Events at Fort Negley Park
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Recurring Events

Fossil Finders

This program is perfect for fossil enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. Join a geologist volunteer the second Saturday of each month from 10 am to noon.


The Nashville Civil War Roundtable meets at the Fort Negley Visitors Center the third Monday of the month from 7 pm to 8 pm. Join them for scholarly presentations

Arts & Music at Wedgewood-Houston

Arts & Music at Wedgewood-Houston is South Nashville’s monthly art walk. Each first Saturday, beginning at 6pm join hundreds of others to visit over a dozen venues within walking distance


The Sons of Union Veterans meets at the Fort Negley Visitors Center the fourth Monday every other month from 7 pm to 8 pm. Programs are open to all.

Guided Tours

Join us the second Saturday of each month at 2pm to learn about the rich 155+ year history of the park from one of our staff! Click here to learn more. 

Upcoming Events

A Year at Fort Negley

For the past year, Nashville-based painters Greg Dennie and Megan Lightell have been visiting Fort Negley regularly. The resulting field studies reflect changing seasons and moments of observation overlooking our rapidly changing city. At this ground, rich with complex history, visitors contemplate the hands that shaped the landscape and the elements that form its foundation, sensing the passage of time and changes on the horizon. This collection of paintings offers a sense of Fort Negley as it is today. Come see their landscape paintings throughout October during regular visitors center hours.

Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston

Saturday, October 6 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Join us for live music and the opening for our Artober show A Year at Fort Negley at the Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston first Saturday art crawl.

Garrison Days

Saturday, October 6 – Sunday, October 7  10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Garrison Days commemorates the service of the 10th Illinois Infantry at the fort from December 1862 to July 1863. Members of the 10th Illinois Infantry and Battery A, 1st Illinois Artillery (Taylor’s Battery) will provide camp life, foraging, cooking and small arms and artillery demonstrations.

Guided Walking Tours

Saturday, October 13, 2:00 pm
Join us the second Saturday of each month* at 2 pm to learn about the 90 year story of Fort Negley Park including the 155 year-old historic Fort Negley. Join us for the one mile guided walking tour led by a staff historian. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Fossil Finders

Saturday, October 13 10:00 am – 12:00pm
Interested in fossil hunting but don’t know where to start? Join Fossil Finders the
second Saturday each month to begin your fossil hunt or just to learn more. Geologists and other experts will be on hand to guide your search and answer questions.

Nashville Civil War Roundtable

Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 pm
Battle of Campbell’s Station, Longstreet’s East Tennessee Campaign presented by Gerald Augustus, author & historian

Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, October 16, 12:00-1:00 pm
Bring your lunch and enjoy a presentation. We’ll have tables set up in the theater and drinks for sale in the gift shop. Edgehill presented by Dr. Joel Dark, Tennessee State University Dark will present from his article “Edgehill,” a part of the Profiles of African Americans in Tennessee series, a publication of the Nashville Conference on African American History and Culture, edited by the Metro Historical Commission.

The Nashville Sound

Wednesday, October 17, 5:30-6:30 pm
The Nashville Sound presented by Dr. Don Cusic, Belmont University. The Nashville Sound is heard all around the world. It is not just the sound of country music; music from Nashville includes Big Band, rhythm and blues, gospel, Christian, jazz, and classical. This talk follows the development of music and the music industry in Nashville from the nineteenth century until today.

City Cemetery Tour From Slave & Free, Patriot & Rebel

Saturday, October 27, 4:00-7:00 pm
Step into Nashville’s past to learn how Nashville has become the city it is today. Meet children of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, enslaved people, and those at war over that issue. TICKETS ARE FOR SALE AT THE EVENT; CORNER OF 4TH AVE S AND OAK STREET Parking at Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd. Shuttles will run from 3:30 PM – 8 PM