Special Events in Nashville

GMX, or the Geek Media Expo, is a multi-fandom convention held in the fall. This is a great convention for anyone who loves comic books, science fiction, video games, and other relevant popular arts. They have discussion panels with topics like "How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse" and information on comic book collecting. There are panels on Star Trek, Star Wars, all things Joss Whedon, and many other popular topics, including the horror genre, art, literature, and music.

MTAC is the Middle Tennessee Anime Convention held each spring to celebrate anime, manga, and other similar animated art forms. The event first began in 1999 and has grown each year to the huge convention it is today. There are costume contests and other competitions, guest panels and events for anyone who loves anime and manga and for those who enjoy "CosPlay", as costume role-playing is called. The convention lasts for 3 days and hosts special guests including bands, cartoon and anime voice actors, and scriptwriters. Booths selling gear and art are also featured.

Nashville's roller derby teams, known collectively as the Nashville Roller Girls, has races throughout the March to September season. The teams are known as the Music City All Stars and Music City Brawl Stars and the Crawl Stars are their roller girls in training. The derby is held at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium for all home games during the regular season and these are often double headers featuring a bout with each of two main teams. Some preseason home bouts are held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

First Saturday Art Crawl is an art event, which takes place from Fifth Street to Broadway, on the first Saturday of each month of the year. There are exhibits and installations at several art galleries in the art district of downtown Nashville. During these events galleries feature both local and international art and artists from every type and genre of artwork. Admission is free and many gallery receptions will make free refreshments available, including wine. The crawl begins at 6 PM and goes on until 9 PM. There is a free shuttle service to travel between galleries.

Soundland Music Festival is held each year in the fall. Founded in 2005, the SMF is a one-day concert festival featuring more than a dozen local bands, art, food and more. The festival is held on the grounds at Riverfront Park.