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.
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.
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.
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.
2021 promises to once again be the must-attend event for anyone who loves the melting pot of Americana’s influences including roots, folk, country, blues and soul-based music. Each year, AMERICANAFEST brings together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars, fans, and industry professionals for multiple days of music and education.
Music lovers of every age and interest have made the annual pilgrimage to the festival to enjoy the carefully curated line-up of artists, local cuisine, craft beverages, the beauty of The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, and of course, the virtues of Franklin, Tenn. The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is also known for its arts and cultural exhibits and for the year-round community works and support provided by the Pilgrimage Foundation. The 2021 lineup includes Dave Matthews Band, The Black Keys, Maren Morris, Cage the Elephant, and many more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!