Big Band Dance at Cumberland Park

The Big Band Dance series at Centennial Park is hands down one of my favorite events of the summer. When it was cancelled last year due to Coronavirus, I was crushed. Happy days are here again because Metro Parks is bringing the Big Band Dance back for 2021! The days, location and length of the series will be different this year but the music and fun will stay the same.

In addition to hearing an amazing musical ensemble, two dance lessons are offered each night at 7PM & 8:30PM. Learn to swing, foxtrot, rumba and more! The only negative thing I can say about the dance is that Middle Tennesseans love this event and that makes for a BIG crowd. Don’t let this keep you from jumping and jiving though. Just plan to arrive early. This year the dance will be held at Cumberland Park (Map) so there should be plenty of room to park and enjoy the concert.

Each dance is scheduled from 7-9:30 PM on Friday evenings. Try to arrive by 6:15PM. Pack a picnic or buy dinner from a food truck and make a night of it. This is a perfect family outing or date night. And if you have some teens, load a whole bunch of them in your minivan and let them loose on the dance floor. Did I mention that this awesome entertainment is completely FREE? Y’all, I just can’t wait for summer 🙂

2021 Metro Parks Big Band Dance Schedule 

Friday July 9 Rory Partin & His All Star Big Band

Friday July 16 The Lynn Beal Band

Friday July 23 The Moonlighters

Friday July 30   Music City Swing

*Schedule subject to change. May be cancelled due to inclement weather. Check the Twitter page for weather related announcements.

Rachel is a Middle Tennessee native, born and raised in the Nashville area and having lived in Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, and Mount Juliet. She is mom to 3, step mom to 4 and Grandma to one (so far!)

4 thoughts on “Big Band Dance at Cumberland Park”

    • Good catch! Yes, it is July 16. All concerts are on Friday this year. Sorry for the confusion.

  1. We are planning a girls get a way in September. The 24th – 28th, cebrating turning 60! We are staying close to the park. Is there any events planned at that time?


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