6 Nashville Festivals To Help You Welcome In Fall

Dated: 09/16/2015

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by TJ Anderson

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Fall arrives, technically, next Wednesday, but we’ve already gotten some early tastes of the crisp, cool weather (and Pumpkin Spice World is in full swing).

How do you welcome in the autumn every year? Pumpkin picking? Eyeballing fall foliageOpen house hopping?

Aside of stocking my calendar with Vols games, I’m a fan of fall festivals, and in Middle Tennessee, we have a ton of worthwhile options. Here are just a few, coming up:

September 19-20

2015 Music City Food + Wine Festival

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Not focused on the fall, specifically, but a celebration of nature’s bounty in its own right, the Music City Food + Wine Festival returns for 2015 September 19-20, bringing local and celebrity chefs, restaurants, distilleries and breweries out for demos, tastings, meet-and-greets and overall glorious gluttony (with some live music and other stuff thrown in for good measure, since it’s in part wrangled by Kings of Leon). Nashville hosts a lot of food-focused festivals, but if you’re a hardcore food fanatic, this is the one you can’t miss — where else are you gonna have someone like Next Iron Chef contender Aarón Sánchez show you Mexican cooking tips?

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park 

600 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville

Tickets/info: musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com

September 25-27

37th Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair

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If you like to fill your home with local/regional art, handcrafted furniture and housewares and the like, Tennessee Craft’s annual fall fair is a must-stop. More than 200 artists from around the country bring everything from clay sculptures to hand-built dining chairs, and a lot of what shoppers find is totally one of a kind. It’s a fun family day, too, with kids activities and demos. 

Centennial Park 

2500 West End Avenue, Nashville

Admission is free

Info: tennesseecraft.org

October 3

Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival 

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Get closer to the wide array of cultures that make up the fabric of Nashville, celebrating food, dance, music and more from around the world. Along with lots to eat and drink, see and hear (with six stages and 60-plus music and dance performances over the course of the day), there’s good shopping to be done, too, at a world market stocked with globe-spanning handcrafted and imported items.

Centennial Park 

2500 West End Avenue, Nashville

Admission is free

Info: celebratenashville.org

October 3-4

Fall Fest at The Hermitage

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A great excuse to visit the famous home of President Andrew Jackson, The Hermitage, if you haven’t (or haven’t in a long time), the annual Fall Fest is a daylong celebration with art, music and historic splendor.

The Hermitage

4580 Rachel's Lane, Hermitage

Tickets/info: fallfestatthehermitage.com

October 9-11

36th Annual Nashville Oktoberfest

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For a lot of us, this is what makes it really feel like fall in Nashville: Nashville Oktoberfest, the city’s oldest running festival and the South’s largest Fall Festival, bringing 100,000 people to Germantown for food, beer, live music, a 5K race, Battle of the Bands, children’s activities and a bunch more.

Over multiple city blocks in Germantown, map here

Admission is free

Info: thenashvilleoktoberfest.com

October 4

Fall Fest at Green Door Gourmet

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Out in West Nashville, 350-acre farm Green Door Gourmet hosts an annual celebration of fall that has all the autumn-y stuff we all love, from pumpkin picking and carving to games and hayrides. Throw in a dive in a pile of leaves and you’re all set. (There’s also live music, food trucks and 40-plus artisan vendors, too, if pumpkins and hay aren’t so much your speed.)

Green Door Gourmet

7011 River Road Pike, Nashville

Tickets/info: www.greendoorgourmet.com

Have any fall celebrations in mind that I should put on my list? Let me know!

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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