Forget superstitions—there is plenty to do when Your Gay Weekend kicks off on Friday the 13th. From an 8th Anniversary Party at Trax and the Miss Tennessee Gay America pageant to a Sunday Funday hike with the Middle Tennessee OUTsiders and Taylor Swift (for three nights), we break down some of the gayest things to do through September 19th.
Friday September 13
So it’s Friday the 13th. No one would blame you if you popped a huge bowl of popcorn and settled in for a marathon screening of your favorite horror series. Might I suggest catching up on American Horror Story before the new season starring Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange, Patty LuPone and Angela Bassett debuts in October?
If you’re not the superstitious type than you might want to check out Bianca Nicole as the special Playmate at Play Dance Bar’s weekend show. For a full list of drag shows happening around the city, check out this month’s Nashville Untucked here.
Looking for another Friday night option? Then make sure you stop by The Stirrup Friday evening starting at 9 p.m. for the Nashville Conductors monthly beer bust. This month’s event is called “A Little Conductor Decadence.” Click here for more details.
Saturday September 14
Celebrate the city you live in on Saturday with the Made in Nashville festival taking place all day at Centennial Park. Made in Nashville is a celebration of all things local – local food, local music, local craft, beer and spirits—and benefits the Tennessee Literacy Coalition.
Get your palate ready for the 2013 Wine on the River. Travel the world at Nashville’s largest wine event now in its 11th year. Taste wines from Australia / New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, South America, South Africa, California, Tennessee, and Washington / Oregon. Food available from local restaurants for purchase as well as live jazz music. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 the day of the event with proceeds benefiting Hands on Nashville. More information here.
Help local bar Trax celebrate their 8th Year Anniversary on Saturday September 14 with performances by Charlie Brown, Trinity Monroe and Giselle Nicole. Party starts at 10 p.m. and ends . . . well does it ever really end? Happy Birthday Trax!
Looking for a music fix? Check out SISU Saturday night at Exit/In. SISU is Sandy Vu, maybe better known as the drummer for the The Dum Dum Girls. Vu steps out from behind the kit to showcase her shoegaze take on electro and dreamy vocals. SISU is getting ready to release their debut album Blood Tears September 17 and is for fans of the Karen O. Hear new track “Harpoon.” Tickets available here.
Sunday September 15
Speaking of Giselle Nicole. The dancing diva competes tonight to be your 2013 Miss Tennessee Gay America. The pageants will be held at Play Dance Bar and starts at 7 p.m.. There is a $10 cover. For more information, click here.
HotMess kickball plays their second weekend of Season 3 over in East Park in East Nashville. Last weekend’s season mixer was a smashing success at Tribe. Check out the photos here.
Break out your racing shoes (and your smarts) when the Great City Race takes place in Nashville, Tennessee. Think Amazing Race meets Music City and you’ll scramble across the city trying to solve clues. Kicker? You can only use public transit. For more details, including the ability to purchase entry, click here. Looks like tickets are $5 with promo code TEAM. Not sure how long this lasts but it's a great deal.
Get your hike on with the Middle Tennessee OUTsiders this weekend when they take on the Nathan Bedford Forrest Five Mile Loop. Carpooling is available. Contact Middle Tennessee OUTsiders for details. You can always ‘like’ the Middle Tennessee OUTsiders on Facebook for upcoming events.
It might be too late for this month’s book. But don’t forget the Gay Men’s Book Club meets every third Sunday at OutCentral. For more information, join the club's Yahoo group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday September 16
Catch our latest musical obsession Myla Smith when she debuts her latest album Hiding Places in Nashville at The Basement. Show begins at 9 p.m..
Tuesday September 17
Join the Public Relations Society of America Tuesday for a special lunchtime presentation from Nissan’s Travis Parman, who will speak about diversity communications. His presentation, Going Gay for Pay: Making Your Brand ‘Buy-Sexual’ to Build Loyalty with LGBT Consumers by Influencing Editorial Content Creation, will address how public relations can most effectively work with the evolving specialized media that are targeted, dedicated to or consumed by gay and lesbian audiences for the purpose of influencing purchase consideration. For more information and/or tickets, click here.
Yoga is back at OutCentral. Get your stretch on with Mary Irby for $15 drop-in classes or purchase a 6 class card for $60. Yoga happens every Tuesday beginning at 5:45.
Don’t forget Drag Bingo tonight with Paige Turner at Mad Donna’s.
Wednesday September 18
Meet local HIV/AIDS activist Wednesday evening from 6 – 8 p.m. for an HIV Research Update program entitled Beyond Condoms: Women and New Prevention Technologies. Event takes places at the Marriott Nashville Airport. To RSVP, click here.
Join the Nashville Primetimers for their monthly classic movie screening at OutCentral. Movie begins at 8 p.m. and this month's movie is Trick.
Thursday September 19
Get Sweet and HOT with the Nashville Opera when they host an evening inspired by Ancient Ceylan in advance of October's production of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers. Exotic rums, rare tequilas, and delicious hors d’oeuvres will be featured during the event. Tickets are $35. For more details, click here.
We may have kicked off Your Gay Weekend on Friday the 13th but that just happens to be a lucky number for music superstar Taylor Swift. Swift wraps up her Red World Tour starting Thursday night in Nashville. Swift will perform three show. So excited to see who her special guests will be. Click here for more details and tickets.
Ballet in the Park September 20-30
TEP Olympus September 21