With new and renovated venues, like Music City Center and Gaylord Opryland, the Music City has been named one of the top ten meeting destinations. In addition to unique venues that combined southern charm with the city’s music heritage, Nashville offers unique cuisine, which won them Zagat’s award for thirty most exciting food cities. With great venues, food, and music, no wonder Nashville is a “double-platinum” destination among planners. Learn how the Music City can help you bring your next event to super-star status.
Top 10 Nashville TN Venues Planners Should Consider
Celebrating its fifth year, the 16-acre Music City Center is a one-stop shop for planners. The center offers sixty-six in-house venues for you to choose from: Karl. F Dean Grand Ballroom (57,500 sq. ft), Davidson Ballroom (18,000 sq. ft), 55 meeting rooms, 3 boardrooms, four show manager officers (1,450+ sq. ft each), and two green rooms. The center also provides free Wi-Fi service throughout the building to help your event run smoothly. Keeping with its promise to stay green, the center has a 4-acre green roof, a 360,000-gallon rainwater collection tank, and 845 solar panels to help power your events. With 2.1 million sq. ft of green venue space, the Music City Center can accommodate any size event.
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Named one of the greenest building in the world, the recently modernized building, the Bridge Building, is a one-of-a-kind, customizable, riverfront event and meeting space. The Bridge Building, which used to serve as Arthur Dyer’s Nashville Bridge Company (NABRICO) office space, now offers a rooftop patio with 360-degree views of Nashville and indoor space that can accommodate 1,000 guests. The indoor space also features floor-to-ceiling windows, so your attendees can enjoy Nashville views from inside. Whether you are hosting a conference, seminar, or other social gatherings, your attendees are sure to remember the unique space and breathtaking views.
Photo Credit: The Bridge Building
From 9-acres of indoor gardens, indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor river, world-class dining, luxury rooms, shopping, live entertainment, Gaylord Opryland has everything you and your attendees will need during your event and stay. The 757,479 sq. ft meeting and event venue offers 85 meeting and event rooms, 106 breakout rooms (16-550 people), 6 ballrooms, and more than 15 restaurants. The center is also known for the Ryman Exhibit Hall. This hall offers 260,000 sq. ft. of event space, which makes it the largest non-gaming, in-hotel exhibit space in the world! No wonder Gaylord Opryland was rated the number one meeting hotel for 2018.
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Stand out in the event industry pack by hosting your next event at the Nashville Zoo. Looking to host your next event. Rated one of the top ten zoos and aquariums, the Nashville Zoo has 6 themed indoor and 6 spacious outdoor meeting and event spaces, which range from holding 20-2,000 guests. One of the Zoo’s most popular venue spaces is the Jungle Terrace Pavilion (up to 350 guests). The Jungle Terrace is an outdoor venue, covered by a tent, where your attendees can experience fine dining and the Zoo landscapes all at your event. The Nashville Zoo also offers event enhancements, like scavenger hunts, team building activities, carousel rides, and much more. Whether you have a giraffe, chinchilla, or flamingo greet your guests or decide to host your event in one of the indoor locations, an event at the Nashville Zoo will sure give your attendees something to remember.
Photo Credit: Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
With over 30,000 sq. ft of meeting and event space, the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown is an ideal venue for your next event. The Sheraton features 17 venue spaces that can host 12 to 1,300 guests. One of the most unique venues the Sheraton has for meetings and events is the Skye rooftop lounge, which offers unique 360-degree views of Nashville. The Sheraton is also located steps from Nashville’s Arts District, where your attendees can explore downtown Nashville attractions, like Nissan Stadium, Broadway Street, and the Grand Ole Opry, in-between sessions. Let your attendees maximize their visit to Nashville by hosting your next event at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.
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The Hatcher, located on the third floor of the restaurant, Acme Feed and Seed, is the largest Broadway one-level event and music venue. The 7,000 sq. ft open floor plan venue can host 200-499 guests and be transformed to fit your specific event. The Hatchery has views of Riverfront Park, Cumberland River, and Nissan Stadium, and is conveniently located in downtown Nashville. If you are looking for a smaller venue, Acme Feed and Seed also offers space on the second floor and rooftop bar. No matter what venue you choose at Acme Feed and Seed, your event will be sure to capture a uniquely Nashville atmosphere.
Photo Credit: The Hatchery at Acme
With 214 guest room, 5,000 sq. ft of event and meeting space, a 24-hour business center, a variety of dining options, and an outdoor pool, the Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown is well equipped to host your next meeting or event. The hotel features nine on-site venues to host 12 to 360 guests. All of these rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology to help you run your event run smoothly. Located fifteen minutes from Nashville’s International Airport and within walking distance from some of Nashville’s greatest attractions, Country Music Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena, the Hilton Garden Inn is an ideal venue for your next event.
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The Oak Room is a historic, 4,350 sq. ft event venue located in the Green Brier Distillery, a late 1800’s whiskey distiller. The Oak Room features intimate and customizable venue space which hold 15 to 250 guests. From corporate events to private dinners this unique, metropolitan space can help you hold a Nashville-charming event.
Photo Credit: The Oak Room at Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery
The East Ivy Mansion is a 44,000 sq. ft indoor and outdoor Italian-Renaissance-styled space can accommodate all types of gatherings like meetings, events, corporate retreats, fundraisers, and more. For smaller groups, the most highlighted spaces on-site are the intimate parlor and walnut library for intimate meetings and group activities. The mansion and pool house can also sleep up to 16 guests. For larger meeting or events, the mansion’s grand ballroom and living room are favorites. The courtyard and gardens can also be transformed with tents, tables, and chairs if you want to hold a meeting or event outside. Although the mansion is only located five minutes away from the heart of downtown Nashville, your guests will feel like they are in another world.
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Broadway’s only brewery, the Rock Bottom features a rooftop patio with views of Nashville’s Nissan Station and the Cumberland River. The rooftop patio can accommodate up to 350 guests. The Rock Bottom first floor restaurant can be brought out for your next event and accommodate up to 1,000 guests. You can also add a private brewery tour or a beer tasting to either venue to make your event truly memorable for your attendees. No matter what you choose, the Rock Bottom brewery will make sure your next event is on tap.
Photo Credit: Rock Bottom Rooftop
Top 3 Things to Do in Nashville
Nashville is known as Music City because of its musical heritage, and there’s no better place to experience this heritage than the Ryman Auditorium. Rated #1 thing to do by U.S. Travel News, the Ryman Auditorium hosts concerts by Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Trace Adkins, and more. If you don’t have time to see a concert, you can record a record, book a backstage guided tour, or check out the newest exhibit to experience the history of the “Mother Church of Country Music”.
The Country Music Hall of Fame museum is a must-see for any history or music lover. In the Country Music Hall of Fame, you will see artifacts, like Elvis Presley’s solid gold Cadillac limo, every gold and platinum records country singers produced, and studio B, known as the world’s most influential country recording studio. Tickets cost $25.95 for adults, $15.95 for kids 6-12, and free for kids younger than 5.
Photo Credit: Country Music Hall of Fame
Although Nashville is known for its music, because of the number of colleges and universities, the city is also known as the “Athens of the South”. The Parthenon is a life-size replica of the Parthenon found in Athens, Greece. Tickets for the Parthenon cost $6 for adults and $4 for kids 4-17.
Photo Credit: Nashville.gov: The Parthenon
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