11:00 AM - 9:00 PM    |     Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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A Music City fall tradition! The entire community is invited for a full day of free performances, featuring everything from classical and jazz to rock and country, starting with a concert by the GRAMMY®-winning Nashville Symphony.

Other performers include Nashville in Harmony, Wu Fei, Nashville Salsa Machine, Nashville Symphony Chorus and Chatterbird, with additional performers to be announced. As in past years, Free Day of Music will also include a Q&A with Nashville Symphony conductors.

In addition to 25 performers on four stages (full lineup below) throughout Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Free Day of Music will also feature:

  • Halloween and Day of the Dead themed family activities, presented in collaboration with Conexión Américas, including face painting, a costume contest and more
  • Enhanced accessibility and sensory-friendly offerings throughout the day, including quiet spaces, ASL translators for select performances, and other supports
  • The Instrument Petting Zoo, which offers music lovers of all ages a chance to try out a variety of musical instruments (open 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m.)
  • Sweet and savory treats from some of Nashville’s finest food trucks in collaboration with Mesa Komal from Conexión Américas, including Burritos La Mina, Oliver's Ice Box, Two Peruvian Chefs and a Truck, Two Thompsons Airstream
  • A spooky story corner presented by The Bookshop (11:30 am-4 pm)
  • An outdoor beer garden presented by Craft Brewed
  • A photo booth
  • And more

Costume Contest!

Don your spookiest guise or your most whimsical garb and take part our costume contest!

This year, children ages 12 and under will have a chance to win four tickets to a Family Concert for the most fun and creative costumes.

How to enter:

If your child is age 6 and under:

  • Post a picture of your costume on Instagram
  • Tag the Nashville Symphony @nashvillesymphony
  • Use the hashtags #FreeDayOfMusic and #OnceUponATime for your chance to win tickets to Once Upon A Time… A Symphonic Fairytale

If your child is age 6-12:


View the schedule for each performance area:

Laura Turner Hall

One Symphony Place

Curb Education Hall


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Highlights from Free Day of Music 2017