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
September 5, 12, 19, 26
Musicians Corner presents September Sundown

Musicians Corner presents September Sundown, a free outdoor concert series showcasing local Nashville artists, on Thursday evenings in September. This FREE, family-friendly event is open to the public with musical performances from 5-9pm, and features a variety of food trucks, local artisans, and Kidsville activities. This year's lineup includes Gabe Dixon, The Marcus King Band, The New Respects, and more.

September 20-22
Music City Food + Wine Festival

The country's top chefs and wine, spirit, and beer crafters join chefs from in and around Nashville for three days of panels, showcases, cooking demos, meals, and more. This year's participating chefs include Tyler Florence, Carla Hall, Scott Conant, Rick Bayless, and more.

September 20-22
African Street Festival

This year will mark 37 years of the Annual African Street Festival. The festival will take place at Hadley Park and is FREE to the public. Gospel, reggae, jazz, and R&B will be performed live throughout the day as you take part in African dances, art exhibits, and food.

September 21-October 27
Cheekwood Harvest

Celebrate the season during Nashville's beloved Cheekwood Estate & Gardens' annual autumn celebration, Cheekwood Harvest happening September 21-October 27. Enjoy viewing more than 5,000 chrysanthemums in deep autumn as hues will take center stage in the gorgeous Robertson Ellis Color Garden. Stop by to see the Scarecrows invading their Turner Seasons Garden. Or pick the perfect pumpkin from their patch! Make sure to mark your calendar for November 2 to celebrate El Día de Los Muertos, their annual Day of the Dead celebration.

September 21-November 1
Fall Family Fun Pumpkin Festival

Search for pumpkins in all shapes, sizes, and colors in the pumpkin patch at Lucky Ladd Farms. Stay the day and explore acres of wholesome family entertainment, get lost in the corn maze, bite into a juicy caramel apple or graze on homemade kettle corn. And don't forget to try the pumpkin and apple cider donuts!

September 27
Music City Bacon & Barrel Festival

Dishes made of bacon will be sampled and enjoyed during the Music City Bacon & Barrel Festival at Green Door Gourmet. To go along with the bacon, guests will be offered bourbon tastings and cold brews while listening to the sound of live music. It is a celebration of bacon the way it should be with a stiff drink, great music, and good friends.

September 27
Bootlegger's Bash

The Bootlegger’s Bash is an event which features all things truly Southern. Sample local whiskeys, delicious Southern cooking, and enjoy a lively band. Celebrate the rich bootlegging history of Williamson County in the gardens at Carnton under twinkling lights & lush greenery, from 6:30-10:30pm.

September 29

Gear up and get ready for PredsFest, an experience perfect for both Preds fans and sports lovers. From Music City Walk of Fame Park to Bridgestone Arena, they will have player appearances, live entertainment, a used-equipment sale, and plenty of fun for the whole family. It all takes place from 2-6pm.


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 3-12
Nashville Film Festival

The Nashville Film Festival is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country, celebrating its 50th year in 2019. 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 5
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 5-6
Fall Fest @ The Hermitage

Nashville comes together at Fall Festival @ The Hermitage, a community event that showcases the art of local & regional artists. A sea of tents will be placed throughout the grounds that will host a variety of specialty foods, spirits, and the products of photography, basketry, ceramics, painting, jewelry, leather, and woodwork. We can't forget about the live music. From beginning to end, live music will fill the festival so you can dance around and explore. This event is perfect for children and adults alike to have a memorable historical, cultural, and unique experience.

October 11-12
Breakaway Music Festival

The nation's biggest multi-city music festival, Breakaway Music Festival, comes to Nashville! Future, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, Emogee, Lil Baby, and more are set to perform over two days at Fair Park at The Fairgrounds Nashville for this unique festival.

October 11-13
Southern Festival of Books

Now in its 31st year, 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 11-13
Fall Tennessee Craft Fair

Tennessee Craft is a nonprofit organization that celebrates and supports the growth of all artists with the 41st Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair on the lawn of Centennial Park. Shop American handmade crafted artwork, speak to the artists, and learn what inspires them. Enjoy fun hands-on activities, food from area vendors, and demonstrations from artisans as they create pieces right in front of your eyes.