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FOX 17 Nashville Weekend Watch: Restaurant Week, Pickin' Parties, Pokemon and more

Right now it's Restaurant Week in Nashville. More than 50 local restaurants are participating with special menus and new items. It’s a great chance to check out a restaurant you haven’t been to before.

Right now it's Restaurant Week in Nashville. More than 50 local restaurants are participating with special menus and new items. It’s a great chance to check out a restaurant you haven’t been to before. Restaurant Week is organized by The Nashville Originals, which is Music City’s independent restaurant association. Fox17’s Caroline Pickens ppoke with Blvd Restaurant chef and owner Arnold Myint about the booming restaurant scene in Nashville. Myint says, “My neighborhood here in Belmont is growing, the food scene has gone crazy. You can see it in the growth of the Originals, at one point we had 20 members now we have over 60. And I just attribute it to the population, the popularity and just the trendy scene that Nashville has become.” Nashville Restaurant Week happens twice a year, usually in the winter and summer. The summer 2016 celebration goes from Monday, August 22, through Sunday, August 28. The next Restaurant Week is set for January 2017, official dates are still being finalized.

This Saturday you can enjoy an outdoor bluegrass concert at a Nashville landmark. The Cornelia Fort Pickin’ party kicks off at 6:00 p.m. at the Cornelia Fort Airpark at Shelby Bottoms. Tickets are $15 and proceeds will help with restoration efforts at the park.

This weekend is your last chance to enjoy a Nashville summer favorite: The Big Band Dance. Go for the live music, stay for the free dance lessons. It goes from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Centennial Park.

On Saturday you can shop for great deals and support a good cause, at the Fashion for a Fraction party at City Winery. The Nashville Scene and N Focus magazines host this unique shopping event twice a year. Designer boutiques from across Nashville are offering deep discounts on a variety of items, all under one roof. Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit our local YWCA.

The summer season of Shakespeare in the park is in full swing right now- with two different shows for you to choose from. On Thursday and Friday you can see Macbeth, and on Saturday and Sunday you can see Comedy of Errors. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. each night at Centennial Park. Admission is $10.

The Musicians Corner Concert Series continues at Centennial Park this weekend. This is a free outdoor concert series that runs May, June, August, and September. From 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. you can enjoy live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and a kids zone.

This Saturday you can say goodbye to summer at the Seriously Seersucker party in Franklin. It's from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the lawn at O'More College of Design. Tickets are $150 and proceeds go to a scholarship fund for design students.

Pokémon Go is taking over the Nashville Zoo this weekend. They are hosting a Pokémon meet-up from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Zoo admission is required but tickets are on sale right now for $15 per person.

If you are looking to add a furry friend to your family, this weekend you can adopt a pet for free. Three Nashville animal shelters are participating in a pet adoption weekend, and Mars Petcare is covering all the adoption fees. You can adopt a dog or cat for free, at Metro Animal Control, the Nashville Humane Association, and the Williamson Country Animal Center. The adoption event goes from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Friday and Saturday. By the way, Friday is National Dog Day.

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