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Nashville offers many musical events, Halloween-themed hangouts for fall break entertainment

Stuck on campus for fall break? Got plans to sleep the days away, ready for a rather uneventful extended weekend? For those left with no plans for break, worry not. In Nashville, the opportunities for fun are limitless, especially this weekend.

As always, music lovers will be happy to hear there are plenty of concerts happening this weekend. Brad Paisley will be headlining this year’s Grand Ole Opry Birthday Bash Saturday with tickets starting at $37.

Lindsey Stirling will be at the Andrew Jackson Hall on Monday with tickets starting at $29.

Rick Astley, famous for his hit song “Never Gonna Give You Up,” will also be performing at Marathon Music Works Tuesday with tickets as low as $25.

For those who are fans of instrumental music, the Nashville Symphony will be playing Prokofiev’s “Symphony No. 5” and Grieg’s “Piano Concerto” on Friday and Saturday at the Schemerhorn Symphony Center with tickets as low as $22. Also, the final performance of the 2016 Jazz on the Cumberland Concert Series will be on Sunday in Cumberland Park, free of charge. Food trucks and other concessions will be available as well.

Fans of the theater will be happy to hear that the final performances of Vanderbilt University’s production of Shakespeare’s “Othello” will be on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10.

Anyone who wants to get into the Halloween spirit early this year should definitely check out Nashville Shores’ “Halloscream” event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with $25 admission. This event’s attractions include the “Trail of Terror” and a “Haunted Hayride.”

For those who want to get ready for Halloween in a different way, The Hermitage will be having a “ghost tour” of Andrew Jackson’s mansion and tomb Friday evening. Grab a group of friends and hear the spooky retellings of of the Battle of New Orleans and the Bell Witch.

For anyone looking for some simple fall festivities, the Cheekwood Harvest is another option. Festival activities include a scarecrow gallery, pumpkin patch and performances by bluegrass bands, along with garden and museum tours offered every day that are sure to appeal to anybody who loves fall.

Anyone who needs to stock up on baked goods and organic wellness products can stop by the 12th Avenue South Farmers Market on Tuesday with featured vendors The Olive Tree Bakery and Truly Pure Living. Martin’s Barbeque and King Tut’s food trucks will also make an appearance.

Soccer fans will have the opportunity to attend the Mexico National Football and New Zealand International friendly, taking place on Saturday at the Nissan Stadium. Ticket prices for this game are as low as $33.

For something that’s fun and available every day of fall break, worry not. Nashville staples such as the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere and the Johnny Cash museum are open daily all throughout break. Record shops such as Grimey’s New & Preloved Music or Boulevard record Shop are also great places to hang out with friends, and a great place to discover new music.

Nashville has so much to offer, and there’s always something going on in the city. All you have to do is put down the books, get off campus and start exploring.

Article and photo by Drew Pearce.

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