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What to wear in Nashville in April

Last updated: Apr 26, 2018

While a trip to the capital of country music doesn’t seem like a hard thing to pack for, as any local will tell you, the unpredictable weather can make it quite a challenge. As one Trippy member pointed out:

“Early April can be chilly, can be almost summer, can be anything, TN weather is very, very capricious. I have seen Dec, Jan with snow storms and chains on the struggling cars one day, and two days later spring weather in the 70's - that is what makes tornadoes. Yes, you can have a tornado for Easter too, like the Good Friday one a few years back. Just prepare! and pray???”

Here are some of the suggestions Trippy.com members have about how to pack for Music City:

Q: How to pack for Nashville trip/tour in early April

Taking a trip to Nashville Apr 7-11 and will be taking tours of the popular attractions and attending Opry on Tuesday night. What kind of temps can I expect and how dressy/casual should I pack? Will I have the need for a dress and/or black pants and dressy shoes? I'm traveling with a friend and we're both married so not trying to impress anyone, lol! Thanks!

What clothing to pack for a spring trip to Nashville:

“This year may be the exception, but generally shorts and carry a sweater”
“As far as dress; casual pants, shorts and tops, a skirt and top and a dress for evenings.”
“Weather is VERY variable in TN and it has been a hard winter - prepare for rain too and some warm things.”

Note that there’s one item you should stear clear of completely:

“don't wear daisy dukes to town”

Should I bring Western wear to Nashville or will I look like a tourist?

Of course, most travelers want to know if they should bring those western shirts they’ve been stockpiling:

“ . . .if we wore western shirts or boots we wouldn't look like posers or stand out like sore thumbs?”

Apparently, the verdict is clear that you should bring them:

“If you have Western gear then take it, you'll feel at home.”
“ . . .use the cowboy hat at the 2 step bar...”
“And here's me thinking that in Nashville, everybody walked ‘round in boots and Stetsons and bugger all else!”
“Not everybody, just the locals.”

What shoes to pack for a spring trip to Nashville:

While most suggest sandals for walking and heels for dressing up, if you have a hankerin’ to wear some good old fashioned cowboy boots, go right ahead and bring ‘em—you’ll be in good company!

“You'll see a lot of boots.”

In addition to things to wear, you might also want to bring some meds:

“The weather should be lovely in April but pollen could be a problem if you have allergies.”

So there you have it! Have a great time and tell the locals we said howdy!

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a VirtualTourist member asked on Mar 13, 2014

Nashville

How to pack for Nashville trip/tour in early April

Taking a trip to Nashville Apr 7-11 and will be taking tours of the popular attractions and attending Opry on Tuesday night. What kind of temps can I expect and how dressy/casual should I pack? Will I have the need for a dress and/or black pants and dressy shoes? I'm traveling with a friend and we're both married so not trying to impress anyone, lol! Thanks!



12 Answers


answered on 3/13/14 by
a VT member

This year may be the exception, but generally shorts and carry a sweater




answered on 3/13/14 by
a VT member

Sorry, slacks or a skirt for dressy. Some heels or sandals You'll see a lot ad boots.




answered on 3/13/14 by
a VT member from Merseyside

Hi,
The weather should be lovely in April but pollen could be a problem if you have alergies.
As far as dress; casual pants, shorts and tops, a skirt and top and a dress for evenings.
If you have Western gear then take it, you'll feel at home.
Have a wonderful, safe trip




answered on 3/13/14 by
a VT member from Huddersfield

And here's me thinking that in Nashville, everybody walked round in boots and Stetsons and bugger all else :o)
Have a good time.




answered on 3/13/14 by
a VT member from Sunny Isles

Not everybody, just the locals..




answered on 3/13/14 by
a VT member

[VT member 15cd66], so if we wore western shirts or boots we wouldn't look like posers or stand out like sore thumbs?




answered on 3/13/14 by
a VT member from Sunny Isles

No more than people walking around in their bikini and trunks in Miami.




answered on 3/14/14 by
a VT member from Nashville

Weather is VERY variable in TN and it has been a hard winter - prepare for rain too and some warm things. Please do not be tacky and wear shorts in town, what an idea; it will be too cool probably - use the cowboy hat at the 2 step bar...




answered on 3/14/14 by
a VT member from Sunny Isles

"Please do not be tacky and wear shorts in town, what an idea"

Funny, you must go to a different Nashville than I do.




answered on 3/14/14 by
a VT member

I kind of wondered about cool weather and rain. I've been to Gatlinburg in the early spring and while other people were in capris and t-shirts I was comfortable in jeans and a jacket! No worries about the shorts...mine are the knee length cargo bermudas anyway! Thanks for your help!




answered on 3/14/14 by
a VT member

[VT member 15cd66], I think [VT member 4b799] meant don't wear daisy dukes to town and I would have to agree with that, lol! I just hope it's fairly warm.




answered on 3/16/14 by
a VT member from Nashville

Early April can be chilly, can be almost summer, can be anything, TN weather is very very capricious. I have seen Dec, Jan with snow storms and chains on the struggling cars one day, and two days later spring weather in the 70's - that is what makes tornadoes. Yes, you can have a tornado for Easter too, like the Good Friday one a few years back. Just prepare! and pray???






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a VirtualTourist member asked on Mar 26, 2007

Nashville

How to dress for Nashville?

My daughter and I are going to Gatlinburg and Nashville this week and are curious about how the dress is in most local places? We will be going to the Grand Old Oprey on Saturday and would really not like to stick out by being over dressed! Thanks for any recomendations, coming from Colorado it is "jeans" country!



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answered on 3/28/07 by
a VT member from Nashville

For Nashville: Just dress like you would in Colorado. Jeans will be just fine here (I've seen shorts & flip flops at the Opry). Weather should be in the mid 60's to 70's and there may be a bit of rain. I believe Gatlinburg will be a bit cooler, so you may want a sweatshirt. Things are casual there too.






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a VirtualTourist member from New York City asked on Sep 17, 2011

Nashville

What to Pack

I'm going to Nashville the last week of September. What is fall weather like down there? Will I need a jacket or coat?



4 Answers


answered on 9/17/11 by
a VT member from Cottage Hills



answered on 9/17/11 by
a VT member from Bournemouth

We were there the same time in 2010 and it was warm, I can remember there being loads of people out on the street when it was dark and I didn't have a jacket. No idea if this is normal though! K




answered on 9/17/11 by
a VT member from Weatherford

Take a jacket, but September is usually a dry month, warm in the day and comfortable at night, but check the forecast before yo leave to make sure :O)




answered on 9/18/11 by
a VT member from Fort Scott

[VT member c8825] is right. The fall there will be warm with occasional chilly spells. The weather in September is some of the best that this Nashville has to offer all year.

Happy Trails,

Randy






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a VirtualTourist member asked on May 25, 2016

Nashville

How to pack for Nashville trip, last weekend in May

Do I need something like a leather jacket to keep warm in the evenings. Going this weekend.
thanks



5 Answers


answered on 5/25/16 by
a VT member from Miami

We all have our different tolerance to temps.
Weather forecast from both Weather Channel as well as AccuWeather forecast high in the 80's and mid - upper 60's in the evenings and overnight.
We're from South Florida and to us that's comfortable.
I'd be more concerned about packing rain gear - I'm afraid Thunderstorms, rain and at best, cloud cover is the expected weather for whole region Friday through Monday beginning to taper off from 60% after Tuesday




answered on 5/25/16 by
a VT member

Thanks. Ugh, rain!




answered on 5/25/16 by
a VT member

I went to Nashville in early April two years ago and the forecast was for temps in the 50's and 60's. It ended up being a few degrees warmer and I didn't need a jacket during the day but wore a lightweight water resistant jacket at night. I think having an umbrella handy would be a good idea, though. Enjoy your trip to Nashville! :-)




answered on 5/25/16 by
a VT member from Franklin

Yup, rain is being forecast for this weekend - sorry...




answered on 5/25/16 by
a VT member from Nashville

My sister is there - I am not - and says it might go up to the 90's. In any case it wont be cold, and you can leave your leather jacket at home. The weather changes all the time so having something for the rain is not stupid. Have a good time!





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