Here's what to do while you're in Nashville

McKenzie Gregory

So, you're officially coming to Marketing United 2018

First off... yay! We can't wait for you to join us at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in April. It's an incredible venue, this year's speaker lineup is second to none, and we're all excited to dive into three days of actionable, inspiring content. 

Kevin Carroll (one of our 2017 speakers) laying down some wisdom in the CMA Theater

One of the coolest things about MU is that after each day of great content, you'll get the opportunity to explore our amazing city at night. There's a reason 100 new people move here every day: Nashville is full of history, delicious food, incredible live music... the list goes on! 

It's crucial to make the most of your time here, so we put together this quick list of can't-miss sights, sounds, and bites here in our hometown. 

1. Attend the MU after-party at The George Jones.

On Tuesday night, we'll be hosting a Marketing United after-party at The George Jones on 2nd Avenue. There will be plenty of free drinks, snacks, and networking to go around—and if you aren't ready for the night to end once the party's over, you'll be just steps away from two hot spots: Printer's Alley and Lower Broadway. (Robert's Western World on Broadway and Miss Kelli's Karaoke Bar in Printer's are both top Emma picks!)

The George Jones in downtown Nashville

2. Eat the hot chicken. 

If you're a meat-eater, there's no excuse not to try Nashville's famous hot chicken. Locals all have their favorite spots, but here are a few of the most popular choices: 

Prince's Hot Chicken Shack – the true originator of hot chicken as we know it today.
Pepperfire Hot Chicken –  East Nashville's Pepperfire boasts a heat level rivaled by very few.
Hattie B's Hot Chicken – probably the most-visited hot chicken joint for tourists, with a variety of heat levels for all preferences. 

3. Catch a show.

One Nashville cliché is that you can throw a rock anywhere in town and hit a guitar player. It's true: Enter pretty much any downtown restaurant, and there will be live music. That said, there are a few different ways for newcomers to approach the Nashville music scene: 

• Want to do the honky tonk thing? Leave it up to fate and pop into any bar on Lower Broadway.
• More interested in a seated, old-school country experience? Get tickets to the Grand Ole Opry, the show that made country music famous.
• Want to avoid country music at all costs? Hit up Motown Monday at The 5 Spot for an awesome dance party. 
• For a more intimate feel, check out The Basement East, a small live music venue that hosts singers, songwriters, and bands from different music genres.

There aren't any shows happening at the historic Ryman Auditorium during the conference, but they do offer great tours
[Photo source: USA Today] 

4. Visit a brewery. 

The craft beer scene in Nashville has blown up the past few years, so if you're into beer, you'll definitely want to check out our local breweries. Some of our faves... 

Tennessee Brew Works – great patio, surprisingly great food, and close to the conference
Jackalope – also close to the conference with a wide selection of beer styles 
Bearded Iris – located in Nashville's popular Germantown area
Southern Grist – a great neighborhood vibe, located in East Nashville

Here are some more places you can check out, too!

And that's just scratching the surface... 

The hardest part of planning your trip will be deciding what NOT to do while you're in Nashville.

Visit The Parthenon in Centennial Park.
Catch a movie at Nashville's nonprofit film center, The Belcourt Theatre.
See the latest exhibit at Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Go to a Nashville Sounds game at First Tennessee Park. 

There's a little something for everyone, and we guarantee you'll have a great time no matter what you choose. For a few more ideas, you can check out this interactive map on the Marketing United 2018 website. 

Can't wait to see you in Nashville, and if you're looking for any specific suggestions for your trip, just give me a shout in the comments section below!

About the Author

McKenzie Gregory

McKenzie Gregory is a senior content manager on Emma’s marketing team. A Nashville native, she can be found covering all things email on the Emma blog, debating hyphenation rules, and watching obscene amounts of Netflix without a trace of shame.

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