Nashville is a fabulous place to come for a long weekend and, of course, you'll want to listen to some great live music while you're here. But, don't think bringing the kids has to limit your choices of where to go. I have some great suggestions for family friendly places to hang out and hear amazing live music.
Courtesy of Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant
Pucketts – 500 Church St – Their motto is Real Food, Real People, Real Atmosphere. I honestly couldn't describe it any better. They specialize in southern food — I highly suggest the fried green beans, I promise they will change your life! They have live music every night and often bring in new talent or even allow artists to showcase at their restaurant for record labels. So, the bands here are usually great to listen to. I would suggest reservations! I'd also suggest going here on Thursday night or earlier in the evening on the weekends because there is often a cover charge later in the evening on Friday and Saturday.
Courtesy of Live on the Green
Live on the Green, Public Square Park – If your trip brings you to Nashville on a Thursday night in August or September then you definitely want to check out Live on the Green! This is a free concert series that features very talented local artists and sometimes, depending on the night, bigger groups such as The Wallflowers, Zoey Deschanel, and Augustana. You bring your own blanket to sit on and like Musician's Corner, there are lots of food trucks and vendors to buy food and drinks from. It can be quite warm on Thursday evenings in August and September in Nashville, and this concert is always really crowded, but it's very appropriate to take your kids to, and a lot of fun!
Jazz on the Cumberland, Cumberland Park – Every third Sunday night in May-October there is a free jazz concert at Cumberland Park. If you are staying downtown all you have to do is walk across the pedestrian bridge and take the elevator down to the park underneath the bridge. This is a really fun event to take your kids to! Last year there were one or two food trucks there every Sunday. The crowd is much smaller than something like Live on the Green, but the music is never a disappointment. Its so relaxing to sit on a blanket with your family and look out onto the river while listening to the smooth sounds of the jazz band playing. I would recommend bug spray though because the amphitheater is so close to the river. If the kids get restless, Cumberland Park incorporates unique one-of-a-kind play structures. There are also water features, the best being a splash park, but unfortunately the water to the splash park gets turned off at 5 p.m. so the kids can't play in the water during the concert. They do however keep the misters on on what they call the explorers trail, and my daughter loved running through getting misted to cool off.