This post covers the top things to do in August in Nashville (updated for 2019), 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:
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:
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.
Music City isn’t just all concerts. You can find theatre and ballet too! There are several productions you can find this August in Nashville:
Come out every Friday to the Hermitage Hotel where they’ll be hosting the Summer Music Series in their lobby this August. The concerts are free and run from 4-6pm and feature great live music. To learn more, click here.
Aug. 31, 2019
Come out on Labor Day to enjoy a fun day at Cumberland Park. In its 7th year, this is a day of fun activities to relax and enjoy with the family, including the Labor Day Parade. The lineup starts at 8:30am and the parade begins at 9am, and the events last until 1pm. To learn more, click here.
For more family-friendly activities, check out our kids’ section below.
Aug. 3, 2019
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.
Aug. 6-8, 2019
Ringo Starr is not only coming to Nashville to perform but will also be hosting a free art show this weekend. Purchases benefit the Lotus Foundation. The event takes place at the Ryman Auditorium from 9:30am- 5:30pm (from 9:30am- 3pm on Thursday). Come buy art or just enjoy the show! To learn more click here.
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.
Aug. 15- Sept. 22, 2019
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is performing The Tempest 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.
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:
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.
Sept. 9, 2019
Symphony Under Stars is a magical night of seeing the classics performed live at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero will lead the Nashville Symphony in some incredible classics, like Respighi’s Pines of Rome and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”. The program starts at 7:30pm. Get your tickets here.
Aug. 10, 2019
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. One cool activity they will be hosting is Yoga Under the Stars in their Planetarium. To learn more, click here.
Aug. 8 & 22, 2019
The Summer Cocktail Crawl runs all summer long at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. This beautiful mansion built in the 1930s is now open to the public as an art museum and botanical garden, and now a place to sip cocktails! This event runs from June 13- August 22, 2019, and is a great way to cool off in the summer. This walking tour shows off the gardens while you sample signature cocktails along the way. Tickets are $25 and you can reserve your spot here.
Aug. 30, 2019
Zoovie night is a great way to spend an evening at the zoo! From 6-10pm there will be activities like games, music, and a zip-line and of course a movie on a big inflatable screen Bring your blanket to get cozy watching a film at the zoo!
For those over 21, there’s NightLight 615’s Nashville 21+ Outdoor Movie Series showcasing The Goonies Aug. 9th.
Come out every Saturday this August for the Big Band Dance at Centennial Park. For dancers and newbies alike, this is an event for all skill levels, even the brand new dancer! There are two ballroom dance lessons before the big dance which, which last until 10pm. There will be food trucks to purchase food for replenishment so you can dance long into the nigh! The event is free and bringing your own blanket/chairs are welcome.
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.
Aug. 9-10, 2019
The Tomato Art Festival is in its 16th 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.
Live on the Green is one of the most popular free concerts that take place here in Nashville. This concert takes place at the Public Square Park in downtown Nashville n on August 15, 22, and Labor Day weekend from August 29-Sept. 1. To learn more and check out the lineup, click here.
Aug. 3, 2019
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!
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.
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.
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 Zoovie at the zoo 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.
Aug. 10- Sept. 22, 2019
The Nashville Children’s Theatre is putting on an incredible performance of the Itsy Bitsy Spider 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 Tuesday-Friday at 9am and Saturday & Sunday at 9:30am and 11:30am. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased here.
Aug 12, 2019
The second Monday of August is Family Mondays at Frist Art Museum where for the price of one admission ticket ($15) you can bring the whole family. From 10am-2pm enjoy special programming that everyone will love, including trilingual storytime. This is a great way to escape the sun a bit and enjoy some art! To learn more and plan your visit, click here.
Aug. 17, 2019
OZ Arts’ Family Day invites parents and children alive to come out to an even full of Nashville-based musicians in drum, dance, and music ensembles. To the backdrop of this music, there will be interactive technology and science-based activities. The theme of this event is connecting across the globe. To get your tickets and learn more, click here.
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!