For the past 7 years, the Italian Lights Festival has been Nashville’s annual celebration of Italian food, wine, and culture – with a dash of Southern hospitality.  The festival features live music, arts & crafts vendors, authentic food and wine tastings, in an upscale, family friendly environment. In 2016, to accommodate growing crowds, the festival moved to Bicentennial Mall, one of Nashville’s largest public areas and arguably it’s most stunning venue.

The Italian Lights Festival returns this August 18th-21st, four days highlighting Italian food, wine, music & traditions. The festival culminates in the spectacular finale of Great American Eclipse, which passes over Nashville on Monday, August 21st.  This is the first time in over 500 years that a total solar eclipse will pass through Music City, and Nashville is the largest American city in the path of totality (total darkness).

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OVER 1 MILLION TOURISTS are expected to flood Nashville for the Eclipse viewing, and Italian Lights will be the biggest free event in the city! The festival has been extended to 4 days to accommodate the Solar events and crowds. Our festival is one of a handful nationwide recognized by NASA as an official Viewing Location for this celestial event – and the crowds this year will be record-breaking.

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What sets us apart from other events, besides a beloved annual festival and a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event? We understand sponsorships – and we know how to create tangible, measurable value for your business and company. We also host the Oktoberfest, Nashville’s oldest festival and 2nd largest Oktoberfest in the USA.  Our experiences tripling the size of that event taught us how to build long-term partnerships based on shared successes. We have options for all sizes of marketing and branding budgets, and we’ll be creative in helping your sponsorship achieve your goals and objectives. Use the contact form to reach our team and learn how we can make this Your Event of the Year, as well as ours!

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In the last years, Nashville has solidified a position as a Top Tourist Destination in the World:

Nashville named the #1 Fastest-Growing Tourist Destination by Airbnb

Nashville named Best Places to Travel in 2017 by Travel + Leisure Magazine

Nashville named the 2017 “Best Place to Visit’ by Frommer’s

Nashville named the Destination of the Year by Travel and Leisure Magazine

Nashville named “Most American City in the USA” by Cardwallet

Nashville picked an Essential Trip That Should Be on Your Bucket List by the New York Post

Nashville named one of friendliest cities in the world by CITIO IO

Nashville named “One of the best big cities in the U.S. by readers of Condé Nast Traveler

Nashville named one of Most Beautiful Cities in America by Budget Travel

Nashville named #1 Best US City to Spend a Weekend by Thrillist

Nashville was named Destination of the Year by Travel + Leisure readers


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