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May 17, 2022

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Ultimate 2022 Summer Concerts Guide in Middle TN

Oh, those summer nights! Take the kids to a festive music outing this season and dance the nights away!

Lots of great music will fill the air during Middle Tennessee summer concerts in May, June, July and August of 2022. Live music’s a great way to connect with others, especially your own kids!

Mark your calendars for these fun family summer concerts and make sure to bookmark this page and check back in because we’ll be adding events and updating the page throughout the summer.


Musician’s Corner & Kidsville

Fridays and Saturdays in May and June
Centennial Park, Nashville

The free 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.

Thursday Night Out at Cheekwood

Thursdays May through October
Cheekwood, Nashville
Musical performances, regionally-sourced food and spirits, lawn games and wellness classes. Tickets are $25 for members and $45 for not-yet members.

Spring Plaza Parties

Fridays: May 6, 13, 27
PNC Plaza outside Ryman Auditorium
Come out to PNC Plaza’s Spring Plaza Parties for free live music, an outdoor bar and special giveaways before Friday night concerts at Ryman Auditorium. Music-lovers can come kick off the weekend and celebrate the soul of Nashville.

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Pickin’ in the Park

May 14, 28, June 11, 18, July 9, 23, Aug. 13, 27, Sept. 10
Harvey Park, Spring Hill & Sarah Benson Park, Thompson’s Station

Pack a blanket or a lawn chair and come hungry, because each concert will have a different local food truck. The shows at Sarah Benson Park (1513 Thompson’s Station Road W, Thompson’s Station) will be May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10. The concerts at Harvey Park (4001 Miles Johnson Parkway, Spring Hill) will be May 28, June 18, July 23 and Aug. 27.

Jazz On The Cumberland

Sundays: May 8, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16
Cumberland Park, Nashville
Enjoy free music with a kid’s zone, plenty of food trucks and concessions, presented by Victor Chatman Productions & Nashville Metro Parks.

Full Moon Pickin’ Parties

May 20 – 21, June 17, July 15, August 12, September 16 -17
Percy Warner Park, Nashville
This bluegrass music series allows families and dog-lovers to hear local musicians play under the full moon at Percy Warner Park. Bring an instrument and join in on one of the many pickin’ circles. Food trucks will be available. Adults are $25, ages 7 – 17 are $10.

Music Under the Stars

May 26, June 23, July 28, August 27
Fran Hutson Amphitheater, White House
Bring your lawn chairs for this fun, family-friendly concert series at the Fran Hutson Amphitheater (105 College Street, White House) starting at 6:30 p.m. To kick off the series, Variety Pack will take the stage with a selection of classic rock and just a little country, too.

Music in the Vines

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November
Arrington Vineyards, Arrington
Enjoy tunes, food from local vendors and all around good vibes. No reservations are required and entry is free Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays from 12 – 8 p.m.

Big Band Dances

Every Saturday in June through August
Centennial Park, Nashville

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. If you’re new to the swing-era dance steps or just need to knock the dust off your dancing shoes, there’s always a free lesson for everyone at 7 p.m. and the evening’s big band takes over at 7:30.

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Crockett Park Summer Concert Series

Sundays June through August
Eddy Arnold Amphitheater, Brentwood
A free summer concert series with performances including Monster of Yacht on June 5, Nashville Symphony with Brentwood Academy Singers on June 12, The Smoking Section Band on July 4 and BrentFest featuring Rubik’s Groove on July 23.

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Carnton Sunset Concert Series

June 26, July 31
Carnton, Franklin
This year’s performances feature WANTED: The Bon Jovi Tribute Band on June 26 and Mixtape, an 80s Cover Band on July 31. Tickets are $20 at the gate.

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Hendersonville Summer Concert Series

Every Thursday, June through August
Streets fo Indian Lake, Hendersonville
A free weekly concert series from 6:30 – 9 p.m. full of family friendly music to ease into those relaxing summer evenings.

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Nashville Symphony Community Concerts 

June 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
The Nashville Symphony hosts a series of free community concerts in June, most of them a local parks. The June 7 performance will be at the Antioch Southeast Greenspace, the June 8 performance will be at Key Park in Lafayette in Nashville, the June 9th performance will be at Nashville’s Centennial Park, the June 11th performance will be outside Cumberland University in Lebanon and the June 12th performance will be t Crockett Park in Brentwood.

CMA Music Festival

June 9 – June 12
Downtown Nashville
If you’re not aware of this bad boy, you’ve been living under a rock! Limited full festival passes are still available. There are a lot of free outdoor concerts on stages throughout downtown during the festival.

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Live on the Green

Typically Thursdays in August
Public Square Park, Nashville
This popular free music series sponsored by Lightning 100 returns in August, bringing a month-long series of free music to Nashville’s Public Square. The final weekend includes a children’s stage and is one of our favorite summer concerts.



Olivia Rodrigo
May 10 | 8 p.m.
Grand Ole Opry

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince In Concert w/ the Nashville Symphony
May 12 – 15 | 7 p.m.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center

New Kids On The Block
May 13 | 8 p.m.
Bridgestone Arena

Leon Bridges
May 13 | 7:30 p.m.
Ascend Amphitheater

The Carole King & James Taylor Story
May 17 | 6 p.m.
City Winery

Justin Bieber
May 18 | 7:30 p.m.
Bridgestone Arena

Ray LaMontagne
May 18 | 7:30 p.m.
Ryman Auditorium

May 18 | 7:30 p.m.
Ascend Amphitheater

May 20 | 7:30 p.m.
Ascend Amphitheater

For King & Country
May 22 | 7:30 p.m.
First Bank Amphitheater

Sum 41 + Simple Plan
May 22 | 8 p.m.
Marathon Music Works

May 24 | 7:30 p.m.
First Bank Amphitheater

Leslie Odom, Jr. w/ the Nashville Symphony
May 26 – 28 | 8 p.m.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Kenny Chesney
May 28 | 5 p.m.
Nissan Stadium

“Weird Al” Yankovic
May 27 – 28 | 8 p.m.
The Caverns

Chaka Khan
May 29 | 7:30 p.m.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Hendersonville Hometown Jam
May 30 | 12 – 4 p.m.
Veteran’s Park, Hendersonville

St. Paul & The Broken Bones
June 3 | 7 p.m.
Ascend Amphitheater

Drew Holcome & The Neighbors
June 3 – 4 | 8 p.m.
Ryman Auditorium

Abba: The Concert
June 8 | 7:30 p.m.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Back To the Future In Concert w/ Nashville Symphony
June 17 – 19 | 7 p.m.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Brooks & Dunn
June 18 | 7 p.m.
Bridgestone Arena

Willie Nelson & Family
June 19 | 7:30 p.m.
First Bank Amphitheater

Bernadette Peters w/ Nashville Symphony
June 22 | 7 p.m.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Bon Iver
June 24 | 8 p.m.
Ascend Amphitheater

Mandy Moore
June 25 | 7:30 p.m.
Ryman Auditorium

Old Crow Medicine Show
June 25 | 8 p.m.
The Caverns

Matchbox Twenty
June 26 | 7:30 p.m.
Bridgestone Arena

Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Poison, Joan Jett
June 30 | 4:30 p.m.
Nissan Stadium

Ben Folds w/the Nashville Symphony
June 30 – July 2 | 8 p.m.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center

George Clinton + Parliament
July 2 | 6 p.m.
The Caverns

Brandi Carlile
July 8 – 9 | 6:30 p.m.
Ascend Amphitheater

Toy Story In Concert w/ the Nashville Symphony
July 8 – 10 | 7 p.m.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center

July 13 | 7 p.m.
Bridgestone Arena

Steely Dan
July 13 | 8 p.m.
First Bank Amphitheater

Big Time Rush
July 14 | 8 p.m.
First Bank Amphitheater

July 15 | 7:30 p.m.
Ryman Auditorium

Sing-A-Long-A Sound Of Music
July 17 | 3 p.m.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Josh Groban
July 19 | 7 p.m.
First Bank Amphitheater

Norah Jones
July 20 | 7:30 p.m.
Ascend Amphitheater

The Steeldrivers
July 21 | 7:30 p.m.
Ryman Auditorium

Andrew Bird + Iron & Wine
July 24 | 8 p.m.
Ryman Auditorium

Third Eye Blind
July 27 | 7:30 p.m.
First Bank Amphitheater

Cody Johnson
July 28 | 7 p.m.
First Bank Amphitheater

Fleet Foxes
July 31 | 7 p.m.
The Caverns

Vince Gill
August 4 – 7
Ryman Auditorium

Grand Funk Railroad
August 5 | 7:30 p.m.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Styx and REO Speedwagon
August 8 | 6:45 p.m.
Ascend Amphitheater

Red Hot Chili Peppers
August 12 | 7 p.m.
Nissan Stadium

Umphrey’s McGee
August 20 – 21 | 5:30 p.m.
The Caverns

Jack Johnson
August 24 | 7:15 p.m.
Ascend Amphitheater

Goo Goo Dolls
August 27 | 7 p.m.
Ascend Amphitheater

The Decemberists
August 27 | 8 p.m.
Ryman Auditorium



About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 3-year-old Ezra.