Special Evening Events - Tickets available May 9th
String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry
The public premiere of String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry, a colorful telling of the history of country music in Nashville, will use numerous marionettes, hand puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppets, and more.
Created by Nashville Public Library’s Wishing Chair Productions in collaboration with the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Made possible by a special gift from Judy and Steve Turner to the Nashville Public Library Foundation
Thursday, June 20
Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
Pre-Show Reception - 7:00 p.m.
Show – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets available beginning May 9 for a $30 per person donation online at NashvillePuppetFestival.com, by calling 888-516-5554, or at the door. All String City proceeds go to the Nashville Public Library Foundation and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
TPAC presents Martinis & Marionettes, featuring Phillip Huber
In a “Cabaret” presentation distinctly adult in its sophistication and artistry, internationally acclaimed marionette artist Phillip Huber is in full view of the audience as he controls incredibly compelling characters through a series of Variety vignettes revealing humor, pathos, drama and grace.
Saturday, June 22nd
TPAC’s Johnson Theater
Pre-Show Reception – 7:00 p.m.
Show – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 night of event at the box office. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Tickets will go on sale May 9 at nashvillepuppetfestival.com or by calling (888) 516-5554.
Puppet Parade and The WannaBeatles
Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m.
Start your day with the first Nashville International Puppet Parade led by Grand Marshal, Mayor Karl Dean. We will fill the Arts District with music, performers and PUPPETS, including a float celebrating 75 years of puppetry in Davidson County.
Featured performers and participants include:
The Nashville Philharmonic Brass • The Global Education Center’s Djembe Drum Corp • Happy Hoops • Lane Motor Museum• The Chinese Arts Alliance • Wood and Strings Theater • Wishing Chair Productions
The parade will start in front of the Main Library at 9 a.m. and follow Church Street toward the Avenue of the Arts (5th), turning left on Union, left on Capitol Blvd and ending back in front of the Main Library.
The WannaBeatles will cap off the parade with a performance on the Church Street Park Music Stage.
Courtyard & Children’s Area – Entertainment
Relax in the Library Courtyard and enjoy a European Street Festival, with uni-cyclists, jugglers, stilt walkers, face painters, and balloon artists.
Enjoy free, non-ticketed, performances by Wishing Chair Productions, the library’s resident puppet troupe.
Make your own puppet in the Children’s Craft Room. Craft supplies are provided – just bring your creativity and bring your own puppet to life!
Church Street Park – Music & Food
The Church Street Park Music Stage will host non-ticketed musical shows throughout the weekend.
The park will be home to a 25 foot tall maypole and a 10 foot tall puppet named Danke.
Food and beverage vendors, including local food trucks, will be on hand selling healthy, kid-friendly items.