Cassidy Conway

9 Reasons Not To Miss the First Saturday Art Crawl in Downtown Nashville

1. It happens at the same time every month, (rain or shine!):

In case you didn’t pick up on “First Saturday,” it happens every single month from 6-9pm no matter what. (Unless there is a crazy storm or the world ends an hour before)  In other words, you can’t use the excuse that you don’t know when it happens anymore.

2. It’s different every time 

Most galleries change out exhibitions every month, with occasional pop-up galleries or new spaces added to the list.  So if you’re wondering if it will all be the same as last month, think again. 

3. A variety of styles and approaches to art 

The galleries on 5th Avenue of the Arts include some of Nashville’s finest for innovative and contemporary visual art.  With rosters consisting of nationally and internationally recognized artists, you are guaranteed to see some quality work. Plus, the artists are often present during exhibition openings so you can finally ask them those burning philosophical artistic questions like, “How did you do this?”

4. It’s absolutely FREE

There is no admission fee at any participating gallery during the art crawl.  That’s over 20 art venues open for business without your needing to pay a dime, unless you buy a piece of art, of course. 

5. You can enjoy live music

Yes, even at the art crawl one can enjoy live music from some of Music City’s finest musicians. Every month (if the weather permits ) Nashville Downtown Partnership sets up two performance platforms on 5th Avenue of the Arts N. Feel free to sing or dance along. 

6. There’s complimentary wine or other beverages for guests

Yes, you heard me correctly. Many of the galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts serve wine (and occasionally beer) for absolutely no cost! Just make sure you leave a little tip for the people behind the table having to pour all those glasses, and plan to bring your I.D. with you if you do plan to join us for a glass of complimentary wine.

7. There’s a free shuttle

Not a huge fan of walking? Don’t worry. Gray Line Tennessee now provides a free shuttle for you to hop on and off at specified locations.  (Click here for shuttle map) Plus, if you don’t want to fight traffic, just park near one of the stops and hop on to get to the rest of the galleries! 

8. Celebrity spotting

With Nashville being in the spotlight so much recently, it only makes sense that celebrities are somewhere nearby in the crowd.  You never know, because Nashville is known for celebrities who blend in to the community.

9.  There’s plenty to do after the art crawl ends

Just because the galleries close at 9 pm doesn’t mean you have to go home… you’re in Downtown Nashville on a Saturday night, for crying out loud! If you're looking for a bite to eat or somewhere fun to go, just walk a couple blocks down to Printer’s Alley or Historic Broadway and you’ll be set.  

All you need to do is grab friends,  bring a date,  or come by yourself to the First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown.  This is a distinct Nashville Experience for Nashvillians and guests, going on now for some nine years on First Saturdays of every month.


(This post was written by Cassidy Conway, The Arts Company's Creative Consultant)