Thirty-thousand people expected at weekend events at Fairgrounds Nashville

Posted at 3:01 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 21:44:08-05

A weekend filled with events is expected to bring tens of thousands of people to the Fairgrounds Nashville, but visitors should be prepared for some traffic and parking delays.

Five total events are expected to bring around 30,000 people to the Fairgrounds over the weekend.

The Vintage Market Days Holiday Market kicked off Friday, and the parking lot filled quickly with people looking for a perfect gift. 

“We have over 130 vendors from 20 states with handmade and repurposed vintage items,” said Cole Bowen, Owner of Vintage Market Days.  “You are going to find a lot of things here you won’t find anywhere else.”

The We are Building Lives’ Christmas gift sale, Nashville Giving Tree, Repticon Exotic Pet Show and Grand Central Barter Trade Show will also be on the grounds this weekend.

In addition, finishing touches are being put on floats for the Nashville Christmas Parade on Saturday.  Land has also been cleared to make way for a new Expo center, which is part of the city’s new Major League Soccer Stadium project.  As a result, some parking has been temporarily eliminated and the 4th Avenue gate is not open.

Fairgrounds officials said employees will be ready to handle getting cars parked and people in and out as quickly as possible.

“We have a great staff who know what they are doing,” said Scott Wallace, Director of Events at the Nashville Fairgrounds.  “Just please come early and be patient.”

Gates at Raines Avenue and Benton Avenue will be open to help visitors have access to the grounds.

The Expo building is scheduled to be completed by July of 2019, and then existing expo buildings at the fairgrounds will be torn down.

Vintage Market Days runs through Sunday.  Tickets can be purchased at the gate each day.  Admission is $10 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday. 

Visit the Fairgrounds' website for more information on events.