ERIC CARLE EXHIBIT OPENING — TOP PICK IN DAVIDSON
Frist Art Museum, Nashville
Friday, Oct. 18

Eric Carle's Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" features more than 100 original works of art from nearly 25 titles from Carle's 50-year picture book career. There's a special section highlighting the golden anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The exhibit runs through Feb. 23, 2020.

38TH ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION POWWOW & FALL FESTIVAL
Long Hunter State Park, Hermitage
Friday, Oct. 18 - Sunday, Oct. 20

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.

BOO AT THE ZOO
Nashville Zoo, Nashville
Friday, Oct. 18 - Sunday, Oct. 20

Costumed kids can snag treats at different stations. Plus, there are carnival games, inflatables, dance parties, a corn pit, the Howl-O-Ween hayrides, live animal encounters, science and magic shows, the Haunted Barn and more, including photo ops with princess, superhero and villain characters.

SWEENEY TODD
Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro
Friday, Oct. 18 - Sunday, Oct. 20

The dark, witty tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th century London. Contains graphic bloody violence.

JACK'S PUMPKIN GLOW
The Hermitage
Friday, Oct. 18 - Sunday, Oct. 20

This Halloween experience features a pumpkin wonderland with more than 5,000 decorative jack o' lanterns, a pumpkin patch, live carving demonstrations and more activities. Read Nashville Parent Mom Reporter Laura Leach's review.

RETURN TO SENDER
Nashville Children's Theatre, Nashville
Friday, Oct. 18 - Sunday, Oct. 20

Based on Julia Alvarez’s novel, this new production follows the paths of two 11-year-olds who are forced to confront the complexities of immigration and citizenship. Read Entertainment Editor Chad Young's review.

FROZEN JR.
Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, Hendersonville
Friday, Oct. 18 - Sunday, Oct. 20

The Fall Enrichment Program presents the story of true love and acceptance between sisters while expanding on the emotional relationship between Princesses Anna and Elsa.

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
TPAC's Jackson Hall, Nashville
Friday, Oct. 18 - Sunday, Oct. 20

The musical tale of a fearless peasant girl in search for her place in the world who's ready to risk it all for love.

MYSTIC MERMAIDS BREAKFAST (REGISTER)
Aquarium Restaurant, Nashville
Saturday, Oct. 19

Enjoy a variety of breakfast foods, watch the Mystic Mermaids perform in the 200,000 gallon tank, get pictures with the mermaids and receive a discount in the gift shop.

MEGAMICROBE — TOP PICK IN WILLIAMSON
Granbery Elementary School, Brentwood
Saturday, Oct. 19

More than 20 exhibits to engage kids in a wide variety of microbe-related interactive experiments. Prizes, games and crafts aim to inspire future scientists.

FALL INTO SCIENCE
Adventure Science Center, Nashville
Saturday, Oct. 19

This science festival features hands-on activities, booths from local organizations, candy, a costume contest and more spotlighting STEAM activities.

FALL FIESTA — TOP PICK IN SUMNER
Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin
Saturday, Oct. 19

Celebrate Latino culture with food, music, mask-making contests, dance performances, face painting and more.

PCA FALL FESTIVAL — TOP PICK IN RUTHERFORD
Providence Christian Academy, Murfreesboro
Saturday, Oct. 19

Indoor and outdoor activities including bungee power jumping, a petting zoo, pony rides, giant inflatables, a toddler play area, game booths, live music and more.

FOURTH ANNUAL PUMPKINFEST
YMCA Joe C. Davis Outdoor Center, Antioch
Saturday, Oct. 19

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan hosts this festival featuring pumpkin crafts and fall activities, including pony rides, zip lining, climbing, mining, a petting zoo, face painting, hayrides, pumpkin slingshots, live bands, games, food and more.

SAFE HARBOR FALL FESTIVAL
Safe Harbor Sanctuary, Cottontown
Saturday, Oct. 19

Kids' games with prizes, hayrides, vendors, live music, pumpkin painting, equine demonstrations. Kids can meet and take photos with a unicorn and Axel the Norwegian Fjord.

HIT IT AND QUIDDITCH TOURNAMENT
The Fairgrounds, Nashville
Saturday, Oct. 19

The Nashville Rollergirls host this Harry Potter-themed roller derby tournament where you cheer for players like Harry Slaughter, Hermione Danger and Dumblegore. Fans can buy spells to affect game play there's also a costume contest and Harry Potter surprises.

FAMILY CLIMB
The Ascent, Murfreesboro
Sunday, Oct. 20

Enjoy an afternoon of rock-climbing fun with your entire household for one low price.

COMMUNITY TRICK-OR-TREAT
Belle Meade Plantation, Nashville
Sunday, Oct. 20

Costumed kids can visit the outbuildings to collect candy and play games. A costume contest takes place at 2 p.m. A Teal Pumpkin Project event.

 

October Fall Festivals
Haunted Houses & Ghost Tours

 

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes
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