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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