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 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. Watch the Wishing Chair’s production of Anansi the Spider every Friday and Saturday in September at the Nashville Public Library.
  8. See the Mystic Mermaids perform at the Aquarium Restaurant on September 10, 15, 24 & 29.
  9. Tour the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for Free
  10. See Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at The Springhouse Theatre September 15 – October 1.
  11. Experience a unique event in Murfreesboro on September 16 – a Cardboard Boat Regatta!
  12. Touch a Truck at the Green Hills Park Festival on September 16.
  13. Attend the Greenway Art Festival on September 16.
  14. See an antique car show and more at Gladefest on September 16.
  15. Take the kids to a Yoga Class at the Green Hills Library on September 17 and October 15.
  16. Have some crafty fun at Riverbend Nurseries Kids Club on September 16.
  17. Take the kids 10 & up on a Family Kayak Float on September 16. (They provide the equipment!)
  18. Hear some live music at Pickin in the Park on September 16.
  19. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Day with free admission to The Discovery Center on September 16.
  20. Sign the kids up to learn to make sushi at The Curious Kitchen on September 16.
  21. Unleash your inner Indiana Jones at Archaeology Day at Bells Bend Park on September 16.
  22. It’s not too early to start on some hand made Christmas gifts.  Celebrate Brushfire’s birthday with FREE studio fees on September 16.
  23. Watch the glow at sunset of the Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival at Nissan Stadium on September 16.
  24. Enjoy snacks, fire trucks, crafts, police cars and bounce houses at EMS Night Lites on September 16.
  25. Live near Murfreesboro?  Take advantage of the $15 wristband special on Wednesday nights at Lanes, Trains & Automobiles.  Unlimited bowling, laser tag and more!
  26. Bring the whole family to Jazz on the Cumberland on September 17.
  27. Attend the Hispanic Heritage Festival at Rivergate Mall on September 17.
  28. Spend a Monday or Wednesday afternoon at Hendersonville Circus World. Special deal on all inclusive wristbands on those days.
  29. Catch our Preds in preseason games September 19, 28 & 30.
  30. Find some treasures at the 39th Annual Tennessee Craft Fair September 22-24.
  31. See Beauty and the Beast in Hermitage on September 22.
  32. 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.
  33. Celebrate Oktoberfest at a family friendly festival at Rivergate Mall on September 22 & 23.
  34. See the fall foliage up close as you zip through the trees at Adventureworks.
  35. Take a selfie with a scarecrow at Cheekwood Harvest. Opening day is September 23.
  36. Make your own Balloon rocket at the Maker Family Workshop on September 23.
  37. Hear our favorite performer, Mr Steve, and many others at the Heritage Music Festival at the Nashville Zoo on September 23.
  38. Ride on the pumpkin train at Walden Farm.  Pumpkin season opens September 23 – October 31
  39. Bring the teens to a book festival just for them at Barnes and Noble in Murfreesboro on September 23.
  40. Attend the grand opening of the Makerspace at The Discovery Center on September 23.
  41. Enjoy Art & Nature Event Day at Owl’s Hill on September 23.
  42. Decorate a pumpkin as the season opens at Fiddle-Dee Farm on weekends from September 23 – November 4
  43. See Sleeping Beauty brought to life by the Nashville Ballet on September 23 & 24.
  44. Watch sorghum run through a horse turned mill at the 24th Annual Music and Molasses Festival on September 23 & 24.
  45. Take Grandma and Grandpa to Lucky Ladd Farms for FREE on September 24.
  46. Put on your dancin’ shoes and see the 5 Points Swing Band in concert for free on September 24.
  47. Explore police cars, fire trucks and more at Touch a Truck at Rivergate Mall on September 26.
  48. Have a Taste of Hendersonville on September 28.
  49. See Peppa Pig Live at The Ryman on September 28.
  50. See history come alive at Heritage Days at The Sam Davis Home on September 28 & 29.
  51. Be amazed by magician and illusionists, Mike Super, at The Franklin Theatre on September 29.
  52. Have some s’mores at a Family Campfire in Smyrna on September 29.
  53. Or in Murfreesboro on September 29!
  54. Are you brave enough to attend the Monsters & Merriment Halloween and Horror Art Show at The Fontanel on September 30?
  55. Buy fresh fruit and vegetables while the kids play on inflatables at the Family Health and Fitness Days on September 30.
  56. Volunteer at Bledsoe Creek State Park on National Public Lands Day on September 30.
  57. Take a train ride at Depot Days in Smyrna on September 30.
  58. Spend a day at Gentry’s Farm opening weekends from September 30 – October 30.
  59. Get tickets in advance for the Train Robbery Excursion Train on September 30.
  60. Try your hand at Punkin Chunkin at the Thompson’s Station Dog and Pony Show Festival on September 30.
  61. Hike Machine Falls with your teen on September 30.
  62. Gaze at the night sky during the Fall Star Party at Warner Park Nature Center on September 30,
  63. Go on a hay ride at Bowie Park during Fall Fun Day on September 30.
  64. Celebrate the season at Fall Fest at The Hermitage September 30 – October 1.
  65. Watch artists at work during Nashville’s Chalk Fest on September 30 and October 1.
  66. Spend a Friday night at Bounce U for a Cosmic Glow Bounce.
  67. Plan a Ghost Tour...IF YOU DARE!!!
  68. Try your luck at a rubber duck race at Mrs B’s Pumpkin Patch opening weekends from October 1 – 30.
  69. Spend a rainy afternoon looking at cars at Lane Motor Museum.
  70. Don’t miss out on Free Admission Fridays at Goofballs Family Fun Center.
  71. Take advantage of the “Super Saturday” special at Cedar Creek Sports Center. Putt Putt Golf, Go Karts, Bumper Boats and more!
  72. Every Thursday is Family Night at Sky High Nashville.  2 hours of jump time plus dinner for a special price.
  73. Spend some time at the Petting Zoo during the 7th Annual Fall Fest at Green Door Gourmet on October 1.
  74. Don’t miss the Free Family Film Festival every weekend in October at NCG in Gallatin.
  75. See Tennessee’s largest Frankenstein at Boovile @ Nashville Shores every weekend in October.
  76. Bike the trails at Bowie Park every Saturday in October.
  77. Any day is a good day to make your own pancakes at the Pfunky Griddle in Nashville or Murfreesboro
  78. Take a special tour at The Sam Davis Home. A House in Mourning Special Exhibit and Tour runs October 1 – 14.
  79. Get Crafty at the American Girl Store on October 4.
  80. Join a Ghost Tour at The Hermitage from October 4 – 31.
  81. 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!
  82. Beer, music, crafts, a kids zone and more await you at Nashville Oktoberfest October 5 – 8.
  83. Create some Glamorous Gloves at The Country Music Hall of Fame October 5-8.
  84. See the Mystic Mermaids perform at the Aquarium Restaurant on October 6, 8, & 20.
  85. Celebrate Sam’s Birthday at The Sam Davis Home on October 6.
  86. Be a day guest at Nashville Jellystone on October 6-8 for Pumpkin Patch Weekend.
  87. Spend some time slipping, sliding or skating on the ice at Ford Ice Center.
  88. Make the trip to Grandaddy’s Farm for Apple Day on October 7.
  89. Celebrate the South’s favorite salty food item at the Country Ham Festival on October 7.
  90. Have some international fun at the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival on October 7.
  91. Tour Hippo Hollow Farm on October 7.
  92. Schedule a Full Moon Zip Tour at Adventureworks on October 7.
  93. Enjoy food, music and more at the Gallatin Main Street Festival on October 7.
  94. Experience life in the 1930’s at the 10th Annual WPA Day at Cedars of Lebanon on October 7.
  95. See a family film at The Belcourt on October 7 & 14.
  96. Visit the Fall Fairy Land at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary on October 7.
  97. Have some fun on the farm at the Shade Tree Orchard Fall Festival on October 7.
  98. Sign the kids and teens up for a Cake Decorating class at The Curious Kitchen on October 7.
  99. Join the Family Campout in Murfreesboro on October 7 & 8.
  100. Honor the South’s favorite Dessert at the National Banana Pudding Festival on October 7 & 8.
  101. Witness a traditional tea ceremony and more at the Japanese Moon Viewing Celebration on October 8.
  102. Jump all night on Thursdays (4-8PM)  for one price at SkyZone Franklin.
  103. Take the kids to Brentwood Skate Center for a Fall Break Skate October 11 – 13.
  104. Design creative cowboy hats at The Country Music Hall of Fame October 12-15.
  105. Take the Owl Hoots Nike Hight on October 13.
  106. Trick or Treat and more at Boo at The Zoo October 13-29.
  107. Register 30 days in advance to attend Telescope Night at Dyer Observatory on October 13.
  108. Celebrate the written word at the 29th Annual Southern Festival of Books October 13-15.
  109. See Wishing Chair’s production of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves at the Nashville Public Library October 13 – 15.
  110. Trick or Treat at Nashville Jellystone during Halloween Ghosts and Goblins Weekend October 13-15.
  111. Wanna see over 5000 carved pumpkins?  Get tickets to The Glow : A Jack O’ Lantern Experience at The Fontanel October 13-29.
  112. Tour Stones River National Battlefield on bike October 14.
  113. Celebrate Farm Day at Bells Bend Outdoor Center on October 14.
  114. Search for fossils at Fort Negley on October 14.
  115. Head to Centennial Park on October 14 for the Kidsville Family Festival.
  116. Take a hike – for Free at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary on October 14.
  117. Trunk or Treat in Franklin at Spooks and Coupes on October 14.
  118. If the weather turns against you, spend some time inside at the Sudekum Planetarium.
  119. Register your teen for the Gettin’ Real Cooking Club at Linebaugh Library on October 14.
  120. Hike Fancher Falls with your child (age 12 & up) on October 14.
  121. Strike a pose in Centennial Park at Bellyrama on October 14.
  122. Take a road trip to beautiful Tims Ford State Park for the Heritage Day Festival on October 14.
  123. Enjoy the last Jazz on the Cumberland of the season on October 15.
  124. 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!
  125. Meet some of your child’s favorite characters at Kids Day in Franklin on October 15.
  126. Take the older kids to Travellers Rest for Twisted Tennessee on October 20.
  127. Shop the Halloween Night Market at Nashville Farmer’s Market on October 20.
  128. Decorate a pumpkin at the Riverbend Kids Club on October 21.
  129. Experience a Free Day of Music Festival on October 21.
  130. Play a game of aeroball at Drakes Creek Activity Center.
  131. Take a Ghost Tour of The Sam Davis Home October 20 – 28.
  132. Have some holiday fun at Halloween in the Park in Mt Juliet on October 21.
  133. Dress Fido up and head to Cheekwood for the Halloween Pooch Parade on October 21.
  134. Trick or Treat at The Avenue in Murfreesboro on October 21.
  135. Join the fall celebration at the Centennial Craft Fest on October 21.
  136. Trick or Treat at Cedars of Lebanon State Park on October 21.
  137. Take a ride on the trackless train at Touch a Truck on October 21.
  138. Visit Belle Buckle for the Main Street Arts and Craft Fair October 21 & 22
  139. Enjoy an Antique Car Show and more at Wilson Bank and Trust’s Oktoberfest on October 21 & 22.
  140. Eat some authentic fry bread at the 36th Annual Indian Education Pow Wow on October 21 & 22.
  141. Sign up for the American Girl Fall themed Painting and Tea Party on October 22.
  142. Trick or Treat at Belle Meade Plantation on October 22.
  143. See PJ Masks Live! at The Ryman on October 22.
  144. A new session of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy begins on October 24.
  145. Have some spooky fun at Flashlight Night at Oaklands Mansion on October 27 and 28.
  146. Join the Campfire Circle in Murfreesboro on October 27.
  147. Walk and learn at Bledsoe Creek State Park during the 4th Annual Tennessee History Trail on October 27.
  148. Celebrate El Dia de los Muertos at Cheekwood on October 28.
  149. Sign your teen writer up for the Poetry Workshop at Linebaugh Library on October 28.
  150. Learn some history alongside your spooky fun at the Grave Matters Cemetery Tour in Franklin on October 28.
  151. Go under the sea for a Mystic Mermaid Breakfast at the Aquarium Restaurant on October 28.
  152. Make a Dia de Los Muertes craft and more at the Maker Family Workshop on October 28.
  153. Head to Smashville and watch the Nashville Predators take on the New York Islanders on October 28.
  154. See the Great Pumpkin at Pumpkinfest in downtown Franklin on October 28.
  155. Play carnival games and be a part of a balloon drop at the Halloween Blowout in Fairview on October 28.
  156. Celebrate Halloween in the Park in Smyrna on October 28.
  157. Trunk or treat and see Ernest Scared Stupid in Westmoreland on October 28.
  158. Sign up for Family Bingo at The Brentwood Library on October 29.
  159. Trick or Treat at Drakes Creek Park on October 30.
  160. Take the tinies to Cheekwood for Goblins in the Garden on October 31.
  161. Trick or Treat on the square in Murfreesboro on October 31.
  162. Trick or Treat at The Old Maney Mansion on October 31.
  163. 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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