Fall officially starts on September 22, 2022, and it 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
September 24-25, 2022
Pilgrimage Festival, the popular two-day music and cultural festival in Franklin, is Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, 2022, at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The 2022 lineup includes Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jon Batiste, The Avett Brothers, and many more!
Nashville Film Festival
September 29 – October 5, 2022
The Nashville Film Festival is from September 29, 2022, to October 5, 2022, at various venues in Nashville. Over 150 films from around the world sharing diverse stories through the art of filmmaking will be shown during the week-long celebration. Various levels of passes are available.
Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival
October 1, 2022
The annual Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival is on Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 10:00am to 6:00pm at Centennial Park. This festival celebrates the many cultures represented throughout the city. There will be globally-inspired food vendors, captivating performances, a world market with handcrafted and imported items, children’s activities, and entertainment. Admission is free.
Taste of West Nashville
October 4, 2022
Taste of West Nashville is Tuesday, October 4, 2022, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Fat Bottom Brewing Company. This event will feature restaurants from The Nations, Sylvan Park, Charlotte Avenue, and Bellevue as well as performances by local artists and a silent auction. Tickets are $40. Children 12 and under are free. All proceeds benefit the Dream Streets.
Whiskey, Wine, & Cider Festival
October 6, 2022
The Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition is hosting the Whiskey, Wine, & Cider Festival on Thursday, October 6, 2022, from 5:30pm to 9:00pm at The Bedford Nashville Event Venue. This event kicks off breast care awareness month. Guests can expect tastings of over 20 whiskeys, wines, and ciders. Tickets are $75. Proceeds from this event benefit the event’s Emergency Access Fund to help breast cancer patients with mortgage or rent, utilities, and insurance premiums.
October 6-9, 2022
The annual Nashville Oktoberfest is Thursday through Sunday, October 6-9, 2022. Up to 300,000 people have attended this free, family-friendly festival in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood over the past years. Attendees can expect food, live music, vendors, beer, and entertainment. Some of the activities will include a Germantown 5k Bier Run, Bratwurst Eating Contest, and a Dachshund Derby.
Fall Tennessee Craft Fair
October 7-9, 2022
The annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair is Friday through Sunday, October, 7-9, 2022, at Centennial Park. Over 150 craft artisans will fill the park, so stop by to do a little shopping. There will also be live demonstrations, kids’ activities, and food. Admission and parking are free.
Touch of Brews
October 8, 2022
The second annual Touch of Brews presented by Terrapin Beer Company is Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 11:00am to 8:00pm at Sevier Park in 12 South. This family-friendly event will feature Grateful Dead-themed music, Terrapin beer, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, local food trucks, a kids zone, and more! Early bird tickets are $20, then increase to $25 week of the event, and $30 at the door. Kids ages 10 and under are FREE.
BOOze at the Zoo
October 13, 2022
BOOze at the Zoo, an adults-only Halloween event, is Thursday, October 13, 2022, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the Nashville Zoo. Guests can expect unlimited BOOze samples from 16 beer and cocktail vendors, trick-or-treating, live music, animal encounters, nighttime zip lining, and more. Dress in your best costume and participate in the costume contest for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes tour. Tickets are $79 (members save $5 per ticket through October 6, 2022). Guests must be 21 or over to attend.
Dog Day Festival
October 15, 2022
Nashville Humane’s annual Dog Day Festival presented by Mars Petcare is on Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Centennial Park. There will be food trucks, fun events, contests, a beer garden, and surprises throughout the day.
Tennessee Beer, Wine & Shine Festival
October 15, 2022
The Tennessee Beer, Wine & Shine Festival is Saturday, October 15, 2022, from noon to 5:00pm at Two Rivers Mansion. Attendees can expect a selection of over 90 beers from over 30 breweries, wine and high gravity beer samples, artisan booths, seminars, and local entertainment.
12 South Jamboree
October 15 + October 22 + October 29, 2002
The 12 South Jamboree presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is taking place the last three Saturdays in October—October 15, 22, and 29—at Sevier Park from 11:00am to 8:00pm each day. This fun and family-friendly event will feature live music, a kids zone (11:00am to 4:00pm), vendors, Sierra Nevada beer, Hard Kombucha, food trucks, and more. Tickets are $20 for adults and free for kids 10 and under. Dogs are welcome.
Light the Nations
October 15, 2022
The annual Light the Nations is on Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 2:00pm to 10:00pm on 51st Avenue in West Nashville. This 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.
Nashville Greek Festival
October 21-23, 2022
The annual Nashville Greek Festival is Friday through Sunday, October 21-23, 2022, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. The weekend-long festival features Greek-inspired food, drinks, dancers, vendors, and live music each day. This event is open to all ages.
Pumpkinfest in Franklin
October 29, 2022
The annual Pumpkinfest is on Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 10:00am to 6:00pm in Downtown Franklin. This street festival attracts over 70,000 attendees and features 150+ arts and crafts vendors, 30+ food and drink vendors, costume contests, children’s activities, and live entertainment. Admission is free.