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Nashville Is the Hot Spot for Outdoor Summer Concerts

It’s time to kick up your heels and dance your way through summertime in Nashville. The city is the casual hotspot for outdoor music and dancing, with three popular venues designed to appeal to the whole family. And they’re all free.

Musicians Corner is a series of free weekly lawn parties through June 30 Saturdays on the West End corner of Centennial Park. The series starts up again in September and October as top artists and groups play to crowds relaxing on the grassy slope. MusiciansCorner concert on the lawn

This is the ultimate family event with music, a local artisan marketplace, food, refreshments, and activities for both kids and pets. Pre-show activities start at noon, and the main acts perform on stage 1:30-5 p.m. Discover new music as 28 artists take the Main Stage.  MusiciansCorner kids playing

Mix 92.9 Kidsville is the destination for kids with face painting, arts and crafts throughout the afternoon. This year The Farm at Natchez Trace is hosting free canine activities at Dogville, where your family pet can also enter the Dog of the Day contest for a free stay at the farm.

Look for your favorite food trucks and when you’re thirsty, head to the Beer and Wine Garden for some welcome refreshments.

Nashville Dancin’ is a free, family concert series at 5 p.m. every Thursday evening at Riverfront Park that kicks off on June 12 through July 31. No pets or coolers are allowed at this event, but an evening of music on the banks of the Cumberland River after a long day can’t be beat.

Park free at LP Field and take the shuttle to Riverfront Park or walk across the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. Look for Nashville’s best food trucks and sample the fare of local chefs, distillers and artisans.  Nashville Dancin' crowd

The Dancin’ Buskers will greet you at the entrance to Riverfront Park with a taste of the authentic music you’ll hear on stage each week.

If your spirit is stirred with the full orchestra of Big Band music, you’ll love the free Big Band Dances in Centennial Park on the western side of the Parthenon 7-10 p.m. every Saturday night June 7-Aug. 30. Crowds of all ages pack the dance floor on Saturday evenings, reliving the music of one of the world’s greatest dance eras. Big Band dancing

Free group dance lessons are provided by Dance World from 7-7:30 p.m. and 8-8:50 p.m. Learn to Tango, Salsa, Waltz, Foxtrot or Swing. It’s the perfect date night or an evening of fun for the family, even if you decide to pack a picnic as a spectator. DSC_0147 Remember to bring a lawn chair. Dance World offers a free personal lesson at their studio for any Big Band Dance attendees. Take up this offer and the next week you’ll be dancing like a pro!

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Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on

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