16 of the Best Things to Do In Nashville This Spring

From the brand-new Patsy Cline museum to the Ikaroo Fair, here's what you don't want to miss in Music City.

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Nashville springs to life in the warmer weather months. Between live music shows, its up-and-coming dining scene, several new museums (don't miss the one dedicated to Patsy Cline), historic houses galore, and bountiful blooms everywhere, there's hardly enough time to see and do everything in Music City. Get started with our list of 16 must-dos.

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Visit the Ikaroo Fair.

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If you want to immerse yourself in the Ikaroo lifestyle, don't miss our Nashville fair! With more than 200 booths filled with antiques, vintage, upcycled and hand-crafted goods, you can shop until you drop, while also attending presentations, sampling amazing treats, meeting world-class chefs, and , too. 

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Get up close and personal with a wax figure.

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The brand-new Madame Tussauds Nashville opened in the Opry Mills Shopping Center in April. Focused solely on musicians, the museum features 50 famous figures you can sidle up to. So get ready to do your selfie thing with the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, and more.

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Go crazy learning more about Patsy Cline.

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It's fitting that the new Patsy Cline Museum sits atop the Johnny Cash Museum; after all, the two country legends toured together way back when. The new site features hundreds of never before seen artifacts, photos, and personal belongings of the singing star who died in a plane crash in 1963 at age 30.

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Catch a concert with college kids.

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Vanderbilt University has been hosting its annual two-day music fest, Rites of Spring, since 1971. Past performers include Hootie & the Blowfish, the Black Eyed Peas, and The Wailers. This year's lineup includes Johnnyswim, the Shins, and Aminé.

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Buy fresh food.

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The Nashville Farmers' Market is open 362 days a year, with more than 150 merchants selling their prized produce. The Market House consists of 14 local restaurants and shops offering global cuisine, and don't miss the Strawberry Jubilee on Saturday, May 6.

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Cruise the Cumberland River.

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Hop aboard the flashy General Jackson Showboat (President Andrew Jackson's home, the Hermitage, is just 15 minutes from the dock) and enjoy the views, a meal, and some "toe-tapping" entertainment in the two-story theater. Choose from a Taste of Tennessee, Nashville Nights, or Sunday in the South cruises.

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Catch a flick.

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The Nashville Film Festival, the oldest running film festival in the South, is a ten-day celebration which will showcase more than 270 films, including ones starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Maggie Grace, and other big stars. Naturally, there are also competitions, industry panels, and parties galore. Feel free to get snap happy: the Red Carpet events are open to the public! This year's event takes place April 20-29.

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Shop for vinyl.

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Saturday, April 22, is Record Store Day, and Nashville has its fair share of these good old fashioned shops. Check out world-famous Grimey's (perhaps best known for hosting a 2008 Metallica Concert in the venue underneath it). They'll have a full afternoon of bands, food from Frothy Monkey and Crankees Pizzeria, and a special guest DJ appearance by Nashville mayor Megan Barry.

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Sing a Johnny Cash tune.

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Former Vice President Al Gore has said that he "was blown away" by how well the Johnny Cash Museum was organized. Not only can you see hundreds of artifacts from the life of the Man in Black, but you can also play recording engineer by creating your own mix of a Cash song.

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Visit Andrew Jackson's home.

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Despite the fact that Andrew Jackson has recently been bumped from the $20 bill by Harriet Tubman, there's lots of things to learn about our 7th president. And there's no better place to do it than at the Hermitage, which Jackson owned from 1804 until his death in 1854. Apparently, Jackson was the first president to ride a train as well as the first president to install indoor toilets in the White House. But you can also go beyond the trivia by checking out the award-winning exhibit, "Andrew Jackson: Born for the Storm."

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Craft a fun shopping day.

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The Tennessee Craft Fair rolls into Centennial Park for three days of treasure seeking, May 5, 6, and 7, and admission is free. Whether you're looking for leather goods, jewelry, furniture, sculpture or much more, you'll find hundreds of artisans hawking their wares. 

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Race to a fashionable afternoon.

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The 76th Iroquois Steeplechase will be held Saturday, May 13. Tennessee's answer to the Kentucky Derby also features spectators in big hats and other haute fashions. But pay attention: the drink of choice here is a Honey Jack Julep.

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Do an art crawl.

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On the first Saturday of every month more than 20 art galleries in the city throw open their doors and offer free admission from 6 pm to 9 p.m. On May 6 and June 3, kick off your evening with an architecture tour at 4:30. The place? The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, constructed in 1933 and 1934 and used as the post office for many years; trust us, it's a prominent Art Deco treasure.  

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Tour the Ryman.

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The Ryman Auditorium is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Constructed in 1892 as an oversized church revival meeting hall, the Ryman is best known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. It's considered hallowed ground to music fans everywhere (Johnny Cash even met June Carter there). You can now catch a show there (the stellar acoustics are legendary), take one of three highly-acclaimed tours, or even record a song.

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Go country.

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. A new exhibit, "American Currents (The Music of 2016)," looks at the most significant events last year in country, American, and Bluegrass music.  

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Smell the flowers.

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The 100,000 tulips are the stars of the show, but gorgeous snowdrops, crocus, hyacinths, daffodils, magnolias, redbuds, and dogwoods are also on view at the Cheekwood in Bloom event, which runs through April 23. But you can tour the 30,000 square foot mansion and art museum, as well as the botanical gardens which sit on 55 acres, all year long. 

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