Take advantage of the free time built into our Friday-afternoon schedule to explore the sights and sounds of Music City! Whether you want to  mingle with old friends and new acquaintances while enjoying Nashville’s music and food scene, immerse yourself in history at a museum or landmark, or take in some fresh air and beautiful views, there’s something here for every taste.

For more things to do in Nashville, check out VisitMusicCity.com.

Stroll downtown

Take a stroll through the heart of downtown Nashville, a vibrant atmosphere of shops, eateries, museums, and honky-tonks. Need to snap a selfie? The Nashville skyline is your backdrop!

Note: There will be a free shuttle service on Friday afternoon between our conference venue (Sheraton Music City Nashville Airport) and downtown Nashville. The shuttle bus will operate on a first-come-first-serve basis and will depart from the hotel approximately every 90 minutes with drop-offs and pickups near the Assembly Food Hall. The shuttle’s first hotel departure will be at approximately 1:00 p.m. and the last at approximately 7:00 p.m., for a final downtown pickup at 7:30 p.m.

Tour the Country Music Hall of Fame

The rich history of country music is on display at the iconic Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum! Explore exhibits featuring legendary artists, artifacts, and interactive displays that showcase the evolution of the beloved genre.  countrymusichalloffame.org

Explore Centennial Park

If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city without leaving Nashville, head over to Centennial Park. Take a stroll around the lake or admire the Parthenon. You could even pack a picnic and enjoy the lush greenery all afternoon! nashville.gov/departments/parks/parks/centennial-park

Discover Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Step back in time at the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s plantation home. Located just a short drive from our conference hotel, the historic mansion and grounds offer a glimpse into the life and legacy of our nation’s fiery seventh president. thehermitage.com

Embrace art at Fisk University

Founded shortly after the Civil War, Fisk University is alma mater to notable Americans such as W. E. B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells. Designated a National Historic District, the campus features striking architecture, two art galleries, and murals by Aaron Douglas. fisk.edu

Indulge in comfort food

Treat your taste buds to an authentic southern culinary experience at one of Nashville’s renowned eateries, where hearty flavors go hand in hand with hospitality. Whether dining with family or networking with fellow leaders, you’ll find plenty of options to satisfy any craving.