Looking for a music, beer or food festival in September or October? Find a Tennessee fall festival to attend. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2018 has things to do across Tennessee including activities in Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis and Chattanooga. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.Last Major Update:
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Oktoberfest Memphis - Memphis, TN - Oct 8, 2016
Oktoberfest Dinner - Clarksville, TN - Oct 8, 2016
Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest - Jackson, TN - 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.
Fayette County Cotton Festival - Somerville, TN - Sep 9, 2017
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.
National Muscadine Festival - Sweetwater, TN - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2017
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.
Kingsport Oktoberfest - Kingsport, TN - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
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.
Spring Hill Country Ham Festival - Spring Hill, TN - Oct 7, 2017
Nashville Beer Festival - Nashville, TN - Oct 14, 2017
Oktoberfest Lutheran Festival - Memphis, TN - Oct 14, 2017
Hummingbird and Butterfly Festival - Clarksville, TN - Aug 18, 2018
Hummingbird banding demonstrations, guided hikes, pollinator gardening tips, childrens arts & crafts, and more
Muddy Roots Music Festival - Cookeville, TN - Aug 30 to Sep 2, 2018
Itâ€™s three days of music, camping, vintage cars and more over Labor Day weekend. Musical acts celebrate diversity across genres with underground country roots.
Labor Day Celebration - Hohenwald, TN - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2018
Card board boat races, live entertainment, vendors, Hog Roast, games and more!
Nashville Greek Festival - Nashville, TN - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
Savory cuisine, soulful music, lively dancing and more at this event celebrating Greek hospitality and culture.
Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, TN - Sep 7 to Sep 16, 2018
Midway rides, pageant, karaoke, cornhole, hula hoop contest, ice cream eating competition, and more.
Mountaineer Folk Festival - Spencer, TN - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
Traditional music, old time competitions, handmade crafts, pioneer demonstrations and more at Fall Creek Falls State Park.
Germantown Festival - Germantown, TN - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
Food vendors, entertainment, car show, arts & crafts, kid zone, Running of the Weenies Dachshund race and more. Free admission and free shuttle bus service from free parking at Germantown Church of Christ (8723 Poplar Pike) and Baptist Medical Group (2120 Exeter Rd)
Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival - Nashville, TN - Sep 8, 2018
Hosted at Riverboat Park. Thousands will watch 50 dragon boats compete.
Germantown Festival - Germantown, TN - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
Fun for the whole family at this annual 5k, pup parade and festival with arts and craft vendors, kids zone, live music, Running of the Weenies Dachshund race, and more.
Niota Fried Green Tomato Festival - Niota, TN - Sep 8, 2018
The Maters will be Frying September 10, 2016 at the 5th Annual Niota Fried Green Tomato Festival in historical downtown Niota, TN. Free Festival Admission. Pet Friendly, Handicap Accessible, No Alcohol. Festival features lots of Fried Green Tomatoes, food, arts, crafts, direct sales vendors so come prepared to do your early Christmas shopping! Special events and rides for children and adults, Little Pete’s Rail Road, Monster Spider Jumper, Water Attractions, Bounce Houses, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides and much more! Hunt for Green Tomato, Costume Characters, Beauty Pageant, Car Show, Green Tomato Cook-Off, Kid’s Parade, Pet Stomp Parade, Tractor Show sponsored by East TN. Mahindra LLC Madisonville, TN., Owner Mike Jones. Hot Air Balloon, Music and more! Free tours of the Harry T. Burn (who’s vote gave us women the right to vote) Mansion and grounds. Festival proceeds benefit the reconstruction & up-keep of Tennessee’s oldest, standing depot built in 1853 which is located at the heart of the festival in Niota, TN. Take I-75 to Niota Exit #56, take connector road east to US Hwy. 11, turn right heading south, left at the red light. Niota is located between Knoxville & Chattanooga, TN. (SE TN.). Pancake Breakfast 6 AM till 9 AM $7.00 Plate includes pancakes, toppings, sausage and drink hosted by B & B Concessions “It’s A Little Bit Greek.” A portion of the pancake sales is so graciously being donated to our beloved depot. Festival begins at 9 AM till 4 PM.
Americana Music Festival & Conference - Nashville, TN - Sep 11 to Sep 16, 2018
Music conference with panels, seminars, performances and more, plus 500+ live performances at 60 venues in the downtown area.
Taste of Autumn - Gatlinburg, TN - Sep 13, 2018
Gatlinburg celebrates the beginning of the fall season with an evening filled with delicious signature dishes from area restaurants and top-notch entertainment, all at the Gatlinburg Convention Center
Music City Food and Wine Festival - Nashville, TN - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
A music and culinary event in downtown Nashville with Grand Tasting, Chef Showcase, tastings, demos, dancing and other events.
Nashville’s Dog Day Festival - Nashville, TN - Sep 15, 2018
Join 7500 other dog owners and their pooches 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.
National Rolley Hole Marbles Championships and Festival - Hilham, TN - Sep 15, 2018
The “Super Bowl” of marbles comes to Standing Stone State Park in Tennesee with kids’ games, marble making, swap meet, tournament play, demonstrations, food, and a music festival. Free admission (registration is required for the Tournament.
Ober at Gatlinburg Oktoberfest - Gatlinburg, TN - Sep 21 to Oct 28, 2018
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
Nashville Chalk Fest - Nashville, TN - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2018
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 22 to Sep 23, 2018
A music and cultural festival.
Schulz Brau Brewing Oktoberfest - Knoxville, TN - Sep 22 to Oct 8, 2018
Lions Club Fall Festival and Craft Fair - Rock Island, TN - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2018
Head to Rock Island State Park for live music, food vendors, and crafts along a natural sand beach.
Mid-South Pride Festival & Parade - Memphis, TN - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
15th annual. Join over 15,000 attendees for a dance party, festival, parade and more.
Festival on the Square - Decaturville, TN - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Golf tournament Friday and family fun festival on Saturday
Oaklands Mansion Oktoberfest - Murfreesboro, TN - Sep 29, 2018
Oaklands will host its fourth-annual Oktoberfest on Saturday from 5:00 to 9:00pm. Supports Oaklands Mansion and features many local craft brewers. In addition to this impressive list of craft brewers, they also welcome the number one independently owned cider producer in the nation, Bold Rock. They are bringing their multi award-winning IPAs. Stones River Total Beverage will be pouring additional brews. Festival-goers will experience live music from local bands and enjoy delicious treats from local food trucks such as German fare from FitzWillys and gourmet hotdogs from Thats My Dawg. While at Oaklands.
Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival - Caryville, TN - Sep 29, 2018
Free blues festival plus kids fun zone, juried artisan village, juried art and quilt show, food, jam sessions and more! Donations supporting the Campbell Culture Coalition, a non-profit arts organization, are encouraged.
Storytelling Festival - Hilham, TN - Sep 29, 2018
Storytellers weave their tales, plus food booths for lunch. Free admission, fun for all
3 Sisters Bluegrass Music Festival - Chattanooga, TN - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
A free music concert. Bring your blanket or lawn chair down to the river and enjoy.
National Storytelling Festival - Jonesborough, TN - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
46th annual. Large circus type tents are set up throughout the downtown area with general admission seating to enjoy performances. Special ghost story concerts and midnight cabarets.
RiverRocks Festival - Chattanooga, TN - Oct 5 to Oct 21, 2018
10 unique athletic events plus 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.
Unicoi County Apple Festival - Erwin, TN - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
41st annual event. More than 100,000 attend annually to check out over 350 arts and craft vendors, three food courts, three entertainment stages with live music, children’s area with rides and activities, tournaments and more!
Reelfoot Lake Arts & Crafts Festival - Tiptonville, TN - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
Over 400 exhibitors with handmade crafts, quilts, woodwork, and other handiwork, plus food and yard sales along the way. Free admission.
Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off - Allardt, TN - Oct 6, 2018
27th annual event. Giant pumpkin weigh-off, run, beauty pageant, car show, parade and more.
Gallatin’s Main Street Festival - Gallatin, TN - Oct 6, 2018
35th annual. Free admission and free parking to this annual event with over 200 vendors and 25,000 visitors each year. Arts & crafts, non-profits, commercial vendors, local entertainment, children’s area, food and more
Granville Fall Celebration - Granville, TN - Oct 6, 2018
A celebration of history from the Pioneers until the Roaring ’20s. Sutton General Store, Granville Museum, Antique Car Museum, Sutton House, antique shops and more!
Knoxville Brewers’ Jam - Knoxville, TN - Oct 6, 2018
Held at Civic Coliseum Plaza, enjoy craft beer, music and food. Unlimited samples from 45 craft brewers. Event runs from 1 to 7 PM, but VIP ticket gets you in an hour early (plus VIP tent with snacks, seating and private restroom, commemorative gift and unlimited samples.
McMinnville Autumn Street Fair - McMinnville, TN - Oct 6, 2018
Crafts, Games, Live entertainment, and Food
Wine Over Water - Chattanooga, TN - Oct 6, 2018
Wine tasting from over 100 wineries on the Walnut Street Bridge, plus enjoy $5 small plates from local restaurants, charcuterie from Publix, bread from Bluff View Bakery, and local musicians playing everything from jazz to classic bluegrass. There will also be a separate wine tasting and silent auction called Best Cellars and a number of “Off the Bridge” events that extend the festival.
Nashville Oktoberfest - Nashville, TN - Oct 11 to Oct 14, 2018
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
Franklin Wine Festival - Franklin, TN - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
Wine sampling event benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. Enjoy Vintner’s Dinners in the weeks leading up to to the festival at area restaurants. Tasting event includes live music on multiple stages, crowning of King & Queen of the Vines, and silent auction, with a sale the following the day featuring all wines and artisan beers from the tasting.
Oktober Heritage Festival - Hohenwald, TN - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
Annual festival and Annual Fall Classics Car and Truck Show host live entertainment, food, arts & crafts, BBQ cook-off and kids activities.
Pumpkintown Festival - Athens, TN - Oct 13, 2018
Mutt strutt, tasty treats, heritage exhibit, family fun and entertainment plus petting zoo, carriage rides, pony rides, doggie costume contest, pumpkin carving and more.
Chattanooga Oktoberfest - Chattanooga, TN - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
The annual event will have German food, bier garten with four dozen local and seasonal beers, oompah band, 5K run and car show.
Crossville Oktoberfest - Crossville, TN - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
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
Cleveland Apple Festival - Cleveland, TN - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
Arts and craft show, live music, food, pony and hay rides, children’s activities, and more
Hatchie Fall Fest - Brownsville, TN - Oct 20, 2018
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 20, 2018
9th annual event runs from noon to 5 PM. Beer and wine aficionados will unite to enjoy sampling craft beer and great food
Pumpkinfest - Franklin, TN - Oct 27, 2018
35th annual. Over 65,000 people stretch along Main Street to celebrate all the festive fall family-friendly fun! Enjoy a kids zone with bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting and more. Costume contest for kids, groups and pets, plus live entertainment, arts & crafts vendors, street festival, beer tent, giant pumpkin, pumpkin carving, and more.
Fiber in the Boro - Murfreesboro, TN - Nov 3, 2018
Free annual fiber festival with children’s activities, animals, shearing, food, and lots of yarn and fiber
Wine Down Main Street - Franklin, TN - Nov 3, 2018
170+ wines available for tasting inside stores on Main Street. Food samples from 30+ local restaurants. Live music on the square. General admission, VIP, and Premium VIP tickets are sold to the event.
Stranger Con – Nashville - Nashville, TN - Nov 10 to Nov 11, 2018
The stars of Stranger Things, off the screen and in person, will be in town for two days of excitement, music, and fun.
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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