Seasonal Festivals at Cheekwood
Cheekwood offers four seasonal festivals packed with a variety of exciting events, art, and cultural exhibitions to the Nashville community year-round. Discover something new and plan your Cheekwood visit today!
Summertime at Cheekwood
May 29 – September 2
All summer long, Cheekwood offers exciting and inspiring experiences for Nashville locals and tourists alike. From scavenger hunts and treehouse climbing to Summer Camp and nighttime strolls in the garden, we invite you to discover the color, wonder and peaceful nature of Summertime at Cheekwood.
For art and outdoor adventures, you can’t beat Summer Camps at Cheekwood! Keep your kids busy and engaged this summer with time-tested favorites such as Clay Fundamentals and Garden Sprouts to new offerings like Printmaking Fundamentals with Hatch Show Print and Earth Art. We have an entire summer of fun and fresh classes to engage and inspire every young artist. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Thursday Night Out
We stay open until 10:00 PM every Thursday evening in June, July and August (starting June 21) with special entertainment, activities for kids, food trucks, and cash bars throughout the gardens.
June 16 – September 2, 2018
Cracking Art is a Milan, Italy-based artist collective born out of the intention to radically change the history of art by investigating the relationship between natural and artificial reality. By using 100% recycled plastic materials, Cracking Art creates site-specific installations using large-scale, natural animal forms made of synthetic materials, playfully arranging meerkats, bears, crocodiles, birds, and other animals in surprising invasions of familiar landscapes. The artists of Cracking Art will collaborate with Cheekwood to share a truly unique and extraordinary visual experience this summer.
Photography: David Almeida Photography
September 22 – October 21
Celebrate the autumnal season at Cheekwood! We’re set to celebrate all things fall during Cheekwood Harvest, part of our year-round lineup of signature seasonal festivals. The changing of the leaves are one of many garden highlights you’ll find as oaks, maples, dogwoods, and other trees greet you with their fall colors. You’ll find activities and experiences designed to appeal to kids, adults and families alike, making this six-week celebration the perfect time for a peaceful solo stroll, a crisp fall family day, or an afternoon date.
More than 5,000 chrysanthemums in deep autumn hues are planted throughout the gardens specifically for Cheekwood Harvest.
Silly and serious, big and small, frightening and friendly-scarecrows created by our Nashville community will invade our gardens again this fall. Get in on the fun of Cheekwood Harvest by assembling a group in your school, workplace, church or neighborhood and designing your own custom scarecrow!
The Pumpkin House and Patch
Don’t just pick pumpkins, step into our new Pumpkin House and experience them! This 11-foot-tall Pumpkin House is fun for the whole family. Pumpkins for carving, painting and are waiting for your to purchase and take home. And explore more pumpkins that help brighten and add interest to our various gardens.
The Cheekwood Beer Garden
Experience everything the harvest season has to offer with our festive Beer Garden. Enjoy tasty pub fare and beers on tap as you relax with family and friends each weekend of Harvest. (Additional fee applies: cash bar for guests 21+)
Halloween Pooch Parade
Bring your favorite four-legged friend to Cheekwood for our Halloween Pooch Parade. Costumed canines and their owners are invited to parade around the gardens for a fun morning stroll.
November 23 – December 30, 2018
Savor the sights and sounds of the season at Cheekwood and make lasting holiday memories with fun activities for all ages. Our enchanting Holiday LIGHTS experience is Nashville’s favorite new holiday tradition, with one million lights glowing throughout the gardens. And visitors every weekend can take part in Holiday at Cheekwood festivities, including Santa visits, cookie decorating and meeting Santa’s reindeer.
- ONE MILLION LIGHTS!
- Real Reindeer
- S’Mores Pits
- Holiday Carolers
- Santa Visits
- Gingerbread Workshops
- Holiday Teas
- Poinsettia Tree
- Cash Bars with seasonal drinks and hot toddies
- GLOW goodies in the Gift Shop
Holiday at Cheekwood
Holiday Activities each weekend from November 24 December 23
- Visits with Santa in the Recreation Room of the Cheekwood Mansion
- Breakfast with Santa
- Piano in the Drawing Room
- Poinsettia Tree
- Gingerbread Workshops
- Real Reindeer
*Santa will arrive at 10:30 am on December 9 and 23.
Cheekwood in Bloom
March 17 – April 15, 2018
There’s no place more beautiful than Cheekwood in the spring as more than 150,000 blooming bulbs spill from our gardens creating a color experience you won’t forget. Snowdrops, crocus, hyacinths, daffodils, magnolias, redbuds, and dogwoods are also in on the act, putting on an unforgettable show as warmer weather and longer days arrive in Nashville. With five weekends of family activities, a new Flower House, entertainment and plenty of natural inspiration, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the change of seasons.
- 150,000 Blooming Bulbs
- New! Flower House
- Weekend Activities, including crafts, live music, tours and more.
- Cheekwood Beer Garden open Thursday – Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm
Cheekwood in May
May 1 – May 27, 2018
We’re celebrating the days of May with our first-ever Cheekwood in May festival featuring Amanda Parer: Intrude. Ten of Parer’s glowing, white rabbits will take over the Cheekwood landscape, creating an unparalleled outdoor art experience. Join us as we host fun and unique outdoor programming to accompany the exhibition, including:
Experience the bunnies in a different light as we stay open late every Thursday and Friday evening for special Hoppy Hour, featuring:
- Craft cocktails, seasonal beers and wine
- Food trucks
- Live music
- Lawn games
- and more!
Evening Glowga Class
Join us for an evening yoga class set among the glow of the white rabbits. On Tuesday, May 15, Inner Light Yoga will host an outdoor yoga class for yogis of all levels. Stay tuned for more information on registration.
Amanda Parer: Intrude
Australian artist Amanda Parer uses her adorable larger-than-life inflatable bunnies to draw attention to the natural world, its fragility and our role within it. In May 2018, Cheekwood will present a selection of Parer’s “Intrude” inflatables: glowing, white rabbits that will take over the Cheekwood landscape. Though intentionally cute and seemingly innocent, these figures also represent the global conversation surrounding invasive species and their ability to alter natural habitats. The 18th Century introduction of European rabbits to Parer’s native Australia resulted in a rapidly escalating continent-wide epidemic that persists today. Through these precocious bunnies, visitors experience captivating works of art as well as engage in an ecological dialogue.