Cool Things To Do This Summer in Nashville, TN

People in an outdoor music festival

Nashville is awesome in all seasons, but there’s something about summer that makes the city particularly cool. Southern summers are hot enough to make you want to spend a lot of time indoors, but Nashville has enough going on outside that you won’t mind being cooped up when you’re inside. Here are some cool things to do this summer in Nashville, TN!


CMA Fest 

June 9-12

The CMA Fest, the world’s longest-running country music festival, allows fans to participate in a variety of events honoring and honoring country music’s heritage. Artist meet-and-greets, concerts, tailgating, games, and other activities are available to fans. A percentage of the revenues will benefit the CMA Foundation, which is dedicated to providing high-quality music education to the future generation.

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American Artisan Festival 

June 17-19

Centennial Park Bandshell, TN 37203

Handmade art, food trucks, artisan beverages, and live music will be available to attendees. There will also be a musical performance in the spirit of Nashville. Free creative space will be available to children.


More details here.


Ashland City Summerfest

July 7 – 11

Summerfest is a yearly 4-day festival held at the 20-acre Riverbluff Park along the Cumberland River in Ashland City, TN. Festivities include a family-oriented carnival, nightly music, arts, crafts, food, game booths, and fireworks at the conclusion of the week.

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Let Freedom Sing! Nashville’s July 4th celebration

July 3-4

Old Dominion, Gramps Morgan, Cassadee Pope, Levi Hummon, and others will perform at the FREE Let Freedom Sing! concert on July 4, 2022. Downtown Nashville hosts a Music City July 4th celebration. The biggest fireworks extravaganza in Nashville history will be held this Fourth of July, with the pyrotechnics synced to a live performance by the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony.

More details here.


Music City Hot Chicken Festival

July 4

700 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206

Hot chicken will be available from a variety of local restaurants. A fire engine parade, local merchants, and an amateur cookery competition will also be held. Friends of Shelby Park & Bottoms will get 100% of the funds.

More details here.


Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival

July 23

Fisk University

This event honors and celebrates Jefferson Street’s musical legacy. Attendees may enjoy music and shop businesses from North Nashville in addition to the music. The Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P.) is a non-profit organization committed to the economic growth and regeneration of North Nashville.

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Williamson County Fair

August 5-13

Williamson County AgExpo Park. 

Franklin has an annual county fair. Guests may enjoy fireworks, a pig birthing display, a cultural arts exhibit, and more during the fair in addition to the rides and attractions.

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First Saturday Art Crawl

August 6

The First Saturday Art Crawl is a monthly event held in Downtown Nashville on the first Saturday of each month from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. At most of the destinations, there will be fantastic art galleries, street art, live music, and complimentary beverages. This event is completely free and accessible to the general public. Everyone is welcome, however, you must be 21 years old or older to drink.

More details here.


Tomato Art Fest

August 12-13

Five Points, East Nashville

A tomato art display, a parade, a home-decorating contest, and more await attendees. People of all ages will be able to enjoy tomato-themed cuisine and live music.

More details here.


September Sundown

September 2

Centennial Park

The annual September Sundown is featured at Musicians Corner, an annual outdoor music event in Centennial Park. Local performers, food trucks, Kidsville, Musicians Corner Pub, and merchants will perform at this event series on Friday and Saturday evenings in September. The event is free and accessible to people of all ages.

More details here.


AmericanaFest: Americana Music Festival & Conference

September 13-17

During AmericanaFest: Americana Music Festival & Conference, Nashville is the place to be for music fans and industry professionals. There’s something for every level of music fan, whether you just want to see some incredible live performances or attend in-depth seminars given by major music business influencers.

More details here.


Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival

September 17

Cumberland Park East Bank Landing

This fun event for the whole family helps the Cumberland River Compact. Dragon boat racing, entertainment, live music, community education programs, and more await visitors. Admission is completely free.

More details here.


Pilgrimage Festival 2022

September 24-25

Park at Harlinsdale Farm

The Pilgrimage Festival began in 2015. Harlinsdale Farm, only a short walk from downtown Franklin, hosts the event every year. The event is family-friendly and concludes each night at 8:00 p.m. If you enjoy music festivals, put this on your calendar for 2022. Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jon Batiste, The Avett Brothers, and many others are on the 2022 schedule!

More details here.


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