Fall may be the best season in Nashville. The weather is usually superb and there are so many things to do. Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint which events are worth attending, though. Fret no more—Nashville Guru has you covered. Here are the 15 fun fall events you need to know about, including a lot of free options, in chronological order.
15 Fun Fall Events You need to Know About in Nashville
Whiskey, Wine, & Cider Festival
Tuesday, October 1
Kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Whiskey, Wine, & Cider Festival on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. Enjoy dinner and taste over 20 different whiskeys, wines, and ciders while supporting the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition. Tickets are $40-$60.
THE GLOW: A Pumpkin Wonderland
Thursday to Sunday, October 3-27
THE GLOW: A Pumpkin Wonderland is a month-long attraction from Thursday to Sunday, October 3-27, 2019, at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. This family-friendly event takes place Thursday through Sunday each week and features a pumpkin wonderland with more than 5,000 decorated jack o’lanterns, a pumpkin patch, live carving demonstrations, and more!
Nashville Film Festival
Thursday to Saturday, October 3-12
The annual Nashville Film Festival is Thursday to Saturday, October 3-12, 2019, at the Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 (100 Oaks). Over 250 films from around the world sharing diverse stories through the art of filmmaking will be shown during the 10-day celebration. Various levels of passes are available. Individual film tickets are $15.
Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival
Saturday, October 5
The annual Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival is on Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 10:00am to 6:00pm at Centennial Park. This festival celebrates the many cultures represented throughout the city. There will be over 30 globally-inspired food vendors, captivating performances, a world market with handcrafted and imported items, children activities, and entertainment.
Nashville Harvest Festival
Sunday, October 6
The Nashville Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday, October 6, 2019, from noon to 6:00pm at City Winery. This event will have live music, tastings of 50+ wines, and food. The outdoor area around City Winery will be transformed into an outdoor stage, grape-stomping area, wine pong venue, and more.
Fall Fest at The Hermitage
Saturday & Sunday, October 5-6
The annual Fall Fest at The Hermitage is Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6, 2019, at The Hermitage. The festival features art, music, and history. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is free.
Thursday to Sunday, October 10-13
The annual Nashville Oktoberfest is from Thursday to Sunday, October 10-13, 2019, in Germantown. Up to 300,000 people are expected to attend this free, family-friendly festival in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood.
Breakaway Music Festival
Friday and Saturday, October 11-12
Breakaway Music Festival is a two-day festival on Friday and Saturday, October 11-12, 2019, at Fair Park. The festival will feature hip-hop and EDM artists from across the country as well as a silent disco. The 2019 line-up includes Future, Lil Baby, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, and many more. There will also be local food vendors and multiple bars. The festival is all ages.
Fall Into Science Festival
Saturday, October 19
Fall Into Science Festival is Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Adventure Science Center. The family-friendly event will feature science demos, candy, costumes, and fun for all ages. The outdoor festival is free and open to the public. Regular admission tickets are required for the indoor attractions.
Light the Nations
Saturday, October 19
The annual Light the Nations is on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 2:00pm to 10:00pm on 51st Avenue in West Nashville. The event will feature local businesses, art, and vendors. There will be a kids area, music, food trucks, and live entertainment. This event is free and open to all ages.
Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival
Saturday, October 19
The Tennessee Beer + Wine Festival is Saturday, October 19, 2019, from noon to 5:00pm at Two Rivers Mansion. Attendees can expect a selection of over 90 from over 30 breweries, wine and high gravity beer samples, artisan booths, seminars, and local entertainment.
Pumpkinfest in Franklin
Saturday, October 26
The annual Pumpkinfest is on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10:00am to 7:00pm in downtown Franklin. The street festival attracts over 65,000 attendees and features costume contests, children’s activities, food and drink vendors, artisans, and live entertainment. Admission is free.
Saturday, November 2
Project 615’s Nashvember is Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 11:00am to 6:00pm and will have dozens of local vendors, live music, and food trucks. This event is family-friendly and FREE to attend.
Saturday, November 9
The Crafty Nashville arts and crafts fair will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Track One. There will be over 80 artisans and crafters, food trucks, live music, and more.
Sunday, November 24
The annual TASTE Nashville, a food and beverage tasting event presented by The Nashville LGBT Chamber, is Sunday, November 24, 2019, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Oz Arts Nashville. Attendees can expect food and drinks from top chefs and bartenders, a silent auction, DJ, and dancing. This event is 21 and over only.