Foursquare Badges: A Nashville Guide

I regularly get asked about my Nashville Foursquare badges. Since there are tons of Foursquare badges available to people in NY, Miami, and Chicago, many people think there aren’t many for us to get. Well, it just so happens there are at least 70 you can get without leaving Nashville.

So here is my Nashville Foursquare badges guide.  Some of them aren’t available anymore, like the Black Friday Toys R Us badge, but had you been paying attention, you could have gotten it.

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Take a look at what’s available in Nashville.  If you’re not too sure what Foursquare is all about, I’ve written a variety of posts on the subject. Foursquare just got more relevant this week as more businesses are starting to use it in unique ways. Check out my Foursquare and business post. I’ll post the rest at the bottom of the table.

These were all available at one time or another – in Nashville. It’s just some of them have expired already.

Badge ImageBadge NameHow to get the badge in NashvilleStill Active?
Red Starbucks Foursquare BadgeRed Starbucks Foursquare BadgeFollow (Red) on foursquare – then check into any of their noted Stores between June 1 and June 10, 2012. (Starbucks in one)yes
2012 Olympics Foursquare Badge2012 Olympics Foursquare BadgeFirst you have to follow the 2012 Olympics on Foursquare, then checkin to 2 sports related venues like Hershel Greer Stadiumyes
Preservation Nation BadgeNHL Stanley Cup BadgeFirst you have to follow The National Trust for Historic Preservation on Foursqure, then check into Union Station Hotel downtown Nashville.yes
NHL Stanley Cup BadgeNHL Stanley Cup BadgeFollow the NHL on Foursquare then check-in to a NHL arena and shout playoffsyes
College Graduation BadgeCollege Graduation BadgeCheck-in to a university graduation type place (like the Vanderbilt Alumni Center) and shout “I’m graduating”yes
Foursquare Runners BadgeFoursquare Runners BadgeCheck-in 5 times to a running track. That’s it.yes
Foursquare Bikers BadgeFoursquare Bikers BadgeCheck-in 5 times to a bike store. That’s it.yes
Shoe Store Foursquare BadgeShoe Store Foursquare BadgeThis one is tricky so far. The rule is to check-in to a shoe store 3 times and you’ll get the badge. I’ve had no luck with that.yes
Final Four BadgeNCAA Final Four BadgeFollow the NCAA on Foursquare and then checkin to a Nashviell Sports Barno
VH1 Foursquare BadgeVH1 Foursquare BadgeAnother VH1 Badge, sweet. First follow VH1 on Foursquare then check in to any of Nashville’s finest music spots, like the Ryman.yes
Chipotle Foursquare BadgeChipotle Foursquare BadgeYou’ve got to first follow Chipotle on Foursquare. Then you just have to check-in to a Chipotle store 3 times and the badge is yours.yes
Trainspotting BadgeTrainspotter Foursquare BadgeExpert Badge – Check into a place categorized train – like Nashville’s Music City Star.yes
Leap Day BadgeLeap Day Foursquare BadgeCheck in on February 29th and shout Leap Dayno
Jazz Bluenote Foursquare badgeThis is a Foursquare Badge. Just check-in to any “Jazz” categorized location in Nashville (like Jazz and Jokes downtown)yes
AT&T College Football BadgeFollow AT&T on Foursquare then check in to a Sports Bar during the bowl game season between January 2nd and January 9th, 2011No
Audi Ski BadgeFollow Audi on Foursquare then check into the Centennial Sportsplex (the only place categorized Ski)Yes
Cheeseburger Foursquare BadgeExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘burger’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Vegetarian Restaurant BadgeExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘vegetarian restaurant’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Mexican Restaurant BadgeExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘mexican restaurant’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Sushi BadgeExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘sushi’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Spa Salon BadgeExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘spa’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Veterans Day Service BadgeShout Happy Veterans Day on November 11, 2011No
Jazz Club BadgeExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘jazz’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Nashville Windows Phone EventThere is supposed to be a Windows Phone Event in Nashville – but it’s not showing on the Windows Phone Foursquare Badge (which you need to visit and press Follow)yes
2011 Radio Shack So Right Badgenot totally sure yet. Check in to a major holiday venue – then to Radio Shack? Follow Radio Shack first though.No
Greasy Spoon Diner BadgeExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘diner’, or 3 different ones.Yes
2011 Halloween Swarm BadgeCheck in to a place that’s swarming on Halloween.No
Halloween BadgeShout Happy Halloween on Halloween when you check-in somewhere.No
Lufthansa OktoberfestFollow Lufthansa on Foursquare and check-in at a place categorized German RestaurantNo
US Open Tennis BadgeFollow the US Open Tennis Association on Foursquare and check-in to a placed categorized Tennis CourtNo
ESPN Foam Finger BadgeFirst you have to follow ESPN on Foursquare.com – then check in to three sports stadiumsYes
MTV VMA 2011 BadgeMTV VMA 2011 BadgeFirst you have to follow MTV on Foursquare.com – then check in to a Music Venue like the Bluebird Cafe, Opryland or the Wildhorse Saloon BEFORE August 28th, 2011No
Man vs Food Foursquare BadgeMan Vs. Food Tv Show BadgeFollow Man Vs. Food on Foursquare, tnen check-in to the Pancake Pantry on Hillsborough.Yes
The Bakery BadgeFoursquare Bakery BadgeExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘bakery’, or 3 different ones.Yes
It's a girl! Foursquare BadgeIt’s a girl! Foursquare BadgeCheck-in to a Hospital and shout “It’s a girl!”. It’s not often we get a shout requirement, so don’t forget it.Yes
It's a boy! Foursquare BadgeIt’s a boy! Foursquare BadgeCheck-in to a Hospital and shout “It’s a boy!”. It’s not often we get a shout requirement, so don’t forget it.Yes
Harry Potter Foursquare Movie BadgeHarry Potter Foursquare Movie BadgeCheck-in to a theater while Harry Potter is still playing. Hurry!No
30 Minutes or Less Movie Badge30 Minutes or Less Movie BadgeCheck-in to a bank or a pizza place 🙂 The movie premeieres August 12th.No
Perry Ellis Foursquare BadgePerry Ellis Foursquare BadgeAfter fans voted for this badge on Foursquare a few months ago, it’s finally available. Now follow Perry Ellis on Foursquare the check in to 5 venues listed on their page including Dillards, Macy’s and the Nashville airportNo
Pepsi Summer Foursquare BadgePepsi Cola Foursquare BadgeNot totally sure how many, but after following Pepsi on Foursquare – check in to a bunch of summer fun places like Nashville Shores.No
 alt=1,000 Check-ins BadgeGet yourself a Foursquare account and then check-in to 1,000 venues.Yes
Wine Shop Foursquare BadgeWine Bar Foursquare BadgeExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘wine bar’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Foursquare record store badgeFoursquare Record Store BadgeExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘record store’, or 3 different ones. (One is Phonoluxe on Nolesnville Road)Yes
Fried Chicken Restaurant badgeFried Chicken Restaurant BadgeExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘fried chicken’, or 3 different ones. One is Cisco’s on Haywood Lane and the other Popeye’s on Gallatin Road – in Nashville.Yes
Puma Midnight Munchies badgePuma Midnight Munchies BadgeFollow Puma on Foursquare (as always is the first step), then check into 3 restaurants after 2 a.m. If you’re going to do this, you might as well try to get the Hangover badge, tooNo
Lufthansa Eurovision Song Contest BadgeLufthansa Eurovision Song Contest BadgeAlright, this one’s pretty hard because there’s only one place to check-in and you have 3 days to do it. You’ve got May 12 – 15th and you have to check-in twice. If you can’t find the place, contact me! (Oh yeah, you have to be following Lufthansa on Foursquare, too.No
Foursquare Day 2011 BadgeFoursquare Day 2011 Badge4 squared is 16, right? 4 = April, 16th day = Saturday. Check-in anywhere on 4/16/2011 and you’ll get this badgeNo
Nashville Super Swarm BadgeSuper SwarmIt doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. When the U.S. Men’s Soccer team came to town over 370 checked in at LP Field. It’s available if you can get 250 people in one place, in a 3 hour time period.Yes
U.S. Men's Soccer BadgeU.S. Men’s Soccer BadgeFollow U.S. Men’s Soccer on Foursquare, then check-in to LP Field, Nashville when the U.S. Men play Paraguay on March 29, 2010.No
Bon Appetit BadgeBon Appetit BadgeFollow Bon Appetit on Foursquare, then check-in to the Ryman, the Oak Bar and Fido. That’s it.Yes
Starbucks Anniversary Badge40th Anniversary Starbucks BadgeCheck-in to a Nashville (free standing) Starbucks location between March 10th and March 12th. Make sure to follow Starbucks on Foursquare first.No
BBC America BadgeBBC Rugby BadgeDuring the weeks of the 6 Nations Rugby Tournament, and on a game day, check-in to a pub or a venue that’s tagged Rugby.No
100 Days Badge100 Days Century Club BadgeYou get this after checking in 100 days to the same place. Oh yeah, it can’t be a home or an office, either.Yes
Quad Squatter BadgeQuad SquatterCheck-in to 5 different college cafeterias (not easy). Volunteer State College in Hendersonville has one tagged correctly.Yes
Quad Squatter BadgeQuad SquatterCheck-in to 10 different college venues categorized as quads or commons. Belmont, Lipscomb and Vanderbilt have one.Yes
Campus Explorer Foursquare BadgeCampus ExplorerCheck-in to 10 different college campus locations.Yes
College Library Foursquare BadgeCollege LibraryCheck-in to a college library after midnight. You’ve got TSU, Belmont, Vanderbilt, Lipscomb, Metro, Fisk, etc. . .Yes
School Spirit Foursquare BadgeSchool SpiritCheck-in 5 times to a college sports venue (like a stadium).Yes
Yoga Foursquare BadgeYoga “Downward Dog” BadgeCheck-in 10 times to a place whose primary category is Yoga Studio. Hot Yoga on church is one, as well as the Yoga Studio in the Hermitage YMCAYes
Pittsburgh Steelers Superbowl BadgeSteelers Superbowl BadgeOn Superbowl Sunday, when you go to check-in using your phone’s app, you’ll see a special Superbowl “trending” venue at the top of the page. Check-in and shout Steelers.No
Greenbay Packers Superbowl BadgePackers Superbowl BadgeOn Superbowl Sunday, when you go to check-in using your phone’s app, you’ll see a special Superbowl “trending” venue at the top of the page. Check-in and shout Packers.No
Arts and Crafts Foursquare BadgeArts and Crafts BadgeExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘arts and crafts’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Fixer UpperFixer UpperExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘hardware store’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Groundhog DayGroundhog DayFirst you have to follow Visit PA on Foursquare, then on February 2nd and only February 2, 2011, you have to shout “Happy Groundhog Day”No
RuPaul's Drag RaceRuPaul’s Drag RaceFirst you have to follow LogoTV on Foursquare, then over the course of three days, with one check-in per day, you have to visit three of the following locations: gay bar, salon, boutique, karaoke bar, or beauty/cosmeticsYes
Coffee Shop BadgeCoffee Shop BadgeExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘coffee shop’, or 3 different ones. If 5 of those are Starbucks, you’ll get that badge, too.Yes
Jersey Shore GTL BadgeJersey Shore GTL BadgeCheck-in to a laundromat, a gym and a tanning salon within a 7 day period – but make sure you’re friends with MTV on Foursquare first – or you won’t get it.Yes
New Year's Eve Foursquare BadgeNew Year’s EveCheck-in between 8 pm and 4 am New Year’s Eve, 2010-2011.No
Bowling Foursquare BadgeBowlingExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘bowling’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Bookworm Foursquare BadgeBookwormExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘bookstore or library’ in Nashville, or 3 different ones.Yes
9 to 5 Foursquare BadgeStaplerCheck-in to 15 office/corporate venues for 15 of 30 days and get this nifty stapler badgeYes
(red) AIDS Foursquare Badge(Red)Shout #turnred on December 1st and get the (red) Foursquare Badge celebrating RED World AIDS DayNo
Hangover Foursquare BadgeHangoverCheck-in after 4 am one night, then early the next morning. If you check-in after 3 am, you’ll also get the School Night badge.Yes
Baggage Handler badgeBaggage HandlerCheck-in to Nashville International Airport and shout “TSA” or “grope”. This also serves are your first check-in towards the JetSetter Badge.Yes
Black Friday Toys R Us BadgeCheck-in to Toys R Us on Black FridayNo
RadioshackCheck-in to a coffee shop, a gym and then Radio Shack. You get 20% off merchandise with the badgeNo
IFC Poor Decisions foursquare BadgeIFC Poor DecisionsFollow IFC on foursquare. Then, check in to three strip clubs or bars after midnight. Make sure they are not “sports bars”No
Election foursquare Badge2010 ElectionInclude the word “I Voted” in a shout on Election DayNo
Halloween 2010 foursquare BadgeHalloween 2010Include the word “Halloween” in a check in sometime from Friday to Sunday on Halloween weekend.No
Swimmies foursquare BadgeSwimmiesExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘water or beach’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Great Outdoors foursquare BadgeGreat OutdoorsExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘park or lake’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Zagat foursquare BadgeZagatCheck in to zagat-rated restaurants. Good luck – they’re hard to find.Yes
Healthy Crane foursquare BadgeHealthy CraneFirst, you have to join HealthMonth.com Then, you play the game and stay in the Orange Bracket for a month.Yes
Healthy Fox foursquare BadgeHealthy FoxFirst, you have to join HealthMonth.com Then, you play the game and stay in the Purple Bracket for a month.Yes
Healthy Lizard foursquare BadgeHealthy LizardFirst, you have to join HealthMonth.com Then, you play the game and stay in the Yellow Bracket for a month.Yes
Healthy Polar Bear foursquare BadgeHealthy Polar BearFirst, you have to join HealthMonth.com Then, you play the game and stay in the Pink Bracket for a month.Yes
Top Chef foursquare BadgeBravo RestaurantsFirst you have to follow Bravo on foursquare. Then, check in to some of the hotspots in town. Most are in Nashville, not Franklin or Brentwood (The Acorn is one)Yes
TLC Summer foursquareTLC SummerFollow TLC on foursquare and check in to a venue on their foursquare page, like Las Paletas on Granny White Pike.
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Nashville Fousquare Badge list#4sqDay 2010This badge was available on April 16th, 2010. You had to shout “Happy Foursquare Day” There was a Nashville Swarm Attempt at Centennial Park for this.No
excELLENt fan foursquare BadgeexcELLENt fanFollow The Ellen DeGeneres Show and check in to a venue tagged BakeryYes
Team Coco Bonnaroo Foursquare badgeTeam Coco BonnarooFor checking in to the Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival during Bonnaroo 2010.No
16 Candles foursquare Badge Nashville check-in locations16 CandlesYou just have to say “happy birthday” in 5 shouts. It doesn’t matter where in Nashville you check-in for this one.Yes
Art museum foursquare BadgeWarholExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘gallery’, or 3 different ones.Yes
VH1 Fanatic foursquare BadgeVH1 FanaticFollow VH-1 on foursquare. Then check in to 3 music venues like Bluebird Cafe, Wildhorse and Ryman.No
Player Please badge on FoursquarePlayer PleaseCheck in to any Nashville venue where 3 of your friends of the opposite sex are currently checked in. They’re only friends if you’re friends on Foursquare.Yes
2010 VMA Moonman foursquare Badge Nashville check-in location2010 VMA MoonmanFirst, follow MTV on foursquare and then. . . I actually don’t have this one and am not sure – but there are Nashville folks with it.Not Sure
Runkeeper foursquare Badge is available in NashvilleWarmupFirst, you have to sign up for a RunKeeper.com account. Then you have to download the app to your phone. Then you have to use the phone to track yourself exercising – and then press “Save Activity”Yes
5K foursquare Badge is available in Nashville5KFirst, you have to sign up for a RunKeeper.com account. Then you have to download the app to your phone. Then you have to use the phone to track yourself running 3.1 miles – and then press “Save Activity”Yes
Adventure Foursquare Badge Check-in Locations Nashville10 Check insCheck in to 10 different Nashville venues. No tricks. You get this badge after your 10th new check-in.Yes
Nashville foursquare Badge brought to you by lettersfromdan.comA-ListFirst, follow LogoTV on Foursquare. Then, check in to two different venues with one of the following categories: gay bar, wine bar, sushi restaurant, spa, steakhouse restaurant, hotel bar, lounge, or art gallery. There are plenty on Church Street.Yes
American Red Cross foursquare BadgeAmerican Red CrossOn your next check-in, include the words “donation” and “Red Cross” in a shout.No
Bravo Andy Cohen Foursquare Badge in NashvilleAndy CohenFirst you have to follow Bravo on foursquare. Then you can earn the badge for your checking in to an undetermined number of Bravo rated locations, that are also tagged “Bravoandy”.Yes
Photogenic foursquare BadgePhotogenicCheck in to 3 different venues tagged “photobooth” like Opry Mills and the Arcade downtown (to name 2).Yes
Pizzaiolo foursquarePizzaioloExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue categorized ‘pizza’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Real Housewife foursquareReal HousewifeThis is one of those badges you’ll get if you check-in at all the places in the Whole Foods Green Hills H.G Hill Plaza.Yes
Road WarriorRoad WarriorYou’ve got to get a Waze.com account, connect your Foursquare account and check-in 3 times through the Waze app on your mobile phone.Yes
School Night foursquare BadgeSchool NightCheck in after 3:00am on a school night. Check in again early the next morning (before 10) and you’ll get the Hangover BadgeYes
Halloween foursquare BadgeSpooky SwarmCheck in to a venue that has at least 50 people currently checked in after 8:00 pm in your time zone from Friday to Sunday on Halloween weekendNo
Super Duper Swarm foursquare Super Duper SwarmCheck in to a venue with 500 people already checked in. Yes, if you are number 475, you will get the badge when number 500 checks in. Your best bet is a Titans game.Yes
Super Fan foursquare Badge Super FanFollow CNN on foursquare. Shout Goooooooooal! During the World Cup”No
Animal House badge check-insAnimal HouseCheck in to 3 different places that were tagged with both ‘frat boys’ and ‘college’. Try several of the bars by Noshville, plus the Melrose Bar.Yes
Babysitter foursquare BadgeMonkey bars or BabysitterExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘playground’, or 3 different ones. These are places like the Dragon Park near Vandy.Yes
Lookin’ for Love foursquare BadgeLookin’ for LoveI’m still figuring this one out. Follow Bravo. Check-in to locations they endorse. . . Not sure what kind..Yes
Marathon foursquare BadgeMarathonRegister with RunKeeper. Add your Foursquare account in their settings. Run a marathon while signed into Runkeeper on your mobile phone. Make sure your phone is tracking the miles.Yes
MTV GYT foursquare Badge brought to you by thekruser.com: best foursquare badge list on the internetMTV GYTFollow MTV, check-in to planned parenthood.No
Newbie foursquare BadgetNewbieAwarded for your first check in.Yes
Over Achiever foursquare BadgeOver AchieverFirst, you have to sign up for RunKeeper. Then download the app (Android and iPhone only). Then track 5 activities using the app to get this badge.Yes
Overshare foursquare BadgeOvershareCheck in 10+ times in a 12 hour period.Yes
Banksy FanYou could have checked-in to the Belcourt Theatre when “Exit Through the Gift Shop” was playing and shouted Bansky.No
Barista foursquare Badge check-ins NashvilleBaristaFor checking in to 5 different Starbucks locations. Read up on the Coffee Shop badge, as this will work you toward it.Yes
Bender foursquare BadgeBenderYou get the badge after 4 consecutive evenings of check-ins.Yes
Bing Home TurfWhen WorldCup Soccer was on TV, all you had to do was follow Bing on Foursquare then root for your team in a shout.No
Bon Appetit - Navigator foursquare Badge Nashville check-inBon Appetit – NavigatorFirst, follow Bon Appétit on foursquare. Then, check in to two venues they list on their foursquare page – they have 4 or 5 Nashville venues listed.No
Bonnaroo Rock Star foursquare Badge from Manchester, TNBonnaroo Rock StarStart by following Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Foursquare. Then when you’re at the event, check-in to 10 different places.No
Nashville's Bravo Newbie badgeBravo NewbieFirst you have to follow Bravo on foursquare. Then you can earn the badge for your first check in at a Bravo rated location – like any of the shops next to Whole Foods in Green Hills.Yes
Nashville's Bravo Newbie badgeCeltics – Finals 2010During the NBA Finals, check in and include “Go Celtics!” in the shout. Without the quotes, of course!No
CNN Healthy Eater foursquare BadgeCNN Healthy EaterFollow CNN on foursquare then check in to the Nashville Farmer’s Market four times.No
CrunkedCheck in 4 or more times in a single night.Yes
Cupcake Connoisseur foursquare Badge tCupcake ConnoisseurFirst, follow TLC. Then check-in to locations tagged “cupcake”. There’s a great one down in Germantown, by the Stadium.No
Dog's Best Friend foursquare Badge Dog’s Best FriendExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘dog run’ or ‘dog park’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Don’t Stop Believin’ foursquare BadgeSounds So Good foursquare BadgeTwo Badges for OneFollow “Ellen DeGeneres on Foursquare. Then check-in to 3 different venues tagged as “karaoke” in a month. You’ll then receive both the Sounds so Good Badge and the “Don’t Stop Believin’ Badge (Expert Badge). (You can check in to Music stores for the Sounds so Good badge, but it won’t be a 2 for 1 then).Yes, Yes
DouchebagDouchebagAwarded for checking in 20 times at places tagged with “douchebag”. This one is difficult to get. There are few places tagged “douchebag” in Nashville.No
Elite Shopper foursquare BadgeElite ShopperPretty easy to figure this one out. Follow Lucky Magazine on foursquare and check in to every shop in the HG Hills Plaza in Green Hills. You need 5 “Lucky” places. There are 5 here.Yes
Epic Swarm foursquare BadgeEpic SwarmWhen 1,000 people gather and check-in to the location, if you’re one of them you get this badge. This may happen at Bonaroo.Yes
Explorer foursquare BadgeExplorerYou get this after you’ve checked into 25 different places. It’s like a “good job” bonus.Yes
Movie theatre foursquare badgeZeotropeExpert Badge – Check in 5 times to the same venue tagged ‘theater’, or 3 different ones.Yes
Hotdog cart Foursquare badgeHotdog CartFor checking in to 3 different locations categorized as ‘Food Truck’.Yes

(the format of this table was inspired by thekruser.com – best Foursquare info on the net)

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