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. (in photo above: Striking Matches)

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

July 13 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.
July 13 Big Band Dance 
  • Just as the Musicians Corner concert is winding down, head to the back of Centennial Park for their weekly Saturday dance with live music. Come out and dance 7-10pm.
July 19 Full Moon Pickin’ Party, Warner Park, 7-11pm
  • Bring your instrument and circle up under the trees or out in the field for some downhome bluegrass and roots music. Three bands are featured on the small stage but there’s music in all directions. $25 for 18+ ($20 in advance), for youth (7-17), children free. Even though they can accommodate 2,000 people, they’re known to sell out.
July 20 Big Band Dance 
  • Just as the Musicians Corner concert is winding down, head to the back of Centennial Park for their weekly Saturday dance with live music. Come out and dance 7-10pm..
July 20 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.
July 27 Big Band Dance 
  • Head to the back of Centennial Park for their weekly Saturday dance with live music 7-10pm..
July 27 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.
August 3   Art Crawls
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, One City, 7pm
  • 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. Food trucks and drink vendors open for business at 5:30pm with pre-show entertainment commencing at 6pm. No cost but a $10 donation is requested.
August 16 Full Moon Pickin’ Party, Warner Park, 7-11pm
  • Bring your instrument and circle up under the trees or out in the field for some downhome bluegrass and roots music. Three bands are featured on the small stage but there’s music in all directions. $25 for 18+ ($20 in advance), for youth (7-17), children free. Even though they can accommodate 2,000 people, they’re known to sell out.
September 5 Musicians Corner, Centennial Park, 5-9pm
  • This week kicks off the weekly September Sundown series showcasing artists from a variety of genres. Food truck and drink vendors onsite. Line-up TBA.
For more ideas, visit the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation event search page or NowPlayingNashville.
Also check out:
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Transportation Tips Beyond the Downtown Area
Complete Guide to Broadway Honky Tonks
Tours of All Sorts
What’s the Legal Age to…
 

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