SUMMERTIME at CHEEKWOOD
All summer long, Cheekwood offers exciting and inspiring experiences, indoors and out. From scavenger hunts, butterfly chasing and treehouse climbing to yoga in the garden and author events, we invite you to discover the color, wonder and peaceful nature of Summertime at Cheekwood.
FAMILY NIGHT OUT
Thursday evenings in June and July, 6:30 pm
It’s time to welcome back Cheekwood’s popular summer series specially designed for families. Every Thursday evening in June and July gather your family together for fantastic performances and shows, a ‘kids dance zone,’ and magical memories made in the beautiful gardens at Cheekwood! Make this summer one to remember!
June 4: The Happy Racers
June 11: Lunch Money
June 18: Trout Fishing in America
June 25: Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck presents
The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings
July 2: Coal Train Railroad
July 9: The WannaBeatles
July 16: Mr. Steve, The Music Man
July 23: Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck presents
Anansi the Spider
July 30: Cowboy Dan
FITNESS FRIDAYS In partnership with the Green Hills YMCA
Fridays in May, Gates open at 7:00 am
Get moving and enjoy nature with great opportunities to stay active. You won’t find a more beautiful workout space in the city. All activities are free with gate admission and meet at the Visitor Services Center.
7:30 am – Yoga in the Garden*
8:30 am – Boot Camp*
9:30 am – Tai Chi in the Japanese Garden*
9:30 am – Mommy Fit Camp
*Led by certified instructors from the Green Hills YMCA
*Introducing* KIDS FITNESS SATURDAY
Saturdays in May & September, 10:00 am
Join us for an hour of fitness designed specifically for kids! We will explore different forms of physical fitness each week including Yoga, Tai Chi, Dance Blast, Kids Circuit Blast, and Functional Fitness with Gardening and Nutrition. Don’t miss this opportunity to get kids moving in a beautiful setting!
*Led by certified instructors from the Green Hills YMCA
First Friday, July-October, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Join us for Spanish Nights inspired by Cheekwood’s exhibition, Human Landscape, featuring works by Barcelona based artist Jaume Plensa. Explore his art both in the gardens and the museum while experiencing the sounds and culture of Spain. It will be a night filled with music, live performances, and so much more! Check back for the full schedule!
SPANISH WINE & TAPAS
Enjoy a unique dining experience featuring the distinct flavors of Spain. A certified wine specialist will be on hand to lead guests through five Spanish wines which will be paired with fantastic tapas prepared by the Pineapple Room’s own Chef Jonathan Call. Embrace the spirit of decadent Spanish dining before exploring lively Spanish culture and breathtaking art in Cheekwood’s museum and gardens! $60 per ticket. Limited seating; Registration required.
CURATORS' PERSPECTIVE -- Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape
July 16, 6:30 pm
Presented by Mark Scala, chief curator, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and Jochen Wierich, chief curator, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art
Frist Center Auditorium
Gallery admission required. First come, first seated
Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape, the most comprehensive exhibition of this internationally acclaimed artist’s work in North America to date, was jointly organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts (June 5–September 7) and Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art (May 22–November 1). Curators Mark Scala and Jochen Wierich will have a wide-ranging conversation on the works, processes, and visionary ideas of the Spanish artist.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Tours are free and no reservations are required.
Celebration of Trees: Guided Garden Tour
Take a walk among Cheekwood’s magnificent gardens with an experience garden guide and learn about Cheekwood’s extensive garden collections.
House & History Tour
Learn about the design and construction of the mansion and grounds in the early 20th century, and explore Cheekwood’s place in the American Country Place Estate Era.
Collection & Exhibition Tour
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Check out a backpack when you visit and inside you will find interactive, fun activities to use as you explore Cheekwood’s gardens and trails. Each Check out a Backpack at Visitor’s Services in Botanic Hall to enhance your little adventurers Cheekwood experience!
LUNCH & LECTURE
Third Thursday of Every Month, 12:00pm
$30 non-members / $18 members
*Includes lunch and admission to Cheekwood.
Advance registration required at cheekwood.org/Education.
Wits’ End: A Collector’s Garden
Thursday, June 18
Garden designer and author Troy Marden will share the story of his
personal garden, covering its creation and evolution over the past
seven years. Get a rare glimpse into this one of a kind garden from
its reclamation, design, and planting to the plants that define it.
Soo Sunny Park
Thursday, July 16
The Art of Seeing
Thursday, August 20
Join us as photographer Paul More teaches us how to look at the
world through the eyes of a photographer. Moore, who is known for
his beautiful photographic exploration of nature and architecture,
will inspire guests to look at their gardens in new ways, looking for
inspiration in even the tiniest details.
For art and outdoor adventures, you can’t beat summer camps at Cheekwood! Keep your kids busy and engaged this summer with time-tested favorites such as Awesome Acrylics and Clay Creations to new offerings like Beautiful Books and Garden Sprouts. We have an entire summer of fun and fresh classes to engage and inspire every young artist. Don’t miss out on the fun!