It’s that time of year – the air is getting crisp, the leaves are changing, and all of your favorite fall events are happening in Nashville. We’ve compiled a list of 20 upcoming things to do to help you plan your fall fun.
1. October 5-8: Nashville OktoberFest on Jefferson Street
Join 300,000 fans for the 2017 Oktoberfest, an annual tradition in Nashville since 1980. Celebrate the traditions of Munich’s Oktoberfest for 4 days in the center of Music City! Oktoberfest is Nashville’s oldest & largest festival, and the 2nd largest Oktoberfest in the USA.
2. October 7: Nashville Beer & Wine Festival at The Fairgrounds Nashville
The 7th Nashville Beer & Wine Fest celebrates brew, wine, spirits, food, music, local merchants, football & all things Music City!
3. October 7: 21st Annual Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival at Centennial Park
Winner of the 2016 Tennessee Parks and Recreation’s “Four Star for Excellence – Best Event”, the 21st annual Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival brings together music, dance and food from more than 50 cultures that are now part of Middle Tennessee for a day of international fun and entertainment in Centennial Park.
4. October 7: First Saturday Art Crawl at 5th Avenue of the Arts
The First Saturday Art Crawl is a festive atmosphere with participating venues located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and in the Historic Arcade – all welcoming the community to experience downtown Nashville as a center for art.
5. October 10-15: Fun Home at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall
The “groundbreaking,” “exquisite” and “unforgettable” new musical FUN HOME was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL and making history along the way.
6. October 13: Full Moon Pickin’ Party at Percy Warner Park
These laid-back, family-friendly fundraisers feature Middle Tennessee’s finest bluegrass music under the light of a full moon. Don’t forget to purchase discounted tickets ahead of time through NowPlayingNashville!
7. October 13: 13th Annual Franklin Wine Festival at The Factory at Franklin
Enjoy a celebration of food and wine throughout the Factory at Franklin. All proceeds from the Franklin Wine Festival are used to provide children with a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program
8. October 14: Kidsville Family Festival at Centennial Park
The Conservancy and its Kidsville Family Festival presenting sponsor, American Music Water, will host a full day of activities in Centennial Park. Families can spend quality, fun time together in a supportive environment and learn more about the Nashville community.
9. October 21: Free Day Of Music at Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Enjoy free performances all day and into the night at the Nashville Symphony’s annual Free Day of Music, when they shine a light on Music City’s wealth of talent.
10. October 21: Tennessee State Museum’s Annual Haunted Museum Festival
The festival features a “ghost trail” through the museum with prizes, crafts, and refreshments. At stops along the ghost trail there will be chilling ghost stories from Tennessee’s past, including the Bell Witch, the Cherokee spirit Spearfinger, John Murrell’s thumb, and many other scary tales.
11. October 21: 2nd Annual Centennial Craft Festival at Centennial Park
Shop for handmade goods and crafts from local artisans, enjoy a bounty of delectable foods, hear local music, and enjoy fun activities for children. This is sure to be fun for all ages!
12. October 28: El Día de los Muertos at Cheekwood
Each year, Cheekwood brings the traditions of Mexico and Latin America to Nashville with a festival that includes traditional music and dance, vibrant art activities, and authentic cuisine. Visitors will learn about the culture of their Latin American neighbors while exploring beautiful altar displays and shopping in the marketplace.
13. October 28: Pumpkinfest in Downtown Franklin
Presented by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, the festival stretches along Main Street and its avenues and offers tons of festive fun for families.
14. November 2: Family Festival Day at Frist Center for the Visual Arts
This FREE Family Festival Day will be filled with unique gallery experiences, fun art-making activities, a silent disco, a grand finale performance by the VSA TN Movement Connection Dance Program, and so much more!
15. November 8: 51st Annual CMA Awards
Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood preside over the evening and return as hosts for Country Music’s Biggest Night. The 2017 event will deliver spectacle, accolades and countless special moments as we celebrate the CMA Awards.
16. October 13-29: Boo at the Zoo at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Join the Nashville Zoo for 10 nights of delightfully frightful fun during their annual Halloween tradition! Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial.
17. September 23-October 29: Cheekwood Harvest
Cheekwood is celebrating all things fall during Cheekwood Harvest, part of their year-round lineup of signature seasonal festivals. Enjoy scarecrows, a pumpkin house & patch, the Halloween Pooch Parade, the Harvest Beer Garden and more!
18. October 17-November 21: Nashville Jewish Film Festival
This festival will include 15 films that showcase contemporary Jewish life in the US, in Israel and throughout the world.
19. Catch a football game
Whether you’re a Titans fan or like to cheer on a local college team, there are several football games to check out in Middle Tennessee this fall.
20. Navigate your way through a Nashville themed corn maze
Corn mazes are a fun activity for the whole family – and this year there are some great themed mazes to check out, such as Lucky Ladd Farm’s Predators-themed Amazing Mazeless Maze or the Charles Esten 12-Acre Corn Maze at Honeysuckle Hill Farm.