by TJ Anderson
Happy October! Living in Middle Tennessee has its positives and negatives, season-wise, but since we’ve moved from the humid heap of summer into the crisp, festive foliage-filled fall, I’m in a celebratory state of mind.
and its neighbors abide that kind of feeling this month with a whole bunch of fall-themed or fall-related festivals and events. Here, a few things you might want to put on your calendar:
Through Oct. 26 at Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Dr., Nashville
If you’re looking to take advantage of the weather and fall’s other natural wonders, there’s hardly a better place than botanical garden and art museum Cheekwood in Belle Meade
. Cheekwood Harvest runs throughout the month, and along with specific events, you can just head by and take a stroll, visit the pumpkin patch, hunt for scarecrows around the Turner Seasons garden and/or ogle the 5,000-plus chrysanthemums planted to celebrate the season.
Oct. 4 in Centennial Park
While not explicitly fall-focused, the annual Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival is a Nashville fall tradition, celebrating our city’s vibrant cultural mix. You can enjoy live music and dance on seven stages, try a wide variety of cuisines from food vendors, shop in a marketplace that offers items from around the world and more.
Oct. 4 at Dudley Park, 4th & Chestnut, Nashville
Proud residents/supporters of Chestnut Hill
are celebrating South Nashville at this new festival, which includes a pumpkin patch, art, music, demonstrations, food and drink and more.
Oct. 4 and 5 at The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel's Lane, Nashville
Visit the home of President Andrew Jackson (and the fake home of a Nashville patriarch
) and celebrate the onset of fall with artisans, artists, food, drinks and lots of music — from bluegrass to jazz — over the two-day Fall Fest.
Oct. 5 at the Green Door Gourmet, 7011 River Road Pike, Nashville
Tons of kid-friendly fall fun at this one, from hay rides, face painting and pumpkin carving to magic shows and a visit from Bobo the Clown. But there’s also lots of grown-up stuff at the West Nashville
farm, including a gardening chat with famed local farmer Jeff Poppen (The Barefoot Farmer) and lots of live music, food trucks and vendors.
Oct. 11 at Animalia Health + Wellness, 1973 New Hwy 96 W., Franklin
A festival that celebrates fall and dogs? Count me in. I wrote more
on this great Franklin
event recently — it features a costume contest, pet adoption fair and lots more.
Oct. 11 at White House Municipal Park, 420 Highway 76, White House
If you live in White House
or on the north side of town, or feel like a trek up there, the Harvest Moon festival includes good times for pork lovers (a barbecue contest with pulled pork and ribs), along with arts and crafts, pony rides, hay rides, bluegrass and country music.
Nashville’s annual Oktoberfest is pretty much a must-do for beer lovers, and this year’s 35th annual event is no different — it’ll feature special edition brews (including a limited release from Yazoo), lots of German food and tons of live music. (Might be one of a few if not the only place to catch live traditional polka around town, too.)
Oct. 18 at Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton St., Nashville
Blocktoberfest is a show — with beloved locals like SELF and Tristen and visitors like the dance-friendly Walk the Moon — but it’s not just a show. Drop by early to peruse the From Nashville With Love marketplace, which will feature the work of a host of local artisans and vendors, from jewelry makers to vintage sellers.
Any other local fall events I should know about? Love to hear your favorites.