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 3, 10, 17, & 24
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.

September 11-20
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! It's not a Nashville party without music. Be sure to check out the Moosic Stage, complete with live performances each night.

September 12
Wine on the River

The 17th Annual Wine on the River Nashville is making its way to the Riverfront Park. From 3-7pm, guests can sample wine, beer, and spirits from certain regions, try restaurants featuring culturally themeed menus, and enjoy the soothing sounds of live music.

September 15-20
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. The 2019 artists included Tanya Tucker, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Keb' Mo', Matt Anderson, American Aquarium, Rainbow Girls, Sean McConnell, Shinyribs, and much more.

September 19-November 1
Cheekwood Harvest

Celebrate the season during Nashville's beloved Cheekwood Estate & Gardens' annual autumn celebration, 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 Scarecrows invading their Turner Seasons Garden. Or pick the perfect pumpkin from their patch! Make sure to mark your calendar to celebrate El Día de Los Muertos, their annual Day of the Dead celebration.

September 20
Nashville Brew Festival

Get ready for the Nashville Brew Festival at First Tennessee 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.

September 25
Bootlegger's Bash

The Bootlegger’s Bash is an event that 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.

September 30-October 4
International Black Film Festival

This year's International Black Film Festival (IBFF) at Watkins College of Art & Belmont University will be an exciting combination of a festival, conference, and marketplace. Guests have the opportunity to attend workshops, masterclasses, and pannels or interact with writers, filmmakers, producers, and more.

Artober Nashville

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 1-7
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 3
Nashville 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. It all takes place at the Omni Nashville Hotel.

October 8-11

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 9-11
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 9-11
Fall Tennessee Craft Fair

Tennessee Craft is a nonprofit organization that celebrates and supports the growth of all artists with the 42nd 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.

October 13-November 5
Nashville Jewish Film Festival

The Nashville Jewish Film Festival (NJFF) is a program of the Gordon Jewish Community Center (GJCC). The NJFF will celebrate its 19th year of bringing educational, entertaining, and thought-provoking Jewish-themed films to the Nashville community.