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.
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Muddy Roots Music Festival - Cookeville, TN - Sep 2 to Sep 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 - Nashville, TN - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Savory cuisine, soulful music, lively dancing and more at this event celebrating Greek hospitality and culture.
Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, TN - Sep 9 to Sep 18, 2016
Midway rides, pageant, karaoke, cornhole, hula hoop contest and ice cream eating competition.
Fayette County Cotton Festival - Somerville, TN - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
17th 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.
Germantown Festival - Germantown, TN - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
45th annual event. Food vendors, entertainment, car show, arts & crafts, kid zone, Running of the Weenies Dachshund race and more.
Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival - Nashville, TN - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
hosted at Riverboat Park. Thousands will watch 50 dragon boats compete.
Germantown Festival - Germantown, TN - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
Fun for the whole family at this annual 5k, pup parade and festival. Also advertised as a Nashville Oktoberfest.
Festival on the Square - Decaturville, TN - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
Music City Food and Wine Festival - Nashville, TN - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
A music and culinary event in downtown Nashville with Grand Tasting, Chef Showcase and other events.
Nashville’s Dog Day Festival - Nashville, TN - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
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.
Schulz Brau Brewing Oktoberfest - Knoxville, TN - Sep 17 to Oct 3, 2016
Americana Music Festival - Nashville, TN - Sep 20 to Sep 25, 2016
100+ live performances at nine stages in the downtown area.
National Muscadine Festival - Sweetwater, TN - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
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.
Ober at Gatlinburg Oktoberfest - Gatlinburg, TN - Sep 23 to Oct 30, 2016
Ober Gatlinburg hosts this festival with Bavarian-style food, Oktoberfest biers and live music. Entertainment includes Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, and yodels. Location: Ober at Gatlinburg Resort
Mid-South Pride Festival & Parade - Memphis, TN - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Nashville Chalk Fest - Nashville, TN - Sep 24 to Sep 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.
Pilgrimage Music Festival - Franklin, TN - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
A music and cultural festival.
3 Sisters Bluegrass Music Festival - Chattanooga, TN - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
A free music concert. Bring your blanket or lawn chair down to the river and enjoy.
Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off - Allardt, TN - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
25th annual event. Giant pumpkin weigh-off, run, beauty pageant, car show, parade and more.
Gallatin’s Main Street Festival - Gallatin, TN - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Granville Fall Celebration - Granville, TN - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
A celebration of history from the Pioneers until the Roaring ’20s.
McMinnville Autumn Street Fair - McMinnville, TN - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
RiverRocks Festival - Chattanooga, TN - Oct 1 to Oct 15, 2016
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.
Spring Hill Country Ham Festival - Spring Hill, TN - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Wine Over Water - Chattanooga, TN - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Wine tasting from over 100 wineries on the Walnut Street Bridge.
Kingsport Oktoberfest - Kingsport, TN - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
6th annual Oktoberfest with craft bier garden with 45 breweries offering over one hundred craft beers, live music, German food, wiener dog race, craft market, cornhole tournament, Tennessee Idiotarod shopping cart race and kid zone. It has been named twice by Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine as a Top 50 festival. Admission is free.
National Storytelling Festival - Jonesborough, TN - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Large circus type tents are setup throughout the downtown area with general admission seating to enjoy performances. Special ghost story concerts and midnight cabarets.
Unicoi County Apple Festival - Erwin, TN - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
39th 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.
Crossville Oktoberfest - Crossville, TN - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
26th annual festival hosted by the Crossville Knights of Columbus Council 8152 with live music, and both domestic and imported beverages. German food includes pork schnitzel, kasseler rippchen, bratwursts, knackwursts, weisswursts. Admission is $6 in advance and $7.50 at the door. Children under 14 get in free. Held the second weekend in October every year at the Crossville Knights of Columbus property on Highway 70. Attendance is approximately 2000. Location: 2892 Hwy 70 East, Crossville, TN 38555
Nashville Oktoberfest - Nashville, TN - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
37th Annual Tennessee Oktoberfest in Nashville’s Historic Germantown. Autumn festival with free admission. German music and live entertainment. German food, beverages, polka dancing and stein hoisting contest. Children’s activity area featuring pony rides, clowns and inflatables. Arts, crafts, antiques and tours of Germantown’s historic churches. Location: 7th Avenue & Monroe St, Nashville, TN
Oktober Heritage Festival - Hohenwald, TN - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Annual festival and 23rd Annual Fall Classics Car and Truck Show host live entertainment, food, arts & crafts, BBQ cook-off and kids activities.
Knoxville Brewers’ Jam - Knoxville, TN - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
20th 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.
Pumpkintown Festival - Athens, TN - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Mutt strutt, tasty treats, heritage exhibit, family fun and entertainment. Petting zoo, carriage rides, pony rides, doggie costume contest, pumpkin carving and more.
Oktoberfest Memphis - Memphis, TN - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Tennessee History Festival - Nashville, TN - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
Living historians offer demonstrations, reenactments and more at Bicentennial Mall State Park.
Cleveland Apple Festival - Cleveland, TN - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
seasonal and micro beers, and a variety of wine in a beautiful setting
Hatchie Fall Fest - Brownsville, TN - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
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.
Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival - Nashville, TN - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Noon to 5 PM. Beer and wine aficionados will unite to enjoy sampling craft,
Chattanooga Oktoberfest - Chattanooga, TN - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
The 15th annual event will have German food, bier garten with four dozen local and seasonal beers, oompah band, 5K run and car show.
Franklin Wine Festival - Franklin, TN - Oct 21 to Oct 21, 2016
Fiber in the Boro - Murfreesboro, TN - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
on the grounds of Two Rivers Mansion.
Nashville Beer Festival - Nashville, TN - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest - Jackson, TN - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
8th annual event from noon to 4 pm at Jackson Fairgrounds Pavilion. home brewers, craft beer samples, live cigar rolling, entertainment and food.
Pumpkinfest - Franklin, TN - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
Wine Down Main Street - Franklin, TN - Nov 5 to Nov 5, 2016
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Franklin Wine Festival – Franklin, TN – October 16, 2015
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