15+ (MORE!) Free Things To Do in Nashville

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Nashville, the heart and soul of country music, offers countless opportunities to enjoy its rich culture without emptying your wallet. Whether you're a music lover, an art enthusiast, or a family looking for fun activities, Nashville has something for everyone.

From free live music at iconic honky-tonk bars to vibrant art galleries and historical landmarks, you can dive into the essence of Music City without spending a dime. Here’s a guide to the best free things to do in Nashville, ensuring your visit is both memorable and budget-friendly.

Nashville Tootsies

Free Live Music

Music is in Nashville’s soul. Enjoy it for free at these spots:

  • Broadway Honky-Tonk Bars: Listen to live music at various venues along Broadway with no cover charge. Iconic bars like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and Robert’s Western World offer live performances daily. Here's our guide to Broadway bars.
  • Musician's Corner at Centennial Park: Free outdoor concerts on weekends during warm months. It features a variety of musical genres and local food trucks, making it a perfect weekend outing.

Pro Tip: Most places don’t charge a cover fee, but remember to tip the band!

Hatch Show Prints

Free Art and Culture

Experience Nashville’s vibrant art and culture scene without opening your wallet:

  • Hatch Show Print: Visit one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. See how iconic posters are made and browse prints and posters in the shop. This historic print shop offers a glimpse into Nashville’s artistic heritage.
  • First Saturday Art Crawl: On the first Saturday of each month, art galleries open their doors for special events and exhibit openings from 6-9pm. Admission is free, and many offer complimentary wine and refreshments. It’s a great way to experience Nashville’s art scene.
  • Bankers Alley Hotel: This art-filled hotel features over 10,500 square feet of exhibition space. Free guided docent tours are offered on Thursday evenings, showcasing rotating exhibitions from local and international artists.
  • Nashville's Murals: Discover the impressive murals scattered throughout the city. These vibrant artworks can be found on the sides of restaurants, shops, and even old silos, providing unique photo opportunities. Check out our guide to Instagrammable murals in Nashville.
Adventure Science Centre

Free Kid-Friendly Activities

Keep the kids entertained with these free activities:

  • Nashville Public Library: Enjoy year-round fun events and classes, including weekly Story Time and puppet shows. The library also offers special programs for children and families, making it a great educational outing.
  • Adventure Science Center: Free for toddlers under 2, this center showcases dynamic learning experiences about science and technology. It features hands-on exhibits and interactive displays that engage young minds.
  • Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery: Free for kids under 5, this plantation offers history, guided tours, and Living History activities. The site includes a mansion, gardens, and historic outbuildings.
  • Cheekwood Estate & Gardens: Free for kids under 2, this 55-acre estate features beautiful gardens and a stunning natural landscape. It’s perfect for a day of exploration and discovery.
  • Nashville Zoo: Free for kids under 2, the zoo is home to a wide variety of animals from around the world. Enjoy exhibits like the African Savannah, Unseen New World, and Critter Encounters.
Gaylord Opry Hotel View

More Free Fun in Nashville

  • Nashville Flea Market: On the fourth weekend of each month, visit the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to browse a variety of gifts, antiques, and more. With vendors from 30 states, it’s a treasure hunt for unique finds.
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center: Walk around the resort’s nine acres of indoor gardens, pathways, and waterfalls. It’s a beautiful space to explore and relax without spending a cent.
  • Downtown Presbyterian Church: Marvel at the Egyptian revival interior and organ. Free tours are available on Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm, offering a look at one of Nashville’s architectural gems.
  • Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame: Learn about the athletes and coaches who have made an impact on Tennessee sports history. Located at Bridgestone Arena, admission is free and includes interactive exhibits and memorabilia.
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For a touch of history:

  • Tennessee State Capitol: One of the oldest operating capitols in the country. Free guided tours provide insight into the state’s legislative history and architecture.
  • Tennessee State Museum: Telling the story of Tennessee from its early beginnings to the present day. Free highlight tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays at 2pm, making it a great educational experience.
  • Cooter's Place: A “Dukes of Hazzard” museum featuring memorabilia and classic Dukes cars. Admission is free, and the museum is run by “Cooter” Ben Jones himself, adding an authentic touch.

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