What are the best free things to do in Nashville?

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While it is the home of music super-stars, a trip to Nashville doesn’t have to come with grand costs. The city hosts lots of free programming and events, especially in the summer and fall when everyone is happy to be outdoors. Here are the five best freebies in Nashville:

1. Centennial Park. The city’s best park hosts free events including big bands and dancing in the park’s band shell, free weekly movies in the summer, Shakespeare in the Park, craft festivals, Earth Day celebrations, the annual Celebration of Cultures and the new weekly Musicians Corner concerts.

2. The First Saturday Art Crawl. This free event introduces locals and visitors to new artists, featuring art openings and receptions at galleries throughout downtown Nashville. Many of the galleries also serve free wine and other refreshments.

3. Nashville Farmers Market. This market is open ever day, but the scene really heats up on the weekends when festivals and other attractions make it a nice place for people watching and snacking.

4. Nashville Public Library. The library’s classical downtown building is a 300,000-square-foot work of art worth wandering, even if you’re not a book lover. The library also hosts an excellent calendar of free programming ranging from music in the courtyard to author talks and films.

5. Radnor Lake State Natural Area. Walk the pedestrians-only road that runs along the lake or strike deeper into the woods on the network of trails at this scenic state park.

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There's no need to break the bank in Nashville. If you're looking for a free afternoon or evening in music city, check out these exciting options:

1. Local Learning: Within a small radius, Nashville has its fair share of colleges and universities that offer guest lectures, free music performances, and even movie showings that can entertain and educate! Check out the calendar of events at Vanderbilt, Belmont, and Lipscomb Unviersities. 

2. Grimey's: Nashville's own Mike Grimes has created a one of a kind vinyl shop on 8th Avenue, and regularly offers free in-store performances and signings. Check out the website for weekly updates, but this is a great way to check out some local music for free! 

3. Arrington Vineyards: Just a few miles down the road from Nashville proper, you'll find Kicks Brooks popular establishment, Arrington Vineyards. Take a picnic and enjoy the free sunset, music, and scenery. If you're interested in wine, you will need to purchase a bottle from on site. But it's delicious!

4. Parnassus Books:Nashville's home-born book shop located in Green Hills often offers free author readings and signings, and brings in authors from across the nation. Check out their online calendar for upcoming events.

5. Percy Warner Parks: Want to get outside? Check out Percy Warner, an area with hiking trails that range from 2 miles to 5 miles—and a perfect cost-free afternoon in Nashville. 

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