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June 21, 2024

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Outdoor Summer Concerts Bring Family Fun

Oh, those summer nights! Take the kids to a festive — and FREE! — music outing this season and dance the nights away. Find out lineups, locations and more.

Lots of great music will fill the air during summer concerts in June, July and August. Music’s a great way to connect with others, including your own kids! Mark your calendars for these fun family summer concerts:


Big Band Dances at Nashville’s Centennial Park


Made possible by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Big Band Dances take place every Saturday from 7 – 10 p.m. at Centennial Park’s Event Shelter. A live big band provides the music while you and your kids learn a different dance style. Food trucks are on site, or you can bring a cooler. Here’s this year’s lineup:

  • June 15: Music City Swing (swing)
  • June 22: National African American Wind Symphony
  • June 29: The Lynn Beal Band (foxtrot)
  • July 13: Debbie Bailes & Her Band (waltz)
  • July 20: The Merchants of Cool (cha cha)
  • July 27: Music City Swing (swing)
  • Aug. 3: The Jazz Alliance Big Band
  • Aug. 10: J. Bradley Big Band (foxtrot)
  • Aug. 17: 5 Points Swing (swing)
  • Aug. 24: The Moonlighters (swing)
  • Aug. 31: Music City Swing (swing)
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Musicians Corner & Kidsville at Nashville’s Centennial Park


Musicians Corner, the free concert series, takes place on Fridays and Saturdays, May 17 – June 15 at Centennial Park (2500 West End Ave., Nashville). The family friendly event that draws hundreds for live music, food vendors, local artisans and more is also dog-friendly and open to the public. Moreover, kids come front and center for Kidsville, a craft and fun tent just for them. The lineup includes:

  • June 14: Cedrick Burnside, AJ & The Jiggawatts, Charlie Whitten, Lovetta and Marble Jets
  • June 15: Phosphorescent, Arts Fishing Club, She Returns From War, Larysa Jaye and Majeska
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Jazz on the Cumberland at Nashville’s Cumberland Park


The popular — and FREE — Jazz On The Cumberland concert series is held on the third Sunday of the month through October from 5:30 – 8 p.m. The venue’s located at Nashville Cumberland Park (592 S. First St., Nashville). Bring your favorite blanket or lawn chair to enjoy some of the best local, regional and national jazz artists performing live at this family- and pet-friendly event. Enjoy a variety of food trucks, concessions, vendors and even a “Kid’s Fun Play Zone.” (No alcohol, tents, umbrellas, or soliciting allowed). 2024 dates include:

  •  June 16: The Sonja Hopkins Jazz Band (Father’s Day Edition!)
  •  July 21: The Deshan Jones Jazz Quartet
  •  August: Date TBA
  •  September: Date TBA
  •  October: Date TBA

Cornelia Airpark Concerts at Nashville’s Shelby Park


The 2024 Cornelia Airpark Concerts monthly music series kicks off at Nashville’s Shelby Park in May and runs through August. This unique concert experience features live music, craft beers, wine, local food trucks, activities and “Instaworthy” moments, including photos with a vintage plane. Everyone is welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of local live music at this historic venue. Doors open at 5:30 p.m for each event with music starting at 5:45 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes beer/wine ticket for ages 21 and older. Ages 15 and under are admitted free. Remaining 2024 dates include:

  • July 20: Mason Marcus Turner | South for the Winter | People on the Porch
  • August 24: Josh Riley | The Young Fables | Brazilbilly

Music in the Vines at Arrington Vineyards


Come out to Arrington Vineyards (6211 Patton Road, Arrington) for free live jazz and bluegrass bands Saturdays and Sundays on the Hillside stage from 3 – 7 p.m. Food will be available. No reservations required.

Friday Night Live kicks off June 2 with Justin Kirk performing your favorite country hits from the past. From 6:30-9:30pm the Murfreesboro public square will be transformed into a dancing and toe

Friday Night Live Concert Series in Murfreesboro


Friday Nights in June, July, August, and September are filled with music as Main Street Murfreesboro throws a musical party on the courthouse square from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. There’s always room in front of the stage to cut a rug or bring a chair and enjoy the music sitting down. Come early to have dinner at one of the locally owned downtown restaurants and do a little shopping around the square before the music begins. 2024 dates include:

  • July 5:  The O’Donnell’s (Country)
  • August 2: The Nashville Alternators (80-90’s)
  • September 20: Everyday People (R&B)
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Outdoor Concerts at Portland’s Sumner Crest Winery


Sumner Crest Winery in Portland hosts free, family-friendly summer concerts June 8, July 13, Aug. 31 and Sept 21. Bring a picnic and blanket! The 2024 lineup includes:

  • July 13: The Remedies (70s’ and 80s’
  • Aug. 31: Power Play (Grape Stomp!)
  • Sept 21: Four on the Floor (Classic Car Cruise in)


These free family concerts keep kids in mind on June Fridays. Bring lawn blankets, chairs and a cooler to Red Caboose Park in Bellevue. Music plays from 7 – 9 p.m. This year’s lineup:

  • June 14 – San Rafael Band
  • June 21 – Johnathan Boddie
  • June 28 – The Kelli Cox Collaborative
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Thursday Night Out at Cheekwood


Kick off the weekend at Cheekwood’s Thursday Night Out, happening every Thursday evening from 5:30 – 9 p.m. through October. Enjoy TROLLS: Save the Humans while a diverse music lineup provides the eclectic soundtrack. In addition, the evenings feature regionally-sourced food and spirits, lawn games, wellness classes and more. Tickets are $10 for members and $22 for non members. Advanced reservation required.


Summer Concert Series at Hendersonville’s Streets at Indian Lake


Bring lawn chairs, blankets or enjoy ample seating throughout the plaza for this summer concert series live under the stars at the Streets of Indian Lake (300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville) every Thursday, June 6 – September 5, at 6:30 p.m. 2024 dates include:

  • June 13: Enforcer Band
  • June 20: Luggnutts Bluegrass Band
  • June 27: Conspiracy Theory
  • July 4: No Concert
  • July 11: Down South Band
  • July 18: Top Tier Band
  • July 25: Loge Box One Band
  • August 1: Vicki Reid Band
  • August 8: Zone Status Band
  • August 15: Revelry Country
  • August 22: Chips & Salsa
  • August 29: Nostalgic Radio
  • September 5: Stretta Band

Pickin’ in the Park at Sping Hill’s Harvey Park


The 12th annual Pickin’ in the Park concert series will return to Harvey Park (4001 Miles Johnson Parkway, Spring Hill) starting in May. The fun family-friendly event features local musicians and songwriters. Bring chairs and blankets, and enjoy an evening of music! Food trucks will be on site. The remaining dates for 2024’s performances are:

  • July 20: TBD
  • August 17: TBD
  • September 21: TBD

Summer Tribute Series at Franklin’s Academy Park


Come out to the Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park (112 Everbright Ave., Franklin) for new and returning musical groups who pay tribute to a variety of genres and artists. Tickets are $27.50 for adults and $25 for seniors 55 and over. Concerts start at 7 p.m. The 2024 series includes:

  • June 22: The Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute
  • June 29: Jacob Tolliver: A Tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis
  • July 13: Homeward Bound: The Music of Simon & Garfunkel
  • July 27: World Turning: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
  • August 17: Motor City Magic: Motown Tribute
  • August 24: Chi-Town Transit Authority: Chicago Tribute
  • September 7: Forever Abbey Road: Beatles Tribute
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Tales at Twilight at Nashville’s Centennial Park


Fridays in July bring free family entertainment at 6 p.m. at the Centennial Park BandShell. Look forward to interactive magic, stories, dance, music and more! This year’s acts include:

  • July 5: TBD
  • July 12: TBD
  • July 19: TBD
  • July 26: TBD

Full-Moon Pickin’ Parties at Percy Warner Park


Seventeen years strong, Full-Moon Pickin’ Parties are great for families! Featuring live bluegrass under a full-moon sky, summer dates are May 31, June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16. Can you pick? Bring an approved instrument (check the website) for an admission discount, then go ahead and play along!

The Eddy Arnold Amphitheater at Crockett Park in Brentwood

Brentwood Summer Concerts at Brentwood’s Crockett Park

  • June 22: BrentFest with Spazmatics and Cruizin Keys Dueling Pianos
  • July 4: The Downtown Band for Brentwood’s Red, White, and Boom Celebration

Summer Songwriter Series at Hendersonville’s Rock Castle


The Summer Songwriter Series at Rock Castle (39 Rockcastle Lane, Hendersonville) features food trucks, inflatables, yard games and original music from Nashville’s brightest rising stars! The series features four single-day mini-festivals from 5 – 9 p.m. spread out over the summer months of May through August. Adults are $10 and children are free. Remaining concerts include:

  • June 15: TBD
  • July 13: TBD
  • August 10: TBD

Bluebird on the Mountain Concerts at Brentwood’s Dyer Observatory.


The concert series — presented with the world famous Bluebird Cafe — happens monthly through October at the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory. Much sought-after tickets-by-the-carload are released on specific dates one month prior to each event. They sell out quickly and are currently showing approximately $206 on Eventbrite for a carload of eight. To score tickets, keep refreshing the page when attempting to purchase. Tickets are not officially sold out until the words “sold out” appear. Upcoming 2024 monthly dates are:

  • June 29
  • July 27
  • August 17
  • September 21
  • October 12

Music in the Meadow at Owl’s Hill in Brentwood


Join Owl’s Hill (545 Beech Creek Road S, Brentwood) for an evening of music in the meadow fro 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. (music starts at 7 p.m.). Pack chairs or a blanket, a picnic dinner, and come enjoy live music as the sun sets. Cost is $30 per person. 2024 dates include:

  • June 22: Matt Belsante
  • Oct. 5: The Don Juans



Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester


Bonnaroo is the massive, four-day, multi-stage camping and music festival held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester June 13 – 16. Artist headliners on this year’s lineup include Post Malone, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pretty Lights and Fisher. Other artists set to perform include Maggie Rogers, Lizzy Alpine, Gary Clark Jr., Cage the Elephant, Jon Batiste, Megan Thee Stallion, Jason Isbell, and more.