Celebrate fall and (hopefully!) cooler temperatures at a festival this October.  Food, music and family fun are the highlights of most of these events.  So make plans to enjoy this season with your family before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins. And keep checking this post as new events are added all month long!

Fall Fest @ The Hermitage  (Map)    September 30 – October 1, 2017


Fall Fest at the Hermitage is a spectacular weekend of art, music, and history at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Hermitage.


Saturday September 30   10AM – 5PM

Sunday October 1  10AM – 4PM

Admission:  Free!


Nashville Chalk Fest (Map)  September 30 & October 1, 2017

Nashville Chalk Fest is a free, 2-day street painting festival with entertainment, food, and family fun; featuring sidewalk chalk art by professional artists, hobbyist, and art enthusiasts from across the country. Nashville Chalk Fest was first held in 2015 to benefit the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences in support of the Preschool for Children with Autism and the Mama Lere Hearing School as well as other hearing and speech programs . The Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences has provided hearing and speech services to patients of all ages and their families for over 60 years, offering every patient compassionate, personalized care.


Saturday September 30   9AM – 7PM

Sunday October 1   11AM – 6PM

Admission : Free!


Fall Fest at Green Door Gourmet (Map)  October 1, 2017

Join us for our 7th annual Fall Fest at Green Door Gourmet! We will have food trucks, a beer garden, specialty cocktails, live music on 2 outdoor stages, artisan & craft vendors, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving by Lundy Cupp, a petting zoo, and kid zone including balloon artists, magic shows, and old fashioned farm games!

Sunday October 1  11AM – 6PM

Cost : $15 Adults  $5 Children 6-12



Nashville Oktoberfest   (Map)  October 5-8, 2017

oktCelebrate the traditions of the Munich Oktoberfest in the heart of Music City! Oktoberfest is Nashville’s oldest festival & has been an annual tradition since 1980. Spanning 10 city blocks, over a quarter of a million people will attend the 38th Annual Nashville Oktoberfest. But it’s not just a German beer festival!

Oktoberfest has something for EVERYONE: delicious German & specialty food from dozens of restaurants & vendors, world-class beer from local & German breweries, tons of kids & family events, over 125 Arts & Crafts vendors, 3 stages of live German music, Wiener Dog races, an enormous parade through downtown, and the 2nd largest 5K Race & Run in Tennessee – plus so much more!

Thursday October 5   2PM – 10PM
Friday October 6 10AM – 10PM
Saturday  October 7 10AM – 10PM
Sunday October 8   10AM – 8PM

Admission:  Free!


Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival   (Map)   October 7, 2017

Celebrate_Nashville_header1Winner of the 2016 Tennessee Parks and Recreation’s “Four Star for Excellence – Best Event”, the 21st annual Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival brings together music, dance and food from more than 50 cultures that are now part of Middle Tennessee for a day of international fun and entertainment in Centennial Park. This free annual event, which attracts as many as 60,000 people, celebrates the city's diversity and includes 60 music and dance performances, a marketplace with handcrafted and imported items, more than 50 international food vendors, an interactive children's area and an area just for teens. This year, there will be a beer garden hosted by Musician’s Corner with proceeds benefiting the Festival and Musician’s Corner. New entertainment features flamenco dancing, new food includes tastings from El Salvador, and much more to be announced!

Saturday October 7, 2017   10AM – 6PM



Gallatin Main Street Festival  (Map)   October 7, 2017

Annual Event on Downtown Gallatin's Historic Square.  Food, music and festivities for the whole family.

Saturday October 7, 2017 10AM – 6PM

Admission: Free!





Country Ham Festival (Map)  October 7, 2017


This festival features food, crafts, monster truck rides, music, games, kid's activities and much more!


Saturday October 7, 2017   10AM – 7PM

Admission : Free!


10TH Annual WPA Day Festival – Cedars of Lebanon State Park (Map) October 7, 2017

Come join us as we step back in time to the 1930's and experience life as it was back then! Cedars of Lebanon State Park would like to invite you to our 10th annual W.P.A. Day event on Saturday, October 7, 2017.
WPA Day is an all-day event celebrating the history of our park and the surrounding area during the 1930’s. We would like you to join us and learn about what life was like during the time of the Works Progress Administration and how it was entwined with the creation of our park!
There will be old-time music, blacksmith demonstrations, a cross-cut saw contest, wood shingle demonstrations, cornbread cooking contest, vendors and much more! Don't forget to bring your appetite, there will be a traditional lunch of Pinto Beans and Cornbread served for lunch! The event is FREE and open to the public, so grab the family and come on out and join us for a old-timey good time!!

Saturday October 7  9AM – 4PM



McFadden Fall Fest (Map)  Thursday October 12, 2017

McFadden Community Center will host the third annual Fall Fest and Haunted Hallways. Everyone is invited for Food, Fun, Fellowship and Fright. We will also have a DJ, Moon Bounce, Carnival Games and a T-Shirt walk.

Thursday October 12  5PM – 8PM

Admission : Free!


Southern Festival of Books  Nashville  (Map)  October 13-15, 2017

Humanities Tennessee's Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Wordsm was first held in Nashville on the second full weekend (Friday-Sunday) in October, 1989, and has been held annually on the same weekend since then. One of the first book festivals of its kind, it has inspired hundreds of similar book festivals throughout the nation and beyond.

The Festival has always been a free event that offers readers and writers an opportunity to interact, to create a public community around a festival that promotes and celebrates the joy of reading and of lifelong learning. Each year the Festival brings to Nashville approximately 200 of the nation's and region's most prominent authors, from legendary mystery writers to critically acclaimed debut novelists, from poets to biographers, from chefs to children's authors. Every author on the program takes part in a session, either a solo reading or a panel discussion, followed by a book signing in our Author Signing Colonnade. Books by all the participating authors are available for sale at Festival book sales area where proceeds support the Festival.

In addition, the Festival hosts popular book exhibitors and programs three performance stages throughout the event. The Artober Performance Stage highlights readings and other dramatic literary performances. The Music Stage features music by some of the area's most talented songwriters and poets. Special events for children take place on the Youth Stage including appearances by favorite characters, musicians, artists, and storytellers.


Friday, October 13  12PM – 5PM
Saturday, October 14  10AM – 6PM
Sunday, October 15   12PM – 5PM

Admission:  Free!


Kidsville Family Festival  Nashville (Map) October 14, 2017

The very first Kidsville Family Festival will include live music, arts and crafts, a costume contest, games, a scavenger hunt, face painting food trucks and more!

Saturday October 14  10AM – 5PM

Admission – Free!


Farm Day at Bells Bend (Map)  October 14, 2017

The Friends of Bells Bend Park are proud to present our Autumn Farm Day . This Year's festivities will include all of our past traditions: farm animals, hay rides, demonstrations, KidsZone, antique tractors, local vendors and local BBQ. This event is free to the public.

Old Time Fiddle and Banjo contests with cash prizes, shade tree pickin'

We encourage all, young and old, to join us on October 14th for this full day of Fall Festivities and good ol' Middle Tennessee Old Time Music.


Saturday October 14   9:30AM – 4PM

Admission : Free!


Tims Ford Heritage Day Festival (Map)  October 14, 2017

Tims Ford State Park celebrates our annual Heritage Day Festival on Saturday, October 14th from 10AM-4PM Central Time. Bring the whole family out to the park while stepping back in time. Festivities will include music, dancing, games, food, arts and crafts, and historical demonstrations that represent the history of the Elk River Valley before the inception of Tims Ford Dam and reservoir. Entry to the event is free and ya'll bring your friends!

Saturday October 14  10AM – 4PM


Free Day of Music  Nashville Symphony (Map)  October 21, 2017

Featuring more than 20 performers, including the Nashville Symphony
Enjoy free performances all day and into the night at our annual Free Day of Music, when we shine a light on Music City’s wealth of talent.

Fun for the whole family
Doors open at 10:30 am, music from 11 am-9 pm
Over 20 acts on four stages – classical, country, rock, jazz, world music and more
Kids’ Zone in the East Lobby, featuring our Instrument Petting Zoo, crafts and more

Saturday October 21  10:30AM – 9PM



Centennial Craft Fest  Nashville (Map)  October 21, 2017

The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park presents a special event in Centennial Park on Saturday, October 21 from 10 AM – 5 PM. We invite you to join us for this free fall celebration featuring a variety of local food, drinks, music, and handmade goods.
Centennial Craft Fest will take place in the Musicians Corner & Cockrill Spring sections of Centennial Park, on the corner of West End and 27th Avenue.

A bounty of delectable food will be available from local restaurants and food trucks. View food options here.

Sample a wide selection of tasty brews at the Oktoberfest Pub. View more information here.

Shop for handmade items and crafts from local artisans. View the vendor list here.
Interested in being a vendor? Apply here.

Hear the sounds of local music throughout the day on our Acoustic Stage. View the lineup here.

Bring the whole family and enjoy fun activities for children including face painting, pumpkin decorating, and craft making in our Kidsville area. View details here.
We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 21 for this fabulous fall celebration in Centennial Park.

Saturday October 21  10AM – 5PM

Cost : Free


The 35th Annual Indian Education Pow Wow & Fall Festival   Nashville  (Map)  October 21 & 22, 2017


This fall, journey to Nashville for an event you will always remember – a three-day educational pow wow & fall festival offering you the opportunity to personally experience the culture and spirit of the American Indian people. The Indian Education Powwow and Fall Festival attracts people from all over the state of Tennessee and the United States.  Each October, Indians of different Nations gather to share part of their culture. This spirited event is not just for the reunion of family and friends, but for anyone who would like to witness and join in the celebration of the culture that is nurtured by some 19,500 Indians who call Tennessee home today.

Treat yourself to the delights of traditional native food, such as fry bread, Indian tacos, and hominy made the “Indian way”.

Saturday 10AM til …
Opening Ceremony 11AM
Sunday 10AM – 5PM

Cost – Adults  $8  Children (6-12) $4
$4 senior citizens
Free for children age 5 and under


Oktoberfest    Lebanon (Map)    October 21 & 22. 2017


Our bank's signature event is a fall tradition in Middle Tennessee. Join us Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16, and experience a fair-like atmosphere featuring one of the area's largest antique car shows; more than 100 craft vendors; live entertainment; children's games and activities; quilt and photography displays; a great selection of food and much more. Admission is free, though charges or fees apply to inflatable games, etc.

Shows & Competitions We invite you to be part of these contests at Oktoberfest:

Oktoberfest takes place at the WBT Main Office in Lebanon. For more information, please call 444-BANK (2265).

Saturday October 21  9:30AM – 4:30PM

Sunday October 22  11AM – 4PM



Bell Buckle Main Street Arts & Crafts Fair (Map)  October 21 & 22, 2017

Bell Buckle with its Victorian charm will come alive with over 1000 vendors that bring artists of every imaginable talent. Arts, crafts, antiques/vintage, jewelry,photography, holiday decorations, pottery, foods, music and more. There's something for everyone.

Bell Buckle Main Street shows is just a small part of the large festival as it originally started as the Webb School Arts and Craft Fair and continues to this day. Several areas of town have joined into the festival making it larger and larger each year.

This festival travels 6 city blocks and brings over 100,000 people to our little quint town between Murfreesboro and Shelbyville.

It is said that this craft fair is the largest Tennessee event only second to the Tennessee Vols home game.

Grab a snack or drink and sit down to clogging, gospel music, and some of our local musicians, demonstators, and more.

Saturday October 21  9AM – 5PM

Sunday October 22  9AM – 4PM

Admission:  Free!

Pumpkinfest  Franklin Square (Map)  October 28, 2017

Pumpkinfest is Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival that will return in it’s 34th year on October 28, 2017! With over 65,000 people in attendance, the festival stretches along Main Street in downtown Franklin, and its avenues, and offers tons of festive fun for families!

Saturday October 28, 2017   10AM – 6PM

Admission:  Free!



El Dia De Los Muertos Fall Festival @ Cheekwood (Map)  October 28, 2017

Cheekwood brings the traditions of Mexico and Latin America to Nashville with our 18th Annual El Día de los Muertos festival. Visitors will enjoy traditional music and dance, vibrant art activities, and authentic cuisine.

Saturday October 28  10AM – 5PM

Admission : Adults $20 Children (17 & under) $13


41st Annual Harvest Days Celebration – Cannonsburgh Village (Map)  October 28, 2017

Join us for our 41st annual Harvest Days and Blacksmith Demonstration/Trade Day at Cannonsburgh Village. Activities include music,clogging, pottery demonstration, a car show, art league art on
display, broom making, hayrides, crafters, food vendors, forging demonstrations and competitions

Saturday October 28  10AM – 4PM

Admission : Free!


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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!)