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.
If you need a few more ideas, make sure you check out Ms. Cheap’s 76 free things to do between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.
Musicians Corner – Nashville Summer Music Events
MUSICIANS CORNER: SEPTEMBER SUNDOWN – (CONCERT SERIES)
Occurs: September 6, 13, 20, & 27
Musicians Corner is offering a free concert each Thursday in September at Centennial Park. The concerts will showcase local artists like Amy Stroup, The Whigs, and Birdtalker. Plus, there will be food trucks, local artisans, and Kidsville activities on site to enjoy.
Americana Music Festival – Nashville’s Fall FestivalsAMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER 11-16
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. This year’s artists include Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lee Ann Womack & Friends, Tommy Emanuel, Jerry Douglas, John Oates, Ron Pope, Mary Gauthier, Brandy Clark, Shook Twins, and much more.
MUSIC CITY FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER 14-16
The country’s top chefs and wine, spirit, and beer crafters join chefs from in and around Nashville for three days of panels, showcases, cooking demos, meals, and more. This year’s participating chefs included Andrew Zimmern, Jonathan Waxman, Maneet Chauhan, Margot McCormack, and more.
DOG DAY FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER 15
Grab your four-legged friend and head out to Dog Day Festival at Centennial Park. There are plenty of stops that will pamper both your friend and you. All proceeds go to support the Nashville Humane Association.
AFRICAN STREET FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER 21-23
This year will mark 36 years of the Annual African Street Festival. The festival will take place at Hadley Park and is FREE to the public. Gospel, Reggae, Jazz, and R&B will be performed live throughout the day as you take part in African dances, art exhibits, and food.
CHEEKWOOD HARVEST – SEPTEMBER 22-OCTOBER 21
Celebrate fall during 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 for El Dia de los Muertos, their annual Day of the Dead celebration.
ARTOBER NASHVILLE – OCTOBER
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.
lCELEBRATE NASHVILLE CULTURAL FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 6
This is an opportunity for all nationalities to come together and celebrate each other at Centennial Park in Nashville. This is a FREE event that provides the experiences of learning and discovering different nationalities from all over the world in Music City. There will be a variety of dance, musical performances, and so much more.
FALL FEST @ THE HERMITAGE – OCTOBER 6-7
Nashville comes together at Fall Fest @ The Hermitage, a community event that showcases the art of local & regional artists. A sea of tents will be placed throughout the grounds that will host a variety of specialty foods, spirits, and the products of photography, basketry, ceramics, painting, jewelry, leather, and woodwork. We can’t forget about the live music. From beginning to end, live music will fill the festival so you can dance around and explore. This event is perfect for children and adults alike to have a memorable historical, cultural, and unique experience.
NASHVILLE OKTOBERFEST – OCTOBER 11-14
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.
TENNESSEE CRAFT FAIR – OCTOBER 12-14
Hundreds of Tennessee Craft artists showcase their handmade treasures on the lawn of Centennial Park this fall for thousands of guests looking for that one-of-a-kind piece.
SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS – OCTOBER 12-14
Now in its 30th 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 features more than 200 of the nation’s and region’s most prominent authors who take part in readings, panel discussions, book signings, and more.
TENNESSEE BEER AND WINE FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 20
This is a Nashville event put on by Nashville residents in hopes to provide the perfect festival for beer aficionados! There will be plenty of craft, seasonal, and micro beers for everyone to enjoy. Plus, you can try samples of wine! All festivities will be located on the grounds of the Historic Two Rivers Mansion.
A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS – NOVEMBER 9, 2018-JANUARY 1, 2019
Gaylord Opryland’s annual holiday events compose A Country Christmas. Families can visit Santa, see Cirque Dreams Holidaze, play in ICE!, enjoy concerts, dinner shows, crafts, shopping, and more.
CMA AWARDS – NOVEMBER 14
Each year, Country Music’s Biggest Night airs live from Music City’s Bridgestone Arena. Last year’s performers included Dierks Bentley, (#MusicCityWalkofFame inductee) Reba, Eric Church, Brooks & Dunn, Maren Morris, Charley Pride, (#NashvilleNYE performer) Keith Urban, and more.