No more hiding indoors because the humidity is too high or the sun is too hot. It’s fall festival season! These highly-anticipated and widely attended festivals and events are where you need to be this month. So grab your calendar and grab your PSL. It’s time to map out your month!
Fall Festivals in Nashville
Cheekwood Harvest, Presented by FirstBank — Through October 21, 2018
1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, TN 37205 • (615) 356-8000
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Monday
Cheekwood’s creative activities, sites and sounds have always been remarkable, and Cheekwood Harvest is no exception. Filled with more than 400 gourds, the renowned pumpkin house is the must-see site in the middle of the pumpkin patch. A scarecrow collection made by Nashvillians sits within the Turner Season’s Gardens, and don’t forget to experience a colorful explosion as 5,000 chrysanthemums cover the gardens with autumn hues. General admission is $20 for adults, $13 for children ages 3 and older.
Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival — Saturday, October 6, 2018
2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 862-8400
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
One in six Nashville residents is foreign-born, which is part of what makes Music City such a great place to live! To celebrate this diversity, Centennial Park will host Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival, one of the city’s most vibrant annual events. This unique festival allows an opportunity for intercultural dialogue, dances and performances from a variety of different cultures. Guests can also taste flavors from around the world with a variety of exotic food vendors. Shop items that are unique to the festival, and walk through the World Market to find hand-crafted and imported items for purchase. Celebrate Nashville is also kid-friendly with children’s activities and a teen area.
Corkdorks Nashville Whiskey Festival — Saturday, October 6, 2018
250 5th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37203
Hours: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Come get your drink on at The Omni Hotel ballroom and taste whiskey from the finest barrels around the world! Guests will be able to learn more about their love for whiskey and all the work that goes into making it taste so smooth. General admission tickets are $100, VIP tickets are $150, and designated driver tickets are $50. VIP ticket holders will be given a special gift and led through special tastings. Explore spirits from all over the globe and broaden your tastebuds with Corkdorks selection of passionate and talented artisans.
Fall Fest at The Hermitage — October 6-7, 2018
4580 Rachels Ln, Hermitage, TN 37076 • (615) 889-2941
Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Get in the autumn spirit at the home of The People’s President! Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is known for its rich history and charm, but in October its vibrant art and music mix perfectly to give the estate the perfect fall feel. Guests can enjoy live music, various art vendors’ displays of products and fall themed items for purchase. There is an area dedicated to kids complete with a Music City petting zoo, face painting, musical instruments and historical experiences. Admission is free.
Nashville Oktoberfest — October 11-14, 2018
998 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 205-2500
Hours: Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
What better place to celebrate German culture than in Germantown? Nashville celebrates its 39th annual Oktoberfest in the heart of Music City. Spanning 10 city blocks, more than 40 restaurants and food vendors will offer brats, sausages, schnitzel, strudel, funnel cakes and plenty more German heritage foods. Seven draft beer stations will also be available. Additional festivities include a 5k, dachshund derby and a children’s area. VIP tickets are available for $119, which include a two-hour private beer tasting, all you can eat buffet, VIP entertainment and more.
Boo at the Zoo — October 12-14, 18-21 and 25-28, 2018
3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37221 • (615) 833-1534
Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Costumes, animals and free candy make for a perfect Halloween month at the Nashville Zoo. Walk around in your family-friendly costumes and play carnival games, see special animals, watch magic shows and let the kids jump in bounce houses and trick-or-treat. Member tickets are $13, non-member tickets are $16 for ages 2 and older.
Southern Festival of Books — October 12-14, 2018
Charlotte Ave at 7th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 770-0006
Hours: Friday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bibliophiles rejoice! The Southern Festival of Books is back! The three-day event welcomes more than 200 authors of fiction, history, mystery, food, biography, travel, poetry and children’s literature. Get to know your favorite authors via panel discussions, readings and book signings. Entry is free; enter at either the War Memorial or Main Public Library entrances.
Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival — Saturday, October 20, 2018
3130 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214 • TnBeerFestival.com
Hours: noon to 5 p.m.
Calling all beer and wine drinkers! Walk the grounds of the beautiful Two Rivers Mansion for unlimited beer and wine samples, live music and artisan booths at the Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival. Taste flavors from regional, national and import breweries, and sample a flavorful variety of wines. Tickets are available online or on site for $40.
Franklin Pumpkinfest — Saturday, October 27, 2018
106 3rd Ave N, Franklin, TN 37064 • (615) 591-8500
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Celebrate the season with more than 65,000 other fall fans at Franklin Pumpkinfest. The festivities take place in the heart of Downtown Franklin and down several sidestreets. Enjoy entertainment for kids with a full block of free activities like bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting and games. Adults can partake in the food and beer tents, shop the arts and crafts vendors and check out the extreme pumpkin carving.
Enjoy your fall! Also, be sure to check out our Insider tips for trick-or-treating around town.