The Festival

Free Admission
Saturday, September 28, 2019
10 am - 3 pm
Southeast Community Center Park

"Good neighbors make a huge difference in the quality of life."

Robert Fulghum, All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Not too long ago, Nashville felt like a smaller place, and everybody seemed to know everybody else in their neighborhood. Now, many of us aren't as familiar with our neighbors, and only speak to them in passing.

Good Neighbor Day was created to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of being a good neighbor. It's a blessing to have a good neighbor, but it's even a greater thing to BE a good neighbor. Good neighbors often become friends. They watch out for each other, lend a helping hand, and are there for advice when asked. Good neighbors offer that cup of sugar when we are short, collect our mail when we are on vacation, watch our homes and sometimes watch our children and our pets. Simply put, being a good neighbor makes good neighbors and develops lifelong friendships.

This year will be the sixth annual Good Neighbor Day Festival (formerly the Nashville Neighborhoods Celebration). Each year, the festival moves around the city. This year, we will be in the park at the Southeast Community Center in Antioch. We hope you will join us for this great day.


Activities & Schedules

What's Happening

The Good Neighbor Day Festival is a day full of fun activities for the whole family. Listen to fantastic music provided by local musicians. Watch great parades throughout the day. Taste great food from diverse cultures. Play in the Fun Zone. See what's happening in other neighborhoods across the metropolitan area. Engage in some friendly competitions. Don't miss the sixth annual Good Neighbor Day Festival!

Nashville Music Stage

Our neighborhoods are filled with people who have amazing musical talents. The Good Neighbor Day Festival celebrates their talents and the diverse genres to be found in our community. The Nashville Music Stage is where great, family-friendly music will be featured throughout the day. Bring a blanket or chair, or just enjoy the music as you participate in the many activities at the festival. Free.

10:00 AM

10:15 AM


12:05 PM

12:50 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

Antioch High School Marching Band

Lauren McClinton

Chuck Indigo

Billy Ramirez Band

Mayor John Cooper

Trisha Alicia

Morgan Bosman

Great Parades

12:00 PM

12:35 PM


We're going to have one big parade, led by Mayor John Cooper, honoring community volunteers, neighborhood and community leaders, government employees, and elected officials. 


We want to honor you for your service. You are working hard to make a difference right where you live. Let us thank you for your commitment and hard work.


Check-in and parade line-up will begin at the Parade Marshal's tent in front of the Ford Ice Center at 12 noon. We need everyone in line by 12:25 pm.


Show your pride! You are welcome to wear your organization's shirt, carry a banner, invite your colleagues and members to be part of the parade.


You are invited to stay after the parade and enjoy the many festival activities. Mr. Cooper will be around to visit with everyone.



Check-in & Parade Line Up (See Below)

Good Neighbor Parade

HCA TriStar World Food Pavilion

We live in a diverse metropolitan community. The World Food Pavilion celebrates our racial and ethnic diversity through food and education. Sample traditional food from countries near and far. Learn about these countries and how the people made it to our metro area. The cost for one sample plate is $5 (kids under 12 for free). $1 per bottle of water.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Chili Cook-Off & Tasting

This year marks the 7th annual Chili Cook-Off and Tasting. Cooks from neighborhoods across Davidson County compete for the top prize of $500 which benefits the local neighborhood organization where they live. This is one of our most popular activities and everyone gets to sample the amazing food and vote for their favorite chili. Make sure you're there in time for the free tasting.

11:15 AM

11:30 AM

12:30 AM

12:45 AM

Blind Judging

Chili Tasting (Free)

Winners Announced

Tasting Concludes

Registration Deadline Extended until 12 Noon on Wednesday, September 25, 2019


Walk through the Marketplace and discover great information, merchandise, samples and so much more! The Marketplace features businesses, artisans, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Nashville Tree Festival will be part of this year's Good Neighbor Day Festial. The Nashville Tree Foundation will give away over 100 trees. Request 3-gallon trees in advance online at 1-gallon trees will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Empower Tennessee Fun Zone

The Fun Zone is full of great activities for the whole family. From bounce castles to face painting to corn hole to arts and crafts...everyone will have a great time.

A special thanks to our Nonprofit Partner coordinating this event: Lighthouse Christian School.

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

We are pleased to announce that Daniel Tiger will be on hand at this year's festival. Bring your kids and have their picture made him. 

RVG Nashville will have its 32-foot mobile video gaming theater onsite and they will have the latest video games from the Nintendo Wii, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii U.

The Ford Ice Center will offer free street hockey at this year's festival. There will also be a public skate from 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm. The cost is $3 for skate rental and $7.50 for admission. Click here for more information on the public skate. 

Showcase of Neighborhoods

Be sure to visit our Showcase of Neighborhoods where you will be able to explore what it means to be a good neighbor and what makes a great neighborhood. We’ll also be highlighting what some neighborhood organizations are doing across the metro area to preserve and improve their neighborhoods. Free.


Neighborhood Associations, Crime Watch Programs, Community Gardens, Homeowners Associations, Resident Associations are all invited to participate in the Showcase of Neighborhoods.

10:00 AM

3:00 PM

Showcase Displays Open

Showcase Displays Close

The Neighbor Games

Who will be crowned, “Winner of The Neighbor Games?” Come watch this annual spectacle where neighborhood organizations from across the metropolitan area will compete in a series of fun, non-athletic challenges that require teams of four to work together creatively and cooperatively to be crowned the winner. The top three teams also receive prize money which benefits the local neighborhood organization where they live. Free.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Registration Deadline Extended until 12 Noon on Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Food Trucks

In Nashville, it wouldn't be a party without food trucks. They are on their way!


Southeast Community Center Park

5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy, Antioch, TN 37013

Sponsors & Advertisers

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Nonprofit Partners

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Nonprofit Partners

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Leadership Team


Chili Cook-Off & Tasting

Gina Coleman, Coordinator

Dawnyell Fletcher, Assistant Coordinator

Empower Tennessee Fun Zone

Jonathan Bowman, Coordinator

Lighthouse Christian School, Nonprofit Partner

Festival Logistics Services

Mohseen Kahn, Coordinator

Bibi Hines, Assistant Coordinator

Healthy Neighborhoods Food Initiative

Keynatte Tidwell, Coordinator

Hospitality Services

Andrea Fowler, Coordinator

Joyce George, Assistant Coordinator


Cheryl Mayes, Coordinator

Marketing Services

Blake Changnon, Coordinator

Nashville Music Stage

Santos Gonzalez, Coordinator

Brian Sexton, Assistant Coordinator

Showcase of Neighborhoods

Rae Sovereign, Co-Coordinator

Diane Szczesniak, Co-Cordinator

The Neighbor Games

Michele Bennett, Coordinator

Megan Seeman, Assistant Coordinator

Volunteer Services

Margaret Jarrett, Coordinator

Joyce Page, Assistant Coordinator

World Food Pavilion

Sherri Mayes, Coordinator


Fabian Bedne, Former Metro Council Member (District 31)

Nelson Boren, 1440 Fitness

Jonathan, Bowman, Lighthouse Christian School

Russ Bradford, Metro Council Member (District 13)

Consuela Browns, Moves & Groves

Fran Bush, MNPS School Board (District 6)

Twana Chick, Cane Ridge Community Club

Wim Codington

Randy Cordell, Lakeshore Christian Church

Jacobia Dowell, Former Metro Council Member (District 32) and Cambridge Forest I, HOA

Jeremy Elrod, Former Metro Council Member (District 26)

Dewayne Ferrell, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

Bob Freeman, State Representative (56th House District)

Santos Gonzalez, WMGC

Lorinda Hale, Southeast Nashville United

Ross Holmes, East Thompson Community

Courtney Johnson, Metro Council Member (District 26)

Karen Johnson, Davidson County Register of Deeds

Gretchell Jordan, Regions Bank

Todd Lake, Hampton Inn by Hilton

Antionette Lee, Metro Council Member (District 33)

Cheryl Mayes, Cambridge Forest II – Phase 3

Delia Morgan, Cane Ridge Community Club

Rubén E. De Peña, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

Reginald Pope, Cambridge Forest I, HOA

Delishia Porterfield, Metro Council Member (District 29)

Jason Potts, State Representative (District 59)

Phyllis Reid, Honey Brook Homeowners Association

Alma Sanford, Crossings Nashville Action Partnership

Constance Smith-Burwell, Castlegate Civic Community Club

Joy Styles, Metro Council Member (District 32)

Brian, Sweatt, Lighthouse Christian School

Atlee Tyree, Friends of Mill Ridge Park

Karen Van Cleave, Crossings Nashville Action Partnership

Tanaka Vercher, Metro Council Member (District 28)

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