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 includes Brett Eldredge, Mac McAnally, Jessy Wilson, Dylan Scott, and the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony.

June 6-9
CMA Festival

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 performing include Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, and more. 

June 13-16
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 are scheduled to perform this year. 

June 14-15
Jefferson St. Jazz & Blues Festival

The annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival celebrates the vitality of the Jefferson Street community through its arts, music, and food culture. This 2-day event, brought to you by the Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (JUMP), will kick off with the SoBro Block Party at 5th and Demonbreun Street followed the next day with the Jefferson St. Jazz & Blues Festival, a day-long music, arts, and food festival featuring local and national jazz and blues artists, plus food and retail vendors from the North Nashville community.

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.

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. Stay tuned for the announcement!

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: 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: June 6, June 7, June 8, June 9, June 11, June 25, and June 26
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 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: May 10, May 11, May 17, May 18, May 24, May 25, May 31, June 1, June 7, June 8, June 21, June 22, June 28, and June 29
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! 

Langhorne Slim & The Law, Parker Milsap, Erin Rae, and more are set to perform Musicians Corner. 

Acoustic Friday Nights' lineup includes The Watson Twins, Sierra Hull, Will Hoge, and more. 

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!