16 Fall Things To Do In Nashville

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…

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!

 

Musician Corner’s Sundown Series

CENTENNIAL PARK

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

 

Gobblins & Giggles

GAYLORD OPRYLAND

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 Harvest
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Cheekwood Harvest

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

 

Fall Family Fun Festival – Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

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

 

Americanafest 2021 Nashville 

AMERICANAFEST®

VARIOUS VENUES

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.

SEPTEMBER 22 – 25

 

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

HARLINSDALE FARM

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.

SEPTEMBER 25 – 26

 

Shuckle’s Corn Maze

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

 

Artober Nashville
Tammy Gentuso

Artober Nashville

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 

 

International Black Film Festival

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

 

Nashville Film Festival

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

 

Southern Festival of Books

Southern Festival of Books

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

 

Tennessee Craft Fall Fair

CENTENNIAL PARK

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

 

Nashville Jewish Film Festival

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

 

Tennessee Beer, Wine & Shine Festival

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.

OCTOBER 16

 

Boo at the Zoo
Aimee Stubbs | Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Boo at The Zoo 

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

 

Pumpkinfest

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!

OCTOBER 30

 

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