Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Tennessee Festivals in 2016

Looking for a music, beer or food festival in September or October? We have plenty of dates with things to do in TN, including a number of events near Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis and Chattanooga. If you want to find a street festival or celebrate the harvest, you will be able to do that as well among these fall festivals.  Looking for more options? Try our list of the German festivals for Oktoberfest in Tennessee.

We hope you enjoyed last year’s list.  We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

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September 2015:

Americana Music Festival – Nashville, TN – September 15-20, 2015
100+ live performances at nine stages in the downtown area.

Cumberland River Dragonboat Festival – Nashville – Sept 12, 2015
9th annual event hosted at Riverboat Park. Thousands will watch 50 dragon boats compete.

Southern Artisan Cheese Festival – Nashville, TN – September 12, 2015

Germantown Festival – Sept 12-13, 2015
44th annual event. Food vendors, entertainment, car show, arts & crafts, kid zone, Running of the Weenies Dachshund race and more.

Fayette County Cotton Festival – Tennessee, TN – September 12, 2015
16th annual event at Historic Somerville Square. Live music includes blue grass, country, and southern rock. Arts & crafts, car & truck show, festival food, youth talent competition and canning & cooking contest.

Tennessee State Fair – Nashville, TN – September 11-20, 2015
Midway rides, pageant, karaoke, cornhole, hula hoop contest and ice cream eating competition.

Fall Frenzy – Gallatin, TN – September 18-19, 2015.  This festival features handmade, homemade, vintage and antique works.  Find original art, rescued treasures, and re-purposed items.  Enjoy live music on stage, demonstrations, food trucks, children’s activities, and hand on things to do for adults.  After the event spend the evening in downtown for dinner and shopping fun.  It is located at the County Fairgrounds, 222 Fairgrounds Road, Gallatin. 

Decaturville Main Street Festival – Decaturville, TN – September 19, 2015

Nashville’s Dog Day Festival – Nashville, TN – September 19, 2015.  Join 7500 other dog owners in Centennial Park to celebrate and support our four legged friends.  Activities include doggie arts and crafts, kids zone, pet portraits, training clinics, great food, music, K9 contests and more.

Mid-South Pride Festival & Parade – Memphis, TN – September 26, 2015

National Muscadine Festival – Sweetwater – Sept 26-27, 2015
4th annual event with live music, food and family fun. Bbq competition, Miss Muscadine and more. Events will be held at Tsali Notch, Tennessee’s largest muscadine vineyard, and downtown Sweetwater.

October 2015

Unicoi County Apple Festival – Erwin, TN – October 2-3, 2015
38th annual event. Named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events in the southeast and a three-year winner of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association’s Pinnacle Award. More than 100,000 attend annually.

RiverRocks Festival – Chattanooga, TN – October 2015.  Join watching 10 unique athletic events, live music, and festival activities in downtown Chattanooga every weekend in October.  Events include trail running, open water rowing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and many more.

McMinnville Autumn Street Fair – McMinnville, TN – October 3, 2015

National Storytelling Festival – Jonesborough – October 2-4, 2015
Large circus type tents are setup throughout the downtown area with general admission seating to enjoy performances. Special ghost story concerts and midnight cabarets.

Spring Hill Country Ham Festival – Spring Hill, TN – October 3, 2015

Wine Over Water – Chattanooga, TN – October 3, 2015
Wine tasting from over 100 wineries on the Walnut Street Bridge.

Pumpkintown Festival – Athens, TN – Oct 10, 2015
Mutt strutt, tasty treats, heritage exhibit, family fun and entertainment. Petting zoo, carriage rides, pony rides, doggie costume contest, pumpkin carving and more.

Germantown Street Festival – Nashville, TN – October 9-11, 2015.  Fun for the whole family at this annual 5k, pup parade and festival.  Also advertised as a Nashville Oktoberfest.

Knoxville Brewers’ Jam – Knoxville, TN – October 17, 2015
19th annual event at World’s Fair Park with craft beer, music and food. Unlimited samples from craft brewers. Event runs from 1 to 7 PM.

Hatchie Fall Fest – Brownsville, TN – October 17, 2015
Family-Friendly event with live music, arts & crafts, children’s activities, games and contests. Pet Show, Cake & Pie Baking Contest, Frozen T-Shirt Contest, Scarecrow Contest, Car Show, Mini Tractor Pull. Started in 2003.

Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off – Allardt, TN – Oct 3, 2015
24th annual event. Giant pumpkin weigh-off, run, beauty pageant, car show, parade and more.

Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival – Nashville, TN – October 17, 2015
Noon to 5 PM. Beer and wine aficionados will unite to enjoy sampling craft,
seasonal and micro beers, and a variety of wine in a beautiful setting
on the grounds of Two Rivers Mansion.

Nashville Beer Festival – Nashville, TN – October 17, 2015

Cleveland Apple Festival – Cleveland, TN – October 17-18, 2015
Food booths, pony and hay rides, live music, arts & crafts, children’s activities, apple dessert contest and more.

Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest – Jackson, TN – October 24, 2015
7th annual event from noon to 4 pm at Jackson Fairgrounds Pavilion. home brewers, craft beer samples, live cigar rolling, entertainment and food.

Fiber in the Boro – Murfreesboro, TN – October 24, 2015
Franklin Wine Festival – Franklin, TN – October 16, 2015
3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival – Chattanooga, TN – October 2-3, 2015

November 2015
Wine Down Main Street – Franklin – Nov 7, 2015
150+ wines available for tasting inside stores on Main Street. Food samples from 20+ local restaurants. Live music. General admission and VIP tickets are sold to the event.

Last Year’s Events
Gallatin’s Main Street Festival – Gallatin, TN – October 4, 2014

Foothills Fall Festival – Maryville, TN – October 17-19, 2014
Tennessee History Festival – Nashville, TN – Oct 17-18, 2014
Southern Ground Music & Food Festival – Nashville, TN – Oct 11-12, 2014
Franklin Pumpkinfest – Franklin, TN – October 25, 2014
Independent Music Fest – Nashville, TN – October 3-6, 2013

Granville Fall Celebration – Granville, TN
Harvest Pride Days Festival – Bean Station, TN
Pikeville Fall Harvest Festival – Pikeville, TN

Find other fun things to do in Tennessee in October:

Oktoberfest in Tennessee
Tennessee Corn Mazes
Tennessee Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Tennessee
Tennessee Pumpkin Patches


  1. I went to a hot air balloon festival last year in Maryville but can’t find anything on it this year? Anyone know anything about this? I really want to go again this year…

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