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Why are we so obsessed with the fall season? I used to think it was based on our erroneous idea that the oppressive summer heat would wane by the start of September. Then we could pull out our boots and sweaters and live our lives as intended. But honestly, it’s time for us to admit that September in Tennessee is just another month of Summer. Sure, the temps may dip on a day or two and the relentless humidity may break but unless we have a freak cold snap, sweater days will have to wait a while.

Regardless of the weather, we (meaning Nashvile moms, dads, grandparents, etc) have decided to embrace fall activities with reckless abandon. Will we take a hayride in our flip flops? Yes. Yes we will. Will we pick apples and pumpkins in shorts and tank tops? You betcha. Will we trick or treat, trunk or treat and fall festival ourselves silly whether it’s 55 or 95 degrees? You better believe we will.

The Ultimate Nashville Fall Fun List will help you navigate this busy season in Middle Tennessee. With so many events crammed onto our Nashville calendar, it can be difficult to decide where to go each weekend. So use this list to make some plans for family fun this fall. And if this isn’t enough to keep your family entertained, check out our Calendar and the 2018 Fall Guide.  Events in Red are FREE!

  1. See a free family movie every weekend in September & October at NCG in Gallatin.
  2. See a double feature under the stars every weekend in Watertown at the Stardust Drive in
  3. Enjoy a story and a craft every Saturday morning at Kidsville at The Parthenon.
  4. See the fall foliage up close as you zip through the trees at Adventureworks.
  5. Tour the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for Free
  6. Take advantage of the $15 wristband special on Wednesday nights at Lanes, Trains & Automobiles. Bowling and more!
  7. Got a kid that’s crazy for Fortnite? The Microsoft Store at The Mall at Green Hills is having Fortnite Friday all month long!
  8. Watch a movie for free every Friday night in September at The Streets of Indian Lake.
  9. Catch a free movie every Friday in September at The Fountains at Gateway in Murfreesboro.
  10. Sign up to make something fun every Saturday morning at Michaels Kids Club.
  11. See the Mystic Mermaids perform at the Aquarium Restaurant on September 27.
  12. Spend a Monday or Wednesday afternoon at Hendersonville Circus World. Special deal on all inclusive wristbands on those days.
  13. Any day is a good day to make your own pancakes at the Pfunky Griddle in Nashville or Murfreesboro
  14. Experience Tuck Everlasting at Nashville Children’s Theatre September 13 – October 7.
  15. See the ‘practically perfect’ Mary Poppins at Springhouse Theatre September 14-30.
  16. Kids Can Sew! at the Bellevue Library on September 14 & 28.
  17. Take advantage of the “Super Saturday” special at Cedar Creek Sports Center. Putt Putt Golf, Go Karts, Bumper Boats and more!
  18. Watch a College Football Game on one of the FIFTY screens at King’s Bowl.
  19. Lucky Ladd’s Nashville Predators Corn Maze opens on September 19th. Take the corn maze challenge and find 6 hidden checkpoints inside the maze and enter to win an iPad Mini!
  20. Every Thursday is Family Night at Sky High Nashville. 2 hours of jump time plus dinner for a special price.
  21. Head South to Lyon Family Farms to check out over 50 varieties of pumpkins and see live pig races!!! Opening Day is September 21.
  22. Spend a rainy afternoon looking at cars at Lane Motor Museum.
  23. Ride on the pumpkin train at Walden Farm.  Pumpkin season opens September 22 – October 31
  24. Take a selfie with a scarecrow at Cheekwood Harvest. Opening day is September 23.
  25. Decorate a pumpkin as the season opens at Fiddle-Dee Farm on weekends from September 22 – November 3.
  26. The whole family can get admission to the Frist Art Museum for the price of one adult ticket on September 24.
  27. Explore police cars, fire trucks and more at Touch a Truck at Rivergate Mall on September 25.
  28. See history come alive at Heritage Days at The Sam Davis Home on September 27 & 28.
  29. Join Ms. Lou Anne in her Puppet Playhouse at the Richland Park Library on September 27.
  30. Hear The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Washington Irving at The Hermitage on September 27.
  31. Get ready for Smashville at PredsFest at Bridgestone Arena on September 28.
  32. Music, food, games, horses and more set for the Thompson’s Station Dog and Pony Show Festival on September 29.
  33. Take a train ride at Depot Days in Smyrna on September 29.
  34. Touch a Truck at the Adventure Science Center on September 29.
  35. Party with Princesses at Centennial Park on September 29.
  36. Head to The Fontanel for Harvest Fest and/or Monsters & Merriment on September 29.
  37. Paint a pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch Festival on September 29.
  38. Have some pirate fun with the Nashville Symphony on September 29.
  39. Go off to see the wizard at Oz Day at Gallatin Library on September 29.
  40. Spend a day at Gentry’s Farm opening weekends from September 29 – October 29.
  41. Don’t miss the Train Robbery Excursion Train at TCRY on September 29.
  42. Enjoy snacks, fire trucks, crafts, police cars and bounce houses at EMS Night Lites on September 29.
  43. Play in the Fun Zone at the Good Neighbor Day Festival on September 29.
  44. Try your luck at a rubber duck race at Mrs B’s Pumpkin Patch opening weekends from September 29 – October 27.
  45. Learn about Victorian mourning customs at Belle Meade Plantation on October 3.
  46. Plan a day during fall break for slipping, sliding or skating on the ice at Ford Ice Center.
  47. See Power Rangers for free at NCG Cinemas in Gallatin on October 5, 6 & 7.
  48. Take the kids to the Richland Park library to watch Paddington 2 on October 5
  49. Be a day guest at Nashville Jellystone on October 5-7  for Pumpkin Patch Weekend.
  50. Go Back to the Future at The Streets of Indian Lake on October 5.
  51. Last chance to catch Tuck Everlasting at Nashville Children’s Theatre October 5 & 6.
  52. Watch the Trolls dance at Movies under the Stars in Murfreesboro on October 5.
  53. Play a game of cornhole at Smoke on the Ridge 2018 October 6.
  54. The Nashville Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for October 6.
  55. The Gallatin Main Street Festival is on October 6.
  56. Attend Fall Fest at The Hermitage October 6 & 7.
  57. Meet Mother Goose at Honeysuckle Hill Farm on October 6.
  58. Build a fireboat at Home Depot Kids Workshops on October 6.
  59. Register for a Family Bird Hike at Warner Park on October 6.
  60. Sign up the kids to decorate a Halloween Haunted House at Williams Sonoma on October 6.
  61. Have A DOGgone Good OLD Time at Charlie Daniels Park on October 6.
  62. Learn some Spooky Science at the Adventure Science Center on October 6.
  63. Kick off the spooky season at the 22nd Annual Cemetery Tour in Gallatin on October 6.
  64. Honor the South’s favorite Dessert at the National Banana Pudding Festival on October 6 & 7.
  65. Make Letterpress Art at Hatch Show Print on October 7.
  66. Get ready for Tennessee’s Largest Nerf War on October 7.
  67. Turn a blah Monday night into a family fun day at Above All Extreme Air Sports. Monday from 6PM – 9PM, the whole family can jump for $35!
  68. See a performance by the Nashville Ballet at the Mt Juliet Community Center on October 11.
  69. Beer, music, crafts, a kids zone and more await you at Nashville Oktoberfest October 11-14.
  70. Register 30 days in advance to attend Telescope Night at Dyer Observatory on October 12.
  71. Find some unique treasures at the Tennessee Craft Fair October 12, 13, & 14.
  72. Join the bike parade at the Fall Family Block Party in White House on October 12.
  73. Join most of Nashville at Boo at the Zoo October 12- 28.
  74. Plan a night out while the kid’s play at Mpact Sports on October 12.
  75. Watch Hook under the stars at The Streets of Indian Lake on October 12.
  76. Take an Owl’s Hoot Night Hike on October 12.
  77. Plan some spooky fun at Fright Night at SOAC October 12 & 13.
  78. How to Train Your Dragon plays at The Fountains at Gateway on October 12.
  79. Travellers Rest will scare you with tales of Twisted Tennessee on October 12.
  80. See The Smurfs Movie for free at NCG Cinemas October 12, 13 & 14.
  81. Experience the petting zoo at Shade Tree Orchard’s Fall Festival on October 13.
  82. Take a road trip to beautiful Tims Ford State Park for the Heritage Day Festival on October 13.
  83. Namaste with American Girl on October 13.
  84. Celebrate Farm Day at Bells Bend Outdoor Center on October 13.
  85. Watch a fairy tale get created live at Third Coast Comedy on October 13.
  86. iSpy danger in Warner Parks on October 13.
  87. Take a hayride at the Forever Fall Festival in Bethpage on October 13 & 14.
  88. Compete in a costume contest at Halloween in the Park in Mt Juliet on October 13.
  89. Catch a screening of E.T. at Honeysuckle Hill Farm on October 13.
  90. Celebrate the written word at the 30th Annual Southern Festival of Books October 12-14.
  91. Ride a pony at Spooks and Coupes in Franklin on October 13.
  92. Hear the Tennessee Valley Winds perform at Stones River Battlefield on October 14.
  93. Celebrate Bird Migration at Warner Park Nature Center on October 16.
  94. Skate your way through Fall Break at Brentwood Skate October 17-19.
  95. Learn all about fossils at the SOAC on October 17.
  96. Experience Warner Park After Dark on October 17.
  97. Take the teens to Murfreesboro for Old Scream Road October 17-20.
  98. Have some Fall Magic and Fun with Bruce Amato at the Nolensville Library on October 18.
  99. Family Bingo Night is scheduled for October 18 in Goodlettsville.
  100. Eat some authentic fry bread at the 37th Annual Indian Education Pow Wow on October 19, 20 & 21.
  101. See an animal show at Family Fun Night at SOAC on October 19.
  102. Celebrate the end of a long school and work week with Friday Frenzy at Jumpstreet in  Rivergate, Murfreesboro and Franklin.  2 hours of jump time for $14.99!
  103. Visit the Mansion in Mourning at Oaklands October 19 – 31.
  104. Get some family costumes for the Heroes and Villains Dance Party in Goodlettsville on October 19.
  105. Take a Cake Walk at the Barfield Bash Carnival on October 19 & 20.
  106. Trunk or Treat & see Hocus Pocus in Murfreesboro on October 19.
  107. Enjoy a happy hayride at Twilight Trail on October 19 & 20.
  108. Rock out at Kidz Bop Live on October 19.
  109. If the weather turns against you, spend some time inside at the Sudekum Planetarium.
  110. Find your favorite food truck at Centennial Craft Fest on October 20.
  111. Enjoy an Antique Car Show and more at Wilson Bank and Trust’s Oktoberfest on October 20 & 21.
  112. Have some fun in the garden at Riverbend Kid’s Club on October 20.
  113. iSpy: Pumpkins and Gourds at Warner Park Nature Center on October 20.
  114. The Nashville Water Lantern Festival floats into The Parthenon on October 20.
  115. Visit Bell Buckle for the Main Street Arts and Craft Fair October 21 & 22
  116. Songs, stories and s’mores are scheduled for the Spooky family Campfire in Smyrna on October 20.
  117. Have some Halloween fun at Bass Pro Shops October 20-31.
  118. Trick or Treat at Belle Meade Plantation on October 21.
  119. October 21 is Free Family Festival Day at the Frist Art Museum.
  120. Explore Oaklands Mansion by flashlight October 24-27.
  121. Catch Hocus Pocus at Capitol Theatre on October 23 & 25 or at The Palace Theater on October 26.
  122. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert with the Nashville Symphony plays on October 25 & 26.
  123. Trick or Treat at Nolensville Library Storytime on October 25.
  124. Throw a tomahawk at the 5th Annual Tennessee History Trail on October 26 & 27.
  125. Take a dip at the Spooky Splash on October 26.
  126. Explore the Castle of Villains at Rock Castle on October 26.
  127. Celebrate El Dia de los Muertos at Cheekwood on October 27.
  128. The 47th Annual Harvest Days Celebration at Cannonsburgh is October 27.
  129. Enter the Enchanted Forest at Owl’s Hill on October 27.
  130. See the Great Pumpkin at Pumpkinfest in downtown Franklin on October 27.
  131. Learn some history alongside your spooky fun at the Grave Matters Cemetery Tour in Franklin on October 27.
  132. Celebrate Halloween in the Park in Smyrna on October 27.
  133. The family friendly Ghost and Lantern Tour is schedule at Mansker’s Station on October 27.
  134. Walk the Trail of Treats in LaVergne on October 27.
  135. The Free Day of Music with the Nashville Symphony is on October 27.
  136. Paint a pumpkin at Halloween at Two Rivers Mansion on October 27.
  137. Goodlettsville will host a Halloween in the Park event on October 28.
  138. Trick or Treat at Drakes Creek Park on October 30.
  139. Bring the preschoolers to a Spooktacular Halloween Party on October 30.
  140. A new session of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy begins on October 30. Sign up early!
  141. Take the older kids to Halloween Movie Night with the Nashville Symphony on October 30.
  142. Trick or Treat at Rivergate Mall on October 31.
  143. Spend a Night at the Boo-Seum at Amqui Station on October 31.
  144. Attend the Fall Celebration at Cannonsburgh on October 31.
  145. Trick or Treat at The Old Maney Mansion on October 31.
  146. 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.

Expired Events

  • Take the tiny theater lovers to NCT for The Snuggery’s production of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star through September 9.
  • Spend a Day Out with Thomas at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum on September 8 & 9.
  • Decorate cupcakes and canvas with American Girl on September 3
  • Celebrate All Things Unicorn at the Linebaugh Library on September 5.
  • See an antique tractor pull at the 31st Annual Pioneer Days in Eagleville on September 7 & 8.
  • Say Opa! at the Nashville Greek Festival September 7-9.
  • Visit The Hermitage for the  Middle Tennessee Celtic Festival on September 7.
  • Plan a date night for 2 while the kids have fun at Parent’s Night Out at The Discovery Center on September 7.
  • See Sherlock Gnomes in Smyrna on September 7.
  • Bring your blankets and chairs to Charlie Daniels Park for a Movie in the Park on September 7.
  • Celebrate the honey bee at Nature Fest on September 8.
  • Watch a caber toss at the Middle Tennessee Highland Games on September 8 at The Hermitage.
  • Unleash your inner Indiana Jones at Archaeology Day at Bells Bend Park on September 8.
  • Cheer on your favorite crew at the 12th Annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival on September 8.
  • Have some s’mores at a Family Campfire in Smyrna on September 8.
  • Sing along with Eric and his mountain dulcimer at the Green Hills Library on September 8.
  • Head to Hendersonville for the Tennessee Honey Festival on September 8.
  • Have Breakfast with Belle at Barnes & Noble in Murfreesboro on September 8.
  • Take a ride on the kiddie train at the Salty Dog Festival in Goodlettsville on September 8.
  • Find some unique items at the White Oaks Craft Fair on September 8 & 9.
  • Take your pooch to the Doggy Paddle Pool Party in Gallatin on September 8.
  • Don’t miss the Old Timer’s Festival in LaVergne on September 8.
  • The Kidsville Family Festival returns to Centennial Park on September 8.
  • Sign up in advance for the Our Generation Adopt a toy pup event at your local Target store on September 8.
  • Kids can audition to be in the Nashville Nutcracker on September 9.
  • Make letterpress art at Hatch Show Print on September 9.
  • Bounce and play at Family Fun Day in Murfreesboro on September 9.
  • Celebrate Grandparent’s Day at the SOAC on September 9.
  • Hear the Nashville Symphony under the stars at Ascend Amphitheater on September 9.
  • Drop off the kids at SOAC for a Parent’s Night Out on September 10.
  • Have a corndog (or 2!) at The Tennessee State Fair September 7-16.
  • Let it Go at Disney On Ice at Bridgestone Arena September 13-16.
  • Get creative at the Kid’s Art Workshop at the Hermitage Library on September 14.
  • See a movie with the family for free in Goodlettsville on September 14.
  • Wear white to get $2 off at the Glow Skate Party in Rivergate on September 14.
  • It’s not too early to start on some hand made Christmas gifts. Celebrate Brushfire’s birthday with FREE studio fees on September 15.
  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Day with free admission to The Discovery Center on September 15.
  • School age kids can play Nerf War Games in Mt Juliet on September 15.
  • See an antique car show and more at Gladefest on September 15.
  • Experience a unique event in Murfreesboro on September 15 – a Cardboard Boat Regatta!
  • Have some garden fun at Riverbend Nurseries Kids Club on September 15.
  • Register in advance for the Family Bird Hike at Warner Park on September 15.
  • Attend the Greenway Art Festival on September 15.
  • Touch a Truck in Thompson’s Station on September 15.
  • Sign the kids up in advance for Junior Chef Class at Williams Sonoma on September 15.
  • Bring the whole family to Jazz on the Cumberland on September 16.
  • Hear some live music at Pickin in the Park on September 15.
  • Riders in the Sky perform a free concert at the Main Nashville Library on September 18.
  • Visit Traveller’s Rest for the Historic Trade and Folk Art event on September 18 & 19.
  • Live music, food and fun at 3rd Thursdays on Main in Gallatin on September 20.
  • Experience the classic To Kill a Mockingbird at the Capitol Theatre on September 20.
  • Take the kids 12 & up on a Kayak Float on September 21.
  • Sign up the kids (age 10 & up) for Basic Coding in Smyrna on September 21.
  • See Tangled at the Richland Park Library on September 21.
  • Listen to Rockvale Blue at Cannonsburgh Village on September 21.
  • Visit Stones River National Battlefield for living history demonstrations on September 22.
  • Watch artists at work during Nashville’s Chalk Fest on September 22 & 23.
  • Have Breakfast with Clifford the Big Red Dog at The Discovery Center on September 22.
  • Dig It : A Hands on History event is at Belle Meade Plantation on September 22. (Sign up in advance!)
  • Bring Fido to the Puppy Plunge in Murfreesboro on September 22.
  • Dancing, food, competitions and more are scheduled for the Mt Juliet Pow Wow on September 22 & 23.
  • Hear the Williamson County Community Band in concert on September 22.
  • A Movie in the Park is scheduled in Brentwood on September 22.
  • Celebrate World Rhino Day at the Nashville Zoo on September 23.
  • Attend the Hispanic Heritage Festival at Rivergate Mall on September 23.


About Rachel Kline

Rachel Kline
Rachel 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!)

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