Fun and Free in Music City
Nashville is offering more free fun than ever before. Visit Music City and do (way) more for less. Check out some of the free fun you and your friends and family can enjoy this fall.
Nashville Visitor Information Center
Need help deciding what to do while in town? Come on in to our Visitor Information Center in the glass tower of the Bridgestone Arena at 5th Avenue and Broadway and talk to our Visitor Assistants! We have lots of brochures, a gift shop and stage with props for a free photo op.
Go hiking, boating, fishing, picnicking, and relaxing at any of the area's Metro Parks. Visit nashville.gov/parks for more information on individual parks and offerings.
Belle Meade Plantation
Children 5 and under get in free every day. The Belle Meade Plantation is 30-acre historic site 6 miles west of Nashville. The mansion is the centerpiece of the estate and was built in 1853. The plantation grounds feature an art gallery, tours of the estate and rotating Living History activities such as storytelling, period dance and demonstrations.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Tour Tennessee via a 200-foot granite map of the state, a walkway featuring the 95 counties, 31 fountains representing the major rivers of Tennessee and an extraordinary wall depicting the history of the state.
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art
Children 2 & under get in free every day.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
There are a ton of events and activities offered at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that are free. Activities such as instrument demonstrations, dance lessons, musical petting zoos, letterpress art making and more. Children ages 5 and under get in for free.
Dyer Obervatory Open House Telescope Night - second Friday of each month March - November
The Dyer telescopes are open for viewing stars in the night sky.
First Saturday Art Crawl - first Saturday of each month
Every first Saturday of the month, art galleries open their doors from 6-9pm for art lovers and browsers. Enjoy contemporary art, wine and hors d'oeuvres as you stroll among the galleries spanning every aspect of the art world in Nashville.
The Aaron Douglas Gallery features classical and contemporary African art, modern and contemporary African-American art, other American and European and folk art. The Carl Van Vechten Gallery houses the Stieglitz Collection including works by Picasso, Cezanne, Renoir, O'Keeffe, Toulouse-Lautrec and many others. Both galleries are free and open to the public.
Flea Market - 4th weekend of each month
The Tennessee State Fairgrounds Flea Market is considered among the top ten flea markets in the country. Dealers and vendors from 30 states offer their wares to the buying public. You'll find a huge variety of gifts, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, arts and crafts, tools, house wares, handmade clothing and tons more.
Walk through the replica of the orginal settlement of Nashville on the banks of the Cumberland River.
Explore the largest inland masonry fort built during the Civil War.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
The Frist is always free for ages 18 and younger. Frist Center Kids Club is for 5-10 year olds on the second Saturday of each month and offers children an opportunity to discover, explore and create art. College students receive free admission on Thursday and Friday nights (after 5pm).
Gaylord Opryland Resort
Take a walk through the resort's nine acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls any day of the week.
George Dickel Distillery
Just outside Nashville, in Tullahoma, Tennessee, you can tour the distillery and discover Dickel's time-honored traditions.
Hatch Show Print
One of the oldest-working letterpress print shops in America, Hatch Show Print is open to art lovers, music lovers, collectors and everyone else in between. Step inside and see how these legendary posters are made.
Honky Tonk Highway
The honky tonks lining both sides of Lower Broad 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.
In the Round at the Bluebird Cafe
The historic Bluebird Cafe hosts weekly songwriter performances with no cover. Get an intimate performance with the unique no-stage setup from the people who have wrote the songs that you love the most.
Jack Daniel Distillery
Just over an hour's drive from Nashville, the distillery tour tells you the complete story of the whiskey-making process and its history.
Live On the Green Outdoor Concert Series
This is a free concert series held Thursday evenings in September and October at the Public Square Park in front of the Courthouse. The evening highlights local and nationally known artists and performers.
Musicians Corner - Fall Season: September 1-October 27
Musicians Corner is a series of free Saturday afternoon lawn parties held at Centennial Park. Each Saturday from 3-6pm, there will be a series of musical performances, food and artisan vendors. Come out and enjoy a free afternoon of music and fun!
Nashville Farmers' Market
Open every day for anyone and everyone eager to take in some local produce, flowers and other goods. Every Saturday morning, May through October, Chefs at the Market feature cooking demonstrations from local chefs providing rich learning and sampling opportunities from regional farms.
Nashville Public Library
The library has year round fun for free including puppet shows, music in the courtyard and more.
Nashville Shakespeare Festival - August 16 - September 16
For 23 years the Nashville Shakespeare Festival has educated and entertained. This year's performance is Much Ado About Nothing. There will be food vendors and pre-show entertainment. The performances will be held at Centennial Park and come early because all the good seats fill up fast.
Nashville Symphony and Schermerhorn Symphony Center
The Schermerhorn Symphony Center offers building tours to explore the beautiful architecture of the Nashville Symphony's home.
Scarritt-Bennett Center Collection of Ethnographic Artifacts
Several thousand objects from around the world offer exploration of diverse ethnic and cultural heritages.
Get acquainted with the night sky with other astronomy enthusiasts at these parties hosted by the Adventure Science Center.
Storytime at the Library - Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Head downtown each week to the main library for the always-entertaining storytime for children of all ages.
Tennessee Agricultural Museum
The museum has an extensive collection of home and farm artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Tennessee State Capitol and Museum
Guided tours are available Monday-Friday of the Tennessee State Capitol - one of the oldest-operating capitols in the country. Permanent exhibits in the Museum begin with prehistoric people and continue through the early 1900s. The Military Museum explores America's overseas conflicts from the Spanish-American War through World War II.