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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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