Fun and Free in Music City

You already know Nashville is home to free music 365 days a year, but music isn’t the only free attraction in town.

You already know Nashville is home to free music 365 days a year, but music isn’t the only free attraction in town. Enjoy the city’s parks, art galleries, several historical attractions, festivals, and more free of charge. Experience more of Music City for less. 

Free Live Music & Events

Music City hosts live music 24/7/365. And there's rarely a cover charge! Take a stroll and open your ears to all the FREE live music playing around every corner in Music City. Please remember to tip the band if you like the music (and we know you will). There's just too much free live music to list here. Check this out: visitmusiccity.com/freemusic.

Buzz Brainard at the Music Row Happy Hour @ Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
Every Friday afternoon, hang out with Buzz Brainard at the Music Row Happy Hour. The fun takes place on the second floor of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville on Lower Broadway. Admission is free! Join them for a good time and who knows, maybe your favorite artist will show up. Find out more: https://www.siriusxm.com/thehighway

Parks

Area Parks
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.

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.

Music City Walk of Fame Park
The Music City Walk of Fame on Nashville's Music Mile is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration and made a significant contribution to the music industry with connection to Music City.

Centennial Park and Gardens
Centennial park is Nashville's premier park. Located on West End and 25th Avenue North, the 132-acre park features: the iconic Parthenon, a one-mile walking trail, Lake Watauga, the Centennial Art Center, historical monuments, an arts activity center, a beautiful sunken garden, a band shell, an events shelter, sand volleyball courts, dog park, and an exercise trail.

Arts

The Arts Company
The Arts Company is a prime destination for fresh, original, and contemporary artwork in photography, painting, and sculpture by artists from emerging to legendary. Gallery hours are 11am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday.

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.

Fisk University Galleries
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 a changing schedule of traveling exhibitions and temporary installations from Fisk University's permanent art collections.

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.

LeQuire Gallery & Studio
The gallery features contemporary paintings, drawings and sculpture with an emphasis on figurative work. Exhibits change quarterly with work from Alan LeQuire - the nationally recognized sculpture of Musica and Athena Parthenons - always on view. Gallery hours are 10am-3pm Tuesday-Saturday.

Nashville Shakespeare Festival - Shakespeare in the Park
For nearly 30 years the Nashville Shakespeare Festival has educated and entertained. During the summer months they offer free performances (with a suggested and much appreciated $10 donation) in Centennial Park Thursday-Sunday and Labor Day Monday. Visit their site for details on the next performance.

Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt University
Located inside Vanderbilt University's Student Center is the Sarratt Gallery. It features ten exhibits a year of contemporary art by regional and national artists. It is free and open to the public all year long. Gallery hours are 9am-9pm Monday-Friday; 10am-10pm Saturday-Sunday. (During the summer months, as well as holiday and semester breaks, the gallery closes at 4:30pm each weekday and is closed on weekends. For additional information, call 615-322-2471)

Tinney Contemporary
Tinney Contemporary is a modern art gallery located in the heart of downtown Nashville, specializing in the sale of affordable, museum-quality artwork for homes and businesses. Tinney Contemporary represents a large-portfolio of internationally known artists whose works we present through a series of rotating exhibitions throughout the year. Gallery hours are 11am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday.

Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery
Gallery hours are 11am-4pm Monday-Friday, and Saturday-Sunday 1-5pm. The gallery will close for breaks and installations during the academic year. Please call ahead to verify schedule at 615-322-0605.

Zeitgeist Gallery
Zeitgeist Gallery located in Wedgewood-Houston spotlights both local and regional artists. It is a contemporary art gallery that engages viewers to explore a wealth of art through their changing exhibits. Each exhibit provides a rich experience to those who are moved by art, artists, and the creative process.

Attractions

Arrington Vineyards
Visiting the vineyard is FREE. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy dinner. Also, Arrington Vineyards hosts Music in the Vines every year from April through December. Each concert is FREE and the perfect chance to taste amazing wine!

Cooter's Place Museum and Store
"Cooter," Ben Jones himself, operates this "Dukes of Hazzard" museum that features pictures, props, costumes, memorabilia, and classic Dukes cars including Cooter's two trucks, Daisy's Jeep, Rosco's Patrol Car, and a General Lee. Admission is always free.

Nashville 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.

Downtown Presbyterian Church
The Presbyterian Church is a national landmark. Guests in Nashville have marveled over the Egyptian revival interior and the organ located in this historic location. The public is welcome to enjoy a self guided tour of this Nashville treasure. Tour are held Monday – Friday from 10am-3pm depending on availability. Please contact the church office at 615-254-7584 to request a time. Guided group tours for 5+ available upon request.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Discover the history behind Fort Donelson and the Union victory which elated the North, and stunned the South. Within days of the Confederate surrender at Fort Donelson, Clarksville and Nashville would fall into Union hands. General Ulysses S. Grant and his troops created a pathway to victory for the Union after this great victory. The Fort Donelson center is open daily from 8am to 4:30pm.

Fort Nashborough Interpretive Center
Nashville was founded when James Robertson led his group of pioneers across the frozen Cumberland River to a place called The Cedar Bluffs. It was here that these men built a fort called Nashborough which would be shelter for the first families. Today, a replica of the fort is located at the end of Lower Broadway and is open for self guided tours. The site also holds a Native American Plaza that honors the tribes and people that populated the area before the arrival of James Robertson.

Fort Negley
Explore the largest inland masonry fort built during the Civil War. Self guided tours Tuesday-Friday 12-4pm and Saturday 9am-4pm.

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Take a walk through the resort's nine acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls any day of the week.

Isha Institute of Inner-sciences
Isha Institute of Inner-sciences offers a Free Yoga Day each month. Also, the Isha Institute is open every single day of the year with free classes to participate in.

Nashville Public Library
The library has year round fun for free including puppet shows, music in the courtyard and more.

Story Time at the Library - Dates vary by location
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
Guided tours are available Monday-Friday of the Tennessee State Capitol - one of the oldest-operating capitols in the country.

Tennessee State Museum
From Tennessee's early beginnings to present day, the Tennessee State Museum tells the entire story of Tennessee's rich history including Music City.

The Upper Room Chapel and Museum
The Upper Room Chapel and Museum, home of the daily devotional guide, features Christian art portraying the Biblical upper rooms stories of The Last Supper and Pentecost. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is recommended.

Free for children

Belle Meade Plantation
FREE for Ages 5 and Under
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.

Belmont Mansion
FREE for Ages 5 and Under
Completed in 1853 by Adelicia Acklen, Belmont was recognized as one of the most elaborate and unusual homes in the South. Adelicia secretly conspired with both the Confederate and Union forces to emerge from the Civil War with her fortune intact.

Carnton
FREE for Ages 5 and Under
Carnton, home of Carrie and John McGavock, served as the largest Confederate field hospital following the Battle of Franklin, fought in 1864. Robert Hicks immortalized Carrie McGavock in his New York Times bestseller The Widow of the South.

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
FREE for Ages 2 and Under
Experience Cheekwood, the 55-acre estate built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune in Nashville, Tennessee, and one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era estate in the United States. The Botanical Garden is a spectacular showcase of color and horticultural diversity with eleven specialty display gardens and stunning natural landscape.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
FREE for Ages 5 and Under
Follow the rhythm of country music past and present to the home of priceless artifacts, dynamic exhibitions, Nashville’s legendary recording studio, and more. Current permanent exhibitions include Sing Me Back Home: The Journey Begins – Folk Roots to the 1960s and Historic RCA Studio B.

Frist Art Museum
FREE for Ages 18 and Under
The Frist is always free for ages 18 and younger. The Frist Art Museum also hosts events for kids to discover, explore, and create art, such as Free Family Days, Family Mondays, and more. 

Historic Travellers Rest
FREE for Ages 6 and Under
Historic Travellers Rest is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the Overton home and serving as a gateway for learners of all ages to explore and experience Nashville's historic past. Built by Judge John Overton in 1799, Travelers Rest is the oldest historic home in Nashville open to the public.

Lane Motor Museum
FREE for Ages 4 and Under
Lane Motor Museum is home to the largest European collection in the U.S. and features 150 extraordinary cars and motorcycles from around the world. Visitors will discover oddities like propeller-driven vehicles, microcars, amphibious vehicles, one-of-a-kind prototypes, military vehicles, competition cars, and more.

Lotz House Museum
FREE for Children 6 and Under
In 1855, German immigrant Johann Lotz built the Lotz House and used his home as a show room to sell his carpentry work. In 1864, Lotz House was at the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin and still bears several battle wounds.

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
FREE for Ages 5 and Under
The museum is divided into cities that have a rich history of recorded music such as Detroit, Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Atlanta who all had musicians who were talented enough to play any music, regardless of style. These musicians had nicknames like The A-Team, The Memphis Boys, The Swampers, The Funk Brothers, and The Wrecking Crew.

National Corvette Museum
FREE for Ages 5 and Under
The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, showcases America's sports car. The museum features over 70 Corvettes displayed in periodic settings, including a mid-century barbershop, service station, and historic race track!

The Storytellers Museum & Hideaway Farm
FREE for Ages 12 and Under
The Storytellers Museum & Hideaway Farm brings to life the history of the property which was once owned by Johnny Cash. The tours will allow you to see the "Little Stage" which once hosted "Saturday Night in Hickman County," view memorabilia from the "Man in Black," learn about the house which was built before the Civil War, and more.

Wave Country
FREE for Ages 2 and Under
Dive into this wave action, freshwater pool, and water slide complex. Packing your own picnic is acceptable. Floats can be rented, and there's plenty of shade.