October is filled with special events, festivals and Halloween fun. Use this list of events to make your October plans in advance. Check our Calendar throughout the month as we add new events and bookmark our 2018 Fall Guide for the most comprehensive guide for family fun this season. And remember, if the budget is tight, Events in Red are FREE!

  1. Learn about Victorian mourning customs at Belle Meade Plantation on October 3.
  2. See Power Rangers for free at NCG Cinemas in Gallatin on October 5, 6 & 7.
  3. Take the kids to the Richland Park library to watch Paddington 2 on October 5.
  4. Play Fortnite at The Microsoft Store on October 5.
  5. Be a day guest at Nashville Jellystone on October 5-7  for Pumpkin Patch Weekend.
  6. Go Back to the Future at The Streets of Indian Lake on October 5.
  7. Get lost at Farmer's Corn Maze in Lebanon every weekend in October.
  8. Last chance to catch Tuck Everlasting at Nashville Children's Theatre October 5 & 6.
  9. Watch the Trolls dance at Movies under the Stars in Murfreesboro on October 5.
  10. Play a game of cornhole at Smoke on the Ridge 2018 October 6.
  11. Sign up the kids to decorate a Halloween Haunted House at Williams Sonoma on October 6.
  12. The Nashville Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for October 6.
  13. The Gallatin Main Street Festival is on October 6.
  14. Learn some Spooky Science at the Adventure Science Center on October 6.
  15. Build a fireboat at Home Depot Kids Workshops on October 6.
  16. Wear your costume for Fall Fun Day at Bowie Park on October 6.
  17. Step back in time at the 11th Annual WPA Day at Cedars of Lebanon State Park on October 6.
  18. Attend Fall Fest at The Hermitage October 6 & 7.
  19. Meet Mother Goose at Honeysuckle Hill Farm on October 6.
  20. Register for a Family Bird Hike at Warner Park on October 6.
  21. Have A DOGgone Good OLD Time at Charlie Daniels Park on October 6.
  22. Kick off the spooky season at the 22nd Annual Cemetery Tour in Gallatin on October 6.
  23. Honor the South's favorite Dessert at the National Banana Pudding Festival on October 6 & 7.
  24. Make Letterpress Art at Hatch Show Print on October 7.
  25. Get ready for Tennessee's Largest Nerf War on October 7.
  26. See a performance by the Nashville Ballet at the Mt Juliet Community Center on October 11.
  27. Beer, music, crafts, a kids zone and more await you at Nashville Oktoberfest October 11-14.
  28. Find some unique treasures at the Tennessee Craft Fair October 12, 13, & 14.
  29. Join the bike parade at the Fall Family Block Party in White House on October 12.
  30. Join most of Nashville at Boo at the Zoo October 12- 28.
  31. Plan a night out while the kid's play at Mpact Sports on October 12.
  32. Take an Owl's Hoot Night Hike on October 12.
  33. Travellers Rest will scare you with tales of Twisted Tennessee on October 12.
  34. Register 30 days in advance to attend Telescope Night at Dyer Observatory on October 12.
  35. Watch Hook under the stars at The Streets of Indian Lake on October 12.
  36. Plan some spooky fun at Fright Night at SOAC October 12 & 13.
  37. How to Train Your Dragon plays at The Fountains at Gateway on October 12.
  38. See The Smurfs Movie for free at NCG Cinemas October 12, 13 & 14.
  39. Experience the petting zoo at Shade Tree Orchard's Fall Festival on October 13.
  40. Create a haunted house or scarecrow at JC Penney's Kids Zone on October 13.
  41. Namaste with American Girl on October 13.
  42. Celebrate Farm Day at Bells Bend Outdoor Center on October 13.
  43. Watch a fairy tale get created live at Third Coast Comedy on October 13.
  44. Take a road trip to beautiful Tims Ford State Park for the Heritage Day Festival on October 13.
  45. iSpy danger in Warner Parks on October 13.
  46. Take a hayride at the Forever Fall Festival in Bethpage on October 13 & 14.
  47. Compete in a costume contest at Halloween in the Park in Mt Juliet on October 13.
  48. Catch a screening of E.T. at Honeysuckle Hill Farm on October 13.
  49. Make the trip to Tims Ford State Park for the Heritage Day Festival on October 13.
  50. Celebrate the written word at the 30th Annual Southern Festival of Books October 12-14.
  51. Ride a pony at Spooks and Coupes in Franklin on October 13.
  52. Hear the Tennessee Valley Winds perform at Stones River Battlefield on October 14.
  53. Celebrate Bird Migration at Warner Park Nature Center on October 16.
  54. Skate your way through Fall Break at Brentwood Skate October 17-19.
  55. Learn all about fossils at the SOAC on October 17.
  56. Experience Warner Park After Dark on October 17.
  57. Take the teens to Murfreesboro for Old Scream Road October 17-20.
  58. Family Bingo Night is scheduled for October 18 in Goodlettsville.
  59. Have some Fall Magic and Fun with Bruce Amato at the Nolensville Library on October 18.
  60. Eat some authentic fry bread at the 37th Annual Indian Education Pow Wow on October 19, 20 & 21.
  61. See an animal show at Family Fun Night at SOAC on October 19.
  62. Get some family costumes for the Heroes and Villains Dance Party in Goodlettsville on October 19.
  63. Visit the Mansion in Mourning at Oaklands October 19 – 31.
  64. Take a Cake Walk at the Barfield Bash Carnival on October 19 & 20.
  65. Trunk or Treat & see Hocus Pocus in Murfreesboro on October 19.
  66. Enjoy a happy hayride at Twilight Trail on October 19 & 20.
  67. Rock out at Kidz Bop Live on October 19.
  68. Watch history come alive at Tennessee Timeline: DeSoto to Desert Storm at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on October 19 & 20.
  69. Find your favorite food truck at Centennial Craft Fest on October 20.
  70. Enjoy an Antique Car Show and more at Wilson Bank and Trust's Oktoberfest on October 20 & 21.
  71. Have some fun in the garden at Riverbend Kid's Club on October 20.
  72. Have some Halloween fun at Bass Pro Shops October 20-31.
  73. iSpy: Pumpkins and Gourds at Warner Park Nature Center on October 20.
  74. The Nashville Water Lantern Festival floats into The Parthenon on October 20.
  75. Visit Bell Buckle for the Main Street Arts and Craft Fair October 21 & 22
  76. Songs, stories and s'mores are scheduled for the Spooky family Campfire in Smyrna on October 20.
  77. Trick or Treat at Belle Meade Plantation on October 21.
  78. October 21 is Free Family Festival Day at the Frist Art Museum.
  79. Explore Oaklands Mansion by flashlight October 24-27.
  80. Catch Hocus Pocus at Capitol Theatre on October 23 & 25 or at The Palace Theater on October 26.
  81. Trick or Treat at Nolensville Library Storytime on October 25.
  82. Explore the Castle of Villains at Rock Castle on October 26.
  83. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert with the Nashville Symphony plays on October 25 & 26.
  84. Throw a tomahawk at the 5th Annual Tennessee History Trail on October 26 & 27.
  85. Take a dip at the Spooky Splash on October 26.
  86. Celebrate El Dia de los Muertos at Cheekwood on October 27.
  87. The family friendly Ghost and Lantern Tour is schedule at Mansker's Station on October 27.
  88. The 47th Annual Harvest Days Celebration at Cannonsburgh is October 27.
  89. Enter the Enchanted Forest at Owl's Hill on October 27.
  90. Halloween Chills and Thrills are in store for visitors at Cedars of Lebanon State Park on October 27.
  91. See the Great Pumpkin at Pumpkinfest in downtown Franklin on October 27.
  92. Learn some history alongside your spooky fun at the Grave Matters Cemetery Tour in Franklin on October 27.
  93. Celebrate Halloween in the Park in Smyrna on October 27.
  94. Paint a pumpkin at Halloween at Two Rivers Mansion on October 27.
  95. Walk the Trail of Treats in LaVergne on October 27.
  96. The Free Day of Music with the Nashville Symphony is on October 27.
  97. Goodlettsville will host a Halloween in the Park event on October 28.
  98. Trick or Treat at Drakes Creek Park on October 30.
  99. Bring the preschoolers to a Spooktacular Halloween Party on October 30.
  100. A new session of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy begins on October 30. Sign up early!
  101. Take the older kids to Halloween Movie Night with the Nashville Symphony on October 30.
  102. Trick or Treat at Rivergate Mall on October 31.
  103. Spend a Night at the Boo-Seum at Amqui Station on October 31.
  104. Attend the Fall Celebration at Cannonsburgh on October 31.
  105. Trick or Treat at The Old Maney Mansion on October 31.
  106. Kids too old to Trick or Treat? Attend the Science Spooktacular on October 31.

*All events subject to change.  Some events may be weather dependent. Please check with venue before heading out.

 

About Rachel Kline

Rachel KlineRachel is a Middle Tennessee native, born and raised in the Nashville area and having lived in Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, and Mount Juliet. She is mom to 3, step mom to 4 and Grandma to one (so far!)