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Here are the top 25 FREE things to do in Nashville!

Are you heading to Nashville this summer? The Music City is certainly not short on entertainment and you can find lots of fun and FREE things to do in Nashville. Visit a park, head to a museum, and, of course, listen to some traditional country music.

Here are the top 25 FREE Things to do in Nashville!

1. Music at the Bluebird Cafe

Just about every evening around 6 pm, this famous cafe features local artists and songwriters with no cover charge. You can hear lots of country music, as well as pop, rock, and contemporary Christian.

2. The Parthenon at Centennial Park

This replica of the original Parthenon in Athens is set in the middle of Centennial Park and was originally constructed for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition. Have a picnic or take a stroll around this massive structure. Nashville’s Art Museum also lies inside of the Parthenon, though it does require a fee.


3. The Tennessee Agricultural Museum

Are you interested in the history of farming? Head to this museum to see home and farm artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries.

4. Tennessee State Museum

This museum contains paintings, historic weapons, a print shop reproduction, and more that tell the story and history of the state of Tennessee.

5. Symphony Under the Stars

The Nashville Symphony hosts a series of free concerts every summer at various locations throughout Nashville. This year it’s kicking off in Centennial Park on June 4th at 7:30.

6. Honky Tonk Highway

Visit the Broadway Historic District to listen to live music on the streets. There are also lots of restaurants and Nashville-themed shops, plus lots of opportunities for people watching.

honky tonk highway

7. CMA Music Festival

Multiple stages around Nashville host popular country artists and all daytime activities are free! There will be tons of artists at this year’s event (June 9-12), so check out the lineup to see which performances you’d like to attend.

8. Music City July 4th

Head to Riverfront Park on the 4th of July to enjoy free live music, activities for kids, and, of course, lots of fireworks.


9. Live on the Green Music Festival

This concert series, held at Public Square Park, will host local and national musical artists everything Thursday evening in August and September.

10. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

Learn about the history of Tennessee with this park that features 19 acres, a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II memorial, and more.

11. Music City Walk of Fame

Located on Nashville’s Music Mile, this tribute to some of music’s greatest artists is a fun way to spend an afternoon stroll. Artists are announced, inducted, and a ceremony is given as their star is placed in the walkway. See musicians like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Jimi Hendrix, and more.

12. Hatch Show Print

Hatch Show Print is one of the oldest working letterpress shops in America and they print for entertainers, venues, and businesses. Stop in to see some of the printing at work and view 100s of the posters that they’ve created.


13. Cooter’s Place Museum

Do you love the Dukes of Hazzard? Check out this museum that holds pictures, props, costumes, and memorabilia from the television show. Plus, it’s operated by Ben Jones, who played the Duke Boy’s sidekick.

14. The Nashville Flea Market

Held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, this flea market is considered to be in the top 10 in the nation. Find treasures like antiques, jewelry, handmade clothing, and more. The market is held every fourth weekend.

15. Fort Negley

Fort Negley is the largest inland stone fort built during the Civil War and the area is set-up to support self-guided walking tours.

16. Nashville Public Library

The library houses books, of course, but the building itself and the courtyards are beautiful. Browse through the building to check out the architecture and you may be able to take in a children’s storytime while you’re there.


17. The Warner Parks

Located 9 miles from downtown Nashville, the Edwin and Percy Warner Parks are perfect for picnics, hiking, horseback riding, golf, and more.

18. The Warner Park Nature Center

If you’re going to be at the park, check out this fun center that holds events for children and adults. Check out the natural history museum, visit the working organic garden, or take a butterfly identification class.

19. Vanderbilt University

Close to downtown Nashville, Vanderbilt University has a beautiful campus perfect for strolling, seeing beautiful trees (that are labeled with the variety), and picnicking in the shade.

20. Fannie Mae Dees Park

Sometimes nicknamed “Dragon Park”, this park is toddler and child-friendly, hosting a giant mosaic dragon that is perfect for exploring and climbing. There are also lots of play areas, a little water area for hot days, and a neat rock play area with slides and tunnels.


21. Riverfront Park

This park is right downtown and offers a quiet and quick refuge from the bustling city center. There are often concerts here in the summer and there are good views of LP Field (home of the Tennessee Titans).

22. The Arcade

This shopping center was built in 1902 and was modeled after an arcade in Milan. There are places for lunch and a few shops here, but it’s a neat place to visit even if you just want to stroll through.

23. Grand Ole Opry Museum

Adjacent to the Grand Ole Opry House, this museum is free for visitors and you can see memorabilia from Patsy Cline, George Jones, and more.

24. Tennessee Titans

Usually in July, the Tennessee Titans will host their training camp and it’s free for the public to attend. You can usually get some autographs out of this, too.

25. Ride Glass Elevators

Head to the Sheraton Nashville Downtown to ride the glass elevators that carry you 28 stories. This would be something quick and fun that would make for laughable memories.

glass elevator

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    • spi_cy13

      I’m born and raised in Nashville, and some of these events I’ve never even heard of! Luckily, most of these events I have done though…

      • Cindy

        The only one I didn’t really know of was the Sheraton.. but the flea market you will need to bring money to park. If you park in lot it’s 5 dollars, but the neighbors will let you park for a variety of prices. Centennial Park has a lot of summer shows. And all of the libraries have really neat shows going on throughout the summer. And if you go to Woodlawn Funeral Home (I know.. but wait for it…) they have recreated the tomb of Jesus and have a nice indoor botanical garden.

        Also, Opryland hotel has a great indoor area with a river running through it. It’s like an indoor city.

    • Susan

      Don’t forget Martha’s Place at Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Plaza! Fun to visit, watch the show, and have a cookie.

    • Abby H

      There’s also a free bus that goes around downtown Nashville! You might have to pay to park in order to get to it, but it’s a great way to spend the day going different places in downtown Nashville for free or cheap. Just google “Nashville MTA Music City Circuit” to find out more.

    • Deanna

      I don’t think the Grand Ole Opry Museum is open any longer. Last time I was there the building was boarded. I believe most items were lost in the 2010 Flood. Does anyone else know for sure?

      • Stephanie Braddy

        Not really sure. On the Grand Ole Opry website, it does not mention the museum at all.

    • Kari

      I thought there was a certain food/drink minimum at the Bluebird?

    • HND Homes

      Great list, there are some activities and events on here I’ve
      never thought of doing or attending! Nashville truly is an amazing place to live or visit.

    • Liz

      I know the Nashville Public Library is listed, but I want to stress how amazing the downtown location is for children! The kids’ department was recently completely renovated, and there are now all kinds of hands on activities throughout the area in addition to the huge collection of books. The story times are wonderfully entertaining, and if you’re able to visit on a weekend and see one of the Wishing Chair puppet productions (free admission) it’s sure to leave an impression.

    • Nita in Nashville

      The Dragon Park dragon is closed for renovations. It is great though.