Nashville Fall Fun Festivities and Events

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Fall time in Middle Tennessee means several things to me: changing leaves, cooler temps, football, pumpkin spice flavored everything and apple cider. It is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of nature, and participate in the many events and festivals that surround Nashville. Happy fall y’all!

Nashville Fall Fun Festivities and EventsNashville Fall Fun Festivities and Events

Salty Dog Festival

105 S. Main Street
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
September 10, 10A-4P

The Salty Dog festival in Goodlettsville is a family fun event featuring local artisans, food trucks, live music, train rides, a petting zoo and many more activities. All proceeds from this event help support the Goodlettsville Chamber Foundation. The clever name “Salty Dog” originated from Kasper Mansker’s discovery of two salt licks in Goodlettsville, along with the community’s love for their furry family members. Dogs are welcome!


Cheekwood Harvest

1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37205
September 17- October 30
Tuesday-Sunday 9AM-5PM
Thursday Night Out 5-9PM
*Cheekwood opens early for members at 8AM on Wednesdays

Cheekwood Harvest is a wonderful place for the family to visit. In the fall, you can see the changing leaves in the gardens, as well as pumpkins, scarecrows, and mums. There will be a beer garden for the adults, and kids activities to keep the littles happy.


Music in the Vines

Arrington Vineyards
6211 Patton Rd.
Arrington, TN 37014
Weekends, 3-7P, now through the fall

Visit the beautiful Arrington Vineyards for Music in the Vines, on weekends, running now through December.  This is a family friendly event, with live jazz and bluegrass music. Also, on Friday nights, they have good trucks and live music. You can check the calendar on their website for specific info. You can bring your own food, but only AV wines are permitted on the property.


September Sundown

Centennial Park
2500 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
Fridays in September, 5-9PM
*corner of 27th Ave N & West End

September Sundown is sponsored by Musician’s Corner, and is a family friendly event hosted at Centennial Park. You can expect musical performances, food trucks, local artisans and Kidsville. Kidsville is a great area for the kids to enjoy fun, fitness, crafts and music activities.


Celebrate Grandparents Day at the Nashville Zoo

3777 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
September 11th

Grandparents are extra special, and now you can celebrate their special day with the Nashville Zoo. There will be a photo booth outside the gift shop from 10a-2p. From 1-2p, you can enjoy an animal show at the amphitheater. There will also be special zookeeper talks throughout the day.


Full Moon Pickin’ Parties

Percy Warner Park
50 Vaughn Road
Nashville, TN 37221
September 16-17th, 6-10P

Per the website: This unique bluegrass music series is one of Nashville’s most popular outdoor events, attracting families, friends, and dog lovers from all over to hear local musicians play together under the full moon in one of Nashville’s more picturesque settings: Percy Warner Park. You can enjoy traditional bluegrass music, fare from local food trucks, craft beer, and more. B.Y.O. blanket or chair, a dog if you’d like (on a leash no longer than 6 ft), and snacks if you wish (no alcoholic beverages permitted).


Old Timer’s Festival 

Veterans Memorial Park
115 Floyd Memorial Drive
La Vergne, TN 37086
September 17th, 10A-3:30P

The Old Timer’s Festival is a blend of mixing old and new traditions. You can expect a parade to kick things off, and music, food, vendors, crafts and lots of fun for the entire family!


Jazz on the Cumberland

Nashville Cumberland Park (located by the Titans Stadium)
592 S. 1st Street
Nashville, TN 37213
September 18th, 5:30-8p
October 16th, 5:30-8p

This is a free family friendly concert series featuring food trucks and jazz music! Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy food trucks and music with your family. Dogs are permitted. Parking is available for $10 in parking in lots R&T. There will also be a Kid’s Fun Play Zone. This event features some of the best local, regional, and national jazz artists performing live. They also feature local, regional, and national acts including a “Youth Segment” as part of our Continuing Music Education Series in area schools and colleges.


Depot Days in Smyrna

98 Front Street
Smyrna, TN 37167
September 23-24

Depot Days is celebrating their 15th year of this event in Smyrna. You can expect live musical performances, inflatables for the kids (no charge), and train rides for $1. This family-friendly event will be packed with numerous other activities and there will plenty of vendors and food to enjoy as well.


Tennessee Honey Festival

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
600 James Robertson Pkwy
Nashville, TN 37243
Saturday, September 24th

The Tennessee Honey Festival is fun and educational. At the event, you will learn the importance of bees and pollinators in Tennessee. The event hopes to bring awareness about local farmers, apiaries, pollinators and honey. You can also enjoy music, vendors, honey-themed foods, and craft drinks. Get tickets now!


Main Street Festival

Historic Downtown Gallatin Square
Gallatin, TN 37066
October 1, 10A-5P

This free-admission annual event, is a big attraction for the town of Gallatin. The festival hosts over 200 vendors, local entertainment, food, and a children’s play area.


Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival

Cumberland Park East Bank Landing
2 Victory Ave
Nashville, TN 37213
October 1st

This beloved-tradition event is a fundraiser for the Cumberland River Compact, who work to provide clean water. Teams from around the area will race for the Grand Champion title. You can watch them compete, and enjoy food, drinks, and goods from local vendors. Dragonland is also a fun area for the kids!


Nashville Oktoberfest

600 James Robertson Pkwy,
Nashville, TN 37243
October 6-9th

The Nashville Oktoberfest has been a Nashville tradition since 1980. It is Nashville’s oldest festival and America’s 2nd largest Oktoberfest. This event is family friendly with music, vendors, food and other activities.


Tennessee Craft Fall Fair

Centennial Park
2500 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
October 7-8th, 10A-6P
October 9th, 10A-4P

Artists from across the nation will exhibit their handmade craft on the Great Lawn adjacent to the Parthenon, showcasing fine craft from clay, jewelry and leather to wood, glass, painting and more. The Kids’ Tent offers the experience for families to craft together or enjoy take-and-make activities.

This free event is accessible to the public – with free parking and free shuttle service on Saturday and Sunday. Shuttles will run in 15-minute loops from the HCA Parking Lots located on Park Plaza to the entrance of the Tennessee Craft Fair.


Tennessee Apple and All Things Falls Festival 

7690 Nolensville Rd.
Nolensville, TN 37135
Saturday, October 8th, 10A-5P

The 2nd annual festival, located at Morning Glory Orchard, is a wonderful way to celebrate all things fall. There will be in attendance 50+ local craft vendors and gift makers, for you to do some shopping for yourself (or early Christmas shopping). You can also expect food vendors, face painting, pumpkins, mums, apple cider slushies, caramel apples, kettle corn and more! It sounds like plenty of fun photo ops too! Admission is free, and free shuttles are provided, but parking on-site would be $10.


Southern Festival of Books

Downtown Nashville
October 14-16th

The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word is a free, three-day literary Festival held annually the second full weekend of October in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The event welcomes more than 200 authors, and over 60 publishers and booksellers. There will also be performance stages, and events for children.


Light the Nations

51st Avenue N.
Nashville, TN 37209
October 15th, 2-10P

Light the Nations, is an event in West Nashville that highlights the area by featuring local food, music, businesses and art. A percentage of the festival funds will go to support Thistle Farms. There will be plenty of kids activities available, including face painting. For more information, and a schedule of events, be sure and check out their website.


Dog Day Festival

Centennial Park
2500 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
October 15th, 10A-4P

Nashville Humane’s Dog Day Festival, presented by Mars Petcare, is an event where our four-legged friends rule the day! Bring your dogs and participate in costume contests, pet portraits, a parade and more. There will also be a children’s area, food trucks, music, and other entertainment. This is a ticketed event, and proceeds will support the Nashville Human Society. Tickets will be available soon for purchase, so be sure and follow their website for up-to-date information.


Webb School Arts & Craft Show

Downtown Bell Buckle- Maple Street
October 15-16th, 9A-5P

This arts and craft show, located in historic Bell Buckle, is a favorite! There will be over 100 booths of vendors, displaying the best of the best handmade arts and crafts. Also, you can expect food trucks offering cuisines from all over the world!


Nashville Greek Festival

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
4905 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37220
October 21-23

The Nashville Greek Festival is a great experience for the entire family, to learn about and experience Greek hospitality and culture. You can expect savory cuisine, music, dancing, and educational tours. I suggest trying the baklava! It is one of my favorite desserts. There will also be plenty of vendors with beautiful Greek items.


Harvest Days

312 South Front Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Saturday October 22nd, 10A-4P

Take a drive down to Murfreesboro and historic Cannonsburgh Village for the Harvest Days Market. The Harvest Days Market will have a variety of food trucks, vendors and crafts. There will be hayrides and other activities as well.


Rutherford Parent’s Fall Kids Fest

The Avenue Murfreesboro
2615 Medical Center Pkwy
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
October 22, 10A-2P

This FREE ADMISSION event is a wonderful place to take the kids and let them get out loads of energy. There will be inflatables, a climbing wall, and other activities and games. Local vendors and live entertainment can also be expected.


The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 37th Annual PumpkinFest 

Main Street, Downtown Franklin, TN
October 29th, 10A-6P

This event is the largest fall festival in Middle Tennessee. Join in on a fun day of fall-inspired food and drinks, children activities, live music, pet and children’s costume contests, and arts and crafts. There will be no shortage of family fun!


Sumner Fest

Sanders Ferry Park
158 Sanders Ferry Road
Hendersonville, Tennessee 37075
October 30, 2022, 2-7P

Sumner Fest at The City by the Lake is Sumner County’s premier hot air balloon festival. This is a family friendly, free admission event. Bring a few blankets and lawn chairs, and enjoy the lakefront. You can also pay $5 for KidZone activities, and tethered balloon rides are $30, while available. There will also be food, live music and vendors available.

 

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