Every year as the temperature cools in Music City and that means it’s time celebrate with a great festival. We have food, cultural, craft, and music festivals happening the entire fall. All you need to do is plan the trip and come join in the festivities.
Cheekwood Harvest – Sept 17-Oct 30
Celebrate fall during Cheekwood Harvest. Enjoy viewing more than 5,000 chrysanthemums in deep autumn as hues will take center stage in the gorgeous Robertson Ellis Color Garden. Stop by to see the Scarecrows invading their Turner Seasons Garden. Or pick the perfect pumpkin from their patch! Make sure to mark your calendar for El Dia de los Muertos, their annual Day of the Dead celebration.
Noteably Nashville – Oct 6-10
Over the course of five days enjoy a fashion experience featuring Nashville’s unique community and creative art culture. Each day you may witness work from a different fashion designer, live music from talented musicians, and beautiful visual arts. It’s a full arts experience in Music City.
Kid’s Rock Fish Fry – Oct 7-8
Kid Rock is hosting a backyard party at Nashville’s Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel. There will be special guests, a ferris wheel, fish fry, backyard games, fireworks, and plenty of memories to be made.
Oktoberfest – Oct 7-9
Each year Nashville’s Germantown area transforms into a celebration of German tradition that is fun for the whole family. There will be live German music, German food, German beer, and even polka dancing. The event is FREE and open to public.
Tennessee Beer Festival – Oct 15
This is a Nashville event put on by Nashville residents in hopes to provide the perfect festival for beer aficionados! There will be plenty of craft, seasonal and micro beers for everyone to enjoy and all festivities will be located on the grounds of the Historic Two Rivers Mansion.
Nashville Beer Festival – Oct 22
Grab a pretzel necklace and get ready for the 6th Annual Nashville Beer Festival at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. This year’s festivities include over 100 craft beers for you to try. Live music will play the tunes while you enjoy this awesome Music City event with some fun loving people.
Tennessee State Museum Ghost Story Festival – Oct 22
Journey to the Tennessee State Museum to discover tales of Tennessee’s past including those of the Bell Witch, the Cherokee spirit Spearfinger, John Murrell’s thumb, and many others during the annual Haunted Museum Ghost Story. Plus, one of the big highlights is the popular 3,500-year-old mummy and mummified cat on display for all to see. The event is FREE and open to children of all ages.
Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue – Oct 22
Each year domestic and international championship cook-off teams fight for the Jack Daniel’s title of Grand Champion, and more than 25,000 people descend upon Lynchburg to bask in the aroma of award-winning barbecue and celebrate one of America’s favorite pastimes.
Halloween – Oct 22-31
All of Nashville gets dressed up for Halloween offering a citywide celebration. You can get dressed up and join a Halloween bash, find the perfect pumpkin from a patch, test your might inside a haunted house or ghost tour, join a family fun celebration at our many attractions, OR head inside a concert venue for some spooky good live music. Nashville offers the thrills, chills, and fun you need this Halloween season.
Day of the Dead Tequila Festival – Oct 28
To get your Halloween weekend started head on over to the Day of the Dead Tequila Festival happening at Pavilion East. You can try 26 different types of tequila, enjoy a fine chips & salsa bar, party to music, paint your face, enjoy tacos from The Local Taco, and more.
El Dia de los Muertos – Oct 29
Celebrate El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, on October 29 at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Each year, Cheekwood celebrates one of the most important celebrations for the Latin American community with demonstrations, energetic music, and more. It is a time for families to come together to remember their ancestors and celebrate the continuance of life. They always have the best activities children love as they discover more and more about this unique event. No need to worry about food, there will be plenty of traditional Latin American foods to try.
CMA Awards – Nov 2
This year, CMA Awards will be celebrating 50 years. Country Music’s Biggest Night will air live from Music City’s Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, November 2 (8/7c) on ABC. Last year’s performers included Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini (#NashvilleNYE performer), Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton (#NashvilleNYE performer), and more. Stay tuned to see the lineup of 2016 stars!
Taste of Nashville – Nov 4
Taste of Nashville is an annual celebration of restaurants, bars, brewers, distillers, dessert-makers, and other fine food and beverage creators. This year’s event is on November 4 at Rocketown.