We’re SO excited for fall and the many fun events that are coming up. As we transition from summer, the variety of fun Southern events picks up — and we’re excited to hit the road to partake in the fun. Here are some of the top options we’re looking at for September. Take a look!
September 2-5, 2016: Southern Living’s 50 Anniversary — Nashville, Tennessee
This Labor Day weekend, Southern Living and the city of Nashville are teaming up to celebrate Southern Living’s 50th anniversary with a weekend of experiences that celebrate the city’s food, fashion, art and, of course, music. You can taste hot chicken and craft beer, stroll Nashville’s art galleries, enjoy local barbecue, dine at Cheekwood, shop 12South or brunch with Southern Living editors. Ticket prices vary. Learn more at visitmusiccity.com
September 9-10, 2016: Southern Ideal Home Show — Charlotte, North Carolina
Need ideas for a new home or remodeling project? Find all things home improvement at the Southern Ideal Home Show. From landscaping to interior design, you’ll leave feeling inspired by the show’s experts and on-stage presentations. The show will be held at the Park Expo and Conference Center located at 800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28205. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $9 or at the door for $10. For hours and a list of show exhibits visit southernshows.com.
September 10, 2016: Zoo Rendezvous: An Evening in Africa — Memphis, Tennessee
Experience a taste of more than 70 local restaurants and bars while supporting the Memphis Zoo. Zoo Rendezvous celebrates the new Zambezi River Hippo Camp and brings together the best tastes of the town with live music on four stages from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $200; buy them at memphiszoo.org.
September 15-17, 2016: The Wharf Uncorked — Orange Beach, Alabama
Spend a weekend in Orange Beach for a great cause. The Wharf Uncorked, a fundraising weekend for Make-A-Wish Alabama, features food and wine tastings, live entertainment, cooking demos, cookbook signings and much more. The fun takes place at The Wharf at Orange Beach. Click here for details.
September 15-17, 2016: 44th Annual Greek Festival — Birmingham, Alabama
If you love food, music and the Greek zest for life, this is the event for you! The Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral will host the 44th annual Greek Festival, which draws crowds from across the Southeast to revel in the gorgeous art, delicious flavors and vivacious music and dance of Greek culture. There is even a drive-thru for those that need to get their annual authentic Greek food fix but don’t have time to park and explore the festival’s many offerings. Come savor Birmingham’s rich Greek culture September 15 through September 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Visit birminghamgreekfestival.net.
September 20-24, 2016: Charlotte Fashion Week — Charlotte, North Carolina
September 24-25, 2016: Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival — Franklin, Tennessee
The 230-acre Park at Harlinsdale former horse farm in Franklin acts as the perfect music festival venue, and fall is the perfect time to be outside enjoying music. Sounds of rock ‘n’ roll, country, bluegrass, jazz, indie and gospel will be heard during this two-day festival. Kids can play in the designated play area, festival goers can enjoy the region’s best food and drink — and everyone can enjoy music from standout acts including Grace Potter, Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves and more. Day passes are $69. Visit pilgrimagefestival.com.
September 25, 2016: Fried Chicken Festival — New Orleans, Louisiana
Indulge your Southern taste buds in a day devoted entirely to fried chicken. The Fried Chicken Festival takes place in Lafayette Square in the Central Business District. Partake in a fried chicken wing-eating contest, enter your secret recipe in the fried chicken contest, sample foods from more than 20 restaurants, mingle with food writers, critics and bloggers from across the nation and more. Click here to learn more.
September 25, 2016: Breakin’ Bread at Sloss Furnaces — Birmingham, Alabama
The 14th annual Breakin’ Bread Festival is a local flavor explosion! Come out to Sloss Furnaces with an empty stomach to explore unlimited food samplings by Birmingham’s highly acclaimed chefs, craft beer and wine, a kids’ zone, live cooking competition, live music, tasting seminars and a showcase of local Alabama brews — as well as access to explore the sprawling and impressive Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Do we need to say more? Presented by Birmingham Originals, this food lovers’ celebration begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. General admission tickets, which include unlimited food samples and two drink tickets, are $30 and increase to $35 on September 2, 2016. VIP tickets, which include unlimited food samplings and drinks, access to the exclusive lounge area and gift bags, are $89 and increase to $99 on September 22016. Children under 12 get in free. Visit birminghamoriginals.org.
September 27-30, 2016: IdeaFestival — Louisville, Kentucky
Are you curious, an entrepreneur, interested in the future, a lover of TED talks? By all means, get thee to the Kentucky Center September 28 through 30, 2016, for the IdeaFestival. There is something for everyone here — and be prepared for a lot of intellectual stimulation, all weekend! Check out the schedule here. Visit ideafestival.com.
September 30, 2016: Vin-a-Que at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art — Memphis, Tennessee
Celebrate Memphis’ barbecue heritage and pair barbecue dishes with wines, specialty drinks and craft beer at Vin-a-Que. This fundraiser for the Brooks Museum of Art is a see-and-be-seen event featuring live music and a silent auction under the stars on the museum’s plaza, plus all the yummy barbecue from area restaurants, plus and libations. The event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and tickets are $75. Details and tickets are online at brooksmuseum.com.
September 30-October 2, 2016: St. James Court Art Show — Louisville, Kentucky
The 60th annual St. James Court Art Show will take place from September 30 through October 2. The juried fine arts and arts and craft show hosts 750 artists from around North America and is held in the heart of historic Old Louisville. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit stjamescourtartshow.com.
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