12 Summer Music Events

Nashville is known for music. We are Music City, after all. Music plays here 24/7/365 so we can't list every concert, or music event, but here are a few of the major music events occurring this season in Nashville. And if you need more, check out our upcoming concerts.

July 4
Let Freedom Sing!

What better way to celebrate our country's independence than with FREE live music in the heart of the city built on music? Add a full day of family fun and an incredible fireworks show and you've got Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th. The 2019 celebration included Brett Eldredge, Mac McAnally, Jessy Wilson, Dylan Scott, and the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony. Stay tuned for next year's fun!

June 4-7, 2020
CMA Fest

Every summer, thousands of country music fans from all over the world come to Nashville to experience CMA Festival - four days of music from hundreds of artists including live concerts, meet & greets, autograph signings, celebrity sporting events, and more. Multiple stages throughout Downtown Nashville will host FREE live music during the festival. Some of the big name artists that performed last year include Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, and more. 

June 11-14, 2020
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Join the 80,000 fans who flock to Manchester, TN, just down the road from Nashville, for Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. It's four days of festivities that will blow your mind. Over 150 musical performances, along with comedy, cinema, sustainability workshops, and more. It's pretty much an adult wonderland of music and art. Phish, Childish Gambino, Post Malone, and more played last year's festival. 

June 2020
Nashville Pride Festival

Nashville celebrates the LGBT community at Public Square Park every June. The two-day event includes an equality walk, live music, and good fun. Last year's lineup included TLC, Neon Trees, Cakes da Killa, and more.

August 2020
Tomato Art Fest

The Tomato Art Fest 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.

Concert Series: Every Friday & Saturday, April-October
Music in the Vines

Enjoy live jazz music in the vineyard courtyard at Arrington Vineyards. It's a beautiful setting for a summer night or afternoon. Listen to some jazz, take part in a complimentary wine tasting, have a picnic, and enjoy the scenery.

Concert Series: May-June
Musicians Corner

Musicians Corner takes place each Saturday during the summer months. All events are free and open to the public at Centennial Park's South West lawn. Musicians Corner offers a great chance to enjoy local live music in a beautiful outdoor setting, with Kidsville, Dogville, MC Pub, food trucks, vendors, and local artisans. Also, the night before is Acoustic Friday Nights. It's free, too!

Concert Series: May-October
Full Moon Pickin' Party

Under the light of the full moon, three headlining acts play the main stage while bluegrass and roots pickers jam in circles under the trees and around the grounds of the Percy Warner Park Equestrian Center. This family-friendly Full Moon Pickin' Party invites anyone to join in the music and all funds raised go to protect Warner Parks.

Concert Series: May-October
Bluebird on the Mountain

Every summer, The Bluebird Cafe travels to one of the tallest hilltops in Nashville to offer a night of live music under the stars. Hit songwriters play their best and your favorite songs on the portico of the Dyer Observatory. Following the Bluebird on the Mountain Concert Series, the telescope is opened for visitors to get a closer look at the stars in the night sky.

Concert Series: June
Nashville Symphony Community Concerts

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. 

Concert Series: June-August
Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman

Each year, the best of bluegrass music play the Ryman Auditorium's summertime concert series Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman presented by Springer Mountain Farms. Last year's lineup included Billy Strings and Steep Canyon Rangers, Leftover Salmon, The Earls of Leicester, Dailey & Vincent, Vince Gill, and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. Before the show, everyone is welcome to take part in the FREE Pickin' on the Plaza concert which occurs on the venue's plaza.

Concert Series: August-September
Live on the Green

Live on the Green 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. Last year's lineup included Gary Clark Jr., JOHNNYSWIM, O.A.R., St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Lake Street Dive, and more. Stay tuned for the 2020 lineup!