It’s our Music City encore and you won’t be disappointed! You can count on AAHA Nashville 2017 to deliver some of the most innovative education, plus plenty of networking opportunities and social events with the best and brightest in the veterinary industry.

Nashville offers the best of both worlds when it comes to conference accommodations and entertainment. The convention center is easily accessible from the airport and the state’s three major interstates. Great restaurants and attractions are also easily walkable from the convention center.

While learning and networking is the focus of conference, if you get a chance to explore Nashville and have a little fun, consider this your quick guide to attractions and restaurants near the conference center.


Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Explore the exhibits featuring country music artifacts and legends of the genre’s brightest stars. Plus, get in a little shopping at the four retail stores onsite offering locally made gifts, clothing, and a comprehensive selection of books and music. 

Historic RCA Studio B

Departing daily from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, you can visit the recording studio where Elvis recorded over 200 songs. Many famous artists have also recorded classics hits in this studio.

Hatch Show Print

Across the street from the convention center, you’ll be mesmerized as you watch posters roll off the presses through a large picture window at this iconic letterpress shop. Marvel at the uniqueness of each print that can only be produced using this historic printing process. Stop into their store to pick up a print or poster.

Ryman Auditorium

This legendary stage has been home to countless performances since 1892. You can even take a backstage tour and record your own song in the Ryman recording studio.

Grand Ole Opry

The stars of the Grand Ole Opry perform every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday night, February through October. You can also catch some guest appearances by some of the biggest names in music.

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge (Honky Tonk Highway)

Just a couple blocks from the convention center are various venues filled with music and good times. You never know who you’ll see, so be sure to explore all the fun spots on this iconic block. Only have time for one? Stop into the AAHA staff favorite, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, for a holler and a swaller. But be careful if you’re playing hooky for the day—there is a camera streaming the fun live.

Printer’s Alley

In the mood for some blues? Visit Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar in Printer’s Alley. Located between Third and Fourth Avenues and stretching from Union Street to Commerce Street, this alley, once filled with a thriving publishing industry, is now home to a couple karaoke and live band bars.


There is a boom of new restaurants and bars in Nashville. Here’s a list of tasty places within walking distance of the convention center.

The Southern Steak & Oyster

If you only eat one place in Nashville, eat here. Brunch, lunch, or dinner, the menu spoils you with delectable food and delicious libations. Their impressive list of bourbon and whiskey will satisfy those with discerning tastes—their Angel’s Envy custom blend is mighty tasty.


The food here is exceptional and eclectic with menu items including a butter tasting and shrimp and grapefruit salad (AAHA staff favorite). Stop in for “Etchy Hour” and get specials on signature cocktails and appetizers.

The Farm House

This cozy restaurant serves farm-fresh Southern classics. Sit at a handmade reclaimed wood table and enjoy a delicious meal featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Reservations are recommended.


Choose between two dining experiences in this restaurant, located in the historic Merchant’s Hotel, which was constructed in 1892. The upstairs dining features a more formal dining experience, while downstairs offers a casual bistro-style menu.

Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant

Comfort food and barbeque are the highlight of this lively restaurant. Enjoy live music while dining on Southern home cooking. Make sure to get a reservation as wait times can be a couple hours on busy nights.


Goo Goo Cluster

The world’s first combination candy bar, the Goo Goo Cluster, was invented in Nashville. You’ll love biting into this milk chocolate-covered round filled with layers of caramel, marshmallow nougat, and fresh roasted peanuts. Find it in convenience and gift stores around Nashville.

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.

Tennessee’s first and only bean-to-bar chocolate company, Olive & Sinclair, hand crafts Southern Artisan ChocolateTM in East Nashville. With delicious bourbon nib brittle, buttermilk white chocolate, duck fat caramels, cinnamon chili chocolate bar, 67 percent cacao chocolate bar, and many more delectable choices, you might need an extra suitcase. Look for this unique chocolate in stores around Nashville or visit the shop, which is open to the public on Saturdays.

Nashville is a fun city! It’s filled with great entertainment and eats, plus rich history in the music industry. Come for the conference, stay a while, and enjoy all that Nashville has to offer.

The full lineup of education and events for AAHA Nashville 2017 will be announced soon. You can be the first to find out updates by signing up the VIP list at aaha.org/nashville

Comments (2) -

Carmen L Czachor
Carmen L CzachorUnited States
7/29/2016 10:57:43 AM #

what are the dates on this?  Would make planning easier!

Dr Terri parrott
Dr Terri parrottUnited States
7/30/2016 4:36:39 AM #

I wanted to see about presenting  talk on AAHA  standards of care in exotic/ Avian practice
I never get a " Call for papers" from you! How do I proceed?

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