Skip to Content

July is Parks and Recreation Month


Month-long celebration highlights the essential services of local parks and department professionals

Metro Parks and Recreation announced today 31 events and activities to celebrate July as Parks and Recreation Month, a national month that emphasizes the vital importance of parks and recreation for quality of life, and the health and well-being of communities across the country.

This year, the month emphasizes the selfless, passionate and essential work of park and recreation professionals who are providing services that are critical to a healthy city. A variety of activities both virtual and on the ground that lend themselves to social distancing are planned for residents are listed below in the month-long calendar of Metro Parks: Things to Do in July!

“We value the essential role our employees play in the health and well-being of this community - and this month helps us showcase our efforts to provide all our residents with ample access to green spaces, recreational opportunities, clean air, sports and water facilities,” said Metro Parks Director Monique Horton Odom.

July is Parks and Recreation Month is an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Metro Parks encourages the public to learn more about our local parks, and parks and recreation professionals and the essential services they provide by visiting the department online on Facebook, Twitter or on their website. To learn more about Park and Recreation Month, visit and

Parks and Recreation Month 2020 Calendar of Events

  1. Visit the historical kiosks at Hadley Park Regional Center
  2. Bring your lunch and take in the beautiful botanical garden at the Centennial Art Center
  3. Check out Two Rivers Mansion and Hip Donelson’s Farmers Market located on the grounds
  4. Don’t miss the Music City Fourth of July Fireworks (virtual)! Check your local listings for time.
  5. Take the entire family to the city’s first wave-action pool Wave Country. The parking is free!
  6. Sit on the porch at the Warner Park Nature Center and enjoy the hummingbirds
  7. Check out some of our community centers' great kid-friendly projects on our YouTube channel and Facebook page
  8. Listen to some great music during the Brown Bag Lunch Concerts at the Centennial Park Event Center
  9. Visit the Bellevue Park Farmers Market
  10. Play a round of golf! We have some of the best golf courses in Middle Tennessee.
  11. Handmade Nashville Summer Arts and Crafts Show at Bellevue Park
  12. Take a walk or ride a bike on one of our many Greenways. We have 100 miles for you to enjoy!
  13. Check out some of the canoe and kayak programs offered by our Outdoor Recreation Division
  14. Visit the 12th South Farmers Market at Sevier Park
  15. It’s a great day for fishing at one of the many lakes and ponds inside our parks
  16. Play a round of disc golf at three designated disc golf courses
  17. Check out the Parthenon’s new exhibit, “We Have A Vision.”
  18. Don’t miss the Richland Park Farmers Market
  19. Take a self-guided tour of Fort Nashborough
  20. Go mountain biking on one our four designated mountain biking trails
  21. Take a hike at Warner, Bells Bend, Beaman and Shelby Bottoms Parks
  22. Explore Fort Negley
  23. Take a self-guided tour of the City Cemetery.
  24. Check out the Virtual Star Gazing Party - Join astronomers from across the state observing the late July sky. Astronomers from Kingsport to Memphis will share their screens on YouTube.
  25. Socially distance at the Songs of Struggle at the Centennial Park Event Shelter
  26. Back to School Bash at Coleman Park Community Center
  27. Get in the groove at Two Rivers Skate Park
  28. It’s hot out there! Check out the indoor walking tracks at our regional community centers.
  29. Take you horse on one of the trails at Percy Warner and Peeler Parks
  30. Take a nature walk at Bells Bend Park
  31. Check out Summer Cinema at Mill Ridge Park