Don't Miss These October 2019 Nashville Concerts, Comedians and Sporting Events

There's a robust lineup of happenings in Nashville this October. Here's what to add to your schedule.

It isn't called "The Music City" for nothing—check out the diverse lineup of concerts for October. We've also got comedy, sporting events and a few eclectic offerings to fill out your docket. You're welcome.

MUSIC

Rock out with The Black Keys on Oct. 1 as the Let's Rock tour comes to Bridgestone Arena. Modest Mouse opens.

Sara Jean Kelley releases her EP “The Wild” with a release show at The Basement on Oct. 2.

It's a throwback to the music of Larry Gatlin, The Gatlin Brothers, Lorrie Morgan and Louise Mandrell in the Grand Ole Opry's Opry Country Classics on Oct. 3.

Two great musical experiences are rolled into one when Trisha Yearwood takes the stage with the Nashville Symphony Oct. 3-5.

Cowboy Mouth Exit/In Nashville

Cowboy Mouths serves up its rock 'n' roll gumbo—fitting for a band from New Orleans—on Oct. 4 at Exit/In.

The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory's last Bluebird on the Mountain concert of the year, featuring Bill Montana, Randy Montana and Dave Turnbull, takes place Oct. 5. 

The Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-nominated singer, songwriter and actress Sara Bareilles takes the Grand Ole Opry stage on Oct. 6

More than five decades of hits will be on display as The O’Jay’s: The Last Tour comes to Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Oct. 7.

"Hold the Line"—Toto comes to the Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 8.

The charismatic Andy Grammer performs his chart-topping, platinum-certified hits on Oct. 9 at Cannery Ballroom.

An interactive music and comedy event reminiscent of days-gone-by variety shows, Blue Dizzy comes to Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon on Oct. 10.

Thomas Rhett Bridgestone Arena Nashville

Thomas Rhett's Very Hot Summer Tour burns up the stage at Bridgestone Arena on Oct. 12.

Organ virtuoso Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles are known for a Grammy Award-winning blend of blues, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, gospel and jazz; they come to The Basement East on Oct. 15.

Alt-pop trio SHAED, whose single "Thunder" went viral in 2016, performs at Exit/In on Oct. 15.

Chance the Rapper, who burst onto the music scene thanks to the use of mix tapes, headlines the Bridgestone Arena on Oct. 17.

Maren Morris Ascend Amphitheater Nashville

The CMA's most nominated artist for 2019, Maren Morris takes the stage on Oct. 18 at Ascend Amphitheater.

Join the hitmakers behind country music's greatest hits at Songwriters Under the Stars, Oct. 18-19 at Cheekwood.

Wilco's new album comes out in early October; the band supports it with a performance at the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 20.

The British band Bastille, one of Spotify's Top 40 most-listened-to artists in the world, performs on Oct. 22 show at Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

Grammy Award-winning artist Kacey Musgraves' latest tour has been so successful she's had to add more dates. Catch her at Bridgestone Arena on Oct. 25.

The singer, songwriter and former lead singer of Phish, Trey Anastasio, brings his latest tour to Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 27.

Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Nashville Bridgestone Arena

Piano prodigy and performance master Elton John takes his final tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, to Bridgestone Arena on Oct. 28.

Internet sensation Conan Gray won the 2019 Shorty Award for Best YouTube Musician. See him onstage Oct. 30 at the Cannery Ballroom.

COMEDY

Stassi Schroeder of "Vanderpump Rules" takes her hit podcast on the road—Straight Up With Stassi Live takes the stage on Oct. 2 at James K. Polk Theater.

The creator and host of The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim brings his Legalize Everything tour to the James K. Polk Theater on Oct. 4.

Heather Land lands on the Ryman Auditorium stage with her Southern-style sarcasm on Oct. 4.

Craig Ferguson

Scottish-American comedian Craig Ferguson won two Daytime Emmy Awards as host of the "Celebrity Name Game." Witness his wit at the James K. Polk Theater on Oct. 5.

RuPaul’s Drag Race returns with its 2019 world tour, Werq the World, with mission leader Michelle Visage, onstage at James K. Polk Theater on Oct. 11.

Marc Maron appeared more than 40 times on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," the most of any comedian. He's best known as the host of the WTF podcast, and performs Oct. 18 at the James K. Polk Theater.

Bianca Del Rio was a staple at gay Mardi Gras events long before winning Season Six of "RuPaul's Drag Race." See what she brings to the stage Oct. 20 at Marathon Music Works.

Nashville Predators

SPORTS

The Nashville Predators open their season against the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 3 at Bridgestone Arena. Here's the full schedule.

Nashville SC winds down the season with three games at First Tennessee Park: vs. Louisville City FC, Oct. 8; vs. North Carolina FC, Oct. 12; vs. Altanta United 2, Oct. 19. 

Mike Vrabel's Tennesee Titans play three home games at Nissan Stadium this month: vs. Buffalo Bills, Oct. 6; vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Oct. 20; vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oct. 27.

Dolly Parton wardrobe Grand Ole Opry

ADDITIONAL EVENTS

Dolly Parton's rags-to-sequins story is told in a special exhibit to celebrate her Grand Ole Opry membership from now through Oct. 31.

Help Nashville's greenways flourish as you dine beneath the stars next to the Cumberland River at the 13th Annual Dinner by the Bridge on Oct. 3. 

Enjoy Bluegrass music by the light of the silvery moon at the final Full Moon Pickin’ Party of the season, on Oct. 11at Warner Park Equestrian Center.

The Nashville Flea Market is considered one of the Top 10 flea markets in the country and features 800-1,200 dealers and vendors from 30 states. Its Autumn Spectacular takes place Oct. 25-27 at The Fairgrounds Nashville.

Canadian DJ duo Loud Luxury came to prominence after remixing Martin Garrix's "Scared to be Lonely" and later appeared on Armin van Buuren's label. Catch them Oct. 30 at Topgolf Nashville.

Jennifer McKee
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Jennifer is the Managing Editor of Morris Visitor Publications, where she has worked since 2005. She grew up in small...