Let us bid a bitter farewell to summer as the fall season kicks off in Middle Tennessee! For more daily events, check out our things to do calendar.
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Go to a Pumpkin Patch or Corn Maze!
Looking for a local pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayride and other Fall activities in Middle Tennessee? We've got you covered.
Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival
Enjoy Nashville's diversity with live performances, food vendors, hands-on kids' activities, a marketplace and more.
Sam Davis Home for a Car Show
Sam Davis Home
Classic cars, muscle cars, trucks, bikes, food, music and more from 3 – 9 p.m.
Gallatin Candlelight Cemetery Tour
Gallatin City Cemetery
This community favorite event features stories from those characters who now reside at the Historic Gallatin City Cemetery.
The Nashville Exotic Pet Expo
October 2 & 3
The Nashville Fairgrounds
The event features live animals and a variety of educational Critter Talks every 30 minutes throughout both days.
National Banana Pudding Festival
October 2 & 3
Centerville River Park
There will be banana pudding competition and tasting, pudding eating contests, live music, inflatables and face painting!
Tennessee Honey Festival
Bicentennial State Park
There will be vendors, live music, interactive bee-keeping classes, arts & crafts fun for kids, food tucks and more.
Tennessee Craft Fair
October 8, 9 & 10
Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade crafts, watch live demonstrations, participate in kids' activities and more.
Glow in the Park – Fall Festival
October 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
The Adventure Park at Nashville
Zipline through trees lit up by glow attire, colored lights, music and more!
Smyrna Family Campfire
Sharp Springs Park
Yard games, friends, yummy s’mores, a guided hike with activities designed to increase comfort in the darkness of nighttime and an opportunity to tell/listen to ghost stories.
Pumpkin Patch Festival
Streets of Indian Lake
Grab a pumpkin from the patch (while supplies last; ages 9 & younger only), then enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting, inflatables, games, costume contests, dance-off competitions, live music, balloon animals, fall harvest vendors and more.
Kids Day Out
Kids will get the opportunity to play gaga ball, shoot archery and have a campfire lunch. They will also meet live animals and do other activities as time allows.
33rd Annual Southern Festival of Books
October 9 & 10
War Memorial Plaza
Parents may choose to bring their children to the festival at War Memorial Plaza and will have great music, food, and Turnip Green Collective onsite with art activities for the whole family.
Tims Ford State Park Heritage Day and Fall Festival
October 9 & 10
Tims Ford State Park
This weekend-long event will have live music, dancing, re-enactments, demonstrations, crafts, competitions, food, games and more.
Carden International Circus Spectacular
October 8, 9 & 10
Expect amazing feats of athleticism with aerial acrobats, magnificent elephants, awesome tigers, inflatables, face painting and more.
Hunt for Spectacular Spiders
Search in the nooks and crannies to explore spiders and the webs they call home in this free program for kids of all ages.
Haunting on Front St.
October 15 & 16
Smyrna Train Depot
Take a walking lantern tour through selected historic Smyrna Depot District buildings and learn a spooky tale at each stop.
TN State PowWow & Native American Indian Education Festival
Long Hunter State Park
This Native American celebration includes dancers in full regalia, musicians, singers, modern and traditional arts and crafts, Native American Indian foods and a tipi village offering a glimpse of early American life.
Ghost Tours at the Sam Davis Home
October 15, 16, 22, 23
Same Davis Home
Tour the historic property in the dark, meet ghosts from the past, hear Tennessee's haunted tales, embark on a haunted hayride and more.
Boo at the Zoo
Costumed kids can snag treats at different trick-or-treat stations. Plus, enjoy magical lit scenes and picture-perfect pumpkin patches, giant hay creatures, Gourdon the Talking Pumpkin, special animal shows nightly, the Monster Mash dance area and the Scary-Go-Round carousel.
Hocus Pocus at the Palace Theater
Palace Theater in Gallatin
Two showings at 4 and 7 p.m.
October 16 & 17
Wilson Bank and Trust
The annual fall event is a fall tradition in Middle Tennessee, featuring one of the area's largest antique car show, craft vendors; a great selection of food and much more.
Webb School Arts and Craft Fair
October 16 & 17
Over 100 booths of the finest of the finest in town.
Castle of Villains
Historic Rock Castle
Wear your costumes and stroll the castle and grounds interacting with favorite villain characters while trick-or-treating.
Historic Travellers Rest
Take a journey through the twisted tales of Tennessee history, listen to both sides of each dark story from the participants themselves and decide for yourself…guilty or innocent.
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Nashville Childrens Theatre
This rockin’ musical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s bestselling series of books is worthy of the gods! Perfect for ages 8 – Adult.
Halloween Pooch Parade
Bring your four-legged family member for a parade around the gardens, costume contest and popsicle eating contest.
Portland Fall Festival
Enjoy live music, food & craft vendors, kid zone, classic car cruise in, pumpkins and more on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in downtown Portland!
Join Discovery Center in Murfreesboro and a special mix of local artists, scientists and engineers for all-ages, hands-on STEAM fun.
Haunted Museum Storytelling Festival 2021
Tennessee State Museum
Experience chilling ghost stories from Tennessee’s past along with crafts, scavenger hunts and performances by the Nashville Puppet Truck.
Bellissima Fata Cirque Show
Come out for a magical evening at The Roy E. Barberi Theatre at Expression City for Bellissima Fata, in the style of Cirque du Soleil, which combines the excitement of circus with the entertainment of musical theatre song and dance.
Halloween in the Park in Mt Juliet
Charlie Daniels Park
Costume contests, hay rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, candy, vendors and more.
Halloween in the Park in Goodlettsville
Games, inflatables, pumpkin patch, photo booths, food vendors, crafts, games, treats and more.
Halloween in the Park in Smyrna
Sharp Springs Park
Booths, costume contests, friendly hayrides ($1), haunted hayrides, corn maze ($2), inflatables, train rides, food vendors and more.
Ghost and Lantern tour in Goodlettsville
Historic Mansker's Station
A night tour through the grounds with historical interpreters dressed in 1700s attire, followed by live music, a hay ride and refreshments.
Trick or Treat at Drakes Creek
Drakes Creek Park
Booths will be lined up along the trail to provide candy, games, and prizes, followed by hayrides through the park.
October 29 & 30
The Franklin Theatre
Spooks, specters and scaredy-cats contort and cavort through a high-flying circus of scare.
Haunted Corn Maze
Red Cedar Farms
A special Haunted Corn Maze from 7 p.m. – midnight over Halloween Weekend, Oct 29-31.
El Dia de los Muertos
October 30 & 31
This Latin American festival includes music, dance, interactive art activities and more.
Williamson County's largest family festival bursts with Halloween-themed fun including costume contests, extreme pumpkin caring demonstrations, arts and crafts, live entertainment and a Kids' Zone filling a city block with inflatables, face painting, games, pony rides and more.
Springfield Trick or Treat
Honeysuckle Hill Farm
Ghosts, Goblins, and Ghouls! Oh my! Dress as your favorite character and Trick or Treat at various locations around Honeysuckle Hill Farm.
Fall Into Science Festival
Adventure Science Center
This science festival features hands-on activities, booths from local organizations, games, trick-or-treating, a costume contest for the chance to win planetarium tickets, a bubbling cauldron of STEAM activities and more.
Bicentennial by Night: Halloween Spooktacular
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Lantern light tour of the park and capitol grounds featuring ghost stories and folktales from across the state.
Boo Bash at Stones River Town Centre
Stones River Town Centre
Kids 10 and under are invited to come dressed in their best costumes and have some Halloween fun.
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