Music City Hot Chicken Festival

Music City Hot Chicken Festival

Created in 2007, the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival brings together the local community and visitors to celebrate the uniquely-Nashville dish, Hot Chicken.  All funds raised benefit the Friends of Shelby Park & Bottoms.

The FREE event is held in East Park at 700 Woodland Street on July 4th each year. The Fire Truck Parade begins at 10:30am followed by free Hot Chicken samples to the first 500 people in line. Festival gates open at 11:00am. Visitors can enjoy Hot Chicken from Nashville's best Hot Chicken establishments, cold beer from Yazoo and other delicious edibles from local vendors.

Live music from local bands keeps the "Nashville" vibe going all day long and visitors can look on while five teams try their hand at cooking up their version of Hot Chicken in the Amateur Cooking Competition.

The event ends at 3pm, when visitors can make their way downtown for the annual fireworks display.

For more information, volunteer opportunities, visit the Music City Hot Chicken Festival website.