Tens of thousands of music fans pack Public Square Park in late August and early September for this multi-day (and multi-week) festival. Organized by local independent radio station Lightning 100, the free event brings indie and alternative bands to its outdoor stage and is well-loved by locals and visitors alike. Bring a blanket or chair and arrive early to snag a good seat on the lawn.
1st Ave. N. & Broadway
Nearly a quarter of a million people attend downtown Nashville’s annual Independence Day celebration. If you’re brave enough to face the holiday crowds, it’s an event not to be missed during your next trip. Free concerts and family-friendly activities are offered in the afternoon and early evening, while nighttime festivities include a fireworks display choreographed to music performed by the Nashville Symphony.iStockphoto.com / Marlee90
iStockphoto.com / Marlee90
Nashville Farmers' Market
900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
With daily, year-round operating hours and a permanent building near Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
, Nashville’s farmers market is not just a weekly affair. Producers set up shop in covered, open-air stalls, while an indoor space offers more than a dozen local restaurants, an international grocery store and a brewpub. Bring cash if you think you’ll want to do more than just browse.iStockphoto.com / parema
iStockphoto.com / parema
Nashville Flea Market
625 Smith Ave.
Hunting for treasures is the main activity at Nashville’s big flea market, held the fourth weekend (Friday-Sunday) of every month at The Fairgrounds Nashville. Pros know the best time to go is early in the morning around 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. when the vendors first set up. There’s all sorts of things to see here—from home décor and antiques to vintage items and collectibles—and admission is free. (Bring $5 cash for parking, and more if you want to haggle for a good deal.)iStockphoto.com / f11photo
Tennessee State Capitol
600 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Grab your photo ID and join suit-clad politicians and throngs of local school groups at Tennessee’s Greek Revival style capitol. Free weekday tours are offered six times a day and pay a visit to the House and Senate chambers, the governor’s reception room and other offices. Also on the grounds you’ll find the tombs of President James K. Polk and his wife.Read MoreiStockphoto.com / the huhu
Texas Troubadour Theatre
2416 Music Valley Dr.
Stay up late and join this theater’s toe-tapping studio audience for the “Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree,” a live country music show that has been airing on local AM radio since 1947. The jamboree takes place each Saturday at 10 p.m. and is broadcast after the Grand Ole Opry at midnight. Admission is free.Read MoreAAA
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