When to Visit Nashville

by SmarterTravel Staff

Nashville has four distinct seasons filled with festivals and outdoor activities. The most popular time to visit is during the summer and holiday season, when schools are on break and families are on vacation. Autumn, when the leaves change and the weather is mild, can also be a busy time.

Spring brings pleasant temperatures, colorful gardens, and several major annual events. Winter is the slowest time due to cooler weather, but shopping and holiday events during the Christmas season are a big draw.

  • high season: April to mid-August, October to December
  • low season: January to March, mid-August to September

Weather Information

Nashville experiences temperate weather throughout its four seasons. Summers can be warm and sunny with average highs in the upper 80s. While the leaves are changing in October, temperatures cool down to an average high of 71 degrees. January can be mild and cold, with an average high of 46 degrees. Snow can occur sporadically throughout the winter season, with the most falling in the coldest months of January and February.

Crowd Information

The largest crowds show up from mid-spring to mid-summer with events such as Awesome April and the Country Music Marathon in April, the CMA Music Festival in June, and Fourth of July celebrations. December can also be a pretty busy time with shopping, holiday gatherings, and special events. January through March are less crowded months due to cooler temperatures and fewer major events.

Closure Information

Some attractions may close for major holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

When to Save

Prices rarely fluctuate throughout the year, but hotels tend to be a little less expensive during the low season and slightly more expensive during the summer and holiday months.

Information provided by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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