20 Activities To Do In Nashville This Summer


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Nashville is a city full of fun at every turn, and whether you are a local or a visitor, you should experience everything Nashville has to offer. With summer rapidly approaching, it is the perfect time to explore the city. Take the time to check out these activities highlighting music, food, movies, museums and more!

Music: Nashville is affectionately known as Music City. Attend a free music concert with your friends and family.

Enjoy a free outdoor concert featuring the Nashville Symphony

The Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival is here for 2 days in June. Don’t miss out!

Arrington Vineyards hosts Music in the Vines every Saturday and Sunday with free entry and parking! Bring a picnic and some friends to sip and relax to a live jazz band.

Food: Food is at the heart of Nashville. From BBQ to hot chicken to brunch, there is a delicious discovery at every corner.

Every July 4th, locals travel to East Park for the Music City Hot Chicken Festival. With the best hot chicken creators in Nashville and free entry, you won’t want to miss this event!

The Nashville Farmers Market creates the opportunity to support local artisans by purchasing fresh produce and other products directly from the maker.

Don’t forget to check out our list of black owned restaurants for all of your flavorful cravings!

Art: Support local Nashville artists this summer by attending these events.

Explore local galleries at the the monthly Jefferson Street Art Crawl.

Visit the notable Carl Van Vechten Art Gallery on the Fisk University Campus. Free tours with a Gallery Ambassador is available.

Visit the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery with free admission everyday.

Museums: Take advantage of free museum days this summer.

The Frist Art Museum is a Nashville favorite! Admission is free for visitors 18 and younger. College students also get free admission on Thursday and Friday nights with a student ID.

The Tennessee State Museum is a classic tourist experience with free admission to its permanent and temporary exhibits.

Water Fun: Everyone enjoys a day by the water on a hot summer’s day. Splash around at these fun water events.

Jump into the waves at the Wave Country swimming pools. Admission ranges from $10 to $12.

Learn how to canoe and kayak with these $25 lessons!

Movies: Grab your friends and family for a movie under the stars in Murfreesboro.  

Hiking: Nashville is full of beautiful hiking trails to explore. Become one with nature this summer at one of these outdoor trails.

June 1 is National Trails Day! Grab some friends and go on a free guided hike.

Walk the shady trails of Radnor Lake. Perfect for those hot summer days!

Indoor Fun: Too hot outside? There is still plenty of fun to be had indoors!

Go indoor rock climbing at Climb Nashville.

Spend the day at Hermitage Lanes.

Grab your skates and head to Skate Center West.

Shopping: The Fairgrounds Nashville Flea Market falls on the fourth weekend of every month. With free entry and $5 parking, there is no reason to not attend and support local Nashville small businesses.  

4th of July: Everyone loves a Fourth of July celebration, but no place does it Nashville. Attend the 2-day Music City July 4th celebration for music from the Nashville Symphony and fireworks galore.

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