NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The highly anticipated annual fall festival, Cheekwood Harvest, is returning to Nashville as part of Cheekwood’s year-round lineup of signature seasonal happenings. Running September 18 – October 31, 2021, the festival celebrates the autumnal season with activities and experiences designed to appeal to kids, adults, and families alike. Highlights include the beloved Pumpkin Village featuring two impressive life-sized pumpkin houses, gardens accented with thousands of chrysanthemums in rich autumn hues, and visual-artist themed scarecrows designed by members of the community.
“Cheekwood Harvest is one of the most exciting times of the year for us,” says Peter Grimaldi, vice president of gardens and facilities at Cheekwood. “We are thrilled to once again feature family-friendly fall attractions such as our very popular and adored Pumpkin Village, as well as thousands of colorful chrysanthemums specifically planted for the festival.”
Cheekwood Harvest will also encompass exciting activities like the Japanese Moon Viewing celebration on September 19, Halloween Pooch Parade with a costume contest on October 23, and El Día de los Muertos on October 30 and 31. For a full program overview of Cheekwood Harvest, visit cheekwood.org/calendar/cheekwood-harvest/.
Gather with friends and family and enjoy additional offerings such as outdoor wellness classes, children’s art activities and storytime, live music in the Beer Garden, local food trucks, and art and garden workshops throughout the harvest season. Visit cheekwood.org/calendar/ for more information.
Cheekwood Harvest is sponsored by CapStar Bank. Japanese Moon Viewing is sponsored by Nissan and Mitsui. Advanced reservations are required for all happenings, including workshops, classes, and general admission. To purchase tickets and learn more about Cheekwood Harvest, visit cheekwood.org.
Cheekwood is considered one of the finest American Country Place Era estates in the nation. Formerly the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, the extraordinary 1930s estate, with its 30,000-square-foot Mansion and 55 acres of cultivated gardens and expansive vistas, today serves the public as a botanical garden, arboretum, and museum with period rooms and art galleries, showcasing works from its permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions. The property includes 13 distinct gardens including the Blevins Japanese Garden and the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden, as well as a 1.5-mile woodland trail featuring modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture. Each year, Cheekwood plays host to seasonal festivals including Cheekwood in Bloom, Summertime at Cheekwood, Cheekwood Harvest and Holiday LIGHTS. Cheekwood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and is a three-time USA Today Top 10 Botanical Garden. In 2020, the grounds were awarded a Level II National Arboretum Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum. Cheekwood is located just 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville at 1200 Forrest Park Drive. Daily hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission to Cheekwood must be purchased in advance at cheekwood.org. For further information, call 615-356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.