Welcome to Nashville:


NOMA is proud to present the annual NOMA Conference UNPLUGGED on October 26 – 30, 2022. What does ‘Unplugged’ mean? At this year’s annual conference, over 1,000 professional designers from across the nation plan to cut loose from our routine of staying indoors by ‘unplugging’ from our ritualistic ZOOM calls and fellowshipping once again with colleagues and friends. We are excited to host the conference in Nashville, showcasing the best food, dance, art, culture, and music that “Music City” has to offer.

We invite you to join us in Nashville as we honor our history, relish our present-day accomplishments, and look to build a brighter future for our profession and our communities.”

We hope that you have a chance to explore our host city with Urbaanite Nashville providing all of the hot recommendations to get you out and about.

How to use this itinerary:

  • We try our best to provide an itinerary that will speak to you and your travel peeps.
  • We are just providing recommendations of a city we love and cannot guarantee individual experiences.
  • Use our itinerary as a guide but feel free to explore away and if you find something that we may not know about, sharing is caring:).
  • Lastly, we would love as you are out capturing your Nashville moments that you tag @urbaanite and use #urbaanitenashville so that we can follow along and share with our growing community (which now includes, you!).

Wednesday Evening

Once you get settled in on Wednesday evening, you might want to go out and grab a bite to eat. Check out Dinner with Friends, a black-owned, fine dining experience restaurant a walk away from the hotel or The Nashville Grange located right inside of the hotel and serves southern comfort staples. If you are looking for a more casual scene after a long travel day, check out the Germantown Pub. for comfort food and drinks. Looking to listen to vibe out to some live music? Mary J Blige is going to playing at Bridgestone Arena.

Thursday & Friday 

If you are an early riser looking for a fun coffee shop to try, head to Elixr Coffee Roasters, a black-owned cafe with a beautiful aesthetic in Fifth + Broadway. Note: Fifth + Broadway is our downtown entertainment spot that houses great retail, the Assembly Food Hall plus the National Museum of African American Music which is a must visit while you are in town.

For a quick lunch or brunch head to The Mockingbird for pastries and classic brunch entrees. Then, head to Nashville’s only contemporary art museum – Frist Art Museum right on Broadway.

If you want to go for food and drinks with a view later in the day, head to Bouqueria or Eddie V’s. or head to North Nash and check out Willie B’s!

On Thursday, join us for the Host After Party at Love & Exile. The bar is open until 12am and there is no cover charge!

After the awards banquet on Friday, join us at EG&MC where the kitchen closes at 1am, the bar closes at 2am and there is no cover charge! You can also check out Ghetto times in Salem where there is $15 ticket, and Trap Karaoke from 8pm-12am (tickets ranging from $24-$47).


If you are feeling like treating yourself this morning, head to Shuga High-Cafe+Bakery  for chicken and waffles, baked goods, and more.

Want to do a little shopping while you are in town? We suggest grabbing a rideshare and heading over to East Nashville to hit up the Fatherland District, including Konadu Body Care then pop over to n.b. goods and afterward grab a cookie from HiFi Cookies.

For a cocktail hour, head up to the rooftop to Lou/na.

For dinner, you can head to Urban Grub for “southern traditions with a flavored up tweak”. Or, if you are looking for classic steak and potatoes, head to J. Alexanders where all the locals go. If. you want to head to North Nashville, check out Minerva

After the Bro’s Night Ball, head to Blacula: Foxy Brown Live from 11pm-4am. Tickets are $40!

Then for more late-night options, check out Old Glory or the hottest new bar Plane Jane for amazing vibes and unique cocktails.


If you are heading out early, get yourself some coffee from The Horn. If you are looking to go out with a bang, enjoy a bottomless brunch at Sinema!

If you are sticking around for the evening, enjoy dinner at 5th & Taylor to close out your trip.


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