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 18-27
Tennessee State Fair

The Tennessee State Fair is 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.

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!

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!

Thursday & Friday, September-October
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. 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 10
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 13-17
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 16-17
Nashville Cocktail Festival

Nashville Cocktail Festival is Tennessee's premier celebration of the craft of the cocktail, highlighting award-winning authors, boutique spirits, small-batch mixers, and the trend-setting bartenders who put it all together. Join us this year to experience the best that Music City has to offer!

September 24-25
Tennessee Honey Festival

Bring your family & friends to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State 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. Purchase Tickets Now.

September 29-October 5
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.


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.

October 1-31
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 14-15
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.

October 15
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!

CMA Awards
CMA Awards presenters

Each year, country music's biggest night airs live from Music City's Bridgestone Arena. To name a few, 2021's winners include Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Carly Pearce, Brothers Osborne, and more.

November 11-13
Christmas Village

The annual event at The Fairgrounds Nashville showcases a variety of unique seasonal and gift items as well as holiday arts and crafts from more than 260 merchants.