Franklin Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Freedom Intermediate School Honors Choir, the Centennial High School Chamber Choir, Music City Strings and other surprise guests will make an appearance at this year’s event, which is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. today. The downtown Franklin Square will be closed for this event so attendees can view the movies and lights projected on the buildings and walk to the tree without worry of traffic. The square will be closed from 5:45-90 p.m.


Nashville Chamber Fall Leadership Breakfast

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Executive Education at Belmont University are presenting Brian Kilmeade, a Fox TV host and author of Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, The Forgotten War that Changed American History. Belmont University, Curb Event Center, 1900 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville. Cost: $45 (includes breakfast, program and book) Schedule: 6:30 a.m., registration and networking; 7-7:30 a.m. breakfast; 7:30-9 a.m. Brian Kilmeade; 9 a.m. Book signing Information:, 615-743-3061

Dec. 4-6

Fifth annual Tennessee Local Food Summit

The conference kicks off Friday with in-depth workshops and a chef-prepared, locally grown delicious meal. A full day of workshops will be offered on Saturday, 8a.m.-5p.m. Preliminary plans include: backyard and community gardening, business models and economic opportunities, online marketing, famous local chefs offering classes and demonstrations, Effects of agriculture on the environment. Sunday features a tour of Green Door Gourmet, a farm and retail shop. Information and tickets:


62nd Annual Nashville Christmas Parade

Singer-songwriter Jana Kramer, who recently released her sophomore album thirty one, will serve as grand marshal for the 62nd annual Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade. The parade kicks off the holiday season in downtown Nashville on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. This year’s parade will have a new route. Participants will begin at the intersection of 8th Avenue and Broadway, heading east down Broadway to Second Avenue North, crossing over the Cumberland River and ending at the base of the Woodland Street Bridge. Information:



Jon Meacham (Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush), Library Foundation 2015, is featured at 6:15 p.m. in conversation with Tim McGraw at the Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St. An ongoing partnership between Nashville Public Library, Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation and Parnassus Books designed to nurture and celebrate the literary life of Nashville by presenting bestselling authors for talks and book signings. Information: