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 20
Make Music Experience

The Make Music Experience invites musicians, songwriters, music educators and students, and sound and studio professionals to experience the Summer NAMM show being held at the Music City Center. Come for live music, demo the latest gear and technologies, and learn how to advance or even start your careers in music at this one-day festival.

August 9-10
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.

August 24
Record Store Crawl

Join the music enthusiasts exploring our city's record stores. Each patron receives pizza, beer, live music, a chance to look through fantastic music via some of the best records stores in the country, and so much more. Get on the bus and join the fun.

September 1
Old School BBQ Festival

Get down with After 7, Avant, Keke Wyatt, and more during the annual Old School BBQ Festival happening at Riverfront Park. Make sure to bring your appetite, too, as food will be a major feature during this Nashville event.

September 10-15
Americana Music Awards and Festival

Each year the Americana Music Association gathers thousands of artists, fans, and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville. The festival will feature approximately 150 live music performances at 9 music venues from both established and emerging artists.

September 21
Harvest Night at Music City Food + Wine Festival

Harvest Night brings together signature dishes from world-renowned chefs with live music at Music City Walk of Fame Park. Delectable food paired with amazing music make for a true Music City experience. This year, Chicago guitar-slinger and vocalist Ronnie Baker Brooks and harmonica master and vocalist Billy Branch will play music by the Rolling Stone throughout the evening. 

Concert Series: May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 13, and October 11
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 18, June 22, July 27, August 24, September 21, and October 5
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 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, and August 1
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. This year's lineup includes 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 15, August 22, and August 29-September 1
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. Sheryl Crow, Spoon, Future Islands, Jonny P, and more rocked the stage last year. Stay tuned for this year's lineup!

Concert Series: September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 1, & 8
Nashville Library Courtyard

Every Tuesday, the Nashville Public Library hosts a free concert from 11:45am-1pm. The concerts will take place right in their courtyard. So grab some lunch and enjoy the weather while listening to some great live music.

Concert Series: September 5, 12, 19, & 26
September Sundown

Musicians Corner is offering a free concert each Thursday in September at Centennial Park. Last year, Amy Stroup, The Whigs, and Birdtalker performed. Plus, there will be food trucks, local artisans, and Kidsville activities on site to enjoy. Stay tuned for this year's lineup.