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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Muddy Roots Music Festival – Cookeville – Sept 2-5, 2016
It’s three days of music, camping, vintage cars and more over Labor Day weekend. Musical acts celebrate diversity across genres with underground country roots.
Nashville Greek Festival – Sept 9-11, 2016
Savory cuisine, soulful music, lively dancing and more at this event celebrating Greek hospitality and culture.
Music City Food and Wine Festival – Nashville – Sept 17-18, 2016
A music and culinary event in downtown Nashville with Grand Tasting, Chef Showcase and other events.
Americana Music Festival – Nashville, TN – September 20-25, 2016
100+ live performances at nine stages in the downtown area.
Pilgrimage Music Festival – Franklin, TN – Sept 24-25, 2016
A music and cultural festival.
Nashville Chalk Fest – Sept 24-25, 2016
A free, 2-day street painting festival featuring sidewalk chalk art by professional artists, hobbyist, and art enthusiasts. It includes entertainment, food, and family fun.
3 Sisters Bluegrass Music Festival – Chattanooga – Sept 30 – Oct 1, 2016
A free music concert. Bring your blanket or lawn chair down to the river and enjoy.
Gallatin’s Main Street Festival – Gallatin, TN – October 1, 2016
Granville Fall Celebration – Granville, TN – Oct 1, 2016
A celebration of history from the Pioneers until the Roaring ’20s.
Tennessee History Festival – Nashville, TN – Oct 14-15, 2016
Living historians offer demonstrations, reenactments and more at Bicentennial Mall State Park.
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
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.
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.
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.
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