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  * General Jackson Showboat Cruise
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  * The District: Lower Broad & Second Ave.
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Free Things to Do in Nashville

Looking for something fun and FREE to do in Nashville? The list begins below.

Be sure to call ahead and confirm dates, times, location, and the fact that the event is free--things may change without notification.

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The Osborne Brothers outside the Grand Ole Opry Performance Hall, performing as the part of the free Opry Plaza Parties held in the summer.


Events & Places to Visit

July 4, 2009: It's a big holiday weekend in Nashville. Wynonna Judd will headline Nashville's 25th anniversary of the Music City July 4th Let Freedom Sing celebration at Riverfront Park. Appearing with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m., Wynonna will continue performing with the Gabe Dixon Band during the evening. Don't leave Riverfront Park early because the city's grand firework display will start here around 9:25 p.m. Touted as one of the country's best firework spectacles, it's a show that is immensely popular with Nashvillians and visitors.

FREE Wi-Fi is now available in Centennial Park. Bring your laptop (with wireless card) and access the Internet through free wireless Internet is provided compliments of the Metro Parks Department. Centennial Park has always been one of the coolest, hippest places to take a stroll. Now it's even cooler. You can cruise the Web while sitting outdoors. The wireless network is called "Metro-Parks" and is operational during park hours. For more information, call 615-862-6222 or visit Nashville Parks.

Music in the Lobby. On Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the Frist Center for the Visual Arts features free music from university students and faculty and various area performers in the Grand Lobby. Visitors can visit the galleries (free to members), shop in the gift shop, and listen to some of Nashville's finest local music while relaxing in a bistro seating area and enjoying a variety of wines and other beverages from the cash bar. See more information and schedule.

FREE Bluegrass: Station Inn -- Bluegrass is king at this club seven nights a week. The Sunday bluegrass jams are free. No reservations, no smoking, but there is popcorn for a buck. 402 12th S. (615) 255-3307

More free events from the Tennessean's Ms. Cheap

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Great FREE Places to Visit Around Nashville

Bicentennial Mall near the Farmer's Market

Centennial Park: An urban park on West End Avenue, with the world's only full scale reproduction of the Parthenon. The monumental museum dates from the 100 year celebration of Nashville's birthday. A lovely park with a running and bike path, fields for playing touch football and soccer, and benches for reading. Red tulips in April. (Note: Centennial Park is free, but the Parthenon itself requires an admission fee.)

Tennessee State Capitol Building: designed by William Strickland and occupied by the Union Army during the Civil War (see photo from 1864).

Radnor Lake State Natural Area offers hikes, canoe floats, and specialty events each month. A variety of activities are available, free of charge from Radnor Lake State Natural Area. Reservations for programs open at 9:00 A.M. on the dates listed and will be taken until full. Please call 377-1281 to sign up.

Warner Park Nature Center: Hikes, star parties, and nature programs for all ages. Call 352-6299 for events or check web site.

Model Train Display: The Nashville Garden Railway Society's 4500-square foot layout is located in Nashville's 100 Oaks Shopping Center, directly in front of the second floor escalator. The display is open to the public on Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. (And on many Saturdays 11a.m.-5 p.m. when volunteer members are available.) 100 Oaks Shopping Center, 719 Thompson Lane.


Free art exhibits

Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street. Phone: 741-2692

Permanent collection includes paintings, quilts, and displays on TN history--with particular emphasis on the Civil War.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery
23rd & West End Avenues. Phone: 322-0605

Hours: noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
Free. Call for hours during holidays.

Van Vechten Art Gallery at Fisk University:Corner of Jackson Street and D.B. Todd Blvd. Phone: 329-8720
[As of Feb. 2006, the Van Vechten Gallery is closed for renovations. Please call before visiting.] Small, intimate, and superbly arranged with stellar works by such masters as Cezanne, Renoir, O'Keefe, it totals than 100 pieces from the Alfred Stieglitz Collection. The separate woodcut collection in the staircase gallery should not be missed--it is an exceptionally beautiful and unique display of works by African Americans. Admission is free, although donations are accepted (and much encouraged by this reviewer--you'll hardly find a better value anywhere for your contribution.)



For more Nashville events: Tennessean's Metromix

A free weekly entertainment guide published by The Tennessean, Metromix is available at Nashville-area restaurants, shops, nightclubs, and news racks and online at Metromix.


More resources to help you in your hunt for great FREE stuff to do in Nashville, Tennessee.

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