15 Fall Festivals

Each year the temperature cools in Music City and that means it's time to celebrate with a great festival. We have food, cultural, craft, and music festivals happening the entire fall. All you need to do is plan the trip and come join in the festivities.

Fall in Nashville
August 12-21
Tennessee State Fair

The Tennessee State Fair in an annual event that highlights everything that makes Tennessee a great place to live. Over the span of 10 days, visitors can experience arts and crafts, agriculture, competitions, rides, and more at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway! It's not a Nashville party without music. Be sure to check out the Moosic Stage, complete with live performances each night.

Thursday & Friday, September 2-October 1
September Sundown
Musicians Corner

Musicians Corner presents September Sundown, a free outdoor concert series showcasing local Nashville artists. The series will take place each Thursday and Friday evening in September, with a special three-day weekend taking place September 23-25 in conjunction with AmericanaFest. This FREE, family-friendly event is open to the public with musical performances and features a variety of food trucks, local artisans, and Kidsville activities.

September 4
Water Lantern Festival
Water Lantern Festival

Come together for the Water Lantern Festival at the Parthenon in Centennial Park on September 4. Friends, families, and neighbors can create their own lanterns and watch them as they float away. 

September 11
Wine on the River
Wine on the River

The Annual Wine on the River Nashville is making its way to the Riverfront Park. Guests can sample wine, beer, and spirits from certain regions, try restaurants featuring culturally themed menus, and enjoy the soothing sounds of live music.

September 22-25
Americana Music Festival

Each year the Americana Music Association gathers thousands of artists, fans, and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville. The festival will feature tons of live music performances at various music venues in the vicinity of downtown Nashville.

September 30-October 3
International Black Film Festival

The International Black Film Festival (IBFF) is an exciting combination of a festival, conference, and marketplace. Guests have the opportunity to attend workshops, masterclasses, and panels or interact with writers, filmmakers, producers, and more.

September 30-October 6
Nashville Film Festival

The Nashville Film Festival is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country. Festival-goers enjoy a plethora of works from documentaries and narrative features to animated and experimental shorts. Panels and workshops are also offered for those looking to enrich their knowledge beyond the screen.

October 1-31
Artober Nashville
5th Avenue of the Arts

Artober Nashville is a month-long celebration of the arts in Music City. It's one of the single largest celebrations of the arts and culture in the South and includes hundreds of events in visual and performing arts, music, theatre, dance, craft, film, and more.

October 1
Nashville Brew Festival
Black Abbey Brews

Get ready for the Nashville Brew Festival at First Horizon Park. This year's festivities include more than 150 craft beers from 50 breweries and food trucks! Live music will play the tunes while you enjoy this awesome Music City event with some fun-loving people.

October 2
Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival

Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival is an opportunity for all nationalities to come together and celebrate each other at Centennial Park in Nashville. This is a FREE event that provides the experiences of learning and discovering different nationalities from all over the world in Music City. There will be a variety of dance, musical performances, and so much more.

October 3
Tennessee Honey Festival

Bring your family & friends to First Horizon Park in Germantown for an educational, fun-filled festival day to learn about the importance of bees and other pollinators in Tennessee. Enjoy live music while tasting specialty honey-themed foods, craft drinks, and partaking in other experiences.

October 8-10
Tennessee Craft Fair

Tennessee Craft is a nonprofit organization that celebrates and supports the growth of all artists with the Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair normally held on the lawn of Centennial Park. Enjoy fun hands-on activities, food from area vendors, and demonstrations from artisans as they create pieces right in front of your eyes.

October 9-10
Southern Festival of Books
Southern Festival of Books

The Southern Festival of Books is one of the first book festivals of its kind, a true celebration of the written word, which has inspired hundreds of similar book festivals throughout the country. The FREE festival takes place at War Memorial Plaza and Main Public Library which will feature more than 200 of the nation's and region's most prominent authors who take part in readings, panel discussions, book signings, and more.

October 15-17
Tennessee State Pow Wow

The NAIA Tennessee State Pow Wow brings together Native Americans from across the nation and Canada to Nashville at Long Hunter State Park. Highlights of the festival include competitive dancing, storytelling, demonstrations, fine art displays, and food booths with traditional dishes from different tribes.

October 16
Dog Day Festival

Grab your four-legged friend and head out to Dog Day Festival. Gather in Centennial Park to dedicate a day to our four-legged friends. Bring your pooches and participate in activities such as a costume contest, pupper parade, demonstrations, contests, and pet portraits, or enjoy the children’s area and various demonstrations. There will be food trucks, door prizes, fun zones, live entertainment/music and so much more!