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. Grab your mask or your computer to enjoy these virtual or socially distanced fall festivals!
Fall Festivals in Nashville
Cheekwood Harvest, Presented by FirstBank — Through October 31, 2020
1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, TN 37205 • (615) 356-8000
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m and 5 p.m. to 10 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 $22 for adults, $15 for children ages 3 and older.
Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival — October 3, 2020
Virtual • (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 their Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival online this year. 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 recipes that the festival will provide and shop items that are unique to the festival in a virtual bazaar.
Corkdorks Nashville Whiskey Festival — October 2-4, 2020
Hours: Friday, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Corkdorks Nashville is moving their annual whiskey festival to an interactive online experience this October! 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 virtual tickets are $50 per class and the all-access pass which has access to every zoom class is $350. Explore spirits from all over the globe and broaden your tastebuds with Corkdorks selection of passionate and talented artisans.
Nashville Oktoberfest — October 10, 2020
Virtual • (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 through a Prost in Place? Nashville celebrates its annual Oktoberfest virtually this year. This free virtual Oktoberfest event will feature a free virtual beer tasting, door prizes, and surprise visits from celebrities. Additional festivities include a virtual 5k and dachshund derby. This virtual Oktoberfest is free, but you can order a Prost in Place box for $59.
Boo at the Zoo — October 15-18, 20-25, and 27-30, 2020
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. Social distance in your family-friendly costumes and play carnival games, see special animals, watch magic shows and trick-or-treat. Member tickets are $14, non-member tickets are $16 for ages 2 and older.
Southern Festival of Books — October 1-11, 2020
Virtual • (615) 770-0006
Bibliophiles rejoice! The Southern Festival of Books is back! The ten-day virtual event welcomes more than 100 authors of fiction, history, mystery, food, biography, travel, poetry and children’s literature. Get to know your favorite authors via virtual panel discussions and readings. Entry is free; you can watch the live stream on the SFB app or through this website.