The Best Nashville Fall Festivals
Autumn is the ideal time to visit Nashville—the leaves are changing and there is a magical festiveness in the air that sparks the need to go outside and celebrate all that the city has to offer. Music City has its fair share of festivals year-round, but there is a special cheer that surrounds the fall events around town. These are a few of our favorites that spark joy and are categorized by what type of traveler would most enjoy all that they have to offer. Staying with Host Extraordinaires makes attending any of these events easy and convenient—with over 130 properties across Nashville, there is a home that is perfect for your stay in Music City any time of year!
Music Maniac - Pilgrimage Festival | Saturday, September 21 – Sunday, September 22
Pilgrimage Festival began in 2015 and has been held every September at Harlinsdale Farm just outside of Nashville, and the short trip is worth it if you are planning an autumn, music city vacay. The gigantic field is transformed into the hot-spot for music, art, shopping and A LOT OF FOOD! All of the Nashville favorite food trucks that are stacked with burgers, grilled cheese, and vegan options so there is something to snack on for all festival-goers. Local shops take over a section of the grounds with artistic booths displaying their goodies and crafts to shop while you are hanging out between performances. The full set-list is on their website, and the headliners of 2019 are Keith Urban, The Killers, and The Foo Fighters.
Outdoor Adventurer - Cheekwood Harvest | September 21-October 27
Celebrate the return of autumn by being surrounded with orange and yellow falling leaves that gracefully find the ground in the pumpkin patch! Cheekwood is filled to the brim with pumpkins and flowers—you can even step inside of a quaint pumpkin made home that will make you feel like you’re living in a Disney fantasy-land. Pumpkins are also available to paint and carve so you can have a keepsake to bring back home! In the spirit of Halloween, the gardens are holding a Halloween Pooch Parade in which costumed dogs will go for a stroll through the estate for all guests to enjoy. There is also more adult fun on the weekends when the Beer Garden is open to those who enjoy partaking in autumn ale.
Imaginative Artist - Artober | October 1-31
Join in on a month long celebration of the Nashville arts by attending this community event that
encompasses visual arts, performing arts, music, and film. The celebrations span the city and involve organizations such as The Grand Ole Opry and The Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The festival gives attendees a well-rounded vision of artistic expression in Nashville and promotes exploration into new areas both physical abstract due to the wide variety of art forms. For a more compact experience of Artober, there are several Art Crawls that are occurring during the weekends which showcases the craft of each boro.
Foodie Junkie - Music City Food & Wine Festival | September 20-22, 2019
The Music City Food & Wine Festival was started by the musical artists Kings of Leon and the renowned chef Jonathan Waxman. The festival consists of three days of foodie heaven in the crisp, fresh autumn air of Bicentennial Park is perfect for any 21+ Nashville culinary explorer. With over 80 vendors attending the festival, there is a vast array of everything from Nashville’s classic hot chicken to whiskey. The Chef Showcase exhibits top of the line culinary artists from around Tennessee and beyond—tasting sessions will also be held to make you feel like a bonafide sommelier. The Gospel Brunch on Sunday night features live gospel music which will be enjoyed alongside southern classic delicacies and cocktails.
Bachelor(ette) Beer Blast - Nashville Oktoberfest | Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13
Nashville Oktoberfest has been a staple festival in our great city since 1980, and the best part is that
admission is free for all guests! The festival opens with a Tapping the Keg ceremony which kicks the party off, and the fun continues with the Dachshund Derby. Yes, cute, little dogs running a track with their short sausage legs! People are also invited to run in the Annual 5k Bier Run which proceeds are donated to the Historic Germantown Neighborhood who keeps Nashville’s most beautiful areas alive and thriving! The Arts & Crafts section of the festival has over 110 vendors who work hard on their craft and produce one of a kind pieces that can be purchased at the festival. Come enjoy all the fun, food, and festivities at the Nashville Oktoberfest!
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