10th Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival

Created in 2006, the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival brings together the local community and visitors to celebrate the uniquely-Nashville dish, Hot Chicken.

The FREE event is held in East Park at 700 Woodland Street on July 4th each year. The Fire Truck Parade begins at 10:30am followed by free Hot Chicken samples to the first 500 people in line. Festival gates open at 11:00am. Visitors can enjoy Hot Chicken from Nashville's best Hot Chicken establishments, cold beer from Yazoo and other delicious edibles from local vendors

Live music from local bands keeps the "Nashville" vibe going all day long and visitors can look on while five teams try their hand at cooking up their version of Hot Chicken in the Amateur Cooking Competition

The event ends at 3pm, when visitors can make their way downtown for the annual fireworks display. 

Please note the following points for the Festival:

  • Admission is FREE to the Music City Hot Chicken Festival
  • We do not recommend bringing pets to the Festival
  • The Festival is all-ages, however a valid ID is required for all beer sales.
  • No outside coolers can be brought into the Festival grounds
  • No tents can be brought into Festival grounds
  • Restrooms are located inside the East Park Community Center
  • Free Hot Chicken samples are given to the first 500 guests, but the line starts forming well before 11am, so plan accordingly
  • While it is indeed the Hot Chicken Festival, there are other edible options on site
  • While many vendors to accept credit cards, some do not so there is an ATM available
  • Souvenirs are available for purchase, yet many items are limited so don't wait until the end to purchase yours!
  • The Hot Chicken Festival is a "Rain or Shine" event
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Hot Chicken Festival News:


  • 2016 Presenting Sponsor
  • Festival Photographer