Free Music All the Time
Music City hosts live music 24/7/365. The best part, you don't have to pay a pretty penny to listen to Nashville's live music scene. Take a stroll and open the ears to all the FREE music playing around every nook and cranny in Music City. Make sure to check out all the big music events and festivals that are completely free with musical lineups you won't want to miss.
Want to be in the know with Music City? Then download Nashville's FREE Live Music Guide App. Also, make sure to stop by the Music City Shop, playing FREE live music every Wednesday. Plus while the band plays the tunes you have the opportunity to browse some of the best Music City souvenirs and apparel perfect for family, friends, or yourself.
For a complete list of Music Venues throughout Nashville feel FREE to browse here: visitmusiccity.com/musicvenues.
Honky Tonk Highway
Let's talk about a thing called Honky Tonk Highway. Music City's honky tonks line both sides of Broadway and pump live music into the streets all day, every day. There's no cover charge but the tip jar gets passed around for those wanting to appreciate the musicians that make Nashville Music City. The music starts at 10am with the party lasting until 3 in the morning.
Free Music Venues
- Full Moon Saloon
- Layla's Bluegrass Inn
- Legends Corner
- Nashville Crossroads
- Rippy's Smokin' Bar & Grill
- Robert's Western World
- The Second Fiddle
- The Stage on Broadway
- Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
- The Wheel
- Whiskey Bent Saloon
Towards the lower side of Broadway are unique Nashville joints playing the music and keeping the party going with excellent drink specials. The venues in this area have some of the best music one can find for less than a penny.
Free Music Venues
- Acme Feed & Seed
- Bootleggers Inn
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Honky Tonk Central
- Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
- Paradise Park Trailer Resort
- Tequila Cowboy
- The National Underground
- Tin Roof Broadway
Around the corner of Broadway is 2nd Avenue playing every genre of music from blues to rock 'n' roll. It's a street prepared for whatever the night might throw at it. They have the tunes, the dance floors, and they promise to keep the party going until the early morning.
Free Music Venues
- B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant*
- Benchmark Live Music and Sports Bar & Grill
- Big Shotz
- Dick's Last Resort
- George Jones Museum
- Nashville Street Tacos
- Wildhorse Saloon*
Behind the busy streets of Nashville's Broadway is the SoBro district with a handful of places that are all about FREE music. From a listening room with outstanding acoustics to a Nashville craft beer tap room that hosts rocking bands each weekend. The SoBro district is one of the best places to get a taste of what Nashville offers.
Free Music Venues
Some of Nashville's oldest venues can be found in The Gulch. Inside this neighborhood is one awesome clothing store with a guitar room and stage plus eclectic restaurants hosting live music on a nightly basis. The Gulch is a full music experience with the added extras Nashville has come to love like fashion, food, and good times.
Free Music Venues
Extending up Broadway is a neighborhood known as Midtown. This place is filled with FREE music joints just waiting to be discovered. Multiple bars with stages filled with artists aching to play a tune. A person can spend an entire day traveling from one place to the next and never have to worry about hearing a bad song.
Free Music Venues
- Cafe Coco
- Commodore Grille
- The Country
- Losers Bar & Grill
- Rack Room/ Blue Bar
- Soulshine Pizza Factory
- Springwater Supper Club & Lounge*
- The Row
- Winners Bar & Grill
Music Row/ Demonbreun
Along one street is a line of music venues and bars that will have you rocking until the midnight hour. Stop on in for a songwriters' night or just listen to some groovy tunes along the famous Demonbreun St.
Free Music Venues
Nashville is the "Songwriting Capital of the World" so stop by any of the songwriters' nights happening in Music City for a true Music City experience. Music in its rawest form and from the source. It's how people like Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings all got their start. Playing their songs to friendly people willing to lend an ear (and maybe a couple of bucks for the tip jar!). You never know, attend a songwriters' night in Nashville and the singer on stage just might be the next big thing. Oh yeah, almost forget to mention: It's all FREE!
Open Mic: refers to a show where anyone who comes is eligible to play.
Songwriters' Night: refers to a show where the performers are scheduled in advance. Some places allow singers to sign up the day of the event before the show.
Songwriter Evening (sign up day of event) @ Commodore Grille
Every Night Except on Tuesday
Open Mic Night (sign up early) @ Bluebird Cafe
Good People, Great Writers @ The Sutler Saloon
Songwriter Night (first show of the night is free) @ Bluebird Cafe
Songwriter Night @ Soulshine Pizza
Open Mic Night @ Douglas Corner
Open Mic Night @ The Row Kitchen & Pub
Songwriter Night @ The Row Kitchen & Pub
Writers' Night (sign up day of event) @ Bobby's Idle Hour Tavern
Lightning 100's Songwriter Night (sign up day of event) @ Jed's Sports Bar & Grille
Sunday Spotlight Songwriter Night @ Puckett's Grocery Downtown
Nashville Music Venues
Including and in addition to the free music venues listed above, Nashville is home to some of the most historic and coolest music venues in the country. There are over 150 live music venues playing sounds of pop, rock, country, gospel, bluegrass, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, blues and soul. Just follow the music and discover for yourself why music calls us home.
Seeing a concert at the Ryman Auditorium should be an item on your bucket list. You have not lived until you have seen a performance on this historic stage. One can never go wrong with a show at the legendary Grand Ole Opry which remains today as the longest running radio show in history. Stop by 3rd and Lindsley to see national, international, and regional artists perform live in one of Nashville's famous concert halls. Everyone from up and coming artists to legends have rocked the stage at Mercy Lounge. Or join a crowd of thousands as you sing a long to anthems blasting out of Bridgestone Arena. From small, intimate rooms for songwriters in the round to large arenas, Music City has sounds coming out of every door and for every ear.
The free Nashville Live Music Guide app gives you full access to the Music City music scene. Get concert listings for the 150+ venues, directions to each, and details on the clubs - in the convenience of your iPhone or Android! Get the app.
Don't forget to check out our upcoming concerts page to find your favorite artist or artists in Music City. Feel free to browse through all of Nashville's Live Music Venues to find one to your liking.
Nashville's Free Music Events
What better way to celebrate our country's independence than with free live music in the heart of the city built on music? Add to it a full day of family fun and an incredible fireworks show and you've got Let Freedom Sing - July 4 in Music City. You don't want to miss what has been named one of the best July 4th events in the country! This year's lineup included Sheryl Crow, Maddie & Tae, Erin McCarley, Andrew Combs, Ruby Amanfu, and the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony. Click here to see how much fun we had and make the plans to be here next year!
Jack Daniel's Bash on Broadway: New Year's Eve in Music City celebration brings thousands of partygoers to downtown Nashville each year. The free event offers live music, fireworks, and a midnight Music Note Drop® for partygoers. Last year's headliner will be none other than Kings of Leon.
Arrington Vineyards hosts Music in the Vines every year from April through December. During April the events are every Saturday from 5-9pm. From May through December the events are every Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 5-9pm and Sunday 2-6pm. It's all free and the perfect chance to listen to great music and taste amazing wine!
At the beginning of each summer the Nashville Symphony offers a series of free performances at parks around town. The Community Concerts are a lovely event to share with family or friends under the warm night sky. Bring a picnic. Enjoy the music!
Musicians Corner takes place each Saturday May-June and September-October. This free, family-friendly event is open to the public with musical performances from 1:30 to 5pm. Pre-show activities begin at noon with food trucks, beer and wine garden, and "Kidsville" activities.
There is so much FREE music at CMA Music Festival, you don't even need a ticket to catch some great concerts! There will be multiple stages throughout Downtown Nashville hosting free live music each day during the 2016 CMA Music Festival. Some of the big artists playing for free include Charles Esten, A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Chris Carmack, and so many more. Be here!
Every third Sunday from May until October, Nashville jams out at Cumberland Park during Jazz on the Cumberland. All the music is provided by local jazz acts and is FREE to all.
Spend your Saturday nights this summer dancing and listening to live big band music played by some of Nashville's finest musicians. For the ultimate experience bring your own lawn chair and picnic basket.
Each year the Ryman Auditorium hosts Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman presenting the biggest names in bluegrass on the very stage where the genre was born in 1945. Before every show is the free Pickin' on the Plaza live concert featuring a top regional bluegrass band.
Put on by the owners of the Art and Invention Gallery, the Tomato Art Festival is an art show celebrating the tomato during late summer. The festival is free and takes place in East Nashville’s Five Points area. There are multiple stages throughout the area, which hosts free music for everyone to enjoy.
Every Tuesday for two months in early Fall, the Nashville Public Library hosts a free concert from 11:45am-1pm. The concerts will take place right in their courtyard. So grab some lunch and enjoy the weather while listening to some great live music.
This is a free concert series held Thursday evenings in August and September at the Public Square Park in front of the Courthouse. The evening highlights local and nationally known artists and performers. Young the Giant, Band of Horses, and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, will rock the stage this year.
The annual Arrington Vineyards Harvest Party offers a free day of music, hot air balloons, food, and wine, set among a beautiful backdrop of vineyards. It's a wonderful time to cherish the coming season with good friends and family.
The Nashville Symphony invites the entire community to enjoy free musical performances all day and into the night at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. During Free Day of Music they shine a light on some of the most talented and up-and-coming musical talent in Nashville, showcasing what makes Music City truly great.
Live German music, authentic polka dancing, strolling accordion players, and authentic German food and beverages bring the historic Germantown neighborhood to life. Enjoy four stages of free entertainment.
*Call or check ahead. Some nights are subject to cover charges or ticket purchases.