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Parks and Recreation

Free Summer Concerts

Nashville is a city known for music. Metro Parks is happy to reflect and encourage this prominent attribute by offering free summertime concerts. There are performances on Friday and Saturday nights in June and July with the Saturday performances continuing through August.

There is something for all ages at these events including bubble machines, dancing, side walk chalk, snow cones, and great live music of course.

Because the safety of our patrons and staff is of of the highest priority, Metro Parks reserves the right to cancel any performance due to weather conditions.

For more information about the events listed on this page please call: 615-862-8440

Big Band Dances

Twilight overhead view of the Metro Parks Big Band Dance event.

2014 will be the 31st anniversary of Big Band Dances in Metro Parks! Spend your Saturday nights this summer dancing and listening to live big band music played by some of Nashville's finest musicians. For the ultimate experience bring your own lawn chair and picnic basket.

Don't know how to dance? No problem. There are two free group dance lessons sponsored by Dance World held from 7:00 to 7:30 PM and again from 8:30 to 8:50 PM. The dances taught are listed in parenthesis on the schedule below.

Location: Centennial Park Event Shelter

Sponsors include: Tennessee Arts Commission, Dance World, and Arts In the Parks

Wondering if the Big Band Dance is cancelled due to weather? Check the twitter page:

2014 Big Band Dance Schedule

  • June 7: The Moonlighters (Swing)
  • June 14: The Jerry Vinett Big Band (Waltz)
  • June 21: The Paul Ross Orchestra (Tango)
  • June 28: The Bill Sleeter Band (Rumba)
  • July 12: The Merchants of Cool (Cha Cha)
  • July 19: Rory Partin and His All Star Big Band (Foxtrot)
  • July 26: Music City Swing (Swing)
  • August 2: Debbi Bailes and Her Band (Tango), Food Truck: Captain Sliders
  • August 9: The J. Bradley Big Band (Salsa), Food Truck: Bao Down
  • August 16: Radio Daze (Waltz), Food Truck: The Steaming Goat
  • August 23: The Lynn Beal Band (Foxtrot), Food Truck: Pappy's Mobile Cafe
  • August 30: The Moonlighters (Rumba), Food Truck: Confeastador

Red Caboose Concert Series

Red Caboose Park sign.

The Red Caboose Concert Series is held on Friday nights in June at Red Caboose Park in Bellevue.  The live music begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM. This is a fun event the whole family will enjoy. Bring your lawn chair, blanket, and picnic basket of course!

2014 Red Caboose Concert Series Schedule

  • June 6: Roux du Bayou (cajun music)
  • June 13: Michael and Jennifer McLain and the Banjocats (bluegrass)
  • June 20: Delicious Blues Stew (blues)
  • June 27: The One Hitters (a one hit wonder cover band!)

Tales At Twilight

Tales At Twilight is a performance series for children and will be held at Cumberland Park.  The kids will be thoroughly entertained while the parents can relax and enjoy one of the best views of downtown Nashville.

Cumberland Park stage

Tales At Twilight 2014 Schedule

  • July 11: Mr. Chris Hip Hop Dance
  • July 18: Coal Train Rail Road
  • July 25: The Puppet Truck will perform Hansel and Gretel