Pilgrimage Festival Recap: Girls Weekend in Nashville

Hi friends! I’m so, so excited to share this post with you all. Last weekend, I took a trip to Nashville with two of my best friends. Back in the spring, we bought Saturday passes for the Pilgrimage Festival, so I had been looking forward to this weekend for months. It definitely lived up to the hype I had created in my mind 🙂 We saw some amazing bands, crossed off a lifetime bucket list item, and ate all of the best food. Read on to see what made the weekend so great!

Pilgrimage Music Festival: Girls Weekend Recap

Pilgrimage Music Festival: Girls Weekend Recap

Nashville Eats

One of my favorite things about visiting Nashville is trying new restaurants. Even though I have spent a fair amount of time in Nashville (this was my fifth trip this year!), the local food scene never gets old. I tried plenty of new-to-me restaurants and cafes during this trip, and I would honestly recommend them all!

  • Mas Tacos Por Favor: I’ve been wanting to try this East Nashville joint for quite a while, and it did not disappoint. Obviously their tacos are great, but in my opinion, the sides are what really made the meal. If you go, don’t pass up the elote or sweet plantains!
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream: This was my second trip to Jeni’s, and I’m ready to start a petition to get one in Lexington. I love the atmosphere and hospitality, as well as the incredible selection of flavors. Basically everything Jeni’s does is good. I can’t recommend the Black Raspberry Buttermilk enough!
Nashville Trip Recap: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream
Jeni’s Ice Cream Trio: Churro, Salty Caramel, and Black Raspberry Buttermilk
  • High Brow Brew: We made our way to Franklin on Saturday morning, and had a quick breakfast at this cute spot. This was the perfect start to the perfect day. The employees at High Brow were so friendly, and I was very excited to see they brew Good Folks Coffee! I will definitely be making my way back on a future trip to Franklin!
Nashville Trip Recap: High Brow Brew
Country Ham Biscuit and Iced Coffee from High Brow Brew
  • Tavern: Is it a true girls weekend in Nashville if you didn’t do brunch? I don’t think so. We chose to check out brunch at Tavern, and it was worth the wait! Their patio is so cozy, and it’s easy to see why it’s such a hit in Nashville.

Nashville Trip Recap: Brunch at Tavern

  • Three Brothers Coffee: We wrapped up the weekend with coffee at Three Brothers on West End. It was connected to an outdoor store/bike shop. I loved how they incorporated bikes into their design elements in the cafe. Very good coffee as well!
Nashville Trip Recap: Three Brothers Coffee
Outside of Three Brothers- There’s no such thing as a simple wall in Nashville. Everything must be a photo op.

Pilgrimage Festival

This was the third year of Pilgrimage Music Festival. I had never heard of this event before my friend Caitlyn told me that JT would be playing at it. I have to say, I don’t really consider myself to be the typical music festival goer, but it was an amazing experience. The festival was located at the Park at Harlinsdale in the center of Franklin. Not only was the music lineup incredible, but there was also plenty of great food, merch, and artisan vendors. We spent the first hour or so of the day just exploring everything the festival had to offer.

The entire lineup of artists was top-notch, but we were most excited to see Colony House, Walk the Moon, The Avett Brothers, and obviously Justin Timberlake. I created a spotify playlist highlighting most of the bands we were able to see, and I haven’t stopped listening to it since I got home! Check it out at the bottom of the post!

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Dreams Come True

I think it’s fair to give Justin Timberlake’s performance it’s own section in this post, because let’s be real, he’s the reason we made this trip. It has been a dream of mine for years to go see him in concert, and even more specifically I’ve been wanting to see him with my friends Caitlyn and Jessika. We lived together in college and it was such a great weekend to spend time together and scream until we could hardly talk. I chose to not take many photos during his set, because I wanted to be as in the moment as possible. Even without photos and videos, I think it will be very hard for me to forget this performance.

He opened with Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” (a personal favorite) and then transitioned into “Drink You Away.” The set had a good mix of songs from each of his four albums, as well as a few covers thrown in as well. About halfway through, he surprised the crowd by welcoming Chris Stapleton and his wife Morgane to the stage. It’s safe to say we all lost our minds. I also have developed a new hobby since the weekend. I think I’ve watched almost every video of Holy Grail transitioning into Cry Me a River on the internet.  It’s going to be extremely hard to pass up any opportunity to see him in the future, because it was honestly the best performance I’ve ever seen.

Pilgrimage Festival Recap: Girls Weekend in NashvillePilgrimage Festival Recap: Girls Weekend in Nashville

Thanks for reading about my weekend! I can’t wait to look back in years and relive the excitement of this weekend through this post. What is the best concert you’ve ever attended? I would love to hear! Answer in the comments below:)

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