Whether you’re into books or wine, bluegrass or crafts, there’s a fall festival to suit your taste in Middle Tennessee. Fall is my favorite time of year in Nashville and with the cool mornings and breathtaking foilage come week after week of fun festivals here in Middle Tennessee, with their great offerings of food, live music, arts and crafts, and more.
Here’s a rundown of 10 popular fall festivals to check out in Middle Tennessee from mid-September through early November.
26th Annual Fall Fest at Belle Meade Plantation
Held on the beautiful grounds of the historic Belle Meade Plantation, this festival brings together the best of arts, crafts, and festival fun for the whole family. Musical performances, fine antiques, food vendors and children’s activities make this a great family outing.
September 17-September 18
32nd TACA Fall Craft Fair
Browse arts & crafts at Tennessee’s premier outdoor showcase for fine craft at Centennial Park downtown just off West End Avenue. Bring your walking shoes and plan to be amazed at the artisans and their creations. Free admission, free parking, and fun for the entire family.
Harvest Days at Nashville Zoo
Celebrate life at harvest time in the 1800s at Grassmere Historic Farm on the grounds of the Nashville Zoo.
Celebration of Cultures
Celebrate cultures from all over the world through food from more than 30 countries, music, such as African drumming, dance, art and more. Free admission.
7th Annual Biscuits & Bluegrass Fall Festival
Presented by Loveless Cafe at Loveless Cafe, Highway 100. The Loveless is a Nashville biscuit makin’ institute. Start your day off with a home cooked Southern style breakfast and then make plans to enjoy music, art demonstrations, and more. Free admission.
Southern Festival of Books
Meet your favorite authors and browse hundreds of books at the 23rd annual Southern Festival of Books
War Memorial Plaza
Germantown Street Festival
Dance to live music, nosh on German food and beverages and stroll through historic Germantown during Nashville Oktoberfest. Free admission.
Tennessee State Pow Wow
Explore Native American Indian food, arts & crafts, live music, dance and more.
Long Hunter State Park
Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival
Watch how they made molasses in the old days, dance to bluegrass, hear stories and browse crafts.
Tennessee Agricultural Museum
Wine Down Main
Wine Tasting in the merchant shops along Main Street in Historic Downtown Franklin, one of my favorite places to spend a Saturday (Hint: take the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway from Highway 100 in West Nashville down to Franklin for a gorgeous scenic drive
Jamie Reeves is a Nashville blogger who’s been pontificating about poop and pinot noir since 2005 at BlondeMomBlog.com. Although she’s now a suburban soccer mom, she appreciates good biscuits and gravy, the smell of tobacco being fired in barns in the fall, and her pet chickens she had growing up in a farm in rural Robertson County, Tennessee.