Local Hotspots in Nashville

Nashville is a great place to live, as evidenced by these favorite spots frequented by locals.
By: Kami Rice

Photo By: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Photo By: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Photo By: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Photo By: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Photo By: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Photo By: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Photo By: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Photo By: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Photo By: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Nashville Public Library

The library’s main building downtown is a work of art worth wandering, even if you aren’t into libraries. In addition to books, the Nashville Public Library offers a superb line-up of free programming that includes music in its courtyard, puppet shows for children, author talks, films and more.

First Saturday Art Crawl

The first Saturday of every month, downtown galleries open their doors for art openings and receptions, introducing locals and visitors to new artists. Many galleries offer wine and refreshments too, making for a great evening out.

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville

The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, in the heart of downtown, commemorates Tennessee’s 200th birthday in 1996 and offers a view of the Capitol building. A Tennessee history and geography lesson is built into the park’s design.

Nashville Farmers’ Market

The Nashville Farmers’ Market that got its start on the town square in the early 1800s now resides adjacent to Bicentennial Park. It’s open every day, but weekends at the Farmers’ Market often include festivals and other attractions as well as the flea market.

The Family Wash in Nashville

Tucked away in East Nashville, The Family Wash is off the usual tourist track. Though they’re open Tuesdays to Saturdays with good, live music every night, Tuesday is pint and pie night: a pint of beer and the best shepherd’s pie around for only $10.

Hillsboro Village in Nashville

Spread over a few short blocks of 21st Avenue South, Hillsboro Village offers everything our local hearts love: boutiques and shops with great shopping for gifts (or for yourself), a used book store, a hipster institution of a coffeehouse, great dining and more.

Station Inn in Nashville

Nestled in the The Gulch’s growing hipness, you’ll find the Station Inn, Nashville’s premier bluegrass and roots music listening room. It’s been a favorite of locals since it climbed into Nashville’s music scene in 1974.

Mercy Lounge and Cannery Ballroom in Nashville

Mercy Lounge has a reputation for bringing in the best burgeoning buzz-bands as well as national talents, and it offers great acoustics and cheap drinks to accompany its intimate shows. Cannery Ballroom on the same site accommodates bigger shows.

the Parthenon and Centennial Park

With Nashville’s mild winters, Centennial Park is busy year-round, but summer is its glory season with tons of free programming including big band music and dancing, weekly movies, Shakespeare in the Park, Musicians Corner concerts and all kinds of festivals.

Belcourt Theatre in Nashville

The beloved Belcourt Theatre in Hillsboro Village is the last of Nashville’s neighborhood theaters that’s still operating. It’s Nashville’s go-to spot for foreign, independent and classic films plus the occasional live show.