Country music dominates a large portion of the things to do in Nashville. The city was built on this style of music, and celebrates its origins through various country music venues.
Grand Ole Opry House
2802 Opryland Drive
The Grand Ole Opry is one of the most beloved country music venues in Nashville. It's adored by thousands of country music lovers and admired by hundreds of aspiring country music artists. Along with being one of the greatest music venues in the country, it's the longest running radio show, with its showcase of country and bluegrass music. A complete list of performance schedules are finished a week in advance, but as soon as a performer is confirmed to play at the Opry, it's listed within the schedule of events. Tickets can be purchased online or on the phone. Prices for tickets vary depending on who is performing. Show times are usually in the early and late evening and seating begins 30 to 60 minutes prior to the start. Some events request more formal dress, but most performances require an elegant casual attire. Photography is welcomed at the Grand Ole Opry. A tour, shop, and museum are also on-site. You could easily spend an entire day away from your Nashville Bed and Breakfast at the Grand Ole Opry House.
116 Fifth Avenue North
The Ryman Auditorium houses performers from all genres of music, but it's country music that made it what it is today. The venue first opened in the late 1800s and country music entertainers in the 1960s really brought it to life. Dolly Parton, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline helped shape country music's future at the Ryman Auditorium. Today the music venue pairs with the Grand Ole Opry on occasion and hosts some of their country performers. The auditorium is open daily, with exception to holidays, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Concerts are held in the evening. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or at the venue. The Ryman Auditorium is wheelchair accessible and a list of upcoming events can be viewed on the website.
Texas Troubadour Theatre
2416 Opryland Drive
The Texas Troubadour Theatre showcases up-and-coming acts along with well-known entertainers. There are free midnight jams that are fun enough to pull you away from your Nashville Inn. Visitors can also attend Saturday night recordings of the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, which is the second longest running live radio show. Sunday morning shows are filled with inspirational and spiritual songs. The venue celebrates country music in all areas of the genre. Most shows are free to attend, but tickets will need to be purchased to see more popular acts.
The Bluebird Cafe
4104 Hillsboro Road
The Bluebird Cafe has gained a reputation for hosting original country music seven nights a week. It's known in Nashville as a place where many acts are discovered. The venue is a popular spot to listen to up-and-coming acts, so it does get crowded fast. It's best to make reservations to ensure you get a seat, because the cafe is small. There's no cover charge for early shows or shows on Sunday. To see a late show, it will cost a cover charge of $7 to $12 and all the money goes to the acts performing. Many visitors come here just to relax and listen, so there's a strict no talking policy while acts perform. The Bluebird Cafe opens at 5:30 pm and closes at 11:00 pm or midnight.