Weekly Top 5: Things Happening in August
Happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a productive week and are ready to kick back and enjoy a couple days off. You might have your weekend all planned out, or maybe you have no idea what you’re doing, but hopefully my WTF will come in handy at some point over the next 28 days.
Top 5 Things I’m Looking Forward to in August
1. Thank you to all that is good in this world, school is back in session!
Can all the momma’s out there give me an Amen! Whether your little angel is going to public or private school, or you’re like me and sending them off to Pre-K to make sure they are ready for the “real deal” when their time comes (okay, let’s just be honest, children are exhausting and we'll take all the help we can get!), it seems fitting that your sweet little dictators go back on one of the 31 days in the month named after the first Roman Emperor Augustus. Break out the bubbly my friend — you survived another summer!
2. The Nashville Shakespeare Festival
It’s not often you find an event suitable for a family, a date, or a group of friends to all attend and enjoy equally, but the Nashville Shakespeare Festival is just that. I’ve long been a fan of this event, which takes place Thursday through Sunday every August and runs through Labor Day weekend. This season is the 30th anniversary of the festival and a collection of actors will be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s free to attend and held at the outdoor bandshell at Centennial Park. Although there is no cost to attend, I highly recommend you bring some cash — the suggested donation is $10 per person but personally I think the value is worth far more than that! Don’t forget your blanket and show up early to get a good spot on the lawn. Food trucks and other sponsors will be there as well so you won’t be bored waiting for the show to start at 7:30 pm.
3. All or Nothing: Manchester City
Okay, I’m far from a sports fanatic, but my hubs likes any and all athletic endeavors and I do enjoy the psychology behind sports, so I really try to make the best of it. I’ve been trying to get on board with this whole MLS team we’re getting in 2019 — I’m excited for the city and I know it means great things for us — but it can be hard to learn a sport you have had limited exposure to! But lo and behold, I saw a preview for All or Nothing: Manchester City coming on Amazon in August and I got v.v. excited. The eight-episode series is a documentary of the Manchester, England football club during the 2017-2018 season and the trailer has definitely peaked my interest. It seems to have it all — sports, drama, and men with lovely European accents. Why would I resist????
4. OTR 2 – The Carters are coming!
Jay Z and Beyoncé have long been a power couple in the music world. I mean, they are literally a BILLION DOLLAR COUPLE. Maybe that’s what held them together after the reported cheating scandal that sparked Beyonce’s 2016 album Lemonade, but the truth is, I don’t really care, as long as they keep making music. I’ve been a fan of their music individually (and collaboratively) over the years, from Jay Z’s Black Album in 2003 all the way up to their Everything is Love joint album released just six weeks ago. The Carters will be taking over Vanderbilt Stadium on August 23rd and I will be one of the nearly 40,000 in the stands and I can.hardly.wait!
5. It’s the return of the season - County Fair Season!
Okay, who doesn’t love the fair? Ferris wheels, funnel cakes, games and prizes and people watching and…the list of things to love goes on and on! It makes me feel so nostalgic about growing up in a (somewhat) small town, meeting up with my friends and going to the fair for a fun night out. Similar to the Shakespeare Festival, the fair is great for families, friends, or even a date. Nothing says love like holding hands on a ferris wheel, right? In August the Williamson County Fair is up first, the 3rd through the 11th, and then the Wilson County Fair is right behind it from August 17-25. Word on the street is that the Wilson County fair is the *best* county fair in Tennessee, but right now I'd say the jury’s still out - check back with me at the end of the month after I hit them both up and I'll tell you what I think!