Summer is officially here as today is the Summer Solstice! To celebrate, we've pulled together our list of 5 free summer events that are great for you, you and your spouse, the entire family or a group of friends. We pulled together some of the most unique events, as well as some that are tried and true. So, here are our picks for 5 free summer activities you might not have thought about doing this year:
The 3rd Friday of June, July & August: June 21, July 19, Aug 16
On the third Friday of each month during the summer (tonight being the first night), the Nashville Farmers Market puts on Night Market. It's a chance to enjoy shopping, wine from the cash bar, live music, artisan booths, kids' activities, and much more at this monthly event. Most Market House restaurants and shops will be open. Vendors in the farm sheds will sell local produce, meat, cheese, plants, and more! Plus, live music, beer and wine available for purchase, and treats from the Grow Local Kitchen.
Every 3rd Sunday through Oct 20
Now in its second season, Jazz on the Cumberland Concert Series is a great "free" way to enjoy downtown and the new Cumberland Park. Grab your lawn chair, blanket, drinks and more and kick back and relax while enjoying the downtown Nashville skyline, sunset, lights, and some great live entertainment. There is free parking in Lot R, under the pedestrian street walking bridge.
July 21st--Joe Johnson Band
August 18th--Connye Florance Band
September 15th-Laura Vida Band
October 20th--Steve Roper Band
June 22, June 28, July 13, July 19, & Aug 9
Star parties are a great way to become acquainted with the real night sky. Astronomy enthusiasts from all around the area gather under a clear night sky to view the astronomical sights above. It doesn't matter whether you have a degree in astrophysics or you don't know which end of a telescope to look in, everyone is welcome. Even if you're just a beginner, a star party can be a great introduction to the night sky. If you have a telescope or binoculars, bring them along - the more, the merrier!
To escape the effects of light pollution, star parties are often held far away from city lights. Sometimes, though, we'll meet right in front of Adventure Science Center for a look at brighter objects like the Moon and planets.
Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 10am - 10pm
Now in its 10th year, this annual celebration of the tomato is pulling in 18,000 plus during a day of all kinds of great activities, events, entertainment, food, music and more. Tomato Art Fest has received kudos from both local and national press. It has been mentioned in Southern Living Magazine, Family Circle, and Epicurious to name a few, and was voted “Best Festival” 6 years in a row in the Nashville Scene’s readers' poll. Nestled in the East Nashville community at 5 Points, the Tomato Art Fest is all about community and participation.
So bring the kids, grab your costume and get ready for a full day of fun and excitement - Nashville style!
Outdoor Movies in the City
Movies in the Park (Metro Nashville) Last Movie June 27 (Pitch Perfect)
Now in its 19th season, Movies in the Park is recognized as one of Nashville’s best annual events. Brought to the city by the Nashville Scene, with the support of the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation.
A wide variety of vendors offer food and freebies each week before the start of the evening’s major motion picture. Readers have consistently voted Movies in the Park among the cities “Best Free Fun” since the category’s 2003 inception in the Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville Readers’ Poll.
City of Franklin Family Movies at Pinkerton Park July 12 & Aug 2
Down in Franklin, bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets, blankets and family to celebrate movies in Pinkerton Park on the big screen. Always a great treat for the kids, enjoy Escape from Planet Earth on July 12 and Madagascar 3 on August 2
Belcourt Theatre - July 13, Aug 10, Sept 14
Belcourt shows great old flicks on the side wall—June to September, the second Saturday of the month, starting at sunset. Each evening kicks off with a hodgepodge of fun shorts, kitsch commercials and serials of yesteryear, followed by the feature presentation. Best of all? It’s FREE!
This year's lineup includes: Clash of the Titans (7/13); The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T (8/10); and Marx Brothers Double Feature: Horse Feathers and Duck Soup (9/14)
There it is. Five free summertime events that are great for the family or just a night out on the town. Let us know what you think and which ones sound the best to you.