue of the Arts and the Nashville Arcade, 65 Arcade
Why should musicians get all the attention? On the first Saturday of every month, Nashville tips its proverbial cowboy hat to the visual artists who call Music City home. This monthly art crawl is free, and most of the galleries offer free wine to their visitors. (Pro-tip: use this parking map when you hit Downtown, because the area can get congested.)
Deal nearby: Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar
Sunday, August 3, 12:30 p.m.
4K Restoration of "Empire of the Sun"
The Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Ave.
Direction by Steven Spielberg. Acting by a 12 year-old Christian Bale. Music by John Williams. And – the real kicker – a 4K digital restoration of the 1987 film, broadcast onto the Belcourt's screen via a brand new projector. (Pass the popcorn and save us a front row seat, please.)
Deal nearby: Local Honey