Free Music and Events for Summer 2019 in Nashville

Free music is everywhere in Nashville. Just drop in almost any honky tonk, bar or club. Even restaurants, hotel lobbies and the airport concourses are venues for live music. In addition to the daily offerings, here are some special summer concerts and family-friendly events to enjoy. (Photo above: Striking Matches)

First, a little about our nearly-weekly summer Musicians Corner series
Concerts are held in Centennial Park on West End Avenue next door to McDonald’s. You’ll find multiple artists performing, an eclectic mix of food trucks, a beer garden serving local brews and Kidsville (which is kinda self-explanatory).

Click on the blue markers above for locations of events in and near downtown.

May 18  Musicians Corner Main Stage and Acoustic Stage, noon-6pm

Parker Millsap, Brandy Zdan, &More, others

May 18  Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree

Conceived as an aftershow for Opry members to perform,  it’s been around for 70+ years. These days it’s more an independent radio show with live performances airing on WSM 650AM. It relocated from Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop on Lower Broadway to the Texas Troubadour Theatre near Opryland Hotel. The show starts at 10pm every Saturday. The link will tell you who’s hosting.

May 19   Israel Independence Day

Held at Musicians Corner, 2-5pm, featuring live music and dancing, kids’ activities and food vendors.

May 19 Dragon Music Sundays

Held in Fannie Mae Dees Park (aka as Dragon Park) three blocks west of Hillsboro Village, this concert series features mostly local talent with the Centennial jamBand serving as the opening act at 4pm each week. Featured artists this week: The Rainsticks.

May 24  Musicians Corner Acoustic, 5-9pm

Will Hoge, Shelly Colvin, Emily Earle, others

May 25  Musicians Corner Main Stage and Acoustic Stage, noon-6pm

Aaron Lee Tasjan, Erin Rae, AJ & The Jiggawatts, others.

May 26 Dragon Music Sundays

Centennial jamBand @ 4pm, Anne McCue @ 5pm.

May 31  Musicians Corner Acoustic Friday, 5-9pm

Lera Lynn, Hush Kids, Quinn Deveaux, others.

June 1   Musicians Corner Main Stage and Acoustic Stage, noon-6pm

Joshua Hedley, Lilly Hiatt, Teddy and the Rough Riders, others.

June 2 Dragon Music Sundays

Centennial jamBand @ 4pm, Jake Leg Stompers @ 5pm.

June 6  Musicians Corner Main Stage, 5-9pm

Nashville Symphony

June 7  Musicians Corner Acoustic Friday, 5-9 pm

Pokey LaFarge, Amythyst Kiah, Esther Rose, others.

June 8  Musicians Corner Main Stage and Acoustic Stage, noon-6pm

Nikki Lane, Molly Burch, Sam Lewis, others.

June 8   First Saturday Art Crawl and Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston

Actually two art crawls held on the first Saturday of each month–one in the Avenue of the Arts (aka Fifth Avenue, N.) and the more funky one in Wedgewood-Houston (south of Nashville).

Nashville Pedestrian bridge to Nissan Stadium
Pedestrian bridge connects downtown Nashville to Nissan Stadium, home to CMA Fest’s nightly mega-concerts
June 6-9   CMA Fest

Wall-to-wall music from four main stages plus dozens of showcases and bar performances. For the complete low-down on who’s performing when and where, visit my blogpost filled with info and insider tips. For full access, you’ll need to purchase a pass but many of the performances are free. See my CMA Fest blogpost for the artist line-up and tips for getting the most out of the festival.

June 9 Dragon Music Sundays

Centennial jamBand @ 4pm, Paul Burch @ 5pm.

June 14  American Artisan Festival, noon-8pm

Dozens of creators including painters, sculptors, potters and instrument makers. Performing artists include Jim Lauderdale, Slings & Arrows and Jenny Tolman.

Tents at American Artisan Festival, Nashville
Photo credit: American Artisan Festival website
June 15  American Artisan Festival, noon-8pm

Performing artists include Mary Bragg, Carey Ott and Bentley Caldwell.

June 15  American Artisan Festival, noon-8pm

Performing artists include Andrew Leahey, Leah Blevins and Nora Collins.

June 21  Musicians Corner Acoustic Friday, 5-9pm

Damien Jurado, Kelsey Kopecky, Lydia Luce, Make Music Nashville

June 22 Musicians Corner Main Stage and Acoustic Stage, noon-6pm

Soccer Mommy, Dream Wave, Bantug and others

June 28 Musicians Corner Acoustic Friday, 5-9pm

Bedouine, Jamie Drake, Robby Hecht and others

June 29 Single Lock Records Showcase @ Musicians Corner, noon-6pm

John Paul White, Ethan Samuel Brown, Caleb Elliott and others

July 4th fireworks in Nashville
Photo credit: Melinda Gales
July 4      Hot Chicken Festival

As if July wasn’t hot enough, Independence Day marks the date of our Annual Hot Chicken Festival. The food’ll cost you (except the first 500 folks who get free samples), the other fun is free including the fire truck parade and live music.

July 4      Let Freedom Sing: July 4th in Nashville

Free concerts by Brett Eldredge, Mac McAnally, Jessy Wilson and Dylan Scott. A fun zone for the kids. An evening performance by the Nashville Symphony with patriotic readings by Barry Scott. The evening culminates with one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays. Very impressive.

July 6     First Saturday Art Crawl and Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston

See above listing for details.

August 3  First Saturday Art Crawl and Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston

See above listing for details.

August 9-10 Tomato Art Fest

Two-day event with a parade of wacky costumes at 9am on Saturday and music throughout the days. Artists TBA. Lots of off-beat activities including Nashville’s only Tomato Haiku contest.

August 15-Sept 22 Summer Shakespeare

Formerly known as Shakespeare in the Park, it’s now located one-half mile away from Centennial Park in One City. The Tempest is staged Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday. Pericles happens on Fridays only and Labor Day Sunday. No cost but a $10 donation is requested.

For more ideas, visit the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation event search page or NowPlayingNashville.
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