Free Music and Events for Summer 2019 in Nashville

Summer’s almost over. Move on to this rundown of festivals and special events for Fall 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 (and fall) concerts and family-friendly events to enjoy. (Photo credit: Live on the Green)

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

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.
Musicians Corner concert in Centennial Park, Nashville
Striking Matches perform at Musicians Corner
September 5 Musicians Corner, Centennial Park, 5-9pm
  • The kick-off for the weekly September Sundown series showcasing artists from a variety of genres. Food truck and drink vendors onsite. Line-up TBA.
September 10-15, AmericanaFest
AmericanaFest Awards, John Prine
NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 12: John Prine performs onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • The sanctioned events are covered by a $90+ pass but this festival draws so many musicians together that you’ll surely find some free showcases. If you choose to buy a pass (and they’re nearly sold out), the line-up includes these folks: Andrew Bird, Tanya Tucker, Keb’ Mo’, Milk Carton Kids, Josh Ritter, Shawn Colvin, Jack Ingram, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Buddy Miller, Sierra Hull–and that’s just scratching the surface.
For more ideas, visit the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation event search page or NowPlayingNashville.
Also check out:
Transportation Tips Beyond the Downtown Area
Complete Guide to Broadway Honky Tonks
Tours of All Sorts
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