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NICAR23: Things to do in Nashville

by David Plazas

The 2023 NICAR Conference is fast approaching! It’s going to be a great time in Nashville, March 2-5. As a local regional committee member for NICAR23, I'm happy to share few of my favorite things to do with visitors:

Downtown is very walkable, so you can go to Ascend Amphitheater by the Cumberland River or have coffee at Bongo Java Roasting Co. in the Omni Hotel. Some of the best eateries are not necessarily downtown, but Pinewood Social is – in a converted warehouse. Here are others worth checking out throughout the city:

And here are some famous Nashville meals and restaurants of note: hot chicken (Prince's), meat and three (Swett's) and barbecue (Martin's).

For journalist friends wanting to enjoy the local LGBTQ nightlife, here are some great spots to keep on your radar:

For more local guide tips aggregated by the regional committee and IRE team, check out this NICAR23 guide to Nashville. See you in Nashville!

David Plazas is the Opinion and Engagement Director for the USA TODAY Network newsrooms in Tennessee and The Tennessean where he serves as an editorial writer, opinion columnist, op-ed editor and an editorial board member. He has written award-winning columns on affordable housing, government accountability and civic engagement. He leads the acclaimed Civility Tennessee campaign.

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