Free Nashville Summer Events

by brenna

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Looking for some free Nashville summer events to keep your family occupied and happy? Look no further!

Summer is a great time to get out and try new things!  I know with that comes staying within your budget, so here is compilation of activities that are FREE to do in the Nashville area this summer to help you try new things without breaking the bank:

  • Music
    • 4th of July is big downtown for fun and tons of free music.
    • The Big Band Dance going on at Centennial Park even shelter every Saturday through August.
    • Arrington Vineyard offers Music in the Vines Fridays-Sundays in the summer.
  • Movies
    • They offer family-friendly movies at Ellington Park on Thursdays in June.
    • Franklin offers free outdoor movies as well at Pinkerton Park on June 24, July 8, and July 29.
    • The Nashville Public libraries show movies throughout the summer at various locations, they also have a huge selection of movies you can rent for FREE and watch at home.
  • Culture and Education
    • The Frist is always free for kids 18 and under and Thursday and Friday nights are free for college students.
    • First Saturday Art Crawl happens downtown on 5th Avenue.
    • Downtown Franklin offers The Franklin Art Scene from 6-9pm the first Friday of each month.
  • Family Fun
    • The library offers a fun summer reading program for all ages.
    • The Downtown Public Library offers story time at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
    • Kids can bowl Free! You have to register them online at and you will receive a free voucher via email every Sunday for 2 free games each day that week!
    • The Franklin Family Entertainment Center has free deals for kids ages 18 and under all summer through their “incredabowl” program.

These are just a few of the many things going on in the area this summer.  For a full list of 99 free summer events in Nashville, visit THIS LIST that Ms. Cheap has compiled over at The Tennessean.

And if you’re looking for even more free family fun, check out some of my other posts:

* 7 Free Family Activities to Enjoy Before School Starts

* Regal $1 Summer Movies

* Apple Camp: Free Summer Camp for Kids

* Free Science Summer Camp

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