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!
Through September 3, 2018: WorldFest – Louisville, Kentucky
Travel around the world in one weekend – right here in downtown Louisville! WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 16th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, live music, dance, culture and education. This event takes place in downtown Louisville at the Belvedere and admission is free. Food and crafts are available for purchase as well. The event is from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. August 31 through September 2 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on September 3. Visit louisvilleky.gov for more info.
Through September 9, 2018: 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 31 and running through September 9, there is plenty of time to check out all the fun at Agricenter. Visit deltafest.com for more information.
September 1, 2018: ForkFest Leiper’s Fork – Nashville, Tennessee
Labor Day weekend, make your plans to get out to historic Leiper’s Fork for the ForkFest. This year, Pat McLaughlin and Delbert McClinton will be playing at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively for an evening of grooving at the Lawn Chair Theatre. All you need to do is grab your lawn chair and head out to the heart of this historic village for a FREE music event, happening rain or shine. For more info, visit facebook.com.
September 7, 2018: Art on the Rocks – Memphis, Tennessee
Art on Tap, the beer tasting event Memphis has known (and loved) for 23 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 8, 2018: Wine on the River – Nashville, Tennessee
On Saturday, September 8, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., kick back with a glass at the 16th annual Wine on the River event. Sample a wide selection wine, beer and spirits from around the globe, and experience flavors from restaurants that will be featuring culturally themed menus (available for additional purchase). Enjoy live music as you sip and savor vibrant worldwide flavors at the event’s new home in Riverfront Park. The event is happening rain or shine, so get your general admission ticket now for $59 and your VIP pass for $89. Proceeds benefit The District and no refunds will be given. Reserve your ticket now at wineontherivernashville.com.
September 8, 2018: Zoo Rendezvous — Memphis, Tennessee
On Saturday, September 8, 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 and 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 11-16, 2018: AMERICANAFEST® — Nashville, Tennessee
Get ready to belt your heart out for 6 straight days! The 19th annual AMERICANAFEST®: The Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 11-16, gathering thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville. The 2018 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 $75, and conference registration starts at $199. For more information, visit americanamusic.org.
September 13-15, 2018: 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. It’s a pinch of southern flare with a dash of Gulf Coast hospitality. This three-day event packed with fun takes place at The Wharf at Orange Beach. For more details and ticket prices for each event, visit thewharfuncorked.com.
September 14, 2018: 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 14-16, step into the world of wining and dining in the city that knows how to do both. The festival features vendors across 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 14 through October 7, 2018: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Showhouse Tours — Atlanta, Georgia
Tour the 5th annual Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Designer Showhouse on Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Designed by L. Mitchell Ginn and built by McKinney Builders, the Selborne Estate Home is a modern take on the classic farmhouse cottage. The showhouse features 13 of Atlanta’s best interior designers including Meredith McBrearty as the lead designer, Anna Wooten, Melissa Galt, Janie Hirsch, Anna-Louise Wolfe, Gretchen Edwards, Buffy Ferguson, Julie Holloway, Kate Light, Rebecca Cartwright, Robin Lamonte, Stefan Alexander and more — whose talents will transform almost 5,000 sq.ft. of indoor and outdoor space! To grab your $20 ticket or find more info, visit 2018serenbeshowhousetours.eventbrite.com.
September 15, 2018: FAM JAM, a Free Family Festival — Charleston, South Carolina
Round up the troops and head to Charleston for this annual event hosted by the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Attendees flock to Marion Square for a day of play — with the help of more than 30 community partners, CML transforms the heart of downtown Charleston into an engaging and innovative playscape. Featuring live music, entertainment and hands-on activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this free family festival encourages kids to move their bodies and stretch their imaginations. Learn more at explorecml.org.
September 16, 2018: Woofstock — Nashville, Tennessee
Enjoy music from the award-winning country and folk icon Emmylou Harris and many more as they take the stage at Woofstock, a musical festival to close out the 2018 AMERICANAFEST. Held at the Ascend Amphitheater beginning at noon, the concert event raises money to benefit dog-rescue organization Bonaparte’s Retreat and Crossroads Campus. Get your reserved seating ticket, starting at $49.95, or a general admission lawn ticket for $20 and get grooving for the pups! For more info visit americanamusic.org.
September 21, 2018: 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 21, 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 $40 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 22 & 23, 2018: Bourbon and Beyond — Louisville, Kentucky
Head to the Waterfront for a weekend of bourbon, food and music! With incredible artists like John Mayer, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters and many more, it may just give Forecastle a run for its money! Ticket prices vary based on packages. You can even camp out in your RV! For more info visit bourbonandbeyond.com.
September 22 & 23, 2018: 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 Chris Stapleton, Hozier, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds and more. Day passes are $125. Visit pilgrimagefestival.com.
September 22 & 23, 2018: 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 25-29, 2018: Charlotte Fashion Week — Charlotte, North Carolina
See this season’s latest looks on the runway during Charlotte Fashion Week. The popular five-day event features new collections designed by established designers, as well as up-and-comers. Runway shows range from children’s fashion to high fashion to the very special Survivor Show, featuring women who have survived breast cancer. Tickets and locations for each event vary; visit charlotteseen.com for more information.
September 29, 2018: Rosewood Art and Music Festival — Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia’s micro urban festival, Rosewood Art & Music Festival, is a nonprofit, one-day, free admission, outdoor event. On Saturday, September 29, thousands of visitors will descend into the Rosewood Neighborhood to enjoy a day filled with visual arts and multiple stages of live music and entertainment. Sit and listen, grab your dance shoes or simply enjoy the sounds as you take in the visual arts and celebrate Southern arts and culture. This festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and it is free to attend. For more information, visit rosewoodfestival.com.
September 29, 2018: 5K/10K for Kids Cancer — Charlotte, North Carolina
Grab your running shoes and craziest purple gear and join the Isabella Santos Foundation for its 11th 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 to 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 30, 2018: Cahaba River Fry-Down — Birmingham, Alabama
Each year, the Cahaba River Society hosts a catfish cook-off and festival that’s not only good for the planet but also the palate! This event has become another staple in Birmingham’s dynamic food scene as culinary masters, old and new, battle it out for the top catfish cooking prizes. This event features fun for all ages with a carnival-like atmosphere, live music, amazing food, a climbing wall, hula-hoopers, a children’s parade, face-painters, educational games, petting zoos, a beer garden and more! Come bring your family, bring your friends, and celebrate as the Cahaba River Society raises awareness on the importance of the Cahaba River, as well as party in celebration of all that the river provides for this community, state and country! For more information, visit frydown.com.
We hope these amazing events make your September one to remember!
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