Nashville's Summer Bucket List

Dive into Music City with this Summer Bucket List.

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Nashville is a city known for its vibrant history, music, and endless summer fun. As the days grow longer and the temperature rises, it's the perfect time to explore everything the city has to offer. Whether you're a local or planning a summer getaway to Music City, we have compiled a bucket list to ensure you make the most out of your summer in Nashville.

Attend a Live Outdoor Concert

Summer in Nashville isn't just about the warmer weather; it's a time when the city truly comes alive with music. Dive into the city's rich musical legacy with live outdoor concerts - from the vibrant Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th celebration to Ascend Amphitheater and 12 Summer Music Events, the city offers non-stop live tunes.

Explore the Farmers' Market

A trip to the Nashville Farmers' Market is a summer highlight offering an abundance of fresh, local produce. This vibrant marketplace is brimming with a wide array of goods, from fruits and vegetables to artisanal foods and unique local crafts. Don't miss out on the food festivals, unique shopping experiences, and ways to connect with the community and the rhythms of local life.

Take a Stroll

Take a summer stroll through Nashville's outdoor attractions, which offer a unique blend of natural beauty and history. Cheekwood Estate & Gardens comes alive with vibrant blooms and intriguing outdoor art, creating an idyllic setting for a walk. Nearby, the Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery presents a world of Southern charm and rich history, complemented by locally produced wines. Venture just outside the city to Arrington Vineyards to enjoy wine tastings amidst the rolling hills and live music. Cap off the day at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage exploring the life and legacy of a pivotal American president within beautifully preserved grounds. Wherever you decide to explore, Nashville offers the perfect opportunity to connect with nature, art, and music, making for an unforgettable summer outing.

Toast to a View from the Top

What better way to enjoy a warm summer evening than with a drink overlooking the Nashville skyline? The city boasts an impressive array of 3 Kinds of Rooftops and Patios by Neighborhood, each offering unique cocktails and breathtaking views. Whether you are looking for a romantic evening out or a fun night with friends, Nashville's outdoor dining provides an unforgettable backdrop to your summer memories.

Dive into Nashville's Water Adventures

Are you looking to cool down this summer? Beat the heat by indulging in some water fun. Explore the Cumberland River and rent a paddleboard or kayak with River Queen Voyages or Cap’n Dave's Water Sports. For those who prefer a more thrilling experience, dive into a wave pool or lazy river when you explore Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort or enjoy a weekend stay at Gaylord Opryland to gain admission to SoundWaves. Whether you're a local needing a weekend getaway or a visitor eager to explore Nashville's aquatic adventures, these water activities are perfect for beating the heat and enjoying your summer in Nashville.

Enjoy an Outdoor Movie Night

Many parks and venues in Nashville host outdoor movie nights during the summer. Tune in to watch classic films and recent blockbusters while enjoying the beautiful night sky at spots like Night Light 615 at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State ParkNashville Scene’s Movies in the Park at Elmington Park, or Summer Night Movie Series at Tanger Outlets. Bring a blanket and some snacks, and get comfortable for an unforgettable evening.

Visit the Museums

Visiting Nashville's museums offers a delightful escape from the heat and a deep dive into the city's vibrant culture. Explore the unique National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM), the only museum dedicated to celebrating the American soundtrack through a blend of history and interactive technology. Nearby, the Frist Art Museum offers free admission under the age of 18 and captivates visitors with its ever-changing exhibitions of local, national, and international artists. For history buffs, the Tennessee State Museum offers free admission and insights into the state's rich historical tapestry. Each museum contributes to the full Nashville experience, merging education and entertainment, perfect for a summer day.

Indulge in Nashville's Culinary Scene

Nashville has a thriving culinary scene, celebrated for its Southern comfort food and inventive cuisine. Try the sizzling, spicy delight of Nashville hot chicken, a local specialty at famous spots like Hattie B's and Prince's Hot Chicken. And what better way to escape the heat than with a sweet treat from Rolled 4 Ever Ice Cream, Goo Goo Chocolate Co., or James Beard-nominated D'Andrews Bakery and Cafe? With food trucks and pop-up bars also in full swing, Nashville's culinary scene in the summer offers endless opportunities for delicious exploration.

Hike the Trails

Summer in Nashville is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, with the city's trails, greenways, parks, and lakes providing a scenic setting for plenty of activities. Whether it's walking along Shelby Park, exploring Radnor Lake State Park, or spending a day at Percy Priest Lake, Nashville's Parks and Lakes offer something to everyone. Discover ultimate outdoor luxury with Just IN Time Adventures, Nashville's top guided hiking tour company, with all-inclusive day trips to Middle Tennessee's stunning waterfalls and fascinating caves. From the challenging paths of Warner Parks to the relaxing atmosphere of Long Hunter State Park, Nashville in the summer is all about enjoying the outdoors.

Catch a Game

We can all agree that summer is a time for sports. Catch a Nashville Sounds baseball game at First Horizon Park, tour the Tennessee Titans’ home at Nissan Stadium, or cheer on Nashville SC at GEODIS Park, the largest soccer-specific stadium in the U.S. For a unique Nashville sporting experience, step into the arena to watch some of the world’s best bull riders compete with Professional Bull Riders or Nashville Stampede. Whether you are watching from the sidelines or joining the crowd in a sports bar, you can find an action-packed place in Nashville to watch your favorite sport.

Whether exploring the city's musical roots, indulging in culinary delights, or soaking up the skyline views, Music City has something for everyone. So, grab your sunglasses, pack your sense of adventure, and start checking off your Nashville summer bucket list!