While the temperature may not be dropping like we all hope, Starbucks is serving Pumpkin Spice Lattes and fall has “FINALLY” arrived! As always, there is no shortage of great events in Nashville to attend this season. Check out this small sampling of not-to-miss events taking place this fall in Nashville!
Musicians Corner will return this fall for its annual September Sundown series, adding several more dates than years past. The series will take place each Thursday and Friday evening in September, with a special three-day weekend taking place September 23-25 in conjunction with AmericanaFest.
SEPTEMBER 2 – OCTOBER 1
Goblins & Giggles offers a wide array of family-friendly activations from spooky animal encounters and a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin to trick-or-treating and cruising along our indoor river aboard one of the resort’s flatboat rides.
SEPTEMBER 10 – OCTOBER 31
CHEEKWOOD ESTATE & GARDENS
It’s all things Autumn during Cheekwood Harvest where more than 5,000 chrysanthemums cover the grounds and so much more, including the Pumpkin House and Patch, Japanese Moon Viewing, Halloween Pooch Parade, and El Día de los Muertos.
SEPTEMBER 18 – OCTOBER 31
LUCKY LADD FARMS
Lucky Ladd Farms is Tennessee’s largest petting farm and has more than 50 exciting activities for families to enjoy Autumn including a corn maze, wagon and pony rides, farm animals and exotic wildlife, and more.
SEPTEMBER 18 – OCTOBER 30
Order your favorite fall inspired cocktail and enjoy the cool autumn air while looking at the best views of the city. Signature cocktails include the Drunken Pumpkin, Apple-y Ever After, Harvest Moon, Let’s Get Cozy, Not Your Mother’s Mulled Wine, Spice and Everything Nice, Maple Old Fashioned, Fall-Tini, and B-Autums Up. Wine by the glass or the bottle will also be served as well as beer. Munch on some savory appetizers such as Acorn & Butternut Squash Beggars Purse with Roasted Pepitas or Goat Cheese and Pear Savory Tartlet. Something sweet on your mind? No worries! Try the Cider Poached Pear filled with Apple Cider Mousse or Mini Candy Corn Tiered Cake.
SEPTEMBER 17 – MID OCTOBER
Enjoy 20+ wines, culinary pairings, wine and music pairings, live performances and more! VIP ticket packages will grant you access to the upstairs Lounge for elevated wine and food offerings, as well as intimate live music performances on the Lounge stage. City Winery Winemaker Michelle Foletta Bell will guide guests on a journey through a sampling of City Winery’s house made wine throughout the day. VIP guests will enjoy wine made on-site as well as wine made by City Winery Winemakers from other City Winery locations (including NYC, Boston, Chicago, and more).
FIDDLE DEE FARMS
Fiddle Dee Farms offers up a plethora of fall activities including Shuckle’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, the Hey, Hey Hayride, jumping pillow and a pedal cart course.
SEPTEMBER 25 – OCTOBER 31
VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON
October is Arts & Humanities month and to celebrate we host a month-long celebration that includes an Artober take-over on NowPlayingNashville.com. Explore hundreds of art, music, theater, history, film, and more events taking place in Nashville & Middle Tennessee in October.
SEPTEMBER 27 – OCTOBER 31
VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON
The International Black Film Festival is an energetic, non stop 3 1/2 days filled with world premiere, studio and independent films, a prestigious film competition where filmmakers from around the globe experience workshops and panels with top industry executives, entertainment, and so much more.
SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 3
VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON
The expanded 2021 festival plan includes a full range of in-person screenings at venues throughout Nashville in addition to festival films, panels and Q&As securely online. This year’s festival will feature more than 150 films, Creators Conference panels, Q&As, the annual Music Program and other exclusive content in an engaging mix of in-person and online events.
SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 6
WAR MEMORIAL PLAZA AND TENNESSEE CAPITOL
The 33rd Annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word℠ will feature virtual and in-person programming. Each year the Festival brings to Nashville approximately 200 of the nation’s and region’s most prominent authors, from legendary mystery writers to critically acclaimed debut novelists, from poets to biographers, from chefs to children’s authors.
OCTOBER 9 – 10
Join the Nashville tradition of celebrating and supporting American handmade craft at this premier event on the lawn in Centennial Park. Shop one-of-a-kind, finely crafted artwork directly from the juried, award-winning artists. A unique feature of Tennessee Craft Fairs requires artists to be on-site. While shopping, you’ll meet the artists, learn what inspires them and how they take raw materials like clay, wood, metal and glass and transform them into fine craft. In addition to the array of high quality craft, visitors enjoy fun hands-on activities in the Kids’ Tent, from area vendors and demonstrations from artisans aimed to educate as they create pieces in front of your eyes.
OCTOBER 8 – 10
VARIOUS VENUES INCLUDING BELCOURT THEATRE
In 2021 the Nashville Jewish Film Festival will celebrate its 21st year of bringing educational, entertaining and thought-provoking Jewish-themed films to the Nashville community. The NJFF aims to create a forum for the wider Nashville community to understand the complexity of issues surrounding Jewish life in contemporary society. The films chosen each year are meant to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the Jewish cultural, religious, historical, and social conditions of the modern era.
OCTOBER 14 – NOVEMBER 11
TWO RIVERS MANSION
The Festival includes 100 different beers and 90 wines as well as a new addition this year, moonshine! Enjoy access to some of the best spirits, local food trucks, craft tables, and live music.
NASHVILLE ZOO AT GRASSMERE
Enjoy fall themed scenes and activities around the Zoo, trick or treating for the kids, special animal shows, and more! The event will feature magical lit scenes and picture-perfect pumpkin patches, enchanting giant hay creatures and Gourdon the Talking Pumpkin, Monster Mash dance area and Scary-Go-Round carousel, and 10 trick-or-treat stations with a glow-in-the-dark souvenir cup for kids.
OCTOBER 15 – 30
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN FRANKLIN
The Heritage Foundation’s 36th Annual Pumpkinfest is Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival! With over 65,000 people in attendance, the festival stretches along Main Street and its side avenues in downtown Franklin and offers tons of festive fun for people of all ages!