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Pumpkins, Scarecrows & More at Cheekwood Harvest

Nashville's beloved botanical gardens are welcoming guests to attend their fun-filled, fall celebration.

Fall is al most here! Which means Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is close to kicking off their annual fall event, the Cheekwood Harvest, running this year from Sept. 16 through Oct. 29.

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The event includes many pumpkins, fall-colored mums and a scarecrow trail. Be sure to check out the Pumpkin Village which consists of three pumpkin houses. They will be the centerpiece at Cheekwood, so you can’t miss them! Guests can also shop for their very own pumpkins at the harvest celebration to take home.

What’s new?

The harvest even welcomes the debut of a new 8-foot pumpkin-shaped topiary.

The topiary is made from 400 mum’s containers, and will make its grand debut in the Arches Plaza in the Bradford Robertson Color Garden.

More harvest happenings:

Thursday Night Out featuring Bruce Munro

Thursday Night Out offers food, drinks, art and songs various Thursday during Cheekwood Harvest. Each night out will take place from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

The Thursday Night Out harvest performance schedule is:

  • September 14 | The Jack Ruch Band
  • September 21 | Cristina Vane Quartet
  • September 28 | The Fundamental Sound
  • October 5 | The Explorers Club
  • October 12 | End of the Line – Allman Brothers Tribute Band
  • October 19 | The Tiger Beats
  • October 26 | Les Sabler

Japanese Moon Viewing

The event will take place Sept. 24 from 4 to 10 p.m.

The 9th annual Japanese Moon Viewing features:

  • Two live dance performances
  • Kimono fashion show
  • Return of mochi pounding
  • Tea ceremonies
  • Kamishibai
  • Japanese storytelling through paper cards

Nashville Rose Society to Hold Music City Rose Show at Cheekwood - Rutherford Source

Music City Rose Show

The Nashville Rose Society invites rose lovers to see more than 40 of the most accomplished rosarians from across Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky as they compete for “Best Rose” awards in multiple categories.

Admission is free for Cheekwood members and included with the purchase of a ticket for yet to be members. The show will take place on Oct. 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Halloween Pooch Party

Guests can bring their pups dressed up in their spookiest costume for this Cheekwood event!

The event will take place over two days: Oct. 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Pets can enjoy dog-friendly vendors, take a photo of your pup in front of the Pumpkin houses and compete in the costume contests throughout the days. Members receive a discount on tickets to this special event.

El Día de los Muertos

El Día de los Muertos, also know as Day of the Dead, brings important sights, sounds, smells and tastes for the Latin America holiday.

The event will take place over two days: Oct. 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Latin American families use this holiday to celebrate the souls relatives that have passed.

Guests can visit:

  • Community altars
  • Sample fare from local restaurants and bakers
  • Shop for traditional goods
  • Experience a variety of dance and music performances

Special Performances in the Beer Garden - Cheekwood

Weekend Music Performances in the Beer Garden

During Cheekwood Harvest, guests can enjoy live music and alcoholic beverages in the Beer Garden from noon to 2 p.m. every weekend.

Grab a picnic table or bring a blanket and enjoy the seasonal beers, craft cocktails and local food trucks all while listening to award-winning jazz music offered on Sundays.

2023 Cheekwood Harvest Beer Garden performance schedule:

  • September 16 | Tim Gartland
  • September 17 | Sofia Goodman Quartet
  • September 23 | Abigail Flowers
  • September 24 | Tudo Bem
  • September 30| The Hi-Jivers
  • October 1 | Pat Berguson Trio
  • October 7 | Rebecca Frazier
  • October 8 | Lisa Stewart
  • October 14 | Denny Jiosa
  • October 15 | Les Sabler
  • October 21 | McKinley James
  • October 22 | Emmanuel Echem

Workshops and classes

Cheekwood Harvest also offers workshops and classes during the fall festivities. There’s no better place to learn your gardening or art skills. Pre-registration for all workshops and classes are required. You can learn more about Cheekwood’s seasonal workshops here.

Not-yet member pricing varies by program and day. To learn more about pricing for a specific date and time, visit here.



About the Author

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.