By RACHAEL LONG
With Memorial Day weekend and graduations in the rearview mirror, summer is officially here. There’s plenty to do this weekend in Brentwood, and with mostly sunny skies and a high near 85 ahead for Saturday, the weather looks perfect for outdoor activities. Here’s a look at a few of the events happening in and around Brentwood this weekend.
School’s Out Open Play
Where: Gigi’s Playhouse Nashville, 1724 Carothers Parkway, Suite 400, Brentwood, TN 37027
When: Friday, May 31: 3 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Gigi’s Playhouse Nashville invites you to celebrate the end of another school year and the beginning of summer break with Open Play at the playhouse. Open Play invites families and their friends to GiGi’s Playhouse Nashville for playtime and networking! Organizers say this program helps promote positive beginnings for new families with a child with Down Syndrome and creates awareness opportunities for peers and friends, as well as support and networking for current families. Light snacks will be served.
Goals of the program include:
- Increase positive social interactions among peers and siblings.
- Provide a positive setting for parents to share experiences and learn from each other.
- Provide ongoing support and networking for new and current families.
- Have FUN!
Open Play is open to families with children and adults of all ages and abilities and their friends. RSVP here for any or all session(s) this summer.
Brew at the Zoo
Where: The Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
When: Friday, May 31: 6:30 p.m. — 10:30 p.m.
The Nashville Zoo welcomes all species of beer lovers to the sixth annual Brew at the Zoo happening Friday night. This event is for ages 21+ only.
Animals, live music, local food trucks and 100 craft beers are on tap at this unique after-hours event, voted the best beer event in Nashville by Nashville Scene in 2014, 2016 and 2017. For more information, visit the even’t Facebook page here.
50th Anniversary Celebration — Members only
Where: Brentwood Swim & Tennis Club at Wildwood, 1933 Harpeth River Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027
When: Friday, May 31: 6 p.m. — 9 p.m.
The Brentwood Swim & Tennis Club at Wildwood is celebrating 50 years in the community. This is a member-only event, and members are invited to join club staff Friday to celebrate. The event will feature live music by the Soapy Mohawks with Mark Wiggins as well as food from Roscoes Smoked BBQ and Kona Ice.
Tiffwich Block Party — Brentwood
Where: Tiff’s Treats, 7011 Executive Center Drive, #B-105, Brentwood, TN 37027
When: Friday, May 31: 7 p.m. — 9 p.m.
Tiff’s Treats will give away free Tiffwiches (ice cream sandwich made with warm, freshly baked cookies and cold delicious vanilla ice cream) at its Brentwood location to those in line by 9 p.m. The company will have four classic cookie flavors to choose from (chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, peanut butter or M&M). The event will offer one free Tiffwhich per person, and no advance orders will be taken.
Jubilation Choir Send-Off Concert
Where: Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027
When: Sunday, June 2: 4 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Brentwood United Methodist Church invites you, your friends and family to a free concert in the BUMC Chapel, put on by its 6th-8th Grade Jubilation Choir before they head out on their summer tour to St. Louis. The student choir will be performing Godspell, Jr., for their summer repertoire.
National Trails Day with REI and Brentwood Green Space
Where: Marcella Vivrette Smith Park, 1825 Wilson Pike, Brentwood, TN 37027
When: Saturday, June 1: 9 a.m. — 1 p.m.
Get outside with REI, Citizens for Brentwood Green Space, Brentwood City Parks, and Nashville Hiking Meetup on National Trails Day to beautify the trails of Brentwood City Parks’ 400-acre crown jewel: Marcella Vivrette Smith Park.
Volunteers will work to provide much-needed maintenance helping improve the footing and visual appeal of the trails and park land. There will be projects for all skill levels; children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Some tools will be provided, but we recommend bringing your favorite pair of gloves and a shovel. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring a reusable water bottle to cut down on our environmental impact for the day. REI will be there with swag and refreshments for all volunteers.
National Trails Day at Owl’s Hill
Where: Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood, TN 37027
When: Saturday, June 1: 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
In celebration of National Trails Day, Owl’s Hill trails will be open for hiking and exploration this Saturday. Discover all the wonders of the 300-acre protected green space – the hills, meadows, creeks and ponds.
Registration for this free event is required — register here — and will be limited to first 200 admissions.
Sanctuary staff will also be working in two teams on trail maintenance and improvement. Participants are invited to join up on one of two crews working to clear overgrowth, install new steps on the Haircut Overlook or complete a reroute and open a trail for new hiking opportunities.
The trail team shifts are as follows:
Shift 1: 8:30 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.
Shift 2: 10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Opera on the Mountain — Concert at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
Where: Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027
When: Saturday, June 1: 6 p.m. — 10 p.m.
The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory’s Opera on the Mountain event is an annual favorite. Join observatory staff for a BYOB&P (and picnic) evening of songs and stargazing at the observatory. Organizers say this family-friendly outdoor concert is the perfect Saturday night combination of great music and good company, with a chance to stargaze through the grand telescope.
The event is currently listed as sold out. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page here.