The Best Way To Ring In Fall In Nashville

Dated: 09/03/2018

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by TJ Anderson

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Fall is here! Or, well, sort of, depending on who you ask. Sept. 1, according to meteorologists, is day one of autumn. The autumnal equinox: Sept. 22, 2018.

Still, probably the largest subsection of Americans judges the arrival of fall by the arrival of Pumpkin Spice Latte season, which kicked off on Aug. 28 this year. So… fall is here!

I have plenty of traditions for welcoming fall — watching college football, drinking local seasonal beer, ticking off items on the fall home maintenance checklist, and a little further in, seeking out fall foliage in and near Nashville.

An annual favorite, must-hit fall event in Nashville, though, full of family-friendly fun (and, if you’re into that kinda thing, Instagram fodder): Cheekwood’s annual Cheekwood Harvest.

Happenings at the Harvest

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Cheekwood Harvest is billed as a seasonal festival, but it’s not your average one-day, maybe three-day event. This one runs almost a full month — this year, from Sept. 22 to Oct. 21 — with a slew of activities designed for the young and less-young alike, varying slightly week to week, so you can make repeat visits and still find new stuff to enjoy.

Personally, the big reason I love Cheekwood Harvest so much: It brings all the best of fall together in one big, beautiful space. Here’s what I mean:

Fall colors:

Cheekwood Harvest’s “Mum Explosion!” is a selfie-addicted 20-something’s dream — more than 5,000 flowers planted on the Cheekwood grounds, all in earthy autumn colors, stretched out like a Technicolor carpet, as above.

Fall beer:

The start of Cheekwood Harvest also brings the now-annual Cheekwood Beer Garden, where seasonal beers, specialty cocktails, wine and sparkling wine are served out in the open air. Food trucks and live music are on site too, making for a perfect autumn lunch/early dinner.

Pumpkin picking:

An annual rite of fall passage that many of us just wouldn’t miss, pumpkin picking is the first step toward lots of other fall must-dos: carving jack-o-lanterns, making pumpkin pie, decorating the porch for the onslaught of trick-or-treaters. And there are plenty of places to go pumpkin picking in Middle Tennessee. But Cheekwood remains one of the prettiest (and, to be honest, easiest). Their Pumpkin House, piled high with 400 gourds, is a fall sight to behold, and the adjoining pumpkin patch always has great picks of all sizes, with very little hoofing-it required.

Spooky stuff:

Halloween vibes are another of the best parts of fall, and Cheekwood Harvest delivers a fun share, from the Scarecrows designed by Nashville artists and makers in the Turner Seasons Garden to an “Extreme Pumpkin Carving” workshop. Closer to Halloween, Cheekwood hosts a Halloween Pooch Parade, too, which gives your pup a special time to shine for the season.

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Beyond, there’s tons to take in, from morning Tai Chi classes to meet-and-greets with Cheekwood garden staff for landscaping/gardening buffs like me.

Cheekwood is just one of those places that reminds you of how lucky we are to live in a culturally vibrant, naturally beautiful place like Nashville, and fall remains one of my favorite times of year to take it in.

Learn a lot more about Cheekwood Harvest at

If wandering around the Belle Meade area makes you fall in love and start pondering a move, let me know if I can help. Check out some homes for sale in Belle Meade here, and call or email TJ Anderson Homes to get your househunting process started.

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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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