What to Expect When You Visit Nashville in Fall 2020

What’s open in Nashville? What’s not? What’s been rescheduled or modified? Honestly it’s a moving target but here’s the most current information on Nashville attractions and events. Updated 8/26/20

Honky tonks

As of 8/17, bars are allowed to reopen with a cap of 25 patrons. All must be seated and groups must practice social distancing guidelines. Small bars may need to accept fewer than 25 people. All are required to close at 10:30pm.

Restaurants with bars must close for seating at 10:30pm but are allowed to provide carry-out into the evening. Servers are wearing face masks. Seating at bars and dance floors closed. Most establishments on or near Lower Broadway open around 11am with free live music all day long in most places. No cover charges. With one or two exceptions, they welcome all ages until 6pm; some have a later cut-off for 18+. NEW ORDINANCE: Bars in the Downtown and Midtown areas are not allowed to sell to-go alcoholic beverages. Patrons are not allowed to consume alcohol outside of a bar or restaurant. (And yes, I know this gets confusing fast.)


Each museum has its own set of guidelines. For example, some require advance reservations with a specific time assigned for admittance.

The Tennessee State Museum (it’s FREE) and Frist Art Museum have reopened as have the star-focused museums (Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Glen Campbell, George Jones, and Willie Nelson & Friends). The Cheekwood Gardens have reopened with the mansion with its fantastic outdoor installation Chihuly at Cheekwood. The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum reopens September 10; see their website for guidelines.

Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage, is open with limited access. Belle Meade Plantation is limiting the size of tour groups. Franklin’s Civil War-related attractions including Carnton Plantation are open.

Other popular attractions

Nashville Zoo Advance tickets required, no cash accepted, masks encouraged, some attractions including Unseen World closed.

Grand Ole Opry No live audiences allowed.

Songwriter listening rooms According to social media posts, here’s what I’m finding.

  • Reopened: Listening Room, 3rd and Lindsley, Belcourt Taps, Tin Roof, Commodore Grille
  • Closed for now: Bluebird Cafe’

Other live music Consult this page created by the Nashville Convention and Tourism Corporation for details of coming music events.

The Ryman Auditorium is experimenting with concerts offering very limited, socially distanced seating.

Lodging is plentiful. All but a few upscale chef-driven restaurants have reopened. Some businesses are offering discounts and deals of 10-30% off regular prices.
There’s now a Good To Go Nashville website listing businesses by category that are complying with best-practices health standards.




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