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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.Then we tend to visit one or two more bars and stick to cheaper drinks — beers or soda for the designated driver — that we sip on very slowly.We still get to enjoy the Nashville nightlife and good live music, but it’s considerably cheaper.You can usually watch or join in a game of frisbee near the Parthenon; we even once saw a group itself is a reason to visit Centennial Park.Built in 1897, the structure is a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece, and inside there is a full-scale replica of the famous Athena statue.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.
These concerts draw thousands of picnickers and music lovers who enjoy a night out at the concerts. Smyrna Parks and Recreation has monthly summer Cruise-Ins with classic cars, live music, food and inflatables. Society amateur and professional astronomers are on hand to answer questions and help new star gazers. Vanderbilt's Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood, has "Open House Days" 9 a.m.-noon the first Tuesday of each month. "Shakespeare Allowed," a partnership between the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and the Nashville Public Library, takes place at noon on the first Saturday of every month for a reading of one play. Vanderbilt also has two annual Dore Jam fan events, one before the football season kicks off and one at the beginning of basketball season, when fans can meet the coaches and players, and enjoy some fun activities. All Belmont Bruin baseball games are free ( 615-460-6420), as are the Trevecca Nazarene Trojan games ( 615-248-1271).
Thesymphony also has an "Annual Free Day of Music" in the fall, which is a full day of music from numerous groups including a full Nashville Symphony performance in the beautiful Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Make a reservation and get a tour of the observatory and star chamber, and look through the solar telescope. The monthly flea market at the Fairgrounds Nashville is always fun to explore. Two other baseball options: The Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball, (tennesseevintagebaseball.com), which uses 19th century baseball rules with underhand pitching and no gloves, plays at various Midstate locations through the summer; and the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association ( which has a field at Shelby Park.63.
The symphony also has four free "On Stage" events that feature an intimate performance and conversation, with the audience sitting either on the stage or in the choir loft in Laura Turner Concert Hall. "String City: Nashville's Tradition of Music and Puppetry" will be performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum June 26-July 8, with daily shows at 10 and a.m., except Sunday. Family-friendly and dog-friendly Musicians Corner lawn parties take place on most Friday nights and Saturday afternoons in May, June, select Saturdays in August and September at Centennial Park, with all genres of music, children's activities, local artisans and food trucks. Jazz on the Cumberland concert series on the waterfront at Cumberland Park, 592 S. If it's hockey you like, a good chance to get a free insider look at the Nashville Predators is by catching a practice. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has a free family day program usually on the first Sunday of the month.
Downtown art galleries host receptions and art openings and serve free wine and snacks. The series is always free, although reservations are required: 615-862-8431. The Village hosts a spring Pioneer Days Festival and a fall Harvest Days Festival, with music, demonstrations and food. Warner Park Nature Center (615-352-6299), Bells Bend Nature Center (615-862-4187), Shelby Bottoms Nature Center (615-862-8539) and Beaman Nature Center (615-880-2238) have great naturalist-led programs for families as well as trails for hiking or walking.
look around at the New Fort Negley Visitors Center, at 534 Chestnut St. a time capsule filled with Nashville photos and news publications was placed on the site. Explore the ruins of Fort Negley, which was the largest and most important Union fort built after Nashville fell in 1862 in the Civil War. Tennessee Agricultural Museum, 440 Hogan Road, has an extensive collection of home and farm artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries displayed in a renovated plantation barn. They also have a third Friday summertime outdoor concert series, with bluegrass and/or country bands. Another good option is Bowie Park and Nature Center in Fairview, where there are lots of family events through the year. Murfreesboro's Wilderness Station in Barfield Crescent Park has a full calendar of hikes and nature programs for all ages, including an Animals Encounters program and some animal puppet shows. Tennessee's Free Fishing Day every June is the one day when anyone in the state can fish free without a license.