Big Band Dance at Centennial Park

The Big Band Dance series at Centennial Park is hands down one of my favorite events of the summer. Enjoy a free concert on select Saturday nights all summer long.

In addition to hearing an amazing musical ensemble, dance lessons are offered by Dynamic Ballroom and Performing Arts at each event. Learn to swing, waltz, 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.

Each dance is scheduled from 7-9:30 PM on Saturday evenings. Dance lessons begin at 7PM and the band takes the stage at 7:30PM. 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 🙂

2024 Metro Parks Big Band Dance Schedule 

Saturday June 1 –  Rory Partin All-Star Big Band
Saturday June 8 – The South Jackson St. Band
Saturday June 15 – Music City Swing
Saturday June 22- National African American Wind Symphony
Saturday June 29 – The Lynn Beal Big Band
Saturday July 13 –  Debbi Bailes and Her Band
Saturday July 20 – Merchants of Cool
Saturday July 27 – Music City Swing
Saturday August 3 – The Jazz Alliance Big Band
Saturday August 10 – J. Bradley Big Band
Saturday August 17 – 5 Points Swing

Saturday August 24 – Moonlighters Big Band

Saturday August 31 – Music City Big Band

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

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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 Centennial 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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