Nashville, Tennessee is hailed as the epicenter of the country music scene, and there are tons of music venues to showcase it’s talent. Walking up and down Lower Broadway, whether it be a Saturday night or a Wednesday afternoon, will yield the sounds of live performances from every window. In recent years, Nashville has also adopted a more general scope of live performances beyond country music, so anyone who loves live music will enjoy their time in Nashville.
While Lower Broadway is the best place to see live country music, almost all of the venues there are primarily bars, with a 21+ entry, and not suitable for children. However, there are lots of great options for families to be able to soak up the spirit of live music that embodies Nashville. Check out these family-friendly music venues on your next trip to Music City.
Just off Lower Broadway, you’ll find the 3-story Wildhorse Saloon, which is known for being the most kid-friendly music venue in the Lower Broadway area of town. It’s a restaurant, making it a great one-stop shop for evening activity. It is recommended to clear out before 8pm when the over 21 crowd hits the bar scene, but even afterwards you can enjoy a nice after-dinner stroll around the area and hear live music from the windows of other venues.
The Bluebird Café
This venue might be small, but is packed with talent. The Bluebird Café is known for showcasing up-and-coming talent in country music. If you go, you might see the next biggest country star before they’re famous. Seats for the venue are very limited and in high demand, so make sure you make reservations well in advance. While the Bluebird Café doesn’t have a strict age policy, bringing in younger children is not recommended, but well-behaved tweens and teens will be fine.
The Grand Ole Opry
A must-see for any families in Nashville. The Grand Ole Opry is THE showcase of everything country music. branded as ‘The Show that Made Country Music Famous.” You can also tour the auditorium during the day.
The Ryman & Ascend Amphitheater
The Ryman and Ascend are both concert venues located on and near Broadway, so it’s recommended you check their lineup for any family-friendly acts while you’re in town. The Ryman is rich in Nashville music history, and the Ascend Amphitheater is an outdoor venue with a lawn, perfect for late spring and summer travelers.
Another a dinner spot, The Row is located in the Midtown/Vanderbilt area of the city. This place features a great menu of southern comfort food and boasts an impressive lineup of live acts every single night of the week.
Robert’s Western World
Robert’s is more well-known as a great honky-tonk for the 21 and over demographic, but is actually kid-friendly in the mornings, so stopping in on a daily tour is possible.