23 Fun Things to do in Nashville this Summer

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New to Nashville? Been here for a while but looking for something new to try this summer? Nashville is an amazing city. The summers here are filled with all kinds of fun things to do. Here are some events you and your family, friends, and small group can take advantage of. And many are free.

  • Jazz on the Cumberland – ranked nationally as the #1 destination for Jazz in the city of Nashville
  • Catch a Nashville Sounds baseball game – the triple A team for the Oakland A's. Great family fun.
  • Shakespeare in the Park – This season features The Winter’s Tale and Antony and Cleopatra, August through September in Centennial Park. $10 suggested donation.
  • Movies in the Park – Every Thursday in June at Elmington Park, near downtown at I-440 and West End.
  • Westhaven Porchfest – June 17-18 in Franklin’s Westhaven Community. A music and art festival that transforms porches into performance stages and streets into a maker’s fair.
  • Leiper’s Fork Lawnchair Theatre: Free family oriented movies every Friday, June through August.
  • Zoovie Nights – at the Nashville Zoo on May 26 and June 23. Free to Zoo members. Otherwise, included with daily zoo ticket or $6.00 per person for movie only.
  • TN State Museum Free Tuesday – Sunday. The mission of the Tennessee State Museum is to procure, preserve, exhibit, and interpret objects which relate to the social, political, economic, and cultural history of Tennessee and Tennesseans, and to provide exhibitions and programs for the educational and cultural enrichment of the citizens of the state.
  • Crockett Park Summer Concert Series – A fun outdoor concert series in Brentwood’s Eddy Arnold Amphitheater. Free. This is a great option for 4th of July fireworks too.
  • Hike at Edwin and Percy Warner Parks – a 3,180 acre natural area park system just 9 miles from downtown Nashville. 
  • Hike at Radnor Lake – a peaceful and scenic retreat in Nashville with 1,300+ acres of forest and over 6 miles of trails and forests.
  • Catch a show at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Visit Cheekwood Estate and Gardens – a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. 
  • Spend the day at the Adventure Science Center – an independent, not-for-profit science and technology center. We are dedicated to delivering innovative, dynamic learning experiences that open minds to the wonders of science and technology and foster a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us. 
  • Musician’s Corner in Centennial Park – Come hear Nashville’s finest singer-songwriters every Saturday from May 19 through September 16.
  • Catch a concert at Nashville’s new Ascend Amphitheater – right in the heart of downtown.
  • Stock up at Nashville’s Farmers’ Market in Germantown at the Bicentennial Mall – maybe attend a cooking demos.
  • Go out swing dancing (or learn how) at Big Band Dance at Centennial Park – Every Saturday from 7:00-10:00.
  • Cool off at the Spraygrounds at the Cumberland Park on the riverfront in Downtown Nashville next to Nissan Stadium.
  • Check out East Nashville’s Tomato Art Festival – August 11-12, 2017.   Located in Historic East Nashville’s Five Points, this free, costume-encouraged event provides a wildly entertaining, fun-filled day for all types and all-ages. A community builder to celebrate this beloved fruit / vegetable and enjoy the day’s memorable festivities. 
  • Go see Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman Thursday nights, from June 22 through July 27. Every summer for more than two decades, Ryman Auditorium has celebrated their distinction as the birthplace of bluegrass music with this signature Bluegrass Nights summer series.
  • Catch a show at Live on the Green – Nashville’s free music festival in Public Square Park near the downtown Courthouse.
  • Full Moon Pickin’ Party – 7:00 to 11:00pm on the Fridays closest to the full moon (5/19, 6/9, 7/7, 8/4, 9/8, 10/13), at the Warner Park Equestrian Center. These laid-back, family-friendly fundraisers feature Middle Tennessee’s finest bluegrass music under the light of a full moon.

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