Happy fall Nashville! It’s a busy time of year and there are lots of ways to celebrate fall in Middle Tennessee.

From special events to craft fairs and festivals, we’ve compiled a list of 10 upcoming events that are perfect for celebrating fall in Music City.

Nashville Oktoberfest
October 11-14
The 39th annual Nashville Oktoberfest German Street Fair and Fall Festival will span 10 city blocks on the edge of historic Germantown next to the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. In addition to parades, crafts, German food and multiple music stages featuring all types of music, the festival boasts “the world’s longest beer slide,” plus beer tasting stations and beer gardens. Annual traditions include Saturday’s Oktoberfest parade, which includes a Pup Parade; wiener dog races on Sunday; and the bratwurst eating contest. 300,000 attendees are expected this year, making it one of the largest Oktoberfests in the country.


Southern Festival of Books
October 12-14
The 30th annual Southern Festival of Books is Oct. 12-14 at War Memorial Plaza and the Downtown Nashville Public Library. The festival is for all ages, with author talks, readings, panels, signings, children’s storytimes and new and used book sales. The roster includes Rick Bragg, Ben Fountain, Craig Johnson, Tayari Jones, Lorrie Moore, Celeste Ng, Deborah Plant, Luis Alberto Urrea, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Jacqueline Woodson. The festival annually attracts 25,000 attendees.


Tennessee Craft Fair
October 12-14
The 40th annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair, with more than 200 craft artists, is held each year at Centennial Park Oct. 12-14. The fair is a great way to spend the day whether you are there for the shopping, craft demonstrations or food. There’s also a hands-on tent for kids! www.tennesseecraft.org

Light the Nations
Saturday, October 20The annual Light the Nations event is Saturday, October 20 from 4 to 10 p.m. The event takes place on 51st Avenue in the Nations and will spotlight local businesses, art and vendors. There will be a kids’ area, dog park, food trucks and live entertainment. This event is free and open to the public.

Symphony Free Day of Music
October 27
The Nashville Symphony’s 13th annual Free Day of Music will be Oct. 27 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The symphony will kick off the day with a full orchestra concert in the Laura Turner Concert Hall at 11 a.m., followed by free performances until 9 p.m. There will be 25 performers (everything from classical to rock and country) on four stages inside and outside the center. Acts include Nashville in Harmony, Nashville Salsa Machine and classical ensemble Chatterbird. In addition to music, there will be a Q&A with the symphony conductors, family activities, the popular Instrument Petting Zoo, an outdoor beer garden and food trucks.


October 27
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 35th annual Pumpkinfest celebrates fall and Halloween from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 along Main Street in beautiful historic downtown Franklin. Festive fun for families includes live entertainment, a Great Pumpkin display, arts and crafts vendors, extreme pumpkin carving and fun costume contests for all ages, as well as pets! Last year’s event attracted more than 65,000 people.


Haunted Museum Ghost Story Festival
October 27
The new Tennessee State Museum plans to open Oct. 4 in its new space at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street. The annual Haunted Museum Ghost Story Festival which is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27. There will be a photo booth, costume contest, crafts, scary stories and games and an outdoor hay bale maze. This popular event always includes a ghost trail, chilling ghost stories and Tennessee characters such as the Bell Witch. Admission is free.


Family Day: The Park at Harlinsdale Farm
November 3
Enjoy a day of free fun at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin. Activities will include a petting zoo, inflatable zone, fall festival, games, face painting, hayrides, food trucks, horse demonstrations, crafts, miniature train rides and pony rides.


November 10
Project 615 will host the 5th annual Nashvember on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Track One. There will be over 60 local vendors, food trucks and local radio station Lightning 100 will be broadcasting live from the event. Admission is free for this family-friendly event.


What are your plans for this fall? Do you have any favorite fall traditions? Bookmark this article (or share on Facebook/pin to Pinterest) for future reference for fun fall events in Nashville.

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