Best Places To See Celebrities In Nashville

nashville-celebrities.jpgThis post is in response to all the people who’ve used search engines to find “places to see celebrities in nashville”, “star gazing franklin”, “where to find nashville celebrities”, and other similar searches — 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 a little more recent, check out all of the singers & songwriters we’ve seen lately! Those are our lists of musicians we’ve seen in music venues. No big deal, right?

What about places where Nashville celebrities tend to hang out when they’re not singing music?

Even though we’re definitely not part of the “in” crowd around Nashville, we still happen see a lot of celebrities whenever we’re out & about.

Following 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 the stars are on hand for a specific function.

First, check out this insider video from HGTV for 3 unique places to spot Nashville celebrities.

Places We’ve Spotted Nashville Celebrities

In addition to these locations, check out the other places that have been mentioned in the Comments below!

I’m sure there are plenty of others, but these are the just places where we (or our friends) have seen famous musicians and 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?…

Puckett's Grocery Store in Leipers Fork.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
Joey & Rory – Bonefish Grill in Cool Springs

 

A Word About Photographing Our Famous 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:

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

The Nash Trash wacky tour bus. You could always take a tour bus through various parts of Nashville to view the stars’ homes and other locations where the local celebrities hang out.

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.

The pink tour bus used on the Nash Trash tours of Nashville, Tennessee.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!

Our favorite tour guide on the Grayline bus tours... I forget his name though. 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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Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • Guest

    Wow! Thanks for the tips. I love me some country stars myself.

  • Samantha

    I’ve seen Hayley Williams from Paramore shopping at the Hot Topic in the Cool Springs Mall and I’ve seen Taylor Swift in the audience at a Paramore concert! :)

  • Tjbagsby

    Saw Hayley Williams at cool springs galleria in hot topic. She was telling me about how her sister works there.

  • http://twitter.com/Eva_Tiani Eva Tiani

    I would like to meet Jack White. Where can i find him? :))

    • NashvilleMel

      He used to live in the 12th South area, so was a regular at a bar named Melrose? It was some type of billiards place that the bartender said he was there often. It’s a dive, but a cool place.

  • Marie13

    I feel bad now :( im one of Taylor swifts biggest fans, and I was hoping to see her while in Nashville, asking for a picture or autograph. This article made me change my mind. Thanks alot :(

  • Dip1280

    I know Kenny Chesney’s childhood home is in Lutrell TN, bit do you know the addresses I can drive by?

  • Hayniac

    What about Hunter Hayes?