CMA Music Festival hits Nashville every June, and there are four days (June 8-11) of great free music and activities, featuring artists performing free at venues all over downtown in addition to the ticketed events at Music City Center and Nissan Stadium. The New Year’s Eve musical extravaganza with big-name artists like Keith Urban is known as the Jack Daniel's Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve in Nashville, and takes place at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Several Middle Tennessee wineries offer free outdoor concerts to bring a picnic, buy a bottle (or not) and enjoy live music. Sumner Crest Winery in Portland has concerts May through October. Beachaven Winery in Clarksville holds Jazz on the Lawn concerts on some Saturday nights May through October. Murfreesboro's Friday Night Live concert series runs June through September on the historic downtown square. Crockett Park in Brentwood has a popular series of summer Sunday concerts at the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater, including The Answer Band on June 4, Nashville Symphony on June 11, and the Wanna Beatles on June 25. Be a part of Trinity Music City's live studio audience at several "Praise" concerts through the year and monthly "JUICE LIVE Nashville" concerts. Metro Nashville's "Live on the Green" mini-music festival series runs Thursdays in August and September at Public Square Park. Nashville Public Library's Courtyard Concerts offer lunchtime music on Tuesdays in late summer and early fall at the main library, 615 Church St. Churches of all denominations all over the Midstate are great sources of wonderful free music. Cheap's Guide to the Holidays" in late November for a full calendar including Merry Tuba Christmas, Nashville Unlimited Christmas concert, Messiah Singalong and lots of other church and community musical offerings. Nashville Shakespeare Festival's annual Shakespeare in the Park takes place at Centennial Park on weekends in mid-August through mid-September and in Academy Park in Franklin Sept. Admission is free, but a donation is suggested. African American Cultural Alliance's annual three-day African Street Festival takes place in Hadley Park in September with music (gospel, reggae, jazz, blues, African drumming and R&B), street dance,ethnic cuisine, international block party, bike repair station and children's activities. Buchanan Log House Folk Festival in mid-September at 2910 Elm Hill Pike, is an early 19th-century celebration with an encampment, period costumes and demonstrations such as candle making, spinning, quilting, soap making, wood carving, basket weaving, dulcimer building, live music and old-time children's activities. Tennessee Craft Fair, with more than 200 fine arts craftspeople comes to Centennial Park twice a year, in May and September. The fall Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival at Centennial Park showcases more than 60 music and dance performances on multiple stages and includes a marketplace with handcrafted and imported items, more than 50 food vendors, interactive children's area, an area just for teens and the Global Village, where you can experience the traditional music, languages, food, colorful clothing, decorations and traditions of the cultures that are right here in Nashville. Granville is a beautiful riverboat community near the Jackson/Smith County line. The annual Gallatin Main Street Festival is in early October with two music stages, children's area and crafts. The Metro library system also has nearly 150,000 DVDs that you can check out as well as movies to stream online. The zoo usually also has a free day for seniors (65-plus) once or twice a year, and a free afternoon for kids during the Week of the Young Child. Check out one of our Midstate farmers' markets, many of which are adding programming.
The CMA Music Festival hits Nashville every June, and there are four days of great free music, featuring hundreds of artists performing at venues all over downtown in addition to the ticketed nighttime events. There are lots and lots of fun things to do around Nashville and the surrounding communities. and most Sunday night writers nights, Sunday Spotlights and Monday Open Mic nights have no cover charges. Tootsie's even puts on a free Birthday Bash street party concert every October. It airs at midnight on WSM 650-AM, 615-889-2474 or
But, it's hard to believe how much of it is free...that's right zero dollars. Cheap 101 (wonderful) FREE things to do in 2017 in Middle Tennessee."Music1. Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.'s annual New Year's Eve and Fourth of July free concerts in downtown Nashville have become signature events for locals and tourists alike. The 2017 plays are "The Taming of the Shrew" and "The Winter’s Tale" for Centennial and "The Winter's Tale" for Academy Park. The Granville community has several festivals in spring, fall and holidays, with live music, arts, old-time crafts and a chance to check out Granville's Sutton Homestead with its 1880s home, blacksmith shop, grist mill shop, log cabin and weaving shop. The Nashville Public Library shows movies at many of its branches through the year. Regions Bank sponsors a Regions Free Day almost every month, offering a limited number of free tickets to local attractions, like Children's Theater, TPAC Hot Program, The Adventure Science Center, The Hermitage and more. Nashville Zoo rarely has free days, but it teams up with the Metro Police Mounted Patrol to do a toy collection drive in December in which they give out free admission coupons to people who donate toys.
The trail offers several options, including the four-mile Day Loop or the longer hike to the campground; the latter is a there-and-back trail with a total distance of 11 miles.
Nick and I like this trail for the scenic, cliffside views of the lake and the ample opportunities to actually go into the water.
Go all out and cook something that takes a long time to prepare — like hand-rolled sushi, homemade ravioli, or fresh tamales.
And when you inevitably have time to kill, fill it with a new show on Netflix you’ve been meaning to binge.
Another fact: you will go slowly insane eating the same takeout parked in front of the TV night after night until spring arrives. Try these dates STAT and rescue yourself from the frozen hell that is winter.
Save money and save yourselves from venturing out into chilly weather by spending the whole day in the kitchen instead.
The beach areas are great for the dogs to stay hydrated but are also wonderful and relatively clean swimming areas.
If you’re after a more conventional date night in the city, you can certainly hit up several bars for delicious drinks and live music. Uber and taxi prices are outrageous compared to our hometown of Dayton, Ohio, and drinks do not come cheap either.
Plus bookstores, like Parnassus and Barnes & Noble, and attractions like the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.66. In the hot summer months, little ones love the spraygrounds. There is more water at the Don Fox Community Park, 955 Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, where there's a wading pool, water umbrellas and other fun spraying features.