Arts Weekend

You’ll definitely feel the creative vibes with an artistically-presented breakfast or brunch from Wonderland Café. Begin your getaway with Vanilla Cinnamon French Toast or Eggs Benedict and a Snickers Mocha…are you drooling yet? 

Spend your morning among rotating and permanent exhibits at the 56,000-square-foot Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. Don’t overlook Seasons: The Museum Store, where local and regional fine artists display a large array of merchandise.

Visit more than 10 public art pieces  – murals, sculptures and other installations -- within a few walkable blocks. Another dozen pieces are within a short driving distance and on the APSU campus.

See a gallery full of locally-created and affordably priced pieces at Downtown Artists Co-Op. With options of paintings and drawings, accessories, jewelry, cards and more, you won’t leave empty handed! Vivid Gallery Tanyalyn exhibits every medium of fine art and includes a gift shop filled with artisan products. Drafts by Ola exhibit works from current established artists but also provides studio space to up-and-coming creators of all ages.

Savor the crafty creations at Tennessee’s pioneer wine-maker, Beachaven Winery. Take a tour and learn the fascinating history of this special place. With so many award-winning choices and a large gift shop, you won’t leave here empty handed either. While you’re there, peek in the production room at the dozens of hand-carved barrel tops by Veteran and self-taught artist.  

A few times a year, Erin’s Farm hosts a glass blower. If you’re in luck you can attend a workshop and make something truly unique to take home. 

Lunch or dinner at Silke’s Old World Breads can be as light or heavy as your appetite will allow. This owner-artist lines the walls her photography and paintings, as well as other local creatives.  

Experience First Thursday ArtWalk with guest displays at businesses throughout downtown.

Austin Peay State University offers an array of arts events throughout the year – from exhibits, and performances to readings or workshops by students, faculty and guest artists. See their full arts calendar here. On campus you’ll find multiple galleries showcasing engaging and thought-provoking exhibitions. The University’s 3,000+ piece art collection can be found in various ‘mini-galleries’ throughout several academic buildings and around the beautiful grounds.

Live music options may be as varied as a concert from the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, Beachaven Winery’s Summer Music Weekends or, Downtown @ Sundown.

If local or up-and-coming talent is more your style, try Open-Mic Night at Revel House Pub & Eatery or intimate shows at Journey’s Eye Studio or AndVinyl.

You can’t go wrong with a live professional production at the Roxy Regional Theatre. From family-friendly musicals to black-box theatre, patrons can enjoy dozens of options throughout the year.

Relish a scrumptious Italian dinner and cocktails at Yada on Franklin with house-made pastas like Ziti Al Forno and Ricotta & Spinich Ravioli or a wood-fired pizza.

For artistry of a different sort, the beautiful creations and presentation at Yellowtail Robata Grill & Sushi is hard to beat if you’re a sushi fan.