This post covers the top things to do in August in Nashville (updated for 2021), including nighttime activities, free things to do, and family-friendly options.
Be sure to read our master post on things to do in Nashville for even more ideas.
This top 10 list has concerts, events, attractions, and festivals to check out during August. Don't forget to check out our popular Nashville posts:
- Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
- Tourist Attraction Discount Passes
- Country Music Hall of Fame Discounts
- Madame Tussauds Nashville
- Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Discounts
1) See a Concert
If you’re looking for a concert, Music City is the place to find it. There are some incredible venues for music in this city, some of which we've listed below:
- Ryman Auditorium
- Bridgestone Arena
- Grand Ole Opry House
- The Bluebird Cafe
- Mercy Lounge
- The Station Inn
2) Go to a Sporting Event
Nashville is a competitive city that loves its sports! August is a great time to catch a game, especially baseball!
The Nashville Sounds are playing the San Antonio Missions this August at First Tennessee Park. This is a great event to bring the whole family to! For more family fun activities, check out our kids' section below.
If you're lucky, you might also be able to catch a preseason game for the Tennessee Titans.
3) Enjoy the Theatre/Comedy Shows
Music City isn’t just all concerts. You can usually find theatre and ballet too! Unfortunately, there isn't much scheduled for August 2021 as of yet.
However, there will be a few notable comedians performing in or around Nashville this month.
One of the biggest names making an appearance on stage is Bob Saget, who will be at Zanies in Nashville on August 6th and 7th.
Jim Gaffigan is also scheduled to have a show at Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum on August 17th. If you're up for a drive, it might be worth heading out there to see his unique style of comedy!
4) Attend the Sweet Corn Fun Fest
Lucky Ladd Farms will be hosting this celebration of sweet corn on August 21st, 2021.
In addition to offering plenty of fresh roasted sweet corn, there will also be corn eating and shucking competitions.
They'll have water slides, splash pads and bubble blasts for the kids, and fresh-picked sweet corn you can take back home with you.
5) Go to the Williamson County Fair
From August 6th - 14th, the Williamson County Fair will be held just a short drive from Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee.
This is not only one of the best family activities in the area this month, it's also a great idea for nighttime fun.
In addition to all the great fair food and rides, there will also be plenty of live music, games, and even a Children's Barnyard.
For more information on dates and hours, check the Williamson County Fair website.
6) Summer Shakespeare, 12th Night
Aug. 12- Sept. 19, 2021
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is performing 12th Night this summer. This event is free, although you can opt to purchase "royal" tickets for some fancier seating.
You can bring your own picnic or purchase food from a number of vendors there.
You can arrive as early at 5:45pm to grab a good spot and some food, special guests speakers begin at 6pm, and the performance begins at 7pm, with some pre-show entertainment beforehand.
This is a great way to spend the evening whether you're a longtime fan of Shakespeare or newcomer. Learn more here.
7) Deep Tropics Music Art & Style Festival
Taking place from August 27th - 28th in 2021, this event will feature a variety of musical artists at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
In addition to all the good tunes, you can also expect laser shows, choreographed LED lights, and more interesting visuals.
Fans of electronic, house, and hip-hop will find plenty to enjoy about this festival. Tickets are available now, and the event is 21+.
Find out more about the Deep Tropics Music Art & Style Festival.
8) Food Truck Fridays at Arrington Vineyards
Arrington Vineyards has been around since 2007 and has already established itself as an award-winning vineyard.
They have a number of events throughout the year, and their Food Truck Fridays are a great way to enjoy the summer day with live music and some great food!
This free event takes place all summer long from 5-9pm.
For more free things to do in Nashville this August, check out our free section below.
9) Fire on the Water Music Festival
Taking place a short drive from Nashville is the Fire on the Water Festival.
This festival takes place in Gallatin on the water, with great live music and fire circus entertainment, hence the name.
This is a great way to spend a day with music, performances, and craft beer. To learn more and get your tickets click here.
NOTE: Although this event was cancelled in 2020, they might still bring it back for 2021. Dates are yet to be announced.
10) Save Money with a Nashville Tourist Attraction Discount Pass
With all the exciting things there are to do in Music City, we suggest getting a tourist city pass for Nashville.
All-inclusive passes are available, and others can include up to 55% discounts on retail prices for select attraction admission, gift shops, and restaurants.
Featured on Various Passes:
- Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
- Musician’s Hall of Fame
- Madame Tussauds
- Hop-On-Hop-Off Tours
- Hard Rock Cafe
See our full tourist attraction discount pass comparison here.
August can bring some hot days, and sometimes the best time to go out on a muggy summer day is once the sun goes down.
Some of our top ten items for things to do in August are great for the evening, like seeing the performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Here are a few more night time activities for the month of August.
For more nighttime activities, visit our post on things to do at night in Nashville.
Adventure Science Center
The Adventure Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit science and technology center that gets people interested and involved in science and technology.
This is a great place for all ages to enjoy and this August it'll be staying open late! On the second Saturday of every month this summer, the exhibits will be open until 9pm.
They frequently host laser light shows featuring the music of Pink Floyd, Foo Fighters, Queen, and even Beyonce! To learn more, click here.
Songwriters Under the Stars
Aug. 27th - 28th
This event will feature an evening of song and symphony at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens.
Although they have yet to announce who will be performing and ticket information, we do know that the Music City Hit-Makers will be there, and the event is hosted by the Music City Symphony.
While you're there, make sure to check out The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments, and Stonework.
This exhibit will be making its debut at the Cheekwood Estate on August 12th.
Catch a Free Fireworks Show After a Baseball Game
When the Nashville Sounds face off against the Toledo Mudhens on Friday, August 6th, they plan to end the game with a bang!
There will be a free postgame fireworks show included with every ticket, and admission is pretty affordable at around $20-$25 per person.
This is a great opportunity to not only see future major leaguers as they work their way to the big time, it's also an excellent chance to see some fireworks on a summer night.
Nashville has a bunch of free stuff to do year-round. We've mentioned some in our other sections, like the Ringo Starr Fine Art Show.
Here are a few more free things to do in Nashville in August.
For even more budget-friendly ideas, check out our post on free things to do in Nashville.
Tomato Art Festival
Aug. 13th - 14th
The Tomato Art Festival is in its 17th year here in Nashville celebrating, you guessed it, everything tomato.
As strange as it sounds, this event brings in over 6,000 guests from all over and is incredibly popular!
There will be a concert on Friday from 6pm-11pm and an art festival the next day from 9am-9pm. This event is great for the whole family to enjoy.
To learn more about this event, click here.
First Saturday Art Crawl
Across the city center, art galleries open their doors to host people on the first Saturday of every month.
You can pick and choose which shops and vendors to check out. Most offer refreshments, including wine. Many of the galleries are at the Nashville Arcade Mall.
The participating galleries for the First Saturday Art Crawl swap out and are easily accessible by walking and using the Gray Line Trolley.
This event is free and for art lovers of all ages!
Music in the Vines
Arrington Vineyards hosts Music in the Vines, a free event taking place every Saturday and Sunday from April through October.
August is the perfect month to come out and enjoy the music, the wine, the whole atmosphere! You can bring your own picnic or order a gourmet one there so you don't have to prep.
There's something different happening every weekend, so we encourage you to check out their calendar to plan your visit.
Attend a Titans' Open Practice
It's a little early for football, but you can attend a Titans' open practice for free!
This is great for the whole family! For more sports happening in Nashville in August, check out our Top Ten section above.
See the Nashville Pipes and Drums
The Frist Art Museum will be hosting a free performance from the Nashville Pipes and Drums on August 7th at 10 am.
This event is entirely free to attend, and the band will be performing once every hour for 15 minutes.
Nashville is super family-friendly! There are also so many activity options available, there is sure to be something to fit everyone's tastes.
A few activities we've listed above like fireworks at a baseball game listed in our nighttime section above are perfect for the whole family!
Here are a few more kid-friendly things to do in August.
Be sure to read our master post on things to do with kids in Nashville for even more ideas.
Charlotte's Web at Nashville Children's Theatre
The Nashville Children's Theatre is putting on an incredible performance of Charlotte's Web this summer.
A childhood classic, this story comes alive on stage in an interactive performance that weaves you into the web of the story.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 10 am and 12 pm. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased here.
Storytime at the Tennessee State Museum
The Tennessee State Museum is a free museum and has the most comprehensive display of the state's history.
While great for all ages, they also host a storytime for children every Thursday and Saturday.
This event is geared towards children ages 3 to 6, and a staff member will read to the children. Free crafts are also supplied!