This post is in response to the people who’ve used search engines to find “places to see celebrities in nashville”, “star gazing franklin”, “where to find nashville celebrities”, and others — and ended up here at our site.
I’m not sure you found what you were looking for at that time, since you most likely ended up at Our Favorite Singers & Songwriters page instead.
For something more recent, check out all the singers & songwriters we’ve seen lately!
Even though we’re definitely not part of the “in” crowd around Nashville, but we do see a good deal of celebrities whenever we’re out & about.
Here are some of the best places where you are most likely to spot a celebrity in & around Nashville.
Of course, we’re excluding all of the music venues and locations where “stars” are on hand for a specific function.
Consider These Locations:
- Hole-in-the-wall pubs like One Stop Cafe in Franklin, Bunganut Pig in Franklin, Puckett’s Grocery/Restaurant in Franklin & Leipers Fork
- Movie theaters (Franklin Cinema, Thoroughbred 21 in Cool Springs, 100 Oaks/Regal Hollywood 27 in Nashville)
- Restaurants (La Hacienda in Franklin, Pancake Pantry in Nashville, Dotson’s in Franklin, Loveless Cafe in Franklin, Golden Corral in Cool Springs)
- Snack shops (Smoothie King in Cool Springs, Starbucks in Franklin)
- Churches (they say that the singing in most Nashville churches is so good because of all the professional singers filling the seats and singing in the choir!)
- Hockey games (Predators at the Gaylord Entertainment Center)
- Football games (Titans at the Coliseum)
- Grocery stores (Publix in Williamson County, Puckett’s Grocery in Leipers Fork, Kroger in Brentwood)
- Major intersections (near Green Hills, Mack Hatcher, Franklin Road — in their own vehicles)
- Area highways (I-65 — often being chauffeured in black undercover limousines)
- Malls (Cool Springs Galleria, Green Hills Mall)
- Trendy districts (West End, Hillsboro Village, Music Row, and of course downtown Nashville)
- The airport (Nashville International Airport)
- Various locations all over Nashville (filming movies!)
I’m sure there are plenty of others, but these are the just places where we (or our friends) have seen “celebrities” around Nashville.
Oh, and don’t overlook the downtown Nashville bars! Yep, many County music stars like to mix and mingle with the locals and tourists at the honky tonks and clubs all along Broadway — from 2nd Avenue to Music Row. TIP: If someone’s playing at the Ryman, chances are pretty good that they’ll be making their way to some of the local clubs after the show. (Psst: Keep your eye on Ryman Alley too!)
Keep in mind, local celebrities are really just people with famous names who happen to be down-to-earth folks like you & me looking for a good time, or a good place to eat.
Looking for Names?…
While we’ve definitely seen our fair share of famous people (not all Country music stars, by the way) in and around Nashville since we moved here in 2001, many of the names and places escape us at the moment.
Perhaps we will continue to add to this list as time goes on, but for now, here’s a sampler:
Jessica Andrews – Predators hockey game
Deana Carter – Predators hockey game
Charlie Chase Target in Cool Springs
Kenny Chesney – Smoothie King in Cool Springs; driving in Franklin
Ashley Cleveland – driving near Fieldstone Farms in Franklin; movie theater in Cool Springs
Sara Evans – Puckett’s Grocery in Franklin
Jeff Fisher – church
Tom Fitzgerald – Williamson County men’s softball games
Eddie George – Embassy Suites sports bar downtown Nashville
Vince Gill – Pancake Pantry in Nashville; Predators hockey game
Amy Grant – Opry Mills mall, Nashville Predators hockey game
Lee Greenwood – Nacho’s Mexican restaurant in Franklin
Faith Hill – Nashville airport
Scott Holt – Cooker’s restaurant in Cool Springs
Brad Hopkins – Golden Corral in Cool Springs
Alan Jackson – La Hacienda in Franklin; Titans football game
Waylon Jennings – Embassy Suites downtown Nashville
Buddy Jewell – Jillians at Opry Mills Mall
George Jones – pulling out of his driveway in Franklin
Naomi Judd – Thoroughbred Movie Theater in Cool Springs, chiropractor
Wynonna Judd – Dotson’s in Franklin; church
Toby Keith – Nashville airport
Kid Rock – Nashville Predators vs Detroit Red Wings hockey game
Erron Kinney – Golden Corral in Cool Springs
Irlene Mandrell – Joe’s Crab Shack in Nashville
Sterling Marlin – Starbucks in Franklin
Richard Marx – church
Martina McBride – Thoroughbred 20 Movie Theater in Cool Springs
Mark McGuinn – 100 Oaks Movie Theater in Nashville
Rickey Medlocke – Famous Dave’s in Cool Springs
Ronnie Milsap – Nashville airport
Stacy Mitchhart – Nashville airport
Gwenyth Paltrow - Union Station downtown Nashville
Dave Ramsey – Williamson County driver’s license branch
Dr. Travis Stork – YMCA Green Hills
Trent Tomlinson – Hermitage Hotel; on a Southwest Airlines flight
Dan Tyminski – Royal Thai restaurant & Genghis Grill in Cool Springs
Phil Valentine – Kroger in Brentwood
Phil Vassar – church, Nashville airport
Tomas Vokoun – Publix in Franklin (Fieldstone Farms), Nacho’s Mexican restaurant in Franklin
Darrell Waltrip – Titans football game, movie theater
Steve Wariner – Thoroughbred Movie Theater in Cool Springs
Craig Wiseman – Noshville Deli in Nashville
Frank Wycheck – Publix in Brentwood; Williamson County men’s softball games
A Word About Photographing Our Neighbors
While I would encourage you to always have your camera on hand for this and other reasons, I would also encourage you to respect their privacy.
As Jim always says whenever I see someone famous and think about taking a picture:
Just remember, the more our ‘famous neighbors’ are inconvenienced by people taking their picture and asking for autographs, the less likely they will be to continue going out in public places and mingling with us ‘regulars’. They deserve to be treated like regular citizens too.
Truth is, we have very few photographs of those we’ve seen out & about. (But, I have to be honest… there have been a handful I wish we would’ve — especially when we ran into Alan Jackson on this day.)
According to Emily Post’s Etiquette Daily:
It’s inconsiderate to approach a celebrity during a random street sighting. However, if you spot someone famous at a public event — such as a movie opening or a book signing, where a celeb knows she’ll be on display — you can feel free to ask for an autograph. Otherwise, respect the person’s space; you’d wish for the same if your roles were reversed.
These days, autographs are far less common than photographs around Nashville. However, we recommend using this same rationale before you snap a photo of someone famous.
And from a fellow Nashvillian, Dan Morris:
The nice thing about being a celebrity in Nashville is the way you’re treated by the locals. Most people don’t bother the celebrities, but instead give a nod or an appreciative statement. So if you’re in Nashville and you do spot a celebrity, do as the Romans do, and let them enjoy their lifestyle as well.
We couldn’t have said it better!
Other Places For Nashville Star-Gazing
The following locations come highly recommended by others:
- Nashville area Restaurants
- Bars, Clubs, Restaurants & Shops
- Music City Marathon
- Hot Yoga And The Disney Store
- Elliston Place Soda Shop
- West End, Green Hills & More
- Mario’s Restaurant
- Upscale Eateries & Chain Restaurants
- Loveless Cafe
- Cracker Barrel
Finally, the ultimate authority in town regarding local celebrities is Brad Schmitt. For the inside scoop on who was spotted where, don’t miss his daily “Brad About You” column in the Tennessean newspaper.
Tour The Stars’ Homes In Nashville
There are “drive-by tours” where you rarely leave the vehicle, and the guide stops in front of noteworthy locations for you to take photos and video footage from inside the bus or van.
But if you want to be able to say you’ve been there, done that, then you’ll want to consider a “stop-n-go tour” — where you get on and off the vehicle several times in order to go into various buildings.
If you’re up for a crazy good time, then check out the popular Nash Trash Tours hosted by the Jugg Sisters. The laughing never stops and the stories are ones you’ll never forget. It’s definitely a TRIP!
Another Nashville tour company that always ranks high among the tourists: Gray Line Bus Tours. We took their tour of Studio B on Music Row (as part of the Platinum ticket package at the Country Music Hall of Fame) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Their driver/tour guide made the tour especially enjoyable!
Nashville Sightseeing Tours is another good tour company worth considering.
One that I’m not personally familiar with is the Vacations Made Easy line of Nashville tour packages. If you’ve been on one of their tours (or know someone who has), let us know in the comments below if you would recommend them.
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