Pictured above: A local family has fun playing Skee-Ball for prizes at the Tennessee State Fair.
Saturdays, Sept 3 & 10; Sundays, Sept. 4 & 11 DAY OUT WITH THOMAS 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. All ages Tennessee Central Railway Museum $20 Choo, choo! Little kids love riding the train pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine, plus there's a lot more fun activities like meeting Sir Topham Hatt, playing on train tables, enjoying live entertainment and more. Train rides depart hourly starting at 9 a.m. with the last ride at 4 p.m. — be sure to arrive one hour prior to your train ride.
Wednesday, Sept. 7 - Sunday, Sept. 11 MARINE WEEK NASHVILLE Times and locations vary throughout Nashville All ages FREE Admission Hundreds of U.S. Marines visit Nashville to host more than 80 free events, including military dog demonstrations, children's storytime events, basic training workout routines, military vehicle displays and more.
Friday, Sept. 9 - Sunday, Sept. 18 TENNESSEE STATE FAIR Mon - Fri 5 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 am. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 10 p.m. All ages The Fairgrounds, Nashville $8 adults, $6 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 & younger Ten days of family fun include rides for everyone in your family, livestock competitions, games, food, children's activities and more.
Friday, Sept. 9 - Sunday, Sept. 11 29th ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. All ages Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Nashville $3 adults, free ages 12 and younger Enjoy three days of authentic Greek food, dancing, music and fellowship.
Saturday, Sept. 10 NASHVILLE PARENT'S PRIVATE SCHOOL FAIR 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. All ages Adventure Science Center, Nashville FREE Admission Thinking about sending your child to private school for a better education? Come to our annual Private School Fair where you can meet one on one with representatives from several local independent schools in Middle Tennessee. Entry to the Private School Fair is free, but regular admission applies if you want to explore the science center's exhibit areas.
Saturday, Sept. 10 OZ FAMILY DAY FEATURING OZOMATLI 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. All ages OZ Arts, Nashville $25 adults, free ages 12 & younger OZ Family Day is chock-full of indoor and outdoor hands-on art activities for kids that span the spectrum from painting to button creation. Plus, Grammy-winning Latin band Ozomatli performs.
Saturday, Sept. 10 10th ANNUAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. All ages Cumberland River Compact, Nashville FREE Admission Enjoy the excitement of large dragon boats racing along the Cumberland River while a festival takes place in the park that includes children's activities.
Friday, Sept. 18 - Sunday, Sept. 18 CINDERELLA Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. All ages TPAC's Polk Theater, Nashville $28 - $89 Nashville Ballet reprises its beloved fairtyale production filled with magic and a little humor — men play the roles of the evil step sisters while dancing in pointe shoes!
Saturday, Sept. 24 - Sunday, Sept. 25 35th ANNUAL MT. JULIET POW WOW Sat 10:30 a.m., Sun 11:30 a.m. All ages Mundy Memorial Park, Mt. Juliet $8 adults, $5 ages 6 - 11, free ages 5 & younger Native American culture is alive and well during this family-friendly celebration filled with music, dancing, food and more.
Saturday, Sept. 24 - Sunday, Sept. 25 PILGRIMAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. All ages The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, Franklin $69 per day, free for kids 10 & younger with paying adult Back for its second year, this Middle Tennessee music festival features acts like Hall & Oates, Beck, Jason Isbell, Better Than Ezra and others. The Little Pilgrims Family Stage features Ralph's World, The Happy Racers, Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards, Tom Mason & The Blue Buccaneers, and more.