On July 22 of this year, the temperature in Middle Tennessee was over 100 degrees.  While I endured that sweat filled misery, I encouraged myself with this thought : Soon, it will be fall and we will go to pumpkin patches and we will make our own apple cider and every weekend will be filled with festivals that we will attend and we will be happy. And friends, that happy time is here!

Look, I know it's still hot but once the heat breaks (and trust me – it always does!), Middle Tennesseans try to pack all the fun we can into a few short months before winter arrives. With multiple festivals and 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 busy, check out our Calendar and the 2017 Fall Guide.

  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. Cruise In at The Streets of Indian Lake every Friday night until Halloween.
  5. Take the littles to Wild Things every Wednesday at Outdoor Murfreesboro.
  6. Celebrate regular old Tuesdays at Sumner Skate Zone.  Admission is only $5 on Tuesday nights from 6-8:30PM and skate rental is free!.
  7. Tour the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for Free
  8. Take the kids to a Yoga Class at the Green Hills Library on  October 15.
  9. Live near Murfreesboro?  Take advantage of the $15 wristband special on Wednesday nights at Lanes, Trains & Automobiles.  Unlimited bowling, laser tag and more!
  10. Spend a Monday or Wednesday afternoon at Hendersonville Circus World. Special deal on all inclusive wristbands on those days.
  11. Head South to Lyon Family Farms to check out over 50 varieties of pumpkins and see live pig races!!! Opening Day is September 22, 2017.
  12. See the fall foliage up close as you zip through the trees at Adventureworks.
  13. Take a selfie with a scarecrow at Cheekwood Harvest. Opening day is September 23.
  14. Ride on the pumpkin train at Walden Farm.  Pumpkin season opens September 23 – October 31
  15. Decorate a pumpkin as the season opens at Fiddle-Dee Farm on weekends from September 23 – November 4
  16. Spend a Friday night at Bounce U for a Cosmic Glow Bounce.
  17. Plan a Ghost Tour...IF YOU DARE!!!
  18. Try your luck at a rubber duck race at Mrs B's Pumpkin Patch opening weekends from October 1 – 30.
  19. Spend a rainy afternoon looking at cars at Lane Motor Museum.
  20. Don't miss out on Free Admission Fridays at Goofballs Family Fun Center.
  21. Take advantage of the “Super Saturday” special at Cedar Creek Sports Center. Putt Putt Golf, Go Karts, Bumper Boats and more!
  22. Every Thursday is Family Night at Sky High Nashville.  2 hours of jump time plus dinner for a special price.
  23. Don't miss the Free Family Film Festival every weekend in October at NCG in Gallatin.
  24. See Tennessee's largest Frankenstein at Boovile @ Nashville Shores every weekend in October.
  25. Bike the trails at Bowie Park every Saturday in October.
  26. Any day is a good day to make your own pancakes at the Pfunky Griddle in Nashville or Murfreesboro
  27. Join a Ghost Tour at The Hermitage from October 4 – 31.
  28. 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!
  29. See the Mystic Mermaids perform at the Aquarium Restaurant on October 6, 8, & 20.
  30. Spend some time slipping, sliding or skating on the ice at Ford Ice Center.
  31. Jump all night on Thursdays (4-8PM)  for one price at SkyZone Franklin.
  32. Trick or Treat and more at Boo at The Zoo October 13-29.
  33. Wanna see over 5000 carved pumpkins?  Get tickets to The Glow : A Jack O' Lantern Experience at The Fontanel October 13-29.
  34. If the weather turns against you, spend some time inside at the Sudekum Planetarium.
  35. 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!
  36. Take the older kids to Travellers Rest for Twisted Tennessee on October 20.
  37. Shop the Halloween Night Market at Nashville Farmer's Market on October 20.
  38. Decorate a pumpkin at the Riverbend Kids Club on October 21.
  39. Experience a Free Day of Music Festival on October 21.
  40. Play a game of aeroball at Drakes Creek Activity Center.
  41. Take a Ghost Tour of The Sam Davis Home October 20 – 28.
  42. Have some holiday fun at Halloween in the Park in Mt Juliet on October 21.
  43. Dress Fido up and head to Cheekwood for the Halloween Pooch Parade on October 21.
  44. Trick or Treat at The Avenue in Murfreesboro on October 21.
  45. Join the fall celebration at the Centennial Craft Fest on October 21.
  46. Trick or Treat at Cedars of Lebanon State Park on October 21.
  47. Take a ride on the trackless train at Touch a Truck on October 21.
  48. Visit Belle Buckle for the Main Street Arts and Craft Fair October 21 & 22
  49. Enjoy an Antique Car Show and more at Wilson Bank and Trust's Oktoberfest on October 21 & 22.
  50. Eat some authentic fry bread at the 36th Annual Indian Education Pow Wow on October 21 & 22.
  51. Sign up for the American Girl Fall themed Painting and Tea Party on October 22.
  52. Trick or Treat at Belle Meade Plantation on October 22.
  53. See PJ Masks Live! at The Ryman on October 22.
  54. A new session of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy begins on October 24.
  55. Have some spooky fun at Flashlight Night at Oaklands Mansion on October 27 and 28.
  56. Join the Campfire Circle in Murfreesboro on October 27.
  57. Walk and learn at Bledsoe Creek State Park during the 4th Annual Tennessee History Trail on October 27.
  58. Celebrate El Dia de los Muertos at Cheekwood on October 28.
  59. Sign your teen writer up for the Poetry Workshop at Linebaugh Library on October 28.
  60. Learn some history alongside your spooky fun at the Grave Matters Cemetery Tour in Franklin on October 28.
  61. Go under the sea for a Mystic Mermaid Breakfast at the Aquarium Restaurant on October 28.
  62. Make a Dia de Los Muertes craft and more at the Maker Family Workshop on October 28.
  63. Head to Smashville and watch the Nashville Predators take on the New York Islanders on October 28.
  64. See the Great Pumpkin at Pumpkinfest in downtown Franklin on October 28.
  65. Play carnival games and be a part of a balloon drop at the Halloween Blowout in Fairview on October 28.
  66. Celebrate Halloween in the Park in Smyrna on October 28.
  67. Trunk or treat and see Ernest Scared Stupid in Westmoreland on October 28.
  68. Sign up for Family Bingo at The Brentwood Library on October 29.
  69. Trick or Treat at Drakes Creek Park on October 30.
  70. Take the tinies to Cheekwood for Goblins in the Garden on October 31.
  71. Trick or Treat on the square in Murfreesboro on October 31.
  72. Trick or Treat at The Old Maney Mansion on October 31.
  73. Take the older kids to Halloween Movie Night with the Nashville Symphony on October 31.

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

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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!)