Visit Nashville in Fall: Key Events & Dates

Growing up in Florida, we didn’t get much in the way of seasons so getting to experience a true fall season is one of the many things to love about visiting Nashville in autumn. Seeing the colorful fall leaves change, football games, experiencing all things pumpkin… It’s just a dream! Be sure to add some (or all) of these things to your itinerary if you’re visiting in the fall. 

Walden Farms. Fall in Nashville.

Holiday Weekends in Fall: 

  • Labor Day Weekend (Sept 2-5)
  • Thanksgiving Day for our Canadian guests (Oct 9)
  • Columbus Day (Oct 9)
  • Veteran’s Day Weekend (Nov 11-13)
  • Thanksgiving Day / Weekend (Nov 24-27)

Nashville Fall Events: 

  • Tennessee Titans Football (Sept – Jan, Nissan Stadium)
    • Catch the Tennessee Titans in action at Nissan Stadium throughout the fall season. Join the enthusiastic fans and experience the thrill of NFL football.
  • Musicians Corner Fall Series (Saturdays in Sept, Centennial Park):
    • Enjoy FREE live music at Centennial Park every Saturday in September as part of the Musicians Corner Fall Series. 
  • Wine on the River (Sept 9, Pedestrian Bridge):
    • Sip on wine while taking in breathtaking views of the Cumberland River at the Wine on the River event on September 9th.
  • Cheekwood Harvest (Sept 16 thru Oct 29):
    • Check out their annual display filled with pumpkins throughout their gardens. There’s a Pumpkin Village, scarecrow trail and beer garden running from September 16 to October 29.
  • AMERICANA FEST (Sept 19-23, various locations):
    • Celebrate American music and culture, taking place from September 19th to 23rd at various iconic Nashville venues.
  • Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival (Sept 23 and 24, Franklin):*
    • Head to nearby Franklin, TN to be part of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, a two-day event celebrating music and the arts.
  • Nashville Film Festival (Sept 28 – Oct 4, various locations):
    • Film enthusiasts can’t miss the Nashville Film Festival, spanning from September 28th to October 4th at multiple locations.
  • St Jude Walk/Run at Nissan Stadium (Sept 30, Nissan Stadium):*
    • Support a great cause by participating in the St. Jude Walk/Run at Nissan Stadium on September 30th.
  • Predators Hockey (Oct– April, Bridgestone Arena):
    • Get ready for some intense NHL action with the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena throughout the fall and winter.
  • Oktoberfest (October 5-8):
    • Join the Oktoberfest celebration in Nashville from October 5th to 8th, featuring traditional German food, music, and beer.
  • Fall Tennessee Craft Fair (Oct 13- 15, Centennial Park):
    • Experience the rich craft traditions of Tennessee at the Fall Tennessee Craft Fair in Centennial Park from October 13th to 15th. This event is family and pup friendly! 
  • Nashville 1/2, Marathon & 5K (Oct 28):
    • Run through the streets of Nashville in the Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon, and 5K on October 28th.
  • Christmas at Gaylord Opryland (Nov 10 – Jan 1):
    • Get into the holiday spirit with Christmas at Gaylord Opryland, a magical experience from November 10th to January 1st.
  • Cheekwood Holiday Lights (mid-Nov– Jan):
    • Don’t miss the dazzling Cheekwood Holiday Lights display from mid-November through January.

More Fun in Fall: 

Don’t sweat it if you can’t make it here during one of the festivals (or if they’re already sold out). There’s still plenty of things to do that aren’t date specific. 

Listen to Live Music: Nashville’s music scene is legendary! Whether you’re strolling down Broadway, exploring cozy neighborhood venues, or stepping into iconic honky-tonks, the magic of live music fills the air year-round in Music City. From the twang of country classics to the rhythm of rock ‘n’ roll, the tunes are diverse and offer something for every music lover. 

  • Dive into our live music guide and discover the hottest gigs, upcoming performances, and hidden gems waiting to be explored.

Walk, Hike or Bike: The mild fall weather is a great season to go walking, hiking or biking and soak in the views of colorful fall foliage. Some of the best views are: 

  • Warner Parks
  • Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
  • Radnor State Park
  • Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 
  • Nashville Greenways
  • Centennial Park (be sure to visit the Parthenon) 
  • Stroll through some of Nashville’s most popular neighborhoods and people watch: 12 South, East Nashville and Germantown are among our favorites

If you prefer a guided tour instead of venturing through these areas on your own, we suggest the Fat Tire Electric Bike tour. 

Visit a Pumpkin Patch: Pumpkin patches are always fun for children and adults alike to get you in the Fall spirit. These are our favorite spots: 

Nashville’s fall season is brimming with exciting events and things to do that will create lasting memories for you and your friends and family. If you are still in the planning phases of booking your trip to Nashville, we would love the opportunity to host you at one of our Nashville Airbnb / vacation rentals. You can view our availability and book directly right here on our website. 

PS: Nashville fun isn’t limited to fall! Be sure to check out our What to Do Nashville guide for year-round inspiration. 

NOTE: Dates referenced are for the year 2023. 

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