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Full Moon Pickin’ Parties – Celebrating 16 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 Top Fiddle sponsors Bridgestone Americas and Bridgestone Americas Trust FundDueling Strings - FMPP 7-14 Rod Shean


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


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

  • May 20, 2016
  • June 17, 2016
  • July 22, 2016
  • August 19, 2016
  • September 16, 2016
  • October 14, 2016


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
  • $100 – Season Passes
  • 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!

Gate Sales:

FMPP crowdAdmission may be purchased by cash or check ONLY 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
  • Attending to play in the jam circles? Pickers get in for *$5-$10 with the following instruments:
    • Guitars
    • Mandolins
    • Banjos
    • Fiddles & Bass Fiddles
    • Lap Steels
    • Dobros
    • Dulcimers
    • Autoharp
    • Accordions
    • Harmonica Sets (minimum 5 piece)

Please note: Instruments not listed above will not qualify guests for the picker price. Amplified instruments are not permitted.

FMPP (3)*$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!

Sunday in the Park

SITP 2013 table setThe 26th celebration of Sunday in the Park, co-chaired by Melanie Baker and Sandy Sangervasi, was held to great success in Ridge Field on November 1, 2015. Details for our 2016 Sunday in the Park to be announced later.

Since 1990, this tradition has brought park patrons together for an elegant, tented luncheon among Edwin Warner Park’s rolling hills and grand trees. Funds raised will support Friends of Warner Parks programs and preservation efforts.  To help underwrite this event or to purchase a table, please call 615.370.8053.


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Rock & Road Relay Marathon & 5kRock & Road Races 2016

Friends of Warner Parks and Start 2 Finish events will hold the sixth annual Rock & Road Relay, Marathon, and 5k on October 22, 2016. The race includes a 5k, a relay marathon covering 26.2 miles for teams of two or four people, and the Cumberland Transit Crazy Owl full marathon. 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, boasting stunning views, great food, and a festive atmosphere. The Scott Hollow shelter also provides an oasis and exchange point with hydration and nutrition (and a warm campfire if it’s chilly) for those running the relay or marathon. Spectators are welcome too!Marathon-relay start happy runners

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!

See 2015 results on the race website and stay tuned for more 2016 race day announcements and registration! 


Iroquois Steeplechase

Steeplechase raceHeld on May 14th 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 Marathon

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.