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Spring is one of the best times to visit Cheekwood and take a front-row seat for the new season’s arrival. As the days warm in mid-March, waves of color begin to emerge across our grounds and gardens, starting with hyacinths, daffodils, and magnolias that soon give way to iris, dogwoods, and viburnums. This year’s spring blooms will deliver a massive dose of one of spring’s classics: the bright, crisp lines of over 100,000 tulips in our gardens. Celebrate spring at Cheekwood for a bright view sure to lift any winter fog! 

There will be so much to see and do during Cheekwood in Bloom, and you won’t want to miss the fun. Mark your calendar and plan to visit us this spring!

SATURDAYS: Weekly Activities
SUNDAYS: Weekly Activities

Featured Saturday Entertainment (Weekly Specialty Programs)

March 22 – April 26

Family Studio Drop-In ‘ART’ivities
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us in the studios each weekend and create an interactive, springtime-themed art project – open to all ages!

Live Music: Jazz in the Herb Garden
Nashville Jazz Workshop Ensemble

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Take a seat in the garden and enjoy the soothing sounds of our talented friends from Nashville Jazz Workshop.

Garden Tales
10:30 am & 11:00 am
Join us for an exploration into the wide world of literature! Using songs, dance, and interactive reading, your favorite nature-themed books will spring to life in the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden.

Live Music: Piano in the Museum Drawing Room
Steinway Piano Society of Nashville
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Steinway members provide pleasant piano music as you stroll through the art galleries and explore the beautiful historic mansion.


March 23 – April 27

Drawing Room Concert Series featuring Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music
2:00 pm

Listen to some of Nashville’s finest musicians as they fill the intimate Drawing Room with sweet sound.
March 23: John Johns, guitar
March 30: Amy Dorfman and Ben Harris, piano four-hands
April 6: Lauren Coplan, piano
April 13: CANCELLED THIS WEEK, Sam Levine Jazz duo to play instead
April 20: Philip Dikeman, flute, and Melissa Rose, piano
April 27: Piano students of Craig Nies

Saturday, March 22
Modern Twist: Family Day
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

In honor of the Modern Twist exhibition opening, Cheekwood will offer exciting Japanese-themed activities for the entire family. Watch as master bamboo artist Mr. Ueno Masao creates a giant sculpture in the courtyard, try your hand at origami, create a cultural craft in the studios and take a guided tour of Shomu-En, our Japanese Garden.

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Artist Demonstration: Bamboo Weaving with Ueno Masao

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Drop-in Origami making with the Nashville Origami Club
Cultural Crafts in the Studios
Ikebana Flower Arranging Demonstration

11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 1:00PM
Japanese Tea Ceremony Viewing

1:30 PM
Japanese Garden Guided Tour

Saturday, March 29
Zoo on the Move
12:00 pm

The Nashville Zoo is coming to Cheekwood! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn interesting and fun facts from expert animal educators and see our honorary animal guests as they venture to our grounds. You’ll be wild about this show!

Saturday, April 5
Nashville Puppet Truck presents The Stonecutter
12:00 pm

Based on a traditional Asian folktale and featuring Bunraku puppetry, this story teaches two life lessons: be happy with who you are and make your wishes carefully! Help us welcome back our favorite puppeteers from the Nashville Public Library & Wishing Chair Productions!   Running time: 30 minutes

As part of a collaboration with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorder (TRIAD) modifications will be made to the performance in an effort to be more accommodating to those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition, supports have been developed including a tip sheet for parents, a tip sheet explaining how to use a Social StoryTM, three versions of a Social StoryTM about attending The Stonecutter at varied language levels, and a storyboard (visual schedule) of the performance. You can receive the supports at

Saturday, April 12
Nashville Ballet presents Ferdinand the Bull
12:00 pm

Delight in the beloved tale of Ferdinand, who loves to smell the flowers instead of spending his time in the bullfighting ring. The music, choreography, and bright costumes of this performance, inspired by Pablo Picasso, will fit perfectly into your spring day at Cheekwood.

Saturday, April 19
*New Extended Hours* 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Special Event Pricing:
Member Adults $5, Member Kids FREE
Non-member adults $15; Seniors $12; Children 3-17 $8; Children 2 and under are FREE.  Free passes are not valid for special events.

Celebrate spring in style with egg hunts, crafts, performances, music and more at the 22nd annual Spring Art Hop. A favorite tradition in Nashville, this special event is packed full of activities and excitement for families and kids of all ages. We’ll be hiding over 20,000 eggs, so don’t forget to bring your basket!

12:00 pm: ‘Egg’cellent Magic Show
2:00 pm: ‘Egg’cellent Magic Show

Our veteran magician is at it again with tricks and riddles to make everyone giggle. And be on the lookout for some of his furriest, big-eared friends!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Musical Petting Zoo, Country Music Hall of Fame
Country Music Hall of Fame is back, which is music to our ears! Stop by to look at, learn about and PLAY various instruments featured in country music, including guitars, banjos, fiddles and more. Instructors will be on-site to offer guidance – and applause!

Saturday, April 26
Tennessee Craft Day

We’re thrilled to present another great day of craft demonstrations in partnership with Tennessee Craft, formerly TACA. Watch as local artists exhibit their mastered skills before your eyes, explain their processes, and answer questions from art lovers of all ages.

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