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Month’s TOP 10: October ’16

October's packed with fun things to do for your family, and we've narrowed down the 10 best for your calendar this month. Pictured above: Pumpkinfest in Franklin — find it in our Fall Fun Guide!

Fun Guide CoverALL-COUNTIES FALL FUN GUIDE
Our editor’s picks of the best this month includes top fall festivals and other seasonal goodies like friendly Halloween hoots for little ones, scarier spooks for big kids, great all-ages happenings, a round-up of area pumpkin farms, corn mazes and more.

NASH symph instrument zooSaturday, Oct. 1
PIED PIPER SERIES: PETER AND THE WOLF
11 a.m.
All ages
Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville
$20 – $30
The Nashville Symphony kicks off its 2016 – 2017 music series for children with Prokofiev’s wonderful classic. Wishing Chair Productions brings the story to even more vivid life with puppetry. Be sure to bring your kids to the Schermerhorn an hour early so they can have fun with lots of free hands-on activities throughout the building, including a musical instrument petting zoo, arts and crafts, games, stories and more.

Celebrate NashvilleSaturday, Oct. 1
CELEBRATE NASHVILLE CULTURAL FESTIVAL
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
All ages
Centennial Park, Nashville
FREE Admission
This multicultural extravaganza features live performances and demonstrations, educational booths, kids’ activities and more.

Young FrankensteinWednesday, Oct. 5
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
7 p.m.
Rated PG
Regal Green Hills & Regal Opry Mills, Nashville
$13.66
It’s ALIVE! … and back on the big screen for one night only! Experience the 1974 Mel Brooks classic starring Gene Wilder on the Silver Screen.

Bravo Little MermaidOct. 6 – 9
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID
Thu – Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
All ages
Father Ryan Center for the Arts, Nashville
$10
Bravo Creative Arts Center is known for staging great shows with its youth cast and crew, and your family can enjoy this trip “Under the Sea” as a 16-year-old mermaid dreams of life on dry land.

Disney On Ice Dream BigOct. 6 – 9
DISNEY ON ICE: DREAM BIG
Thu 7 p.m.; Fri 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.; Sun 1 & 5 p.m.
All ages
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
$21 – $72
Lots of Disney princesses and their cohorts skate across the arena to dazzle kids of all ages. Tinker Bell hosts this installment where courage leads the way.

Shrine Circus ClownsOct. 13 – 16
AL MENAH SHRINE CIRCUS
Thu 7 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m., 3 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 12 & 3:30 p.m.
All ages
Municipal Auditorium, Nashville
$16 – $24
Experience the thrills of a three-ring circus with lots of friendly clowns, acrobats, animal acts and more. Proceeds benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Boo at the ZooOct. 14 – 16, 21 – 23, 27 – 30
BOO AT THE ZOO
5 – 9 p.m.
All ages
Nashville Zoo
$12 members, $15 non-members
The zoo’s big Halloween bash is chock-full of family fun for everyone in your household. Little kids can enjoy trick-or-treating along the trails, and the festival field is home to carnival games and bounce houses. The Enchanted Village features the talking pumpkin, princess photo opps and other entertainment. Brave older kids can visit the Frightful Farm that includes spooky tales and scary surprises in the zombie-infused Haunted Barn.

barktoberfestSaturday, Oct. 15
BARKTOBERFEST
12 – 5 p.m.
All ages
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, Franklin
FREE Admission (dog costume contest is $15 per entry)
Fido likes to celebrate the season, too! Bring him to the park for this day of fun that includes canine & human costume contests, more than 40 vendors, pet adoptions, children’s activities and more.

RP FALL KIDS FESTSaturday, Oct. 29
RUTHERFORD PARENT’S FALL KIDS’ FEST
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
All ages
The Avenue Murfreesboro
FREE Admission
This 10th annual event includes lots of activities like pumpkin decorating activities for kids, a costume parade, trick-or-treating, local vendors, demonstrations, prize giveaways and more.

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