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Full Moon Pickin’ Parties – Celebrating 17 years of mighty fine bluegrass!

These laid-back, family-friendly fundraisers feature Middle Tennessee’s finest bluegrass music under the light of a full moon. Musicians and music lovers alike are invited to enjoy this beloved Nashville tradition in one of its most beautiful settings: Warner Parks. Bluegrass and roots pickers jam in circles under the trees and around the grounds, while three headlining acts perform on the main stage. All funds raised by the Pickin’ Parties go directly toward protecting the Warner Parks as well as funding educational programs and special projects that benefit park-goers of all ages! Many thanks to our 2017 Top Fiddle sponsors Bridgestone Americas and Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund.



Warner Park Equestrian Center at 2500 Old Hickory Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37221


7-11 p.m., Fridays closest to the full moon.

  • May 19, 2017
  • June 9, 2017
  • July 7, 2017
  • August 4, 2017
  • September 8, 2017
  • October 13, 2017


Gate Sales (cash or check ONLY):

Admission may be purchased by at the gate starting at 6:45pm on the evening of the event. We can and do sell out! Friends of Warner Parks reserves the right to cap admission based on sales and/or crowd size. This is for the safety and comfort of our guests, volunteers, and performers. Adults of legal drinking age must provide a government issued ID if they wish to get a wristband for beer.

  • $25 – Adults 18 and up
  • $10 – Youth 7-17
  • Free – Children 6 and under

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Friends of Warner Parks, please consider an additional donation at the gate to help protect and preserve historic Warner Parks for the next 30 years.

Advance Sales:

We strongly recommend purchasing your admission in advance! Save time, money, and beat the sellout crowd. 

Buy in person from Warner Park Headquarters (cash or check only) OR buy online from (credit card only).

  • $20 – Adults 18 and up
  • $7 – Youth 7-17
  • Free – Children 6 and under
  • $90 – Season Passes (throwback to $90 in honor of Warner Parks 90th Anniversary!!)
  • All advance purchases, online or in person, must be made by 5 p.m. the Thursday before the event.
  • Guests who purchase advance admission must check in at WILL CALL on the night of the event. You will be turned away if you proceed to the main ticketing tent without checking in at will call!

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Picker Price:FMPP (3)

Playing in a jam circle? Thank you! Pickers pay only *$5-$10 with the following instruments:

  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Banjo
  • Fiddle or Bass Fiddle
  • Lap Steel
  • Dobro
  • Dulcimer
  • Autoharp
  • Accordion
  • Harmonica Set (minimum 5 piece)

Please note: Only instruments listed above qualify guests for the Picker Price. Amplified instruments are not permitted. This event is a fundraiser to benefit Warner Parks. Please plan to play your instrument if you plan to attend at the Picker Price.

*$10 rate for pickers who wish to receive a 21+ wristband for complimentary beer. $5 rate applies to pickers who do not want one.


  • Only those who participate in the jam circles are eligible for the discounted picker rate
  • No amplified instruments permitted in pickin’ area
  • Gates open at 6:45 p.m.
  • Admission purchase is with cash or check only
  • Water, soft drinks and up to four beers are included with admission as a thank-you for your support of the Parks. Quantities are not guaranteed.
  • Food is available for purchase or you may bring your own
  • Glass, large coolers (over 16 quarts), and outside alcohol are not allowed. All bags and instrument cases are subject to search.
  • Limited seating is available – bring blankets or camping chairs
  • Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on leashes no longer than six feet in length at all times
  • These are rain or shine events, but cancellations may occur in the event of severe weather. We will do our best to post timely updates on our website, and social media accounts if we cancel for any reason.

For questions or ADA accommodations, call 615.370.8053.

See you out at the barn!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for 2018 are currently available! We are inviting Corporate and Community partners to sponsor our 2018 Full Moon Pickin’ Parties, with proceeds benefiting Friends of Warner Parks. As a Top Fiddle Sponsor, Prime Picker, Supporting Strummer, Harmonizer, Band Sponsor or In-Kind Partner, you will have opportunities to receive company promotion and recognition, event display space, complimentary Full-Moon Pickin’ Party passes and to become part of the Full Moon Pickin’ Party & Friends of Warner Parks family.  Contact our Marketing Director at for more information!

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Hummingbird Happy Hour – an Artsy/Jazzy social hour

Hummingbirds are a big deal in Warner Parks. The Nature Center is one of only a few places in the country where observers can watch hummingbird banding in action! Bird research has been ongoing here since naturalist Amelia Laskey began her bluebird nesting box program in 1936.

This ticketed event is scheduled for Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Warner Park Nature Center from 6:00-9:00pm. Proceeds from ticket and art sales will support the Bird Information, Research and Data program, keeping these programs free and available for schools, families and Park visitors.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6:00pm, with guests able to watch hummingbirds at the feeders and also enjoy a debut of a bird-oriented art/photography exhibit by Nathan Collie and Anne Goetze.  Anne’s work can be found in the collections of Tim and Faith McGraw, Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus, Naomi Judd, Sen. Fred Thompson, Nancy and John Hiatt, Kim Carnes, Amy and Michael McDonald, Aaron Tippin, and others.

Beginning at 7:30pm, enjoy an intimate jazz concert on the patio behind the nature center featuring the well-known local jazz duet Annie Sellick and her husband, Pat Bergeson.

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Rock & Road Races                        

Friends of Warner Parks and Start2Finish events will hold the seventh annual Rock & Road Races on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The race includes a 5k, a relay 30-mile race for teams of five people, and the Cumberland Transit Crazy Owl 30-mile race. All the courses cover both trail (ROCK) and paved terrain (ROAD) running through the beautiful hills and vales of Percy Warner Park. The Rock & Road truly celebrates Warner as a prime running destination in the mid state. All the courses start and finish at the Steeplechase Grandstands with boasting stunning views, great food, and a festive atmosphere. Spectators are welcome too!

The best part? Funds raised from the Rock & Road will go back into Warner Parks through Friends programs. Whether you’re a hardcore trail junkie or a casual jogger who prefers the paved roadways, your participation means you are doing your part to care for your favorite Nashville running spot!

Registration now open!

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Interested in becoming a Race Ambassador for the Rock & Road Races for an opportunity to receive free entry and Ambassador gear? Complete this survey and a Friends of Warner Parks representative will be in touch with you!5K runners - Go! 3

Sponsorship Opportunities are also available! We are inviting Corporate and Community partners to sponsor our 2017 Rock & Road Races, with proceeds benefiting Friends of Warner Parks. As an Sponsor, Partner, or Race Day Friend you will have opportunities to receive company promotion and recognition, race display space, complimentary runner entries, Full-Moon Pickin’ Party passes and to become part of the Rock & Road & Friends of Warner Parks family.  Contact our Marketing Director at for more information!



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See 2016 results on the race website.

2016 Rock & Road Races Sponsors/Partners

Sunday in the Park

SITP 2013 table setThe 28th celebration of Sunday in the Park will be co-chaired by Susan Weathersby & Eliza Brunson and held at Ridge Field in Edwin Warner Park on October 29, 2017.

In 1989, two years after Friends of Warner Parks was founded, it rapidly became apparent that the fledgling organization needed to come up with a novel fund-raising idea. Alyne Massey and Elizabeth Queener rose to the occasion.  They had recently returned from New York and told the group about a luncheon event they had attended to benefit the Central Park Conservancy.  They suggested that the idea be adapted to benefit the Warner Parks, and Sunday in the Park was conceived.

Clare Armistead agreed to chair the first Sunday in the Park in 1990, and asked Trudy Caldwell Byrd to chair it with her.  It was held on Sunday, October 21, at 12:30 p.m. in Ridge Field in Edwin Warner Park.  Close to 250 people attended and approximately $45,000 was raised.  Up to then, this was the largest amount of money outside of the Central Park event to ever be raised for a park, and Friends of Warner Parks was proud of its precedent- setting event. 

Since 1990, this tradition has brought park patrons together for an elegant, tented luncheon among Warner Parks’ rolling hills and grand trees. Funds raised will support Friends of Warner Parks programs and preservation efforts.

The event has grown in popularity, attracting somewhere between 575 to 600 people annually.  The community has been most generous, enabling Friends of Warner Parks to carry out its important mission of preserving and protecting this natural resource.  So we salute Sunday in the Park as a successful concept and event, we salute each of our chairmen who have grasp the baton hand-off year after year in this relay race, and we salute all those who work on this event and who attend year after year.

To purchase a table, please call 615.370.8053.

UNDERWRITING OPPORTUNITIES for 2017 are currently available. We are inviting Corporate and Community partners to help underwrite Sunday in the Park, with proceeds benefiting Friends of Warner Parks.  Underwriting Levels 2017

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Iroquois Steeplechase

Steeplechase raceHeld on May 13th this year, at Percy Warner Park, the Iroquois Steeplechase is the premiere spring race in American steeplechasing and Music City’s traditional rite of spring – typically attracting more than 25,000 spectators. Since 1981, this illustrious event has benefited the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. There is nothing like the Iroquois. It’s the perfect combination of Southern gentility and sport with history and traditions that date back to 1941. This is one of Middle Tennessee’s top sporting and social events, attracting the best horses and riders in America as well as the crème de la crème of Southern Society. Improvements to the Iroquois Steeplechase grounds, paid for by the Volunteer State Horsemen’s foundation from race proceeds, provide year-round benefits and enhancements for the Equestrian Center at Percy Warner Park. Contributions to Friends of Warner Parks from race proceeds provide funding to help protect and preserve the Parks. For ticket and race information visit the Steeplechase website.

Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey MarathonFM logo

Many modern marathons have become spectacles rather than athletic events. But it was not always this way. Marathons used to be about running for the sake of running. They were about pushing oneself beyond the physiologic limits of the human body. While running.  Featured in Marathon & Beyond and in Runners’ World magazines, it is a marathon that is about running. Running hard. Running over big and memorable and painful rolling hills through dense woods. Running with other like-minded athletes. The Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon is about the joy and pain of running a unique, and uniquely challenging–some would say beastly–26.2 mile course in the beautiful and historic Percy Warner Park, nestled among the Middle Tennessee Harpeth Hills.  Proceeds from race registrations support Friends of Warner Parks.  For more information visit the Harpeth Hills Marathon website.