Things To Do In Nashville in June

This post covers the top things to do in Nashville in June (updated for 2020), 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.

 

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN JUNE

Below we list the top has concerts, events, attractions, and festivals to check out during June. Don’t forget to check out our popular Nashville posts: 


1. See a Concert

If you’re looking for a concert, Music City is the place to find it. You can always go to the famed Grand Ole Opry

Below we list other highlights of the month. For more concerts, look at StubHub’s June concert calendar.

 

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Check out all the Nashville events here, or see what other nightlife you can find on our full post. 


2. Go to a Sporting Event

Nashville is a competitive city that loves its sports! June is a great time to catch a baseball game, an excellent family-friendly activity.

Another fun event is the Monster Jam on June 20, 2020, at Nissan Stadium. There are other sports events in Nashville this June.

 

 

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Check out the other sports events in Nashville this month on StubHub.


3. Enjoy a Night of Theater or Comedy

Music City isn’t just all concerts. You can find the theatre and ballet too! Many top-billed comedians come through town as well.

 

 

There are two main shows you can enjoy this June in Nashville: 

Take a look at all the theater and comedy events in Nashville this month on StubHub.


4. See the Horses at the Iroquois Steeplechase

Kentucky may have the Derby, but Tennessee has the Iroquois Steeplechase and you can attend on June 27, 2020.

Over 25,000 people come out, dressed in their finest hats and suits, to watch the famous steeplechase. 

 

 

The best horse and rider teams compete in his historic race to help support Vanderbilt’s children’s hospital. 

If you’re looking for something unique to do, love horses, or love dressing up in large hats, don’t miss out on this steeplechase!

Individual Tickets are $75.00 + small ticket fee.


5. Take a Sightseeing Tour

June is a really nice time to explore the city on foot. Walking tours get you close to the local action and let you take in the local vibe. 

 

 

You can move at your own pace with our self-guided tour of Downtown Nashville or our GPS enabled audio tour.

When you need a break, relax on a hop-on hop-off bus tour! Some bus tours are included in a few of the different tourist attraction discount passes. Read more just below.


6. See More for Less with a Nashville Tourist Discount Pass

Tourist attraction discount passes can save you up to 55% off retail prices for many popular attractions, tours, and activities in Nashville.

 

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Here are some of the attractions included in at least one of Nashville’s tourist passes:

Read more about Nashville tourist discount passes.


7. Taste of Music City Festival

The annual Nissan Taste of Music City Festival is the largest food & drink festival in Nashville. In 2020, it takes place on June 13.

 More than 20 of Nashville’s top restaurants will be on hand to serve you upscale renditions of classic foods like fried chicken, mac n’ cheese,  and hot out of the oven cookies.
 

 
You will also sample over 50 different wine, beer and spirits flavors throughout the evening. Enjoy your food along with live music!

General Admission: $59, children: $15, VIP: $85. Grab your tickets here

If you miss out on this event, think about taking a food tour to discover Nashville’s culinary delights! 


8. Take a Food Tour

Consider taking the Nashville Secret Food Tour where a guide will take you to the best Nashville spots to try foods like mouthwatering barbecue, pulled pork tacos, heavenly hot chicken, plus a ‘Secret Dish’ you’d never find without a guide.

 

 

The Nashville Secret Food Tour is 3 to 3 1/2 hours long and introduces you to some of the best foods in the authentic area of 12South/Midtown.

You can also check out this downtown food tour on Viator that offers tastes of the city’s best foods and also its history and culture.

Read more about food tour options from our post on various types of tours of Nashville.


9. Go to the Free American Artisan Festival

From June 19-21, 2020, over 150 artists will gather in Centennial Park for the annual American Artisan Festival. It’s free to attend!

There will be plenty to do besides browsing crafts. The atmosphere is light and lively, with free music and food for purchase.

 

 

Artists have been specially selected to represent their areas of expertise, so you’ll be seeing some incredible products.

From blown glass to furniture, instruments, jewelry, and more, you’ll be able to purchase some unique original pieces.

For more budget-friendly ideas, check out our post on free things to do in Nashville


10. Experience Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Note: Rescheduled for Sept. 24-27, 2020

Every year 80,000 music lovers flock to Manchester, Tennessee just outside of Nashville. Bonnaroo is one of the nation’s most popular multiple-day festivals.

It is on June 11-14, 2020 and there will be more than 150 musical performances of many genres.

 

 

There’s also comedy, movies, rides, dancing, and plenty of food and beer. 

Tickets are going fast. Consider buying tickets for Bonnaroo in advance from StubHub.

We don’t recommend this ‘adult wonderland’ of sorts for families with children. If you are traveling with kids, you may want to check out Musician’s Corner concerts instead. Read more below.


11. Head to Musician’s Corner for Free Music

Friday and Saturday nights in both May and June mean free local music at Musician’s Corner

Head to Centennial Park to enjoy the free concert series, food trucks, and a roped-off kids play area.

 

 

You can also bring your own food and have a picnic or buy food from vendors selling different cuisines.

If you are looking for more free entertainment, see our post on free things to do in Nashville year-round.

For other activities in the evenings read our post on Things to Do at Night.


12. Be Part of the Nashville Pride Festival

The annual Nashville Pride Festival is the largest LGBTQ festival in Tennessee. In 2020, it is on June 27-28.

Events center around Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville and include a Pride Parade that kicks it all off on Saturday.

 

On the main stage, there is a wide array of live entertainment suitable for all ages. There’s also a Kids and Family Zone.

In the spirit of Pride Day, there will be a dedicated drag stage as well!

Entry is $5 per day and kids 10 and under are free. All the details are on the festival’s website


13. Jefferson St. Jazz & Blues Festival

Held every summer in June, this annual festival is a great way for newcomers and longtime enthusiasts to hear the best of the blues here in Nashville.

This is a celebration of not just music, but the history of the neighborhood.

 

 

Along with music, there will be a kick-off block party, music, and activities to celebrate the entire culture.

The 2020 dates have not yet been announced so keep checking back with us or the festival’s website.


14. Porter Flea Summer Market

This semi-annual market is on June 19 and 20, 2020, and takes place at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

On Friday, June 19, there is a ticketed preview giving attendees a chance to shop early. 

 

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The free Main Market runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.

Hunt for treasures in this event that attracts thousands of shoppers. See their website for more details.


15. Get Creative on Make Music Day

Every June 21st, around the world, is Make Music Day. Nashville hosts dozens of free events where people of all ages and all musical skill levels can come out and make music!

 

 

Just a few of the places that will host these free music-making events are the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Zoo.

There will be free lessons, workshops, and music jams. At some locations, instruments will be provided or given away for free! Old Town Trolleys also has instrument giveaways at various trolley stops.


16. Father’s Day Classic Car Show at Cheekwood

Spend Father’s Day (June 21, 2020) at the Father’s Day Classic Car Show. There will be more than 20 classic cars on display at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville.

 

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Cheekwood is a 55-acre property centered on a stunning limestone mansion built in 1929 as the home of Leslie and Mabel Cheek.

The grounds surrounding the mansion are filled with different gardens sprawling throughout the property. There is also a botanical garden and art museum located on the estate. 

TIP: Cheekwood Estates is just one of the popular Nashville attractions included free with some of the Nashville tourist discount passes.


17. CMA Fest 

Note: Postponed until 2021

This is THE festival for country music fans! From June 4-7, 2020, hundreds of artists will perform at venues across the city.

Concerts by the big-name performers require that you purchase tickets. But there will be loads of free shows every day as well! See the line-up here

 

 

In addition to concerts, there will be free festival games and activities every day. This makes the CMA Fest an ideal activity for those traveling with kids.

For passes and individual tickets check StubHub.

 


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