Nashville Annual June Event Guide

An Annual Event Guide to June Events in Nashville

A list of Annual June Events in Nashville that includes some of the best events that take place in and around Nashville in the month of June.

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    Lane Motor Museum
    ruerto42 / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

    Have any great Father's Day ideas yet? We're sure that you might have a least one lingering around, but if you need more, we've found some of the best places to go with dad this Father's day and also a few nifty ideas as to what to buy your Nashville Dad too.

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    American Artisan Festivalq
    Courtesy of American Artisan Festival

    American Artisan Festival held in Centennial Park in mid June. Some 160 artists from around the country have been carefully selected to represent their areas of expertise which include blown, stained, and etched glass; furniture, instruments, and clocks; wall hangings, weavings, and baskets; jewelry; decorative clay pieces, and quilts. Music and a variety of foods will be available in the park.

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    Ashland City Summerfest
    Courtesy of Ashland City Summerfest
    Every year, Ashland City hosts their annual Summerfest. Along with carnival rides, free concerts, food, games, arts, and crafts, they also normally have a fireworks display as well. Summerfest is usually held in the last days of June and is open for five days.
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    Ryman Auditorium
    Courtesy of Ryman Auditorium

    Every summer the importance of Bluegrass Music and Genre is highlighted in the Bluegrass at the Ryman series. Series usually runs each week for about 6 weeks in the months of June and July.

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    Douglas Mason/Getty Images

    The Bonnaroo Music Festival, held every June, debuted in 2002 on a 600 acre farm in rural Manchester, Tennessee, located 60 miles south of Nashville. This event features a diverse, Woodstock hippie-oriented atmosphere, for three days of never-ending music. Rolling Stone Magazine called Bonnaroo "The American rock festival to end all festivals."

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    Brain Matters
    Courtesy of Daniel Dubois, VUMC

    Brain Matters is an interactive exhibit that has in depth information about the brain, how it works and information about diseases and disorders. This exhibit consists of three stations that allow you to spend as much time as you like delving into the mystery of the human brain. Located in 100 Oaks Mall (upstairs), this free Vanderbilt exhibit is open during regular mall hours.

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    Buchanan Log House
    Thomas R Machnitzki / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0

    The Buchanan Log House host monthly lectures on the 3rd Sunday of each month. These historical lectures feature a different speaker each month and highlight the people and times that define the local Donelson-Hermitage area. Free and open the public.

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    Centennial Park Big Band Dances

    Centennial Park Big Band Dances
    Courtesy of Centennial Park Big Band Dances
    Metro Parks’ popular Big Band Dances kick off every Saturday night from June through August at the Centennial Park Event Shelter. A variety of free dance lessons are taught at 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. and live music plays from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chair. Snacks and beverages available from the Centennial Café.
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    2017 CMA Music Festival
    WireImage / Getty Images

    CMA Music Festival is Nashville's hottest and biggest annual country music event.
    CMAfest Guide

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    Renaissance Center tennessee
    Courtesy of NSCC

    CyberSphere at the Renaissance Center offers very impressive year-round brilliant laser light and planetarium shows with an infinite array of colors, scans the dome with incredible speed, creating some of the most unusual and colorful imagery in the world. Cost is normally under $10.

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    Eddy Arnold Amphitheatre
    Courtesy of City of Brentwood
    Eddy Arnold Amphitheatre Concert Series are held in Brentwood’s Crockett Park and these Free concerts are normally held Sunday evenings during the months of June and July.
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    Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree
    Courtesy of Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree

    Traditional country music fans have the opportunity to enjoy a very talented line-up at the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, which broadcasts LIVE from the landmark Texas Troubadour Theatre (2416 Music Valley Drive, Nashville) every Saturday night beginning at midnight. Admission to these shows is FREE and many artists typically stick around after the show to sign autographs in the lobby.

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    First Saturday Art Crawl
    Courtesy of The Arts Company

    Every month, local art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings with most all offering free wine and other refreshments. As an added bonus, they also provide free shuttles between the galleries!

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    First Thursday Artwalk Clarksville
    Courtesy of Discover Clarksville

    Presented by Downtown Clarksville Association, each ArtWalk event is normally held on the first Thursday of the month and highlights local artists at the many boutiques, restaurants & of course the Roxy in Downtown Clarksville Folks can enjoy local art on display in various venues.

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    Franklin Art Crawl
    Courtesy of Downtown Franklin Tennessee
    On the first Friday of every month in and around downtown Franklin you can tour the downtown Franklin art scene with their Franklin Tour of the Arts. This evening tour is normally free and, as an added bonus, you can always get unlimited pick-up and drop-off service on their trolly service for a minimum charge too.
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    The Frist Center
    Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

    Normally held on the first Saturday of each month, The Frist Center offers a monthly Architecture Tour for those interested in learning more about this Nashville landmark building–the former Downtown Nashville post office and a prominent Nashville architectural treasure from the Art Deco period.

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    Frist Center Senior Monday
    Courtesy of The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

    The Frist Center for the Visual Arts are host to Senior Mondays - a series of events for those who admit their "senior" status. On these days, gallery admission is 50% off of regular admission for seniors. Special gallery talks, activities, and other discounts are also normally scheduled for/on Senior Mondays too. Senior Mondays are normally held on the third Monday of the month.

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    Full Moon Pickin' Party
    Courtesy of Friends of Warner Parks

    Some of Middle Tennessee's finest bluegrass musicians perform under the light of a full moon - really! True to the Bluegrass form they will also have numerous jam sessions taking place at any given time in addition to performances on the main stage. Full Moon Pickin' Parties normally runs annually from May through October.

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    Grand Ole Opry
    Pgiam / Getty Images

    The Grand Ole Opry, one of the worlds longest running radio shows, normally offers several live shows a week including shows every Friday & Saturday Night as well as a Tuesday Night show. Every year, in late fall, the show leave the Grand Ole Opry House (photos) and returns to the Ryman Auditorium Stage (photos) for a few months, normally from November - January.

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    Carnton Sunset Concert Series
    Courtesy of The Battle of Franklin Trust

    These summertime concerts are held once a month, usually the 4th Sunday of the month, at the Historic Carnton Plantation They are a fantastic place to enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon listening and dancing to your favorite tunes on the lawn at Carnton. Concert-goers also enjoy a stroll through the 1847 garden, a walkthrough of the historic house. Bring your own picnic or buy food on site. Water, soft drinks, beer, wine, liquor can be purchased on site.

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    Courtesy of Hypericon

    Hypericon is the Speculative Fiction Convention held yearly in June in Nashville, Tennessee. Some of the activities during the convention include role-playing games, live action roleplaying, filmmaking panels, a room party competition, late night dances, art show and dealers' room, the masquerade, and more.

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    International Folkfest
    Courtesy of International Folkfest
    International Folkfest is held the third week of June in Murfreesboro and offers a week full of excitement and education with a host of international dance groups performing for area schools, youth and senior citizen organizations and for civic clubs.
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    Jammin in the Alley

    Jammin in the Alley
    Courtesy of Jammin in the Alley
    Jammin in the Alley is a free concert series that takes place in Historic Downtown Clarkville's Strawberry Alley every third Friday from May to October. Music begins at 7p.m. and it's free to the public.
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    jazz on the cumberland
    Courtesy of Jazz on the Cumberland Concert Series

    Come enjoy the downtown skyline, sunset, lights, and some of the city's premiere live entertainment. Plenty of free parking in Lot R, under the pedestrian street walking bridge. Every Third Sunday (May thru October) 5:30pm-8:00pm, at the Cumberland Park Amphitheater, beside the Titans Stadium on the riverfront.

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    Beachaven Vineyards & Winery Jazz on the Lawn
    Courtesy of Beachaven Vineyards & Winery

    Beachahaven Winery has Jazz on the Lawn concerts that are held on most Saturday Nights from April- October, offer free admission with free parking too. Of course you're encouraged to buy a bottle of Beachaven wine to enjoy with the music.

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    Larry's Country Diner
    Courtesy of Larry's Country Diner
    Jump in the car, take a drive into the country and pull off for a refreshing stop at Larry’s Country Diner. Join the folks at the “diner” set for some spontaneous music, guests and a full order of fun. Reservations to Larry’s Country Diner are free although they always tend to go extremely fast.
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    Larry's Grand Ole Garage
    Courtesy of Larry's Grand Ole Garage

    The festival returned to life in 2006 as the Madison Bluegrass Festival-Competition and is currently held annually in the first part of June at the old historic Amqui Station in Madison.

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    Beaman Park
    Courtesy of Beaman Park
    Explore what's happening this month at one of the many Nashville Metro Parks. Metro parks offers a variety of programs and events throughout Davidson County - there's something for everyone!
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    Metro Parks Brown Bag Lunch Concerts
    Courtesy of Metro Parks

    The Brown Bag Lunch Special Concert Series are usually scheduled from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Centennial Park Event Shelter. These free lunch hour concerts run from April to November and feature a diverse group of musicians as well as a variety of healthy, fresh and delicious Brown Bag Lunches for under $10.

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    Miss Martha's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Crankin
    Courtesy of Martha O'Bryan Center
    Miss Martha's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Crankin is normally held annually on the first Sunday of June at First Presbyterian Church of Nashville. Everyone is invited to come out and sample some of the best homemade ice cream around.
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    Frist Center concert
    Courtesy of Frist Center for the Visual Arts

    Enjoy some of Nashville's most accomplished and celebrated artists as they perform at the Frist Center on Thursday and Friday evenings. Musicians performing classical, jazz, Latin, Americana, bluegrass and environmental electronic music, as well as some of the area's accomplished singer/songwriters, contribute their talents to the Frist Center each week.

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    Pepsi Studio Gallery @ Fontanel
    Courtesy of Pepsi Studio Gallery @ Fontanel

    Featuring some of Music City’s most talented up-and-coming artists, Music City On Stage! is packed with a wide range of hits and styles, showcasing why Nashville really is Music City! Held at the Studio Gallery at Fontanel each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9p.m. Tickets include entry to the show, a home-cooked meal and a voucher (good for one year) to tour Fontanel Mansion. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

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    Music City Roots
    Courtesy of Music City Roots

    Music City Roots is a weekly show built on the Americana music scene and the legacy of WSM's historic roots in live radio. It airs every Wednesday night from live from the Loveless Barn and features three to four artists in 30-minute segments, followed by a free-form "Loveless Jam."

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    Musician's Corner Nashville
    Robert Claypool / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
    Musicians Corner is a central point, free and open to all, where Music City gathers to perform and enjoy its music. Music in all forms. Music to entertain us, build bridges within our community, welcome our visitors and connect us with the world. Free music is offered at Nashville's Centennial on Saturdays in May, June, September and October.
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    Nashville Dancin’
    Courtesy of Nashville Dancin’

    Nashville Dancin’ is a free summer concert series held throughout the summer on Thursday nights at Nashville’s Riverfront Park. This family-friendly concert series includes many top names from a variety of musical genres, local vendors, shuttle services, and free parking at L.P. Field.

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    Nashville Farmers Night Market
    Courtesy of Nashville Farmers' Market

    Every third Friday of the month, the Nashville Farmers Market holds the special Night Market event. The night market is open evenings from 5-8pm on the third Friday evenings of each month from June through October. The event includes lots of opportunities to experience many of the flavors of TN & great fun for the whole family.

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    Nashville Flea Market
    Courtesy of Nashville Flea Market

    Held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, the Nashville Flea Market is known as one of the best Flea Markets in Tennessee and offers a relaxing day of wandering and discovery for the entire family.Nashville Flea Market is open on the fourth weekend of every month except for December when it's usually held a week earlier.

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    Nashville Fringe Festival
    Courtesy of Nashville Fringe Festival
    The Nashville Fringe Festival is a celebration of the arts featuring music, dance, crafts, spoken word, film, performance art of all varieties, and street entertainment in our very own Nashville, Tennessee! Nashville Fringe Festival is normally held in the later part of June.
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    Nashville Pride
    Courtesy of Nashville Pride

    Normally held the third week of June, Nashville Pridefest is Tennessee's largest gay and lesbian celebration.

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    Nashville Rollergirls
    Courtesy of Nashville Rollergirls

    Founded in 2006, the Nashville Roller Girls are local all-female flat track roller derby league. This hard hitting group of skaters normally packs in the crowd at the Municipal Auditorium.

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    Nashville Songwriter's Festival

    Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival
    Courtesy of Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival

    Nashville Songwriter's Festival is held the first week of June and offers Writers from all over America, Canada and elsewhere a place to gather and share their talents. The festival is open to all forms of songwriting. Event activities include three days of songwriter performances and a three day Writers Retreat.

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    nashville sounds baseball
    Stephen Yeargin / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
    From April into September you can always ensure a great family day at the ball field with the Nashville Sounds.
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    Nashville Unleashed

    Nashville Unleashed!
    Courtesy of Natchez Hills Vineyard

    Natchez Hills Vineyard and Nashville Unleashed pair their passions for wine, music, and cuisine in unprecedented fashion, offering music enthusiasts a truly unique and mesmerizing concert experience by centering it all around an up-close-and-personal weekly acoustical performance and dinner concert, known as Nashville Unleashed. It's the perfect date night!

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    Ryman Auditorium
    Courtesy of Ryman Auditorium
    Every Thursday night from March through October, Opry Country Classics highlights classic country music and memories through music, storytelling, and film clips of country’s all-time legends.
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    Scarritt Bennett
    Howie Luvzus / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0
    Poet’s Corner at Scarritt-Bennett Center offers a monthly poetry reading on the fourth Thursday of each month . The environment is informal, and conversation between the poet and audience is encouraged. Normally held at The Front Porch at Scarritt-Bennett from 7-8 p.m, the event is Free and open to the public. Reservations are requested but not required.
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    RC Cola Moon Pie Festival
    Courtesy of Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce

    The RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival is held in June in Bell Buckle Tennessee. Celebrate one of the South's finest traditions with an RC Cola and a Moon Pie.

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    Donelson Public Library Branch
    Courtesy of Nashville Public Library

    The Second Saturday Book Sale is monthly book sale that offers plenty of great deals on books each month. This monthly event is held at the Donelson Public Library Branch, located at 2315 Lebanon Road, on the 2nd Saturday of each month - normally from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

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    The Nashville Shakespeare Festival
    Courtesy of The Nashville Shakespeare Festival

    Several times every month, Nashville Shakespeare Festival gathers to read one of the works of William Shakespeare. Normally, the readings are held at the Nashville Public Library on the first Saturday of the month (sometimes even the 2nd too) and readings at the Brentwood Library are generally held on the third Saturday.

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    Fort Negley
    Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Join in on the free fun at Fort Negley on the last Saturday of each month at 2 pm for feature presentations on the big screen. It’s free and open to the public!

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    Concert for the Cure Grand Ole Opry
    Rick Diamond/Getty Images
    Songs for the Cure hosts several benefits throughout the year and offers folks not only a way to help others but also a chance to listen to some amazing music by some of Nashville’s best songwriters and musicians.
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    Sumner Crest Winery Summer Festival
    Courtesy of Tennessee Vacation

    Sumner Crest Winery Summer Festival is held on the third Saturday of the month from May to November, and is a great way to spend a relaxing evening. Pack a picnic and your favorite blanket or lawn chair, buy a bottle of Sumner Crest wine for the evening and a couple to take home for the upcoming week, sit back and enjoy the music.

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    Red Caboose TN
    Ktb615 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
    The Tales at Twilight series features four weeks of superior music and dance entertainment for children and their families. The programs, which are free, are scheduled every Friday evening in June from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Red Caboose Amphitheater, located at the corner of Colice Jeanne Road and Highway 70 in Bellevue. Bring picnic baskets and lawn chairs.
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    Taste of Music City

    Taste of Music City
    Courtesy of Taste of Music City
    Taste of Music City offers a sampling from some of the area’s best restaurants and guests can expect to enjoy tasting wine, beer, and a variety of other beverages as well as live music. This annual event is normally held at the Public Square in early June -usually the first weekend of the month.
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    Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
    Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

    Celebrate Tennessee's State Parks! Discover miles of scenic waterways and acres of pristine land. Activities range from hikes, outdoor events, and family-friendly fun to weekend getaways and more.

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    Trash & Treasure
    Courtesy of Visit Cross Plains TN

    From antiques and crafts to fishing accessories and tools, Trash and Treasures has it all. Everything anyone would see at a yard sale or a flea market is expected to be showcased. Booths will be set up from city limit sign to city limit sign, about 8-10 miles total, from one end of Cross Plains to the other. Trash & Treasures is an annual community-wide yard sale that normally takes place on the last Friday and Saturday of June.

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    Scarritt-Bennett Center’s Wightman Chapel
    Courtesy of Scarritt-Bennett Center

    Vespers & All that Jazz offers community worship services for all ages every Sunday evening in Scarritt-Bennett Center’s Wightman Chapel. Inspired by jazz as a process of making music and using the music as a way to experience the interruptive spirit of God, Vespers & All That Jazz encourages compassion, peace, justice and wonder. The services are informal and last approximately 45 minutes.

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    Watkins College of Art
    Courtesy of Watkins College of Art
    The Watkins Visiting Artists Series is an annual year-long program which welcomes nationally and internationally recognized fine artists, designers, filmmakers, educators and critics to the campus and the community. The series explores the artisits and their work through by hosting lectures and art exhibits.

If I've overlooked your favorite Annual June Event in Nashville or if you need me to update, add to, or change one of our current listings, please contact me anytime - Thanks Jan