Nashville Iroquois Steeplechase
Why You Should Go (or how to convince your friends):
Steeplechase is the place to be the second Saturday in May. Whether you just graduated and are looking for that one last thing to do with your friends or you are trying to figure out what to do that weekend between the end of the semester and the start of summer school, Steeplechase is your answer.
Nestled right outside Nashville in Percy Warner Park, there’s something for everyone at Steeplechase. Diehard equestrian fans can sit in the bleachers and watch the races that run from 1pm until almost 5pm. Those less interested in the actual races can still come for the party of the Spring and set up tents, coolers and grills in the tailgating area starting at early at 8am.
Steeplechase has been featured in the Nashville Scene, Tennessean, Nashville City Paper, and even ESPN, not to mention numerous equestrian magazines so this is obviously not an event to miss.
So girls, grab your wide-brimmed hats and Lilly dresses and guys, put on those madras shorts and pastel Polos and head on over to Nashville’s own Steeplechase.
Date: May 2013
City: Nashville, TN Location: Percy Warner Park
Time: Gates open at 8am
Tailgating spots close at 10am
Races run from 1:00pm-4:30pm
Gates close at 7pm
Price: General Admission: $15 (can purchase at the gate or online)
Tailgating: $550-$600 per spot (spots include 8 wrist bands)
The extra stuff:
2010 will be the 69th running of the Iroquois Steeplechase
Proceeds benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
How to create the perfect Steeplechase tailgate:
Food: McDougal’s, Bread and Company and Otters all offer excellent and relatively inexpensive food options. Harris Teeter and Whole Foods are also great resources for appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks.
Alcohol: Midtown Wine and Spirits and Frugal McDougal’s are definitely the places to go for your alcohol. Midtown has beer and wine so it’s a one-stop s
Party Supplies: Harris Teeter, Target and Swoozies can provide you with all the Styrofoam cups and cozies you will ever need.