Nashville is back in full swing, and we are thrilled to be hosting our annual Governor’s Conference in the heart of downtown. If you’re heading to Nashville for the conference next month, consider extending your visit by exploring some of the attractions and events happening in the area.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the hot spots near our conference venue, the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. These are just a handful of ideas to help make the most of your trip to Music City.


Fifth + Broadway


Accessible from the Renaissance Hotel event lobby, the new Fifth + Broadway development offers entertainment, shopping and some of Nashville’s finest dining options, including the Assembly Food Hall on Level 2.

Be sure to visit western brand Tecovas on the first floor for some of the best quality leather boots and apparel, and then enjoy live music and food from over twenty restaurants in the Assembly Food Hall. If you’re a fan of Nashville hot chicken, you’re in luck because Prince’s and Hattie B’s have storefronts here. Sample one (or both), then cool down with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

See the full list of vendors here.


National Museum of African American Music


Located just across the street from Ryman Auditorium at Fifth + Broadway, the NMAAM is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced and inspired by African Americans.

The museum covers the evolution of African American music and how it intersects and heavily influences America’s culture and history. From religious music to blues to jazz and hip-hop, this museum creates an immersive experience for anyone interested in history and music.

Plan your visit and purchase tickets here.


The Gibson Garage


Visit Gibson’s new flagship store, located inside Cummins Station. The Gibson Garage is a must-see, hands-on, can’t-miss mecca for pickers, shredders and any lover of American music.

Gibson’s flagship is divided into 12 sections, including exhibits and exclusive protypes, demo guitars, and pre-played artist guitars that can only be found here.

The shop is close to other classic Nashville destinations like the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Frist Art Museum.


Nashville Sounds Game at First Horizon Park


Experience a Nashville Sounds home game after the conference on Thursday evening. The game starts at 7:05 PM at First Horizon Park.

Every Thursday home game, the Sounds will wear the fan-favorite throwback home uniforms modeled after the classic 1978 team. Food and drink concessions include $2 & $3 drink specials.

Get tickets here.


Music City Grand Prix


IndyCar is coming to Nashville with the inaugural Music City Grand Prix. Beginning on Friday, August 6, the streets of downtown will come alive with the sounds of music, food, and racing, all spun into an experience you just have to be there to feel.

Aside from the practices and race, there will be super trucks and concerts including Jon Pardi and Alan Jackson.

See the schedule, get tickets and more here.


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