As Nashville blossoms into an internationally-recognized city, the events get better and more plentiful each spring. Luckily, a lot of these options are free to attend. To help you sift through the fun and free options in 2023, here are Nashville Guru’s top picks for free spring events in Nashville in chronological order.
TOP FREE SPRING EVENTS IN NASHVILLE
Fridays by the River
Fridays by the River will take place on Friday, April 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2023, and Friday, May 5 and 12, 2023, from 3:00pm to 8:00pm at Shelby Park near the Riverview Pavillion. Expect a pop-up beer garden series by East Nashville Beer Works, food trucks, yard games, live music, and more. Admission is free and open to all ages.
Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival
The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival is Saturday, April 15, 2023, from 9:30am to 5:00pm at Public Square Park. There will be a 2.5-mile Cherry Blossom Walk beginning at 9:30am. This festival is held every spring and is a family-friendly celebration of Japanese culture in Nashville. Admission is free.
Earth Day Festival
The Nashville Earth Day Festival is on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 11:00am to 6:00pm at Centennial Park. The festival will feature environmentally-friendly vendors, educational booths, workshops, and more. This event is free admission, pet-friendly, and family-friendly.
Record Store Day
Record Store Day, an international celebration of independent record stores, will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2023. Nashville will have some major participants, including popular record shops like Grimey’s and The Groove. Expect celebrations at a variety of record stores in Music City including free concerts and discounts on vinyl.
Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair
The Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair presented by the Nashville Scene is Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2023, at oneC1ty. Expect over 100 curated craft vendors, food trucks, drinks, and more. Admission is free and open to all ages.
Franklin Main Street Festival
The annual Franklin Main Street Festival is Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2023, from 10:00am to 6:00pm in Historic Downtown Franklin. Attendees can expect a weekend full of music, arts and crafts, food, drinks, children’s activities, and more. Admission is free and open to all ages.
Spring Tennessee Craft Fair
The Spring Tennessee Craft Fair will take place Friday through Sunday, May 5-7, 2023, at Centennial Park. There will be over 150 craft artisan vendors, so plenty of opportunities for some amazing shopping. Expect live demonstrations, kids’ activities, and food. Admission and parking are free.
Nashville Health & Wellness Fest
The Nashville Health & Wellness Fest is Saturday, May 6, 2023, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Fairgrounds Nashville. This family-friendly event will include over 100 vendors, wellness workshops, fitness demonstrations, and more. There is a limited supply of free early bird tickets but after that admission is $10 per person (free for seniors & children 16)
Musicians Corner is an annual free concert series that will take place on select dates in May and June at Centennial Park. Attendees can expect live music, food vendors, local artisans, a kids’ area, and a Musicians Corner Pub featuring beer, wine, and cocktails for purchase. This event is free, family-friendly, dog-friendly, and open to the public.
CMA Fest is Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11, 2023, in Downtown Nashville, and attracts more than 80,000 locals and tourists every year. There will be free concerts and activities each day throughout Downtown. Each show at Nissan Stadium is ticketed.
What To Expect
Did we leave off your favorite free spring event? Let us know in the comments!
Historic Edgefield Craft Show and Flea Market, Saturday May 14th 8-3 corner of 7th and Fatherland in East Nashville (one block from East Park). Cool artists and craftspeople displaying g and selling their wares in the middle of hip East Nashville. (Vendor space still available)
I love how you guys send out free events an have us plan out days of fun for kids.. Thanks
My favorite is the Master Gardeners of Davidson County- Free- Urban Gardening Festival on May 19.