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We're having a 50th birthday party, and you're invited!

You're invited to a citywide birthday party from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Metro Historic Courthouse Public Square. The party is the culmination of a nine-month celebration and education campaign commemorating Metro Government’s 50th anniversary.

The free, family-friendly event will include:

• Musical performances from historic and contemporary multi-genre artists, featuring: 

    • Sam Bush & Del McCoury 
    • Night Train All-Stars Presented by Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
    • Nashville Symphony Ensemble
    • Barbershop Harmony Society Music City Chorus
    • Rebecca Lynn Howard
    • Tennessee State University Marching Band

• Exhibits on the history and future of Nashville during the past 50 years from members like:

    • The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park
    • Country Music Association
    • Frist Center
    • Historic Nashville
    • Metro Historical Commission
    • Metro Arts Commission
    • Metro Water
    • NashvilleNext
    • Nashville Post Office
    • Nashville Public Library and Metro Archives
    • Parthenon and Centennial Park
    • Ryman Auditorium
    • Tennessee Performing Arts Center
    • Tennessee Preservation Trust
    • Tennessee State Museum
    • Plus, a special opportunity to meet members of the original Metro Council

• Food from local restaurants and food trucks will be available for purchase, including:

    • Dairy King
    • Hoss Loaded Burgers
    • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
    • Jim N’ Nicks BBQ
    • Jonbalaya
    • Las Paletas 
    • Pied Piper Creamery 
    • Popcorn Village 
    • Riff’s Fine Street Food
    • Retro Sno
    • Smoke et al
    • Varallo's Chili
    • Yayo's OMG
    • Plus, a local beer area managed by Mercy Lounge, free Goo Goo Clusters and free coffee from Bongo Java Coffee

• Exhibits from local shops, vendors and artisans, including:

    • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
    • Belcourt Theatre
    • BookManBookWoman
    • Friendly Arctic Shirts and Posters
    • Loveless Cafe
    • Nashville Artisans from the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists 
    • Pancake Pantry

• Kidsville, a kids area with great activities including: 

    • Arts, crafts, face painting from NowPlayingNashville.com 
    • Educational and fitness activities with Musicians Corner
    • Nashville Children’s Theatre
    • Nashville Zoo
    • Notes for Notes, with acoustic instruments for kids to practice with
    • Photo booth with Ozzie from the Nashville Sounds, Bruiser the Bruin from Belmont University, and Lu the Bison from Lipscomb University

• Dogville, a dog-friendly area with activities for dogs and their owners from great organizations including:

    • Bonaparte's Retreat
    • Downtown Partnership, with free dog waste bags
    • Happy Tales Humane
    • Nashville Humane Association
    • Petsmart

• Interactive booths from other partners and sponsors, including:

    • Brown and Caldwell
    • Hands On Nashville
    • Kenya Basket Project
    • Metro 3
    • Southwestern Advantage
    • The Tennessean
This event is free and open to the public. We hope you can make it to the big celebration!