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Cheekwood Harvest Opens on September 17

As the hot, hot days give way to a touch of crisper weather, welcome Cheekwood Harvest!

The season shines for kids and families as Cheekwood Harvest returns this fall September 17 – October 30, 2022 with pumpkin houses, scarecrows, Thursday Night out programming and more.

See Fall Colors At The Cheekwood Harvest Festival In Nashville

Three Pumpkin Houses & Mum Explosion

This year, a third pumpkin house is being added to the Pumpkin Village landscape. In addition, a total of 10,000 pumpkins and approximately 3,000 mums are incorporated into the display.

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The scarecrow trail includes a variety of creations, from silly to serious, frightening to friendly, all crafted by local Nashville community groups. This year, over 30 organizations, families and schools have signed up to create scarecrows that personify their favorite plant. The 35 clever constructions will be on view along the paths in the Turner Seasons Garden.

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Thursday Night Out

Cheekwood offers extended hours 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday evening through the Harvest festival. To add to the ambiance of an evening stroll through Pumpkin Village, each Thursday Night Out features a special performance, food trucks and bar stations. 

  • September 22 | The Gripsweats
  • September 29 | Shannon LaBrie
  • October 6 | Nashville Ambient Ensemble
  • October 13 | Paul Childers
  • October 20 | Cristina Vane – Thirsty Third Thursday
  • October 27 | Les Sabler

Beer Garden at Cheekwood - Cheekwood Estate & Gardens | Nashville, Tennessee

Cheekwood Beer Garden

Visitors gather with friends for foot-tapping full-band musical performances in the Beer Garden each weekend of the Harvest festival. Seasonal beers, cocktails and spirits are available for purchase. On Sundays, the Beer Garden features jazz quartets comprised of members of the Nashville Musicians Association. These musicians cover a wide range of styles from straight-ahead swing and syncopated Latin rhythms to smooth jazz, bebop and more. 

  • Saturday, September 17 | Paul Childers
  • Sunday, September 18 | Pat Coil Quartet
  • Saturday, September 24 | 7th House
  • Sunday, September 25 | Andy Reiss Quartet
  • Saturday, October 1 | Tim Gartland
  • Sunday, October 2 | Ryan Middagh Quartet
  • Saturday, October 8 | Cristina Vane
  • Sunday, October 9 | Tudo Bem
  • Saturday, October 15 | Les Kerr & The Bayou Band
  • Sunday, October 16 | Chester Thompson Quartet
  • Saturday, October 22 | Shannon LaBrie
  • Sunday, October 23 | Les Sabler Quartet
  • Saturday, October 29 | El Día de los Muertos Festival
  • Sunday, October 30 | El Día de los Muertos Festival

More fall happenings at Cheekwood

Music City Rose Show
September 17 | 1 – 5 p.m.
September 18 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Nashville Rose Society brings the 2022 Music City Rose Show to Cheekwood. More than 60 rosarians across the Southeast will compete for awards in multiple categories, including best hybrid tea rose and best rose arrangements. There will be many roses named after country music stars on display, such as Dolly Parton, Lynn Anderson, and Miranda Lambert. The show will feature several events, including a “Basics of Growing Roses” drop-in lecture, led by Ron Daniels, Co-President of the Nashville Rose Society, a Watercolor Roses painting class on Saturday, and a “Pick Your Own Bouquet” event Sunday morning.

Japanese Moon Viewing
October 9 | 4 – 9 p.m.

Otsukimi, the 8th Annual Japanese Moon Viewing festival will take place the night of the Harvest Moon, October 9, 2022, in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan and Japan American Society of Tennessee. The afternoon and moonlit evening will feature tea ceremony demonstrations, origami and other hands-on activities, and music and dance celebrating Japanese art, gardens and culture.

Halloween Pooch Party
October 22 & 23 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dress up your best four-legged friend for this fun Halloween-themed weekend. Pumpkin Village provides the perfect photo opportunity for visitors and their costumed canines. Dog-friendly vendors will serve up special treats. Attendees are encouraged to participate in a virtual costume contest by posting pictures of their pups on Instagram using #CheekwoodPoochParty.

El Día de los Muertos
October 29 & 30 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Each year, Cheekwood brings the Latin American traditions to Nashville with music and dance, vibrant art activities and authentic cuisine. Visitors will learn about the culture of their Latinx neighbors while viewing beautiful altar displays and shopping in the marketplace.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.