Sunday, September 23, 2018

Wanna Dress Up? Your Guide To Nashville-Inspired Halloween Costumes

Wanna Dress Up?

All Hallows Eve. It means different things to different people. Parking it in front of the TV for the millionth viewing of Hocus Pocus since October 1 (it really WILL cast a spell on you). You-tubing the classic episode of Boy Meets World (“we’ll always remember he was that tall”). Going to your local five and dime to pick up the best candy money has to offer, because you WILL be the most popular house on the block. Planning a way to hide from trick-or-treaters.

Whatever you’re doing, the Wannado team urges you to go all out and dress up this year. What other holiday allows you to transform into literally anything you want? We also know that you probably want to wear that Nashville pride on your sleeve this Halloween, so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Wannado guide to the best Nashville-inspired costumes to:

Strike While The Iron Is Hot:

A Character From Nashville


But let’s be real, Connie Britton will never stop being relevant.


Halloween is the unofficial test of being up-to-date on pop culture. However, Nashville keeps it classy. Instead of donning your best Miley-Cyrus-twerking-at-the-VMAs get-up (which, honestly, you could just pick up some nude colored latex to wrap yourself in from Lowe’s but DON’T let us give you any ideas on that), try paying homage to the show that’s putting us on the map. Bonus: they’re all ridiculously attractive, so you won’t have to ugly it up if your end game is to find some romance this October 31st. You probably have most of the elements in your closet, because you’re Nashville-fashionable on a daily basis, you handsome devils.


Ladies: Take a cue from both Rayna and Juliette – if you have some extensions, now is the time to give that Southern hair a little oomph. Check out our Pinterest board for Nashville-inspired beauty. You could even check out the place where Juliette got her corset made for the music video she filmed in Buddy Killen Traffic Circle – the corsets are for rent at Ani & Ari. If there is a time to wear a bedazzled corset, it’s Halloween.

Fellas: Don’t shave for a day, pick out a flannel, and put on your Imogene + Willies. Because you’re all Deacon, you studs (minus the alcoholism and self-loathing, we hope). Carry around a guitar for effect…we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to find one on short notice.

Be A Walking Inside Joke:

A Local Celebrity


No one gets us like the Bang This twins.


Yes, Nashville is notoriously friendly and welcoming. We’ve heard of someone at the airport who sneezed and a chorus of Nashvillian’s sang out “bless you” at the same time. We know how to be inclusive. BUT, there’s nothing wrong with a little “you-had-to-be-there” every once in awhile. If you’re a local, odds are you’ve heard of the Bang This Twins. These dudes go around downtown Nashville spreading super weird cheer, dancing and taking pictures with tourists and locals alike (and being each other’s ultimate wingman). Walk into a party as a local celebrity, and you’ll be able to identify your fellow Nashville lovers by the look of recognition on their faces.


To be the Bang This Twins, just go get some simple blue T-shirts, visors, and some fabric paint. Make sure you have some courage, too, because if people don’t get this costume right off the bat, things can be awkward for a minute (trust us).

Make Your Outfit A Game:

Hipster Band Member or A Guy From Duck Dynasty?


Keep em’ guessing, Jack.


This works best in a group. Gather your bros (or your ladies, if you gals don’t mind sporting some luscious fake beards). Have half of you dressed as members of some toe-tappin’, barefoot, beard-and-harmonica-clad rag tag indie group. Preferably the guys from Old Crow Medicine Show, Iron & Wine…you get the idea. Have the other half dress up as Louisiana’s favorite redneck entrepreneurs. You’d be surprised at the similarities. Do the big reveal at the end of the night and see if your fellow Halloween party-goers could tell the difference. Oh, you and your whimsical costume and social commentary about the similarities of seemingly different subcultures! Well done.


Anything from Bass Pro, Goodwill, or a trash can. Not too hard, y’all. As far as grooming, you should have stopped shaving 5 years ago.

Be Clever & Show Some Local Love:

Local Business Puns

bonBecause OMG you might get retweeted by your favorite coffee shop.


We’ve got local pride for days. We also have an aching desire to showcase our biting wit – such is the nature of mankind. Embrace it for the night and give your favorite local biz some love! What do we mean? Well, are you a fan of Bongo Java? Dress as a cup of coffee and borrow a bongo drum from your free-spirited, noisy neighbor. Presto! You’re a genius. Love the sandwiches from The Silly Goose? Paper mache a beak of some sort, tie a string around it, and tell jokes all night, you silly goose!


BONGO JAVA: Wear all brown (whatever shade represents how you take your cup of joe). Put on a white hat and get a red pipe cleaner coming out of the top like a straw. Hold a bongo drum. Play it until you get kicked out of the party.
FROTHY MONKEY: This one could get weird, but we think you should go for it. Dress up as a monkey and foam at the mouth with the help of some toothpaste and baking soda. Looks more like a rabid monkey, but locals will get the joke.
SILLY GOOSE: Find some sort of cone to spray paint gray and attach it to your nose. Wear all white. Tell jokes all night long, and behave in a silly manner. It’s that easy.
WILD COW: Personify the East Nash vegan restaurant by Sharpie-ing a cheap white shirt/pants with cow spots. Then get wild. We suggest Mardi Gras beads.
THIRD MAN: Find two dudes who are too lame to dress up. Follow them around & carry a tape recorder, recording all the spooky Halloween party sounds. THIRD MAN RECORDS. Ba-dum-ch!
MAD DONNA’S: Dress up as Donna Summer (any jumpsuit with sequins). Act really angry.
THE SMILING ELEPHANT: Wear head to toe gray, fashion some elephant ears/a trunk out of pipe cleaner/fabric, and smile all night long. THERE! You are pleasant AND you’re reppin’ everyone’s favorite Thai Restaurant.

Stick With A Classic:
A Country Legend

Because in the wise words of Dolly Parton, “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” Bonus points if you dress up your baby like Willie Nelson.


Music City’s got the richest musical history in the south. Why not play it up? Halloween can let you transform into a Nashville great – if you do it right you might even get a double-take from some tourists and sign a few autographs!


You can go so many directions with this one! Whether you want to be Dolly, Reba, Faith, Merle, Willie, Hank…you can do it! We suggest dropping by Katy K’s for some down-south vintage glamour. Also, you’re going to want to walk through the new Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville – they have country star’s wardrobes from yesteryear on display, and it will give you a world of ideas to recreate in time for this Thursday!

Bring out the big guns, Nashville, and don’t be afraid to get a little festive. Tag us in your Halloween snapshots at @wannadolocal so we can see what you end up wearing! Because you’re better than “I’m a mouse…duh.” Grab the Wannado app to plan all your Halloween festivities and get local tips!

– Your local guide.

Get Classically Cultured With Nashville Ballet’s Swan Lake

photo by Karyn Rowser

Don’t miss the Nashville Ballet’s production of legendary Swan Lake
at TPAC’s Jackson Hall September 21-23.

Get tickets now!


Don’t get us wrong, we love us some football, but after a few weeks of watching nothing but head-on collisions of giant dudes wearing tights, we’re just craving the finer things in life.

Not that the Titans don’t have some sick dance moves…

Nashville is a hub of some amazing modern cultural experiences, but sometimes you need to take it way back to truly appreciate an art form. Perfect example? Ballet.

Even if you know nothing else about ballet, you’ve probably heard of Swan Lake. But did you know the Tchaikovsky masterpiece was composed in 1875 and is now probably the best-known ballet on the planet?

The incredible thing is that Swan Lake has stood the test of time and has been performed on stages around the world for over a century. So why would you miss an opportunity to see it live, performed by Nashville’s talented dancers?

Nashville Ballet is opening the season with a dazzling fresh take on the classical masterpiece. Choreography updates and new costumes bring this incredible work of art to life, as the story asks “can true love conquer all?”

Start with a scandalous love triangle between Odette, Siegfried and Odiel, add in a little dark magic from Rothbart, and you have a story made for the ages. Even the Bachelor can’t compete with this level of shade.

So what are you waiting for? A timeless ballet, Nashville’s finest performers and a chance to get cultured? Sounds like a win-win-win to us. (Plus, there are still tights, so…)

photo by Karyn Rowser

Get your tickets now for Swan Lake, performed by Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall, September 21-23.


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11 Attractions at The Tennessee State Fair

The Tennessee State Fair is on now through Sunday, September 16 at The Fairgrounds in Nashville! Don’t miss the things to do at this annual celebration of life in the Volunteer State!


We know you can feel it. You’ve ridden the Giant Wheel, braved the Mega Drop and topped it off with the Tilt-A-Whirl. This was all after eating an entire turkey leg and a funnel cake.

Yes, that feeling can mean only one thing.

It’s Tennessee State Fair time!

The annual celebration of life in Tennessee is on now at The Fairgrounds in Nashville until Sunday, September 16. That’s a whole weekend to take in the family entertainment, food, rides and contests the fair is known for.

This year’s theme is the “The Heart of Tennessee” and you won’t want to miss these  attractions!

Daily Attractions at The Tennessee State Fair

(Events via

1. Racing Pigs
Come see some trained pigs race around a track! It’s sure to be a fun, and hilarious, event for all ages. You’ll be surprised at these cute little athletes!
FAMILY FUN ZONE  Friday 6, 8 & 10 pm.

2. Western Comedy Show
These two crazy cowboys can’t wait to tell fairgoers about their “Brand New, New and Improved, Bigger And Better, Miracle Tonic” that’s sure to cure all that ails ya. Shades of The Three Stooges and Mel Brooks, this wacky duo are always a crowd pleaser for audiences of all ages.
Friday 6:30 & 8:30 pm

3. 4-H “Live” Butterfly Exhibit presented by Davidson County 4-H
Interact with Tennessee Native Butterflies – even feed them nectar from a stick!
Open daily until 10 pm

4. Farm Tours presented by Tennessee Farm Bureau
An informative, guided tour throughout the livestock barns and AG Hall.Fairgoers register for a select time.
MILKING PARLOR until 7:30 pm, nightly

5. Barnyard Animals
We offer a unique opportunity to experience a live encounter and learn about a variety of friendly, domesticated farm animals. Our interactive approach is fun for the young and young at heart.
Open daily until 10 pm

6. African Acrobats
The acrobat show has been a big attraction at the Tennessee State Fair for the past 10 years, with crowds getting bigger every year. This year the show will mesmerize again with feats such as balancing on chairs, limbo under a rod of fire, tumbling, and fire eating.
FESTIVAL OF NATION STAGE Friday 5:45, 7:45 & 9:45 pm

7. Nightly Wrestling
The state fair has a long and storied history with professional wrestling. Check out nightly ring action.
TUNNEL AREA 7:30 & 8:30 pm, nightly

8. Mr. Bond the Science Guy
The Science Guys have been teaching STEM and now STEAM programs long before there was an acronym. Check out the Daily Shows.
AG LIVE BUILDING Saturday/Sunday 1:30, 3:30 & 6:30 pm

9. David Turner and Friends
A performing ventriloquist that will entertain you and the whole family through humor and song.
AG LIVE BUILDING Saturday/Sunday 2:30, 4:30 & 7:30 pm

10. Al Menah Shrine Clowns
Who doesn’t love a clown.  Watch the wild and wacky clowns perform and entertain children of all ages.
MOOSIC STAGE Saturday/Sunday 12:30, 3:15 & 5:30 pm

11. Bluegrass and Fiddlers Jamboree
Some of Tennessee’s greatest players are coming to the Fair to pick it to win it! Come one, come all to the Creative Arts Building on Saturday, September 10th. Registration is at 10am, and the competition begins at 11 am. Registration is free with paid admission to the Fair.
CREATIVE ARTS BUILDING Saturday 10 am Registration, 11 am Competition


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Live Your Best Life at the WeWork Nashville Creator Awards


The Creator Awards are coming to Marathon Music Works on Thursday, September 13.
Join the fun from 5-11 with a Job Fair, Pop-up Market, Awards Ceremony and After Party.

RSVP Now for this inspiring event!


Ok, we know you might be a little bummed that the 24/7 party known as summer has finally come to an end.

You’re probably chained to your desk all day and feeling like there is nothing great to look forward to for months. We’ve been there.

But the great news is there’s an event in Nashville this Thursday that will restore your faith in chasing your dreams. Wanna be the next great underwater basket weaver? Maybe open a boutique that carries handmade goods for fashionable livestock? Hey, we don’t judge! But we do know that attending WeWork’s Creator Awards will get your creative juices flowing and inspire you to live your best creative life.

Check out the amazing offerings of this one-of-a-kind event:

Job Fair and Pop-up Market

If creating is your thing, you’ll meet tons of like-minded artists and recruiters that can help you get on track to launching a career in your dream trade. Or you can just pick up some fab handmade swag. Either way, you win.

Awards Ceremony

Local innovators will pitch to celebrity judges (Aston Kutcher, Florida Georgia Line and Dia Simms) to win over $700K in funding. It’s like Shark Tank, but with better hair. There’s no doubt that seeing these visionaries pitch their products will fan your creative flames!

After Party

Music and food — what more do you need to know? There will be live music and DJ sets, so even if you don’t consider yourself a creative, you can mix it up on the dance floor in celebration of other people’s creative achievements!

We really can’t think of any excuse for you to still be in the dumps if you just take our advice and RSVP now to attend The Creator Awards.

Tickets are FREE, but limited, so go now! We’ll see you on the dance floor!

What: The Creator Awards

When: Thursday, September 13, 2018

Where: Marathon Music Works | 1402 Clinton Street | Nashville, TN


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4 Ways to Welcome Fall with Outdoor Activities in Nashville

It’s time to get in gear for fall, and that means you can finally leave your house without melting! Here are four ways you can enjoy Nashville’s great outdoors this fall.


Now that we’re getting closer to leaving behind those toasty summer days, you need a better way to ring in the arrival of fall than consuming your body weight in pumpkin-spice-flavored food and beverages each day.

Why not get outside and enjoy sunny skies and cooler temps while Mother Nature is showing off her vibrant hues?

Here are our four favorite ways to welcome autumn with some outdoor fun in Nashville.

1. History at Belle Meade Plantation

Photo courtesy of Belle Meade Plantation

Once just a log cabin and 250 acres, Belle Meade Plantation is now a 5400-acre private estate where you can enjoy a guided tour followed by a complimentary wine tasting at their winery. Also, there’s hand-made chocolate. Stunning scenery, wine AND chocolate? Count us in!

Where: 110 Leake Ave Nashville, TN 37205


2. See the Sights by Cycle

Join a bike sharing club and borrow a bicycle for a self-guided tour of all of your favorite Music City sights. Or let the experts lead you through the city on a guided tour with Green Fleet Bicycle Tours. Whether you’re a free spirit on your own route or following an experienced tour guide, you’ll enjoy Nashville’s gorgeous sights and – bonus — get in a fun workout!

Where: B-Cycle Stations around town 
Or Green Fleet Bicycle Tours 934 Jefferson St. Nashville, TN 37208


3. All Things Fall at Cheekwood

Photo: Cheekwood FB

Is there anything more “fall” than pumpkins, mums and scarecrows? No. No, there is not. Cheekwood Harvest is the perfect way to spend a fall weekend. With activities for all ages, this Nashville staple is a favorite destination of locals and visitors for good reason. Harvest runs from September 22 until October 21, and you won’t want to miss the fall festivities.

Where: 1200 Forrest Park Dr. Nashville, Tennessee 37205


4. Get Back to Nature at Shelby Bottoms

Photo by James Fullerton via

Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Natural Area is one of five Natural Area Parks within Metro Parks, and it offers everything you could ask for in a day to commune with Mother Nature. With three miles of river frontage plus open fields, wetlands and streams, you’ll find all manner of wildlife and stunning views. Bring a blanket for a picnic, put on your walking shoes or bike along over 5 miles of primitive trails.

Where: 1900 Davidson St. Nashville, TN 37206


Now that you know what to do, put the phone down and get outside to enjoy the best time of year in Nashville with these four fantastic ways to experience Nashville!


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4 Ways to Keep that Holiday Feeling Alive This Week in Nashville


Labor Day may be a memory, but there’s still lots of cool stuff to do in our part of the world. Read on for four ways to keep that holiday feeling alive this week in Nashville.


Labor Day is over. So, now what?

We’re right there with you. Bored, BBQ’d out and back at the desk.

Get motivated, people! The days following Labor Day aren’t dull in Nashville. In fact, there are four National Days this week that are ripe for celebrating. Here’s our list of ways you can keep the holidays going in Music City.

4 Ways to Keep that Holiday Feeling Alive This Week in Nashville

Tuesday, September 4 | National Wildlife Day

There’s a reason forest bathing is a thing so why not do it in one of Nashville’s parks? And now is the time with autumn on the way. There’s nothing quite as stunning as the palette of colors and the wildlife that comes out to enjoy it. Spot wild turkeys, deer, owls and so much more on a casual visit to one of our sanctuaries in the city.


Wednesday, September 5 | National Cheese Pizza Day

We can get behind any day that elevates food to a “National Day” level, especially pizza. And today is all about a good ‘ol, plain cheese pizza. Grab a slice or a whole pie from one of these top-rated Music City pizzerias:
Five Points Pizza: 1012 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
Slim & Husky’s: 911 Buchanan St, Nashville, TN 37208
DeSano Pizza Bakery: 115 16th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203


Thursday, September 6 | National Read a Book Day

So, this is an important one to get in the habit of celebrating everyday. Good thing we have author Anne Patchett’s independent bookseller, Parnassus Books right here in our town. Visit them to get your next great read on or attend one of their events like an author talk or storytime.


Friday, September 7 | National Food Bank Day

Round out the week by doing some good. It’s a fact that hunger is a pervading issue all over the country and you can make a difference here in Nashville by getting involved with one of our food banks. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and The Nashville Food Project need your help to feed our community. There’s loads of ways you can contribute from food sorting to serving. It’s a great way to do good and feel good any day of the week.


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