10 Things to do around Nashville for under $10

Nashville Skyline 10 Things to do around Nashville for under $10

Entertainment is expensive.  Especially in a booming city like Nashville. When you have a family, just going out to dinner can be incredibly costly. We have put together a list of fun and affordable things to do around Nashville. Check out these 10 things to do around Nashville for under $10. This post contains affiliate links.

10 Things to do around Nashville for Under $10

Go to A Show!

This is music city.  One of the best things to do around Nashville for under $10 is going to a concert.  Even though Nashville is the home of country music there are amazing musicians of every genre performing around the city regularly.  There are a lot of places you can catch a show for cheap or even free! A couple of my favorite low cost venues are The 5 Spot and the Basement East, but there are tons of other great venues. Check a free copy of the Nashville Scene (Pick up a print copy at many locations throughout Nashville) to get the scoop on local shows.

Empty Stage Nashville Tennessee

Go for a hike

There are an amazing number of parks with great trails in and around Nashville.  Getting outside for a hike is free, and it is great exercise. Whether you visit Radnor Lake, Shelby Bottoms Greenway, or you head a little out of town to visit some of the other great parks, you and the whole family will have a blast.  Just make sure you go prepared 🙂

Radnor Lake Things to do around Nashville for Under $10

Ice Cream!!!!!!!

One of my favorite things when I was a kid was going for an Ice Cream Cone.  That still holds true today, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is my favorite places to get it! The ice cream there is awesome, and for around $6 a person you can’t beat it! The Milkiest Chocolate is to die for! They also have great ice cream sandwiches and waffle cones.

Check out Athena

Centennial Park and the Parthenon are Nashville icons.  Centennial Park is a great place for an afternoon picnic, taking the kids to play, or checking one of the many awesome events held there.  Visiting the Park is free, but the highlight, The Parthenon, does have a small admission charge of $6.  Inside the Parthenon you will find an amazing gilded statue of Athena.  Along with that, there is an art gallery that you can visit as well.

Parthenon Nashville


Everyone knows about the Titans and the Predators, but there are a lot of other sports teams you can check out for much cheaper.  Nashville Sounds tickets start at $9 each (plus fees so this one will be just a touch over $10 final price). Many college sports teams have very affordable tickets too, and they are a lot of fun!

Check out Nashville Farmers Market

Home to many food artisans, restaurateurs, and farmers selling fresh produce, the Nashville Farmers Market is not to be missed. For normal business there is no entrance fee and parking is free at the Farmers Market. Occasionally there are special events hosted there that require a fee. The Farmers Market is a great place to learn about local agriculture, check out some great places to eat, and sometimes learn some cool new ways to cook!

Go to a Drive In

Drive in Theaters are such a cool way to experience a film. With less that 400 of these great theaters left in the entire US, Middle Tennessee is lucky to have a handful of these treasures.  Stardust Drive in in Watertown is the closest one to Nashville. A little further out though you will find the Moonlite Drive-in theater in Woodbury, Highway 50 Drive-in theater in Lewisburg, Montana Drive-in theater located Estill Springs, and Sparta Drive-in located in Sparta.  Each of these venues shows first run movies and admission is below $10 per person.  I can’t think of a better way to see a movie!

Wine Tasting

Tennessee is not the first place that comes to mind for most people when you mention wine.  However, it is home to some incredible wineries, and many of them are pretty close to Nashville. Arrington Vineyards is just a short drive from Nashville, and has great wine.  For just 7$ per person you can participate in their classic wine tasting. You can also bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the hill overlooking the vineyard, and they have a free concert series on a regular basis! Beans Creek winery is another of my favorites, and is located about an hour from Nashville, in Manchester.  Their tastings are also very affordable.

Wine Tasting


If you are looking for things to do around Nashville under $10, then free probably sounds great! Every month in Downtown Nashville, you can attend the First Saturday Art Crawl. During this event, art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings. Some serve free wine and refreshments.  The galleries offer the opportunity to see the works of local and internationals artists, and showcases Nashville’s thriving art community. The  participating venues are located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and in the Historic Arcade.  Did I mention that it is FREE????

Seasonal Events

Along with these great things to do around Nashville for under $10, there are a lot of free events throughout the year that are worth checking out!

Live on the Green

Shakespeare in The Park

Tomato Art Festival

Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

Nashville Earth Day Festival

Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival

Save money and Still Have Fun!

Nashville is expensive, and prices keep going up.  This doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun and save money.  There are lots of things to do around Nashville for under $10, these are just some of our favorites!  Do you have any other ideas for fun affordable things to do around Nashville? Let us know in the comments

10 Things to do around Nashville, TN for under $10 per person. Affordable ideas to experience Music City

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  1. Several great ideas for a day trip. Thanks for giving me some ideas. Love your site.

  2. Wow, it sounds like there’s so much to do in Nashville! It’s been years since I’ve visited. I’d like to visit again soon.

  3. Wow. Nashville looks so pretty! I’ll keep these in mind if I’m ever down south again. Great post!

  4. Nashville has a cherry blossom festival? Wow, I learn something new every. single. day.

  5. Awesome ideas, I would love to visit Nashville one day.


  6. These are all great ideas! I’m always looking for great budget things to do. I’ve never been to Nashville, but the parks sound amazing!

  7. what wonderful ideas! wish I came across this post two winters ago when I was in Nashville. It was one of my fave places to see but this guide woulda been so helpful! xo, sharon

  8. Wonderful ideas, the hiking, farmers market, and art crawl are up my alley!

  9. Nashville seems like a great music town and I love that there is a lot to do for under $10. I would have to check out Athena and a show, just as long as I made time for the drive in, which is one of my favorite things in the world.

  10. This is awesome! The last time Iw as in Nashville we didn’t do much. Next time, I know what to do. Thanks!

  11. I love these ideas. There is music for everyone, anywhere and at any price. BTW- On my last visit I stumbled on Centennial Park at night and wow, talk about beautiful. I need to visit that area of Nashville during the day.

  12. Some great ideas there – why are drive in’s disappearing?? Its the same here in Australia. But I love them!! We have a road trip of the USA planned ending in Nashville so this will come in handy.

  13. These are great ideas. I can’t wait to visit Nashville. Heard good things.

  14. Thanks for shedding light on these little known things to do in Nashville. We usually just think of Nashville’s music scene, but we’re excited with all these affordable experiences. Hiking during the day followed by a wine tasting and then a show would be an awesome time.

  15. Those are great tips for a budget traveler. A Hike and an ice cream could make my day.

  16. Never heard of Athena. It’s great that you can still see a show for under $10!

  17. I would love to visit Nashville at some point. Would be amazing to check out the music scene there!

  18. We haven-t spent any time in Nashville. One of the few cities I would actually really love to see! We really enjoy music and outdoor activities, I think we would really enjoy many of your recommendations!

  19. Wine tasting at just $7? That’s a steal!!!! I’d definitely go for a hike as well. I haven’t been here yet. So thanks for the heads up and this list compilation.

  20. I really love this post of yours just for the fact that it is perfect for people looking for a budget stay. The ice cream and the winery visit seem pretty interesting and I would really love to get in touch with Arrington and Bean Creeks winery. What is the Parthenon though?

    1. The Parthenon is a really cool place! It is a full scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. It was built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition.

  21. This was very interesting. I sure want to visit Nashville some day! I am a huge ice cream lover, so anytime someone recommends me an ice cream place I will go check it out.

    1. Jeni’s is so good. I’m not sure where you are, but they have opened some locations outside of Tennessee and you can also order from them online 🙂

  22. This is a great list!! Pinning this for my next U.S. trip!

  23. The list is great ! Have heard so many good things about Nashville., TN. I never knew you could do winery visit for less than $10. Unbelievable.!

  24. I would love to try the drive in… I never went to one, but the idea sounds so good 🙂

  25. You’ve got to love a good wine tasting anywhere in the world!

  26. Great round up! Always amazing to see the cheap or free things to do in popular cities!

  27. I’ve actually never been to a drive-in! It’s on my bucket-list. And I didn’t know you could go to a show for under $10! Thanks for the tips-I visit Nashville every few years.

  28. Nashville is certainly on my bucket list. I definitely would love to do all of the things you posted, especially go for a hike and check out the art exhibits.

  29. I love everything on the list! Would really like to check out the Nashville wine tasting! Tfs!!

  30. I love Nashville and all the ideas on your list! My favs are the drive-in’s and ice cream! I will also check out the farmers market next time I am in town! Thanks!

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