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The Best Things to Do in Nashville in September

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This post includes free activities, family-friendly things to do, and evening entertainment while you're in Nashville. 



This top 10 list has concerts, events, attractions, and festivals to check out during September.

For even more ideas, check out our master post on things to do any time of year.

Don't forget to check out our popular Nashville posts: 

1) See a Major Concert

If you’re looking for a concert, Music City is the place to find it. Many big-name artists come through larger venues on a frequent basis. Here are the highlights for September: 



The Grand Ole Opry will also be hosting several shows throughout the month of September.

Of course, in Nashville, you can find concerts happening every night of the week! 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! And September is a great time to catch a game since there are several teams playing during the month. A football or baseball game is the perfect family outing for your trip to Nashville. 



NFL Football


College Sports

Take a look at all the events happening in September here. For more family-friendly activities, check out our full post. 

3) Enjoy the Theatre/Stand-up Comedy

Music City isn’t just all concerts. You can usually find theatre and ballet too!

Unfortunately, there won't be any major productions hosted in Nashville this month, but there will be a few notable comedians performing stand-up.



As you can see, there are several great comedians performing this month, so if you're in need of a good laugh, make sure to purchase tickets to these shows before they sell out!

4) Go on a Sightseeing Tour

One of the most popular ways to see Nashville is with a hop-on-hop-off trolley tour. Trolley Tours have 15 stops throughout the city. If you’re looking for a more exciting mode of transportation, September is the perfect time for a pleasant horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown. 



Of course, this is the perfect time of year for a walking tour, now that the weather is beginning to cool off. There are walking tours for every traveler, including food tours and spooky ghost tours.

5) Check out a Free Museum

You can find multiple interesting museums in Nashville that have no admission fee or some free days to take advantage of. 



The Tennessee State Museum has a comprehensive timeline of Nashville’s history, beginning with the First Peoples. Kids will also be entertained with the interactive Children’s Gallery and twice-weekly storytimes.

Fans of The Dukes of Hazzard can also see show memorabilia, costumes, and props at Cooter’s Place for free. 

For more free things to do, check out our free activities post

6) Head to Music in the Vines

If you're not interested in any of the other concerts this month, the Arrington Vineyards will be hosting this concert series every weekend in September. 

Fans of jazz will definitely want to consider attending at least one show, as there will be multiple jazz ensembles and even bluegrass bands performing this month.



In addition to the music, there will also be food tricks available where you can purchase food and drinks to enjoy while you're at the vineyards.

Best of all, this entire concert series is free to the public! All you have to do is show up and enjoy the tunes. Check the Music in the Vines calendar for more details.

7) Dragon Boat and River Festival

This September marks the 15th Annual Cumberland River celebration and Dragon Boat Festival. The city of Nashville celebrates the river and raises awareness for all the things locals and visitors can do in and near this body of water.



This family-friendly festival includes live music, performers, and food trucks. People will especially enjoy the dragon boat race. Find more kid-friendly activities here.

8) Go to the Nashville Cocktail Festival

Taking place from September 7th - 11th, this festival will include multiple nights of activities including tastings, a gin master class, a sherry wine specialist course, and even a pool party!

Some events are free to attend, and prices for everything else range from $25 - $150, with most classes and activities coming in at around $30.



The main events are themed based on artistic movements such as Polynesian Pop and Art Deco. Purchase tickets or learn more about the Nashville Cocktail Festival.

If you’re looking for more things to do in the evenings, check our full post. 

9) Courtyard Concert Series at the Nashville Public Library

The Nashville Public Library hosts free lunchtime concerts in September and October every year. The performers are a mix of local and regional bands that tend to draw a crowd.

Concerts run rain or shine in the Robinson Courtyard. There are a few tables and chairs available, so if you want a good seat you might want to arrive early.



Performances are between 11:45 am - 1:00 pm.

NOTE: This event has not yet been scheduled for September of 2021. Although they made the concert series virtual during the pandemic, there's a chance it will return to the library this year.

For more free events, check out our free things to do post. 

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: 

See our full tourist attraction discount pass comparison here.


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Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

The Hermitage is the former mansion and estate of Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States. The mansion has been restored with original artifacts and you can tour it as well as the grounds.



September, when the weather is beginning to cool off, is the perfect time to take a tour of the grounds and learn about the plantation and lives of the people who lived there - including the approximately 150 slaves working there at the time of Jackson's death.

UNSCHEDULED: Kidsville Family Festival and Blooma’s Bellyrama Family Yoga Fest

Enjoy the arts and some yoga at Centennial Park. The whole family can enjoy live musical and theatrical performances, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Reading Tent, a fitness zone by the Nashville Predators NHL team, a photo booth, arts and crafts, food trucks, face painting, and more. 



Blooma Yoga will also run some Yoga for Everyone and Yoga for Kids classes on the lawn. 

The festival is free! Check out more family-friendly activities and free things to do on our other Nashville posts.  

NOTE: This event has not yet been scheduled for September of 2021.




About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: September 29th, 2021
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