10 Things to do in Nashville this Summer
We invite you to experience for yourself what makes Nashville special during the Summer months. It’s a city that resonates with life and vibrates to the beat of every kind of song. It’s a town that sizzles with American music, Southern hospitality, unbelievable cuisine and a boundless spectrum of nightlife. Come join us and together we will keep the music playing! Also, make sure to check out what new things Nashville has to offer while listening to the “Summertime Playlist” and plan your trip to Music City!
- Hit the Hall — Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This isn’t just a museum; it’s an experience with something for everyone. Rhinestone costumes, seasoned instruments, and tear-stained lyric sheets are only the beginning, as the museum is home to the largest collection of country music artifacts in the world. Current exhibits include The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, and Reba: All the Women I Am. Don’t miss the Music City Walk of Fame across the street in Walk of Fame Park, where music celebrities who lived, worked and played in Nashville are commemorated with sidewalk stars.
- Ride the Row — Take a tour of Music Row and visit historic RCA Studio B, the famous recording studio where Elvis recorded over 200 songs. Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold and many more recorded classic hits here. Not surprisingly, the heartbeat of Music City is driven by music—from country to classical.
- Visit the Home Of the Greek Gods — In Nashville’s Centennial Park, you’ll find the world’s only full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The Parthenon houses an art gallery and museum as well as Alan LeQuire’s Athena Parthenos. Standing at almost 42 feet in height, Athena is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world.
- Take In a Songwriters-In- the-Round Show — One of the most unique ways to hear music in Nashville is at a songwriters show. Typically called a “writers night”, songwriters are put somewhere where they are not used to being - in the spotlight. Several singer/songwriters will play ‘in-the round’ as they sit on stage accompanied only by a microphone, a guitar and their immense talent. These shows can be found in small, intimate clubs all over town, including The Listening Room Café downtown and the famous Bluebird Cafe.
- Outdoor Concerts — Music steps outside in the summer. Events like Musicians Corner at Centennial Park, Full Moon Pickin’ Parties, Bluebird on the Mountain, Music in the Vines at Arrington Vineyards, and Live on the Green at Public Square Park bring the high notes to the great outdoors.
- Nashville's Newest Sounds — Honoring musicians from stars to studio players that represent all genres of music, the new Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is housed in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. From Hank Williams, Sr. to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Motown to Southern Rock – there is truly something of interest to everyone. Pay homage to the Man in Black at the new Johnny Cash Museum located on 3rd Avenue. Featuring the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world, this is THE Cash venue to visit for all ages.
- Take a Timeless Journey — The Ryman Auditorium, also called the “Mother Church of Country Music,” has had artists as diverse as Jon Bon Jovi and Johnny Cash perform on its legendary stage since 1892. You can take a backstage tour and record your own song in the Ryman recording studio. The stars of the Grand Ole Opry perform every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night (at the Ryman Auditorium November-January; at the Grand Ole Opry House February-October) with guest appearances by the biggest names in music. With 89 years under its belt, it’s the world’s longest-running radio broadcast and shows no signs of slowing down.
- Salute — Three U.S. Presidents called Tennessee home - Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson. You can revisit the past at The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson. Polk is buried on the grounds of the historic State Capitol building.
- Visit Honky Tonk Highway — Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Legends Corner, Second Fiddle, The Stage, Bluegrass Inn and Robert’s Western World are all experts at serving up cool longnecks and hot country music. You never know who you’ll see in these Lower Broadway clubs in the shadow of the Ryman. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bentley and other stars began their careers on Lower Broad.
- Special Events — Summer in Nashville is a season full of festivals, food, and of course, live music. CMA Music Festival might just be the hottest ticket in town as country music stars take the stage for four days in early June. The CMT Music Awards also take place during the downtown festival. Celebrate America’s birthday with food, family fun and multiple days of live music along the banks of the Cumberland River during July 4th “Let Freedom Sing!” Other popular events include Tomato Art Fest, Wine on the River, Shakespeare in the Park, Brew at the Zoo, Music City Hot Chicken Festival, Taste of Music City, and more. Be sure to also check out Nashville Sounds baseball, the AAA-affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.