FESTIVAL OVERVIEW & INFORMATION

FREE ADMISSION ALL WEEKEND!

KEY FESTIVAL INFO & HIGHLIGHTS

WHEN: August 18-21, 2017

8/18/17 Friday 2pm-10pm
8/19/17 Saturday 10am-10pm
8/20/17 Sunday 10am-10pm
8/21/17 Monday 10am-6pm


WHERE: Bicentennial Capitol Mall – Nashville, Tennessee

For directions, parking info and a map of the festival grounds, please click here.

FREE ADMISSION – ALL 4 FESTIVAL DAYS!

Italian Lights is the Italian Festival of Nashville and admission is FREE! Join us for 4 days of music, arts, food and wine celebrating the best of Italy, ending with the largest Eclipse event in Music City! An elegant and family-friendly festival with free & fun activities for everyone!

NASHVILLE’S LARGEST SOLAR ECLIPSE EVENT:

The highlight of the weekend is the 2017 Solar Eclipse, which will be on Monday, August 21.  Nashville is in the direct path of the zone which will be 100% dark, and festivalgoers can experience the Eclipse from the lawn of Bicentennial Capitol Mall, a stunning, once-in-a-lifetime event! Over 1 million tourists are expected to travel to Music City to experience the “Music City Eclipse.” Admission to the Eclipse Party and Viewing is free to the public, and we’ll have over 10,000 pairs of free Eclipse Glasses, courtesy of the Nashville CVB and Tennessee State Parks.

We are excited to be designated as an Official NASA Viewing Location for the 2017 Solar Eclipse here in Music City.  NASA scientists (including two astrophysicists from the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab) and educators will be at the festival all weekend preparing for the big countdown on Monday afternoon. If you are coming to town for this event, this is where you want to watch it! Learn more about our Eclipse activities and events here.

EVENT ACTIVITIES:

Festival favorites include free Grape StompingWine Tasting Events & Seminars, the Annual Bocce Ball Tournament, the Meatball Eating Contest and the Grape Stomping Competitions. Additionally, special Italian food vendors will be featured in our food tents, showcasing favorite dishes from Italy . Wine & beer lovers will enjoy the international selections available in the Tuscan Wine and Beer Gardens.

FREE LIVE MUSIC:

Music is center stage at the Italian Lights. The best part? It’s FREE ALL WEEKEND!  A variety of music and free concerts all weekend, highlighted by the Frank Sinatra Music Celebration on Friday night – and the return of television and recording sensation, Italian-trained tenor Nathan Pacheco, on Saturday.  Sunday’s musical theme is “Italy Goes to the Movies,” with performances from Intersection and Ginger Newman.

All evening concerts will be performed on the Amphitheater Stage! For a full schedule of all performances and musicians, please visit our music page:  4 Days of Live Music & Free Concerts.

INCREDIBLE DINING EXPERIENCES:

Dine under the stars of the Italian Lights for the ultimate dinner and concert experience: a Four-Course Wine Dinner, served in Bicentennial Mall’s majestic Amphitheater.  Following dinners, guests will enjoy front-row seats for the evening’s Main Concert, also held in the Amphitheater. Book your tickets now for the pre-concert Four Course Dinner on Friday, Saturday or Sunday! More of a morning person? Then join us for our Sunday Champagne Brunch!