1) TENNESSEE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
When: Saturdays & Sundays in May + Memorial Day Monday | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Ren Fest Fairgrounds (2124 New Castle Road, Arrington)
Admission: $25 adults, $10 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 & younger (season passes are $115 in advance)
Info: 615-395-9950 | tnrenfest.com
Bring ye lads and lasses back to the medieval era where you'll experience jousting knights, fair maidens, fairies, games, man-powered rides and those giant, mouth-watering turkey legs. Each weekend has a different theme. Be sure to bring cash — you'll need it for food, beverages, rides, games and souvenirs.
2) MUSICIAN'S CORNER
When: Fridays & Saturdays, May 10 - June 29 | Fri 5 - 9 p.m., Sat 12 - 6 p.m.
Where: Centennial Park (2500 West End Ave., Nashville)
Free music by several bands each Friday and Saturday, plus Kidsville children's activities. Among this year's lineup are the Nashville Symphony, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Jason Eskridge, Sierra Hull, Will Hoge and Parker Millsap.
3) FRANKLIN RODEO
When: Thursday, May 16 - Saturday, May 18 | 7 p.m.
Where: Williamson County Ag Expo Park (4215 Long Lane, Franklin)
Admission: $15 - $20 adults, $5 - $10 ages 12 & younger
Info: 615-394-9292 | franklinrodeo.com
Enjoy three nights of rodeo competitions, specialty acts and kids' events, including mutton bustin' and the calf scramble. In addition, the Franklin Rodeo Parade takes place at noon on Saturday, May 11 in downtown Franklin, and the free Franklin Rodeo Experience on Wednesday, May 15 from 6 - 9 p.m. gives you a behind-the-scenes tour along with pony and mechanical bull rides, line dancing lessons and more.
4) FULL MOON PICKIN' PARTIES
When: Fridays, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 13 & Oct. 11 | 7 - 11 p.m.
Where: Warner Park Equestrian Center (2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville)
Admission: $25 adults ($20 in advance), $10 ages 7 - 17 ($7 in advance), free ages 6 & younger; $100 season pass
Info: 615-370-8053 | warnerparks.org
The annual Full Moon Pickin' Parties series at Warner Park is a long-running tradition that's big on family fun. Held on Fridays closest to the full moon (May - October), the pickin' parties draw nearly 2,000 music lovers. Bluegrass and roots pickers jam in circles in and around the equestrian barn while three headlining bands perform on the main stage. Kids love dancin' to the music. Local food trucks are on site, too. Proceeds benefit park preservation and educational programs for kids.
5) 42ND ANNUAL BELLEVUE COMMUNITY PICNIC
When: Saturday, May 18 | 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Where: Recreation Field Behind Bellevue Middle School (655 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville)
Enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, inflatables, food vendors, local vendor booths, arts and crafts, local team mascots, pony rides and fireworks.
6) ZZZOOFARI SLUMBER
When: Saturday, May 25 - Sunday, May 26 | 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Where: Nashville Zoo (3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville)
Admission: $58 ages 4+, $30 ages 2 - 4 (discounts for zoo members)
Info: 615-833-1534 | nashvillezoo.org
Bring your family's own tent and camping gear and set up in the zoo's festival field for a fun overnight experience. You'll experience a live animal show, do crafts, embark on a hayride, soar on the zipline, bounce on inflatables, play corn hole and other games, and have fun roasting marshmallows around the campfire. Register in advance.
7) STAR WARS WEEKEND WITH THE NASHVILLE SOUNDS
When: Friday, May 31 - Saturday, June 1 | 6:35 p.m.
Where: First Tennessee Park (19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville)
Admission: $19 - $37
Info: 615-690-4487 | nashvillesounds.com
The Sounds play the New Orleans Baby Cakes both nights. On Friday night, there's a lightsaber giveaway for the first 2,500 fans to arrive. On Saturday, your family can mingle with Star Wars characters.