If you’re looking for family-friendly free activities in Nashville, Tennessee, you’ve come to the right city! There are a plethora of free activities throughout Music City, including many museums, parks, and free music. You could spend an entire week in Nashville and not attend all the free attractions available—even in the dead of winter!
Free Music Everywhere You Turn
You can’t write about Music City and not mention all the free music concerts available. There are free music events all year round, but summer is particularly good for catching a free show. The list of concerts and free events is long and ever-changing, so here is the best place to look to see what’s going on when you’ll be in town: visitmusiccity.com/freemusic
The Bluebird Cafe
There’s no cover charge to come to the Bluebird cafe and listen to local singers and songwriters belt out a tune! You can hear it all—from country music to rock, pop, and even contemporary Christian songs. It happens almost every night at about 6 p.m. Of course; you’ll probably have to order something…but you’ve got to eat sooner or later, right?
Tennessee State Museum
The Tennessee State Museum is free year-round and is open Tuesday through Saturday, and only closed on four major holidays. They offer exhibits on art, historic weaponry, dioramas, the antebellum period, the frontier era, and the Civil War. They also have a Military Museum and the State Capitol which are also free and give tours but take note that the hours are different than the main museum.
Broadway Historic District
If you’re dying to hear some of the local talents, but you don’t want to drop a dime on beer or burgers, just stroll through the Broadway Historic District and you’ll hear the live music pouring out onto the street from the many bars and restaurants, plus you can browse the many Nashville-themed shops. If people-watching is your thing, this is the place to do it.
Tennessee Agricultural Museum
Homeschooling families won’t want to miss an opportunity to go to the Tennessee Agricultural Museum, located at the Ellington Agricultural Center. Self-guided tours are free, but large groups must pay a fee and make reservations. This living museum is open Monday through Friday and offers exhibits on woodworking, textiles, farming, wagons, a blacksmith shop and a large steam engine. If inclement weather threatens, call the museum first to see if their hours have been adjusted for weather.
These are just a few of the free attractions offered in the Music City. Be sure to make a note of all your options, and make your trip to Nashville full of fun, but easy on the wallet!