Entertainment: What Can You Do in Gallatin?


One of the best things about having a quaint downtown square is having music events where we close off the streets and enjoy tunes and local fare with our friends and neighbors. Third Thursday on Main is one of Gallatin's favorite events that always satisfies.  

Looking for something fun to do? You won’t have any trouble. Though our growing neighbor to the southwest gets most of the attention, Gallatin has a thriving arts and entertainment scene all its own. 

Listen to Music  

You don’t have to go far to hear great music. Just about every church choir and bar band in Gallatin boasts professional-quality performers. On the city’s historic square, a number of establishments feature live performances, including Rico’s Stage Lounge, Starr Ranch, Swaney Swift’s on the Square, and Crescent City Gallatin. Performers at Awedaddy’s serve up classic rock favorites with an island vibe, and Trinity Music City offers live music with an inspirational twist. 

If you want to do more than just listen to music, head on over to Ovation Music & Studios on the city’s historic square to book a music lesson, reserve space in one of the rehearsal studios, or participate in their Rock Shop bands and summer camps.  

Chill Out on the Water 

Looking for relaxing family entertainment on Old Hickory Lake? Cumberland River Cruises features child-friendly pontoon boat sightseeing cruises. Design a customized cruise for your private party or choose from a fun line-up of standard tours with names like Dragonfly Cruise, Fall Foliage Cruise, Full Moon Tour, Sunset Cruise, Fireworks Tour, and many others. Most tours originate from the Gallatin Marina. 

Catch a Flick 

Film buffs will enjoy The Palace Theatre, a completely restored single-screen theater built for silent films in 1908. Today the theater is home to lectures, recitals, concerts, weekend movies, and a summer movie series for kids. If the latest big-budget blockbuster is more your style, take the family to NCG Gallatin Cinema, a 10-screen stadium-seating theater on the city’s southwest edge. 

See a Play 

The Gallatin area is home to several community and professional theater companies. One of the best is Actors Point Theatre Company, which offers a full season of community theater performances with most featuring professional actors. 

Get on Stage 

Why just see a show when you can be in one? You can do that in Gallatin! CenterStage Performing Arts Academy offers dance classes for all ages, along with opportunities to perform in their state-of-the-art performance hall. Actors Point Theatre Company hosts popular performing arts camps and workshops for kids.  

Go Back in Time 

Step into Gallatin’s rich past when you visit the Sumner County Museum. Wander around three floors of artifacts from the prehistoric age to the present, including many items from Sumner County’s pioneer past and the Civil War. History buffs will enjoy visiting Rosemont and Historic Cragfont in Gallatin, and Rock Castle in Hendersonville, all lovingly-restored buildings with fascinating back stories linked to some of Tennessee’s most famous families. 

Appreciate Works of Art 

Check out Worthington Galleries where you’ll find twenty categories of art on display, including sculptures, ethnographic art, prehistoric art, antique books, maps and manuscripts, ancient coins, ceramics and pottery, antique and ancient weapons, and other collectibles. Just down the road, the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Volunteer State Community College display works of art. The Gallatin Arts Council also sponsors a number of entertaining arts-related events each year.  

Go Stargazing 

A long list of pop, bluegrass, and country legends make their home in the Gallatin area, including The Oak Ridge Boys, Kelly Clarkson, Marty Stuart and Connie Smith, John Conlee, Eddy Raven, Gary Allan, Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White, Johnny Maddox, and Jesse McReynolds. Well-known former residents include Taylor Swift, Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Roy Orbison, Barbara Mandrell, Mel Tillis, Trisha Yearwood, Conway Twitty, Clint Black, Reba McEntire, and Kenny Chesney. If you spot a famous face, you’ll notice that only tourists ask for selfies or autographs. The locals like to let their famous neighbors be.