Whether you’re here for a short visit or you are a long-time resident of Nashville, there’s no reason that you should have to empty your wallet in order to take advantage of all that the city has to offer. Here are 15 different ways to keep yourself busy and entertained in Music City.
Every Friday at 2PM, the popular Nashville-based coffee shop Frothy Monkey hosts a free coffee cupping (a form of coffee tasting) event at its roasting facility. The event lasts approximately one hour and is open to the public. Whether you’re in the restaurant industry or you merely have a fondness for coffee, this event is enjoyable and immensely educational.
The first Saturday of each month, art galleries across town are open to the public for free from 6-9PM. Enjoy free wine and hors d’oeuvres and experience firsthand exhibitions from a wide variety of artistic genres.
While Nashville may be known for music, it also boasts many vibrant and well-preserved parks and hiking trails. Take a scenic walk around the perimeter of Radnor Lake or hike through one of the many trails at Percy Warner Park and leave behind the bustle and noise of the city – even if only for an afternoon.
Ask any Nashville resident about their favorite record store in the city, and chances are, they’ll answer Grimey’s. This record store not only offers a huge and constantly growing selection of records (as well as new and used books and records at their location next door, Grimey’s Too/Howlin’ Books), but it also periodically offers free in-store performances. Check out Grimey’s website or follow them on Twitter to keep up-to-date on show announcements.
About once every month, the Adventure Science Center in Nashville hosts a free “Star Party.” During these events, astronomers and astronomy-enthusiasts across Nashville join to observe the night sky. All are welcome to the Star Parties—whether you’re a practising astronomer or a novice star-gazer.
Parnassus Books, co-owned by author Ann Patchett and publisher Karen Hayes, offers a number of free in-store author events every month. Drop in to hear acclaimed authors read their work – and if you have a few extra minutes to spare, spend some time browsing the store’s wide selection of books.
Whether you’re an aspiring comedian or you enjoy watching others brave the open mic, Nashville has a growing comedy scene that offers a plethora of opportunities for free entertainment (or practice). Nashville Stand Up offers a detailed breakdown of free open mics across town for every night of the week.
Love Hill, or Love Circle, is nestled in the suburban Hillsboro neighborhood southwest of downtown. The hill offers a one-of-a-kind view of the entire city, and it is a popular destination for Nashville residents all year round (many even sled down its slope during Nashville’s few and far between periods of winter snow). Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and watch the sunset for a quiet and affordable night in Nashville.
By Katie Miller