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 looking forward to hitting the road to partake in the fun. Here are some of the top options we’re looking at for September. Take a look!

Southern Happenings September 2018

We can’t wait for the Music City Food + Wine Festival! Image: Charles Reagan Hackleman 

Through September 1, 2019: Live on the Green — Nashville, TN

Labor Day weekend, Lightning 100 presents to you, Nashville’s FREE live music festival, Live on the Green. The three-day festival includes an incredible lineup of performers, a solid selection of food vendors, a great menu of brews and a vibrant crowd for a weekend full of jamming. Check out the lineup and make your plans to get to this celebration of live music in Music City! liveonthegreen.com

Through September 2, 2019: WorldFest – Louisville, Kentucky

Travel around the world in one weekend – right in downtown Louisville! WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 17th anniversary with four days of food, live music, dance, culture and education. This event takes place in downtown Louisville at the Belvedere. Admission is free, and food and crafts are available for purchase. The event is from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., August 30 through September 1, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on September 2. louisvilleky.gov

Through September 8, 2019: Delta Fair and Music Festival at Agricenter Memphis – Memphis, Tennessee

Delta Fair & Music Festival brings the community together with safe, wholesome family entertainment while celebrating and promoting the rich art, music and history of the Delta. Enjoy rides, livestock shows, a crafts expo, a 5K run and live entertainment. Starting on August 30 and running through September 8, there is plenty of time to check out all the fun at Agricenter. Visit deltafest.com for more information.

September 6, 2019: Art on the Rocks – Memphis, Tennessee

Art on Tap, the beer tasting event Memphis has known (and loved) for 24 years now, has a new name! Meet Art on the Rocks – this time with a botanical cocktail component. The event will feature mixed drinks with gin, tequila, vodka, whiskey and rum, craft beers, mocktails and much more! Enjoy food from some of your favorite local restaurants while you don your best green ensemble. Members, get your tickets for $40 and non-members, get yours for $50 (including on the day of). Young at Art members enter for free. The event lasts from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – you don’t want to miss this! Visit dixon.org.

September 7, 2019: Wine on the River – Nashville, Tennessee

On Saturday, September 7, Wine on the River returns to downtown Nashville! From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Riverfront Park, enjoy wine, beer and spirits from around the world while snacking on delicious bites and grooving to live music. This event is 21+. Download the Freebird app for free and enter the promo code, WOTR to get up to $15 back on your Uber or Lyft ride to Wine on the River. Tickets range from $25 to $85 per person.  Get yours here.

September 7, 2019: Zoo Rendezvous — Memphis, Tennessee

On Saturday, September 7, the Memphis Zoo will be hosting their biggest fundraiser of the year, Zoo Rendezvous! There will be local food and drink, four stages of entertainment and plenty of fun. Enjoy the thrill of being inside the Zoo after hours while snacking, sipping and mingling with friends. The event begins at 7 p.m. and concludes at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $200. Visit memphiszoo.org.

September 8, 2019: 43rd Annual Central Gardens Home & Garden Tour — Memphis, Tennessee

The Central Gardens Home & Garden Tour is back! This year, the walkable route will go from Central Avenue between McLean and Willett Street. There will be three updated historic homes along with three newly constructed homes. From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., you can go on a walkable tour of this year’s homes located on Belvedere, Central, Peabody and Glenwood Place. Tickets are $15. This year, they are also adding an artists market, featuring local makers. centralgardens.org

September 10, 2019: 13th Annual Harvest of Hope at The Club — Birmingham, AL

There’s nothing we love more than an event that combines hope, giving, and of course, delicious food. The Annual Harvest of Hope luncheon and silent auction supports Oak Mountain Mission Ministries, a nonprofit organization that provides food, clothing and other forms of assistance to those in need in surrounding counties. The programming during Harvest of Hope features a speaker whose tenacity and love for others is creating hope in our city. This year’s keynote speaker is Mr. Ashley Curry, Mayor of Vestavia Hills and founder of the Car Ministry at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. This event is expected to exceed more than 500 people so reservations are necessary. The silent auction begins at 10 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. oakmtnmissions.com.

September 10-15, 2019: AMERICANAFEST® — Nashville, Tennessee

Get ready to belt your heart out for 6 straight days! The 20th annual AMERICANAFEST®: The Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 10 through the 15, gathering thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville. The 2019 festival promises to once again be the must-attend event for anyone who loves the melting pot of Americana influences including roots, folk, country, blues and soul-based music. Wristbands for the festival are $90, and conference registration is $449/$349 for Americana Music Association members. For more information, visit americanamusic.org.

September 11, 2019: OZ Arts 5th Annual CigArt — Nashville, TN

On September 11, join OZ Arts at the 5th Annual CigArt event. Starting at 6 p.m., participants will enjoy a lavish evening filled with dinner, drinks, and art among friends and Nashville community members. The proceeds raised from the event will directly impact the Nashville art scene, allowing OZ Arts to continue hosting world-class art performances and educational outreach to the Nashville community. Tickets cost $300 for individuals and $500 for couples and can be purchased here.

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September 14, 2019: Cooper-Young Festival — Memphis, Tennessee

Hosted by the Cooper-Young Business Association comes Memphis’ favorite outdoor celebration, The Cooper-Young Festival. Held in the largest historic district in Memphis and one of the most highly-attended festivals in the city, the festival will host artists from around the country and offer attendees the chance to purchase items. It’s a true celebration of people, culture, arts and Memphis heritage. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. cooperyoungfestival.com

September 20-22, 2019: Music City Food + Wine Festival — Nashville, Tennessee

This incredible weekend-long downtown Nashville food and wine experience is certainly a must for your fall calendar in Nashville. From September 20 through the 22, step into the world of wining and dining in the city that knows how to do both. The festival features vendors across the Music City and culinary talents from across the country and world. Act quickly because the full weekend pass tickets are already sold out. The good news is that the single-day tickets are still available! Grab your token now and experience “SIPS. BITES. SOUL. NASHVILLE.”  Visit musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com.

September 19 through October 13, 2019: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Showhouse Tours — Atlanta, Georgia

Tour the 6th annual Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Designer Showhouse on Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Designed by Serenbe Planning & Design and built by South Haven, the designer showhouse is in the newest neighborhood, Mado, and has gorgeous views of the preserved woods. The showhouse features Atlanta’s best interior designers whose talents will transform almost 3,300 sq.ft. of indoor space! Proceeds from the showhouse will directly benefit the art farm at Serenbe. To grab your $20 ticket or find more info, visit serenbeshowhouse.com.

September 19 & 20, 2019: The Great Oxonian Exposition — Oxford, Mississippi

Brought to you by ArtWorks Foundation, the Great Oxonian Exposition of 2019 will take place on September 19 and 20 at The Yonknapatawpha Arts Council’s Power House in Oxford, Mississippi. This two-day, indoor show will take place in advance of the Ole Miss / Southern California football face-off and will feature stellar works of art in metal, glass, clay, wood, and fiber, as well as jewelry, sculpture, paintings and photography. Also, attendees will get to try out Mississippi’s first taste of Cousin’s Maine Lobster Rolls! The event is from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the 19 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 20. Admission is free. greatexposition.com

September 19 & 20, 2019: 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 Woldenberg Park. Partake in a fried chicken tender-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. Attending the festival is free, but there are also options to upgrade to a VIP experience. To learn more, visit friedchickenfestival.com.

September 20, 2019: Nashville Brew Festival — Nashville, Tennessee

What do you get when you combine 50 breweries, 150 beers AND food trucks? Just your highly-anticipated Nashville Brew Festival. On September 20, make your way to First Tennessee Park for a celebration of all things beer and food in one place. Get your $60 ticket now for VIP access (from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and $45 general admission ticket (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) for unlimited beer tastings. Note: the early entrance VIP ticket will give you early access to specialty pours. Start your countdown now! Visit nashvillebrewfestival.com.

September 20-22, 2019: Bourbon and Beyond — Louisville, Kentucky

Head to the Waterfront for a weekend of bourbon, food and music. With incredible artists like the Foo Fighters, John Fogerty, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Zac Brown Band, Leon Bridges and many more, it may just give Forecastle a run for its money – you can even camp out in your RV! Ticket prices vary based on packages. To learn more, visit bourbonandbeyond.com.

September 21 & 22, 2019: Buckhead Fine Arts Festival 2019 — Atlanta, GA

Want to experience art at its finest? Head to The Buckhead Fine Arts Festival to enjoy two days of the best art Atlanta has to offer. Featuring approximately 100 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more! The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations and live acoustic music. This free festival takes place from 10 a.m to 5 p.m on Saturday and 11 a.m to 5 p.m on Sunday. buckheadartsfestival.com

September 21 & 22, 2019: 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 a great 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 the Foo Fighters, The Killers, Keith Urban, Leon Bridges and more. Day passes start at $130. Visit pilgrimagefestival.com.

September 22 and 29, 2019: 15th Annual Vulcan AfterTunes — Birmingham, Alabama

We love the end of September! Fall is almost here, which means breezy, cool weather. Grab the whole family and head to Vulcan Park and Museum for the first of this year’s Vulcan AfterTunes Concert Series. On September 22, Logan Ledger will grace the stage followed by Griffin House on September 29. There will be delicious bites, drinks and fun activities available to add to the fun. The day runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the concert starting at 3 p.m. Come on out and take in the beautiful sights, gorgeous weather, and awesome tunes. visitvulcan.com

September 25, 2019: L27 Rooftop Rewind — Nashville, Tennessee

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends at L27 Rooftop Bar at The Westin Nashville. Enjoy $10 cocktail specials including the “Rachel,” “Monica” and “Phoebe.” A DJ will play music from the early 90s and episodes of Friends will play on a loop. This event is 21+, is free and open to the public and takes place from 7 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. l27nashville.com

September 28, 2019: 5K/10K for Kids Cancer — Charlotte, North Carolina

Grab your running shoes and craziest purple gear and join the Isabella Santos Foundation for its 12th Annual 5K/10K for Kids Cancer and 1-Mile Fun Run. This family-friendly event brings the community together to help celebrate Isabella’s life, raise funds for pediatric cancer research and commemorate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. So come out and turn Ballantyne into a sea of purple for a great cause! Registration fees vary depending on race distance. For more information, visit isabellesantosfoundation.org.

September 28, 2019: St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer — Memphis, Tennessee

The St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer is an annual 5K race that raises money to help St. Jude continue its work toward ending childhood cancer. Participants can walk or run, and race fees begin at $10. The race kicks off at 8 a.m. fundraising.stjude.org

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September 28, 2019: Fiesta 2019 — Birmingham, Alabama

Time to fiesta! Fiesta Birmingham will host its 17th annual festival all about celebrating Alabama together. The festival will take place at Linn Park in downtown Birmingham on September 28. Fiesta, Alabama’s largest celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage, will feature authentic Latin food, Hispanic music, family-friendly activities and so much more. This event is the best way to close out the month. Tickets are $10 and kids 12 and under are free. The festivities will run from noon to 8 p.m. fiestabham.com

September 30, 2019: The Cooper Golf Challenge — Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Whether you’re an experienced golfer or have only seen a golf course on your TV, get ready to hit a hole in one at the Cooper Golf Challenge benefiting Miriam’s Promise, a local adoption nonprofit. Grab your families and friends and enjoy a day of sporting fun, plus a silent auction and prizes for guests. The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Old Fort Golf Course and includes gifts, lunch, and a party for all participants! miriamspromise.org

We hope these amazing events make your September one to remember!


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