Metro Parks May Fest to provide free family entertainment

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – On Saturday, Metro Parks is hosting May Fest at Hadley Park, featuring National Children’s Day at the Parks, the unveiling of a new picnic pavilion and park signage, and live music from the local band Brassville.

Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket, or even a picnic basket to enjoy the outdoors with other members of the community. There will be food trucks, refreshments, games and community engagement throughout the day.

The first event of the day, a celebration of National Children’s Day at the Parks, is sponsored by the National Park Trust and aims to educate the younger generation about the importance of parks and outdoor experiences. It always takes place on the third Saturday in May.

Starting at 9 a.m., the Hadley Park Community Center will welcome children ages 6 to 14 for relay races, tug of war contests and games.

At 12 p.m., Hadley Park will officially open its new freeform-roofed pavilion, located at the corner of 28th Avenue North and Albion Streets. It is an airy structure designed to create a feeling of openness and space. It is also meant to celebrate the culture of the surrounding community with colorful patterned ceiling panels inspired by traditional African textiles.

A new masonry monument panel at the corner will also incorporate the textile design and bear the name of the park, which is pending a decision from the Tennessee Historical Commission.

At 1 p.m., Brassville takes the stage to kick off May Music Fest at the Hadley Park Bandshell. Also playing The Imperial Blues Hour and Café Cola’o.

The day’s host will be artist Sommer Jade, known for infusing poetry and spoken word with music in a distinctive style called PoetiVerses.

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