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Riverfront Park

The heart and soul of Nashville's outdoor music and festival scene is also a great place to hang out and watch the Cumberland River flow by.

Riverfront Park sits along the banks of the Cumberland River and hosts open-air concerts and festivals year round. A redevelopment plan for the riverfront area is underway. On completion, the park will be ten times its current size. In the meantime, it’s still a pleasant place to take time out from Nashville’s downtown. If the weather isn’t too humid, pack a picnic, and watch the General Jackson Showboat cruise by.

If you’re in Nashville in June, grab your cowboy hat and a ticket to the CMA Music Festival, the city’s largest concert event. The festival is held by the Country Music Association and features free daily concerts at the park as well as ticketed events at the nearby LP Field. The entire area takes on a party atmosphere during the four-day festival. Numerous venders set up shop on the park grounds offering everything from craft beers, CDs and corn dogs.

Riverfront Park is also the center of the city's annual free Fourth of July celebration. Fireworks light up the Nashville skyline for miles and concerts are held over two days. Previous headliners have included Darius Rucker, Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney.

The Music City Festival & BBQ Championship draws food and music lovers from all over the South. Usually held in August, the event offers an array of vendors, demonstrations and food-themed games, while competing musicians literally sing for their suppers.

From the Pride Festival to dragon boat races and fun runs, the park is the outdoor heart and soul of Nashville. Check the event calendar on the park’s website, especially in summer when you’re sure to find something to do.

Riverfront Park is serviced by Music City Star buses and trains. There is a bike share kiosk near the train station.


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Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown $110
Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown

Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown

301 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Nashville, this hotel is steps from Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville Broadway, and Ascend Amphitheater. Johnny Cash Museum and Bridgestone Arena are also within 10 minutes. Nashville Riverfront Station is only a 5-minute walk.

    Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown $101
    Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown

    Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown

    310 4th Avenue South, Nashville, TN
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Nashville, this hotel is steps from Nashville Broadway and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Music City Center and Bridgestone Arena are also within 10 minutes. Nashville Riverfront Station is 7 minutes by foot.

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      Comfort Inn Downtown Nashville-Vanderbilt

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      1501 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Nashville, this hotel is steps from Hank Williams Jr. Museum and Nashville Broadway. Vanderbilt University and Bridgestone Arena are also within 15 minutes. Nashville Riverfront Station is 22 minutes by foot.

        Hilton Garden Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt $84
        Hilton Garden Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt

        Hilton Garden Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt

        1715 Broadway, Nashville, TN
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Music Row, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nashville Broadway and Vanderbilt University. Bridgestone Arena and Ryman Auditorium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Nashville Riverfront Station is 28 minutes by foot.

          Omni Nashville Hotel $239
          Omni Nashville Hotel

          Omni Nashville Hotel

          250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Holston House Nashville - in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt $176
            Holston House Nashville - in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

            Holston House Nashville - in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

            117 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Nashville, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bridgestone Arena and Ryman Auditorium. Music City Center and Tennessee State Capitol are also within 10 minutes. Nashville Riverfront Station is 10 minutes by foot.

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              Holiday Inn and Suites Nashville Dtwn - Conv Ctr

              Holiday Inn and Suites Nashville Dtwn - Conv Ctr

              415 4th Avenue South, Nashville, TN
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Nashville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Music City Center, and Johnny Cash Museum. Bridgestone Arena and Nissan Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Nashville Riverfront Station is 10 minutes by foot.

                Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown $100
                Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown

                Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown

                300 Korean Veterans Blvd, Nashville, TN
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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