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 10-15
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. Last year's artists included Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lee Ann Womack & Friends, Tommy Emanuel, Jerry Douglas, John Oates, Ron Pope, Mary Gauthier, Brandy Clark, Shook Twins, and much more.

September 14
Whiskey Festival

The annual Nashville Whiskey Festival is a celebration devoted to the exploration of whiskey from around the world and throughout the centuries. During this festival, you have the opportunity to sample the world's finest international and American-made whiskeys, bourbons, and scotches while interacting with distillers and their representatives.

September 20-22
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. Last year's participating chefs included Andrew Zimmern, Jonathan Waxman, Maneet Chauhan, Margot McCormack, 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 fall during Cheekwood Harvest. 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 Scarecrowsinvading their Turner Seasons Garden. Or pick the perfect pumpkin from their patch! Make sure to mark your calendar for El Dia de los Muertos, their annual Day of the Dead celebration.

Musicians Corner

The fall performances of Musicians Corner take place each Saturday in September and October at Centennial Park. This FREE, family-friendly event is open to the public with musical performances from 1:30 to 5pm. Last year's lineup included Marc Broussard, Matthew Perryman Jones, and more.


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 5
Cultural Festival

This 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
The Hermitage's Fall Festival

Nashville comes together at Fall Fest @ 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 10-13

Each year Nashville's Germantown area transforms into a celebration of German tradition that is fun for the whole family. There will be live German music, German food, German beer, and even polka dancing. The event is FREE and open to public.

October 11-13
Southern Festival of Books

Now in its 30th 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 features 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 20
Beer & Wine Festival

This is a Nashville event put on by Nashville residents in hopes to provide the perfect festival for beer aficionados! There will be plenty of craft, seasonal, and micro beers for everyone to enjoy. Plus, you can try samples of wine! All festivities will be located on the grounds of the Historic Two Rivers Mansion.

October 26-27
Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue

Each year domestic and international championship cook-off teams fight for the Jack Daniel’s title of Grand Champion, and more than 25,000 people descend upon Lynchburg to bask in the aroma of award-winning barbecue and celebrate one of America’s favorite pastimes.

November 9
Sip TN

Sip TN, is Nashville's first all Tennessee wine festival and coming to the Nashville Famers' Market this season. Over 25 wine producers from across the state will showcase their best selection during this festive food event. Plus, there will be live music, artisan crafts, and gourmet food to take part in.