Summer Fun in Middle Tennessee 2016- Things to do in Franklin, Murfreesboro, and Nashville

 Things to do in Middle Tennessee nashville, murfreesboro, franklin

Summer is right around the corner, and many of us are making our bucket list of things to do with our children.  Since there are many things to do in our area, I decided I would try my hand at making an ultimate list of things to do in Middle Tennessee.  

Summer Reading Programs

The Nashville Public Library hosts their summer reading program from May 1 to August 13.  Readers are expected to read 10 hours, and upon completion will be rewarded a ticket to an area attraction of their choosing.

Linebaugh Summer Reading program runs from May 23 to July 22.  Readers are able to collect weekly prizes for completing their reading goals.  There are also several activities hosted each week at the library. 

Williamson County Library summer reading program begins May 19.  Each branch has a variety of activities for the patrons. 

Puppet Shows

Last summer we enjoyed attending a puppet show at the Nashville Main Branch Library.  This summer we are looking forward to attending several more shows.  The puppet shows are on Friday and Saturday at 10:30 and 11:30 am.  Viewings are first come, first serve.

Runaway Puppet Theatre, June 3 and June 4

Sailors and Maidens, June 10 and June 11

Cinderella, July 22 and July 23

Cinderella, July 29 and July 30

Cinderella, August 5 and August 6

Cinderella, August 12 and August 13

Puppets on the Porch will be held on Saturdays in July and August at the Wilderness Station in Murfreesboro

Nashville Puppet Festival will be held Father’s Day weekend, June 17-19.  There will be a variety of shows and the food trucks will be out so need to worry about lunch.

String City at Country Music Hall of Fame shares the history of puppetry and music in Nashville.  There are several show dates: July 2, July 4 through July 9, and July 11 through 15. The shows take place at 10:00 and 11:30 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Get Outdoors

Hike some trails.  There are numerous trails throughout Middle Tennessee such as the Greenway System in Murfreesboro, the Nashville Greenways, and the Franklin Greenways and Trails.

Enjoy the water at Nashville Shores, Wave Country, Cumberland Park, and SportsCom.

Go Geocaching!  We love geocaching.  It’s something special about going on a scavenger hunt together.


Kids Art Festival of Tennessee will be held June 4 from 10 to 3 at Pinkerton Park in Franklin.

Nashville Puppet Festival will be held Father’s Day weekend, June 17-19.  There will be a variety of shows and the food trucks will be out so need to worry about lunch.

Moon Pie and RC Cola Festival will be held June 18-21 in Bell Buckle.  This is an annual festival.  The girls and Vic attended last year and experienced fried moon pie for the first time.

Uncle Dave Macon Days Music and Art Festival is held annually in Murfreesboro.  The event will take place July 8 and 9.

Tomato Art Festival, August 13

Hummingbird Festival at Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro will be held on September 3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival, September 4th at Percy Warner Park


There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a free or discounted movie with the kids this summer. 

Movies in the Park in Franklin will be held on the following Friday evenings, June 24, July 8, and July 29 at Pinkerton Park at 8:00 pm. 

Movies under the Stars in Murfreesboro will be held for 8 weeks beginning the week of June 6 with showings at several local parks.  The movies begin at 8:30 pm.

Nashville Scene Movies in the Park in its 22nd run will be held at Elmington Park on Thursdays in June.  There will be food trucks and games to kick off each movie at 5 pm. The movie will begin around 8 pm.

Carmike Cinemas Summer Kids Series at Wynnsong 16 Murfreesboro will show movies for all ages on Thursdays beginning June 2 to August 4 at 10:00 am.  Admission is $4 and includes a special drink and popcorn.

Physical Activities

Kids Skate Free offers free admission to SkateCenter West in Murfreesboro.

Kids Bowl Free offers two free games of bowling every day during the summer at participating bowling alleys.

Fourth of July

Fourth of July Rock the Pool,  SportsCom in Murfreesboro from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Celebration Under the Stars, McKnight Park in Murfreesboro at 5:00 pm.  Firework display at 9:30 pm

Music City July 4: Let Freedom Sing- Free concerts at the Ascend Amphitheater and The Green at the Riverfront Park.  There will be tons of activities for the family including a kid zone.

Franklin on the Fourth in downtown Franklin includes a festival with vendors, a children’s parade scheduled at 5:00 pm, and live music.

There's plenty of things to do in Middle Tennessee this summer.  I hope this list will help you create a summer your children will not forget.  I will be adding to the list as I learn about more things to do in the area.