Find a Tennessee fall festival to attend in 2021. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2021 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.
At this point we have checked for 2021 dates on all festival events. Some websites had not been updated at all for this year, but where a date was available or a cancellation confirmed, we've updated our listing. We'll keep looking for new events to add, and we'll be working on updating Halloween and Thanksgiving events as well. We hope you find a fantastic event near you, enjoy!
All events showing 2021 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Crockett Days - Limestone, TN - Aug 13 to Aug 15, 2021
Visit the Crockett Homestead, shop for 18th century wares, and attend excellent programming about frontier life – plus plenty more. Held at David Crockett Birthplace State Park
National Honey Bee Day at Paris Landing State Park - Buchanan, TN - Aug 21, 2021
Celebrate National Honey Bee Day at Paris Landing! Meet the local beekeepers and the bees they care for. Discover the pollinators that live right around you, and find out what you can do to help them thrive. Make crafts and take home irises to plant.
Sevier County Fair - Sevierville, TN - Aug 21 to Sep 6, 2021
Exhibit hall, contests, livestock, entertainment including live music and a rodeo, and more!
Muddy Roots Music Festival - Cookeville, TN - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2021
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.
Labor Day Celebration - Hohenwald, TN - Sep 3 to Sep 6, 2021
End of summer butt roast, games throughout the day at Natchez Trace RV Campground. Gold Cart Parade Sunday.
Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee - Burns, TN - Sep 10 to Sep 16, 2021
The annual BRAT is a bike tour that takes riders through a different part of Tennessee each year. Your registration includes beautiful campsites at Tennessee State Parks, plentiful food, hot showers, live entertainment and a fully supported route.
Nashville Greek Festival - Nashville, TN - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
Savory cuisine, soulful music, lively dancing and more at this event celebrating Greek hospitality and culture.
Mountaineer Folk Festival - Spencer, TN - Sep 10, 2021
Traditional music, old time competitions, handmade crafts, pioneer demonstrations and more at Fall Creek Falls State Park.
Fayette County Cotton Festival - Somerville, TN - Sep 11, 2021
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.
Niota Fried Green Tomato Festival - Niota, TN - Sep 11, 2021
The Maters will be Frying at the Annual Niota Fried Green Tomato Festival in historical downtown Niota. Free festival admission, pet friendly, and handicap accessible. Festival features lots of fried green tomatoes, food, arts, crafts, vendors and more! Rides for children and adults, plus water attractions, bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides. Costumed characters, beauty pageant, car show, green tomato cook-off, parades, tractor show, 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. Festival begins at 9 AM till 5 PM.
Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival - Nashville, TN - Sep 11, 2021
For 2021, the raes are canceled but other activities are still available.Head to East Bank Landing at Cunmberland Parl for family-friendly activities, community education opportunities, live music and more! Normally: Hosted at Riverboat Park. Thousands will watch 50 dragon boats compete. Through a series of four-boat heats that race a 200-meter stretch of the Cumberland River between the Woodland Street Bridge to the Shelby Street Walking Bridge, the Cumberland River Compact has the opportunity to promote the health and enjoyment of the Cumberland River first hand.
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival - Gatlinburg, TN - Sep 16 to Nov 21, 2021
A 12 week celebration of fall with fall-themed events, foods, and fun in the gateway communities of the Great Smoky Mountains, including Gatlinburg
National Rolley Hole Marbles Championships and Festival - Hilham, TN - Sep 18, 2021
The “Super Bowl” of marbles comes to Standing Stone State Park in Tennesee with kids’ games
Schulz Brau Brewing Oktoberfest - Knoxville, TN - Sep 18 to Oct 3, 2021
Oktoberfest Märzen in real 1 Liter mugs (34oz), authentic German pretzels, Schnitzel, and of course the iconic Lebkuchenherzen (gingerbread hearts)
Americana Music Festival & Conference - Nashville, TN - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2021
Music conference with panels, seminars, performances and more, plus 500+ live performances at 60 venues in the downtown area.
Oktoberfest at Ober - Gatlinburg, TN - Sep 24 to Oct 31, 2021
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
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival - Pigeon Forge, TN - Sep 24 to Oct 30, 2021
Dollywood stays open late each evening giving families more time to enjoy the glow of thousands of carved pumpkins throughout the park, with the Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Dollywood guests also can enjoy the spectacular artistry of visiting crafters from across the country or sample the special harvest-themed food items from Dollywood’s award-winning foods team. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity for families to enjoy the experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest.
Festival on the Square - Decaturville, TN - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2021
Golf tournament Friday and family fun festival on Saturday
Fried Pickle Festival - Cleveland, TN - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2021
Trackless train rides, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables for young and older kids (free), face painting, gaming trucks, costumed characters, clowns and free animal balloons. Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile and the Planters Peanut Mobile scheduled to appear. Many more fun things for kids to do this year. Some attractions will be free, some will be a small charge. There will be a pickle juice drinking contest, and Kona Ice is sponsoring a pickle shaved ice eating contest!
Pilgrimage Music Festival - Franklin, TN - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2021
A music and cultural festival.
Oaklands Mansion Oktoberfest - Murfreesboro, TN - Sep 25, 2021
Oaklands will host its 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.
Storytelling Festival - Hilham, TN - Sep 25, 2021
Storytellers weave their tales, plus food booths for lunch. Free admission, fun for all
Nashville Brew Festival - Nashville, TN - Oct 1, 2021
The Nashville Brew Festival will take place on the field and throughout the concourse of First Tennessee Park on Sept 20th from 7pm to 11pm. The event will feature over 50 breweries, including Nashville’s best breweries, as well as food trucks, music, lawn games and more. Both general admission ($45) and VIP ($60) will include unlimited beer, with VIP attendees having early admission and access to specialty beer poured during the first hour. Food will be sold separately.
3 Sisters Bluegrass Music Festival - Chattanooga, TN - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
A free music concert. Bring your blanket or lawn chair down to the river and enjoy.
Unicoi County Apple Festival - Erwin, TN - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
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!
National Storytelling Festival - Jonesborough, TN - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
For 2021, they’re going virtual. Normally: 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.
Sycamore Shoals Quilt Fest - Elizabethton, TN - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
This three-day exhibition, sponsored by the Sycamore Shoals Stitchers, features a show and demonstrations by local quilters. Bed quilts, wall hangings, holiday and baby quilts, miniatures and antique quilts will be on display.
McMinnville Autumn Street Fair - McMinnville, TN - Oct 2, 2021
Crafts, games, live entertainment, and food
The Whole Hog Festival - Spring Hill, TN - Oct 2, 2021
Formerly the Spring Hill Country Ham Festival, this revived event is hosted by John Meher Builders in support of the Well, and features a petting zoo, hog calling contest. live music, vendors, food, fireworks, kid zone, arts and crafts and more!
Granville Fall Celebration - Granville, TN - Oct 2, 2021
A celebration of history. Sutton General Store, Granville Museum, Antique Car Museum, Sutton House, antique shops and more!
Gallatin’s Main Street Festival - Gallatin, TN - Oct 2, 2021
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
Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off - Allardt, TN - Oct 2, 2021
Giant pumpkin weigh-off, run, beauty pageant, car show, parade and more.
Oktober Heritage Festival - Hohenwald, TN - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2021
Annual festival and Annual Fall Classics Car and Truck Show host live entertainment, food, arts & crafts, BBQ cook-off and kids activities.
Tims Ford Heritage Day and Fall Festival - Winchester, TN - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
This is a weekend long event with live music, dancing, re-enactments, demonstrations, crafts, competitions, food, games, and more! Admission is free, but many vendors are selling food, crafts, and game admission, so cash on hand is encouraged.
Pumpkintown Festival - Athens, TN - Oct 9, 2021
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 9 to Oct 10, 2021
The annual event will have German food, bier garten with four dozen local and seasonal beers, oompah band, 5K run and car show.
Oktoberfest Memphis - Memphis, TN - Oct 10, 2021
Chalkfest at the Island at Pigeon Forge - Pigeon Forge, TN - Oct 11, 2021
The Island at Pigeon Forge property features tons of open concrete space, and what a better way to utilize it than by turning The Island into a canvas?! They’re roping off hundreds of feet of space for artists to showcase their talent to thousands of guests for the only chalk festival in Sevier County!
Crossville Oktoberfest - Crossville, TN - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2021
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 third 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’s Dog Day Festival - Nashville, TN - Oct 16, 2021
Join thousands of other dog owners and their pooches in Centennial Park to celebrate and support our four legged friends. Bring your pooches and participate in activities such as a costume contest, pupper parade, training classes, demonstrations, contests and pet portraits, or enjoy the children’s area and various demonstrations. There will be a low-cost Microchip Clinic, food trucks, door prizes, fun zones, live entertainment/music and so much more! Dog Day Festival, Nashville’s longest running dog festival, is a celebration of everything pup and all proceeds go to benefit the Nashville Humane Association. $5 admission at the gate
Bike MS Bike to Jack and Back - Franklin, TN - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2021
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival - Nashville, TN - Oct 16, 2021
Annual event runs from noon to 5 PM. Beer and wine aficionados will unite to enjoy sampling craft beer and great food
Cleveland Apple Festival - Cleveland, TN - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2021
Arts and craft show, live music, food, pony and hay rides, children’s activities, and more
Reelfoot Lake State Park Pelican Festival - Tiptonville, TN - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2021
Bring the whole family to a fun-filled weekend at Reelfoot Lake State Park. Enjoy canoe floats, night hike with owls, art contest, live animals, photo contest, silent auction, vendors, and more
Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – Tennessee - Franklin, TN - Oct 30, 2021
CF Cycle for Life is a fully-supported ride with different route options. From breakfast to the cycle post party, you can enjoy fully stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, bike mechanics for bicycle maintenance and repair, ride marshals to cheer you along the way and plenty of support vehicles to help you complete the ride. This unique event empowers participants to take action and demonstrate their fight in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis in a tangible, emotional and powerful way.
Pumpkinfest - Franklin, TN - Oct 30, 2021
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.
Southern Pie Festival - Cleveland, TN - Nov 6 to Nov 7, 2021
Join pie, fried pie bakers, art, craft, direct sales, business, and food vendors from everywhere to celebrate Southern Pies. Pie eating contests, pie baking contest, games for the kids, live music and more.
Fiber in the Boro - Murfreesboro, TN - Nov 6, 2021
Free annual fiber festival with children’s activities, animals, shearing, food, and lots of yarn and fiber
Wine Down Main Street - Franklin, TN - Nov 6, 2021
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.
Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, TN - Aug 18 to Aug 27, 2022
Midway rides, pageant, karaoke, cornhole, hula hoop contest, ice cream eating competition, and more. Since 1855.
Germantown Festival - Germantown, TN - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2022
Fun for the whole family at this annual 5k, pup parade and festival with live music, 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)
Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival - Caryville, TN - Sep 24, 2022
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.
We know that you want current events. But we don’t always have dates for every event 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!
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.
Hummingbird and Butterfly Festival - Clarksville, TN - Aug 17, 2019
Hummingbird banding demonstrations, guided hikes, pollinator gardening tips, childrens arts & crafts, and more
SturgeonFest - Kodak, TN - Sep 14, 2019
This one-day event offers close encounters with the Gentle Giants of the deep. Lake sturgeon are Tennessees largest fresh water fish and they can live to be over 100. This festival will feature outdoor educational exhibits along the shores of the French Broad River and the option of hand releasing a live sturgeon, showcasing these prehistoric creatures.
Music City Food and Wine Festival - Nashville, TN - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
A music and culinary event in downtown Nashville with Grand Tasting, Chef Showcase, tastings, demos, dancing and other events.
Archeofest - Pinson, TN - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2019
Vendors, activities, and demonstrations going on throughout the weekend at Pinson Mounds State Archeological Park
National Muscadine Festival - Sweetwater, TN - Sep 28, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Live music, food and family fun, with bbq competition, Miss Muscadine and more. Events will be held at Tsali Notch, Tennessee’s largest muscadine vineyard, and downtown Sweetwater.
Reelfoot Lake Arts & Crafts Festival - Tiptonville, TN - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2019
Over 400 exhibitors with handmade crafts, quilts, woodwork, and other handiwork, plus food and yard sales along the way. Free admission.
Hatchie Fall Fest - Brownsville, TN - Oct 19, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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.
Franklin Wine Festival - Franklin, TN - Oct 25, 2019
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.
Tennessee Brew Fest - Jackson, TN - Oct 26, 2019
Enjoy dozens of unlimited samples of the finest craft beers from around the world and right here in West Tennessee. Shop local vendors, enjoy delicious food, games & afternoon entertainment. As always, this in a 21 and up event, held at the Jackson Fairgrounds.
Knoxville Brewers’ Jam - Knoxville, TN - Nov 9, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: 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.
Taste of Autumn - Gatlinburg, TN - Sep 17, 2020
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
Wine Over Water - Chattanooga, TN - Sep 28 to Oct 4, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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 – throughout the week there will be several events featuring wines from all of the world, food from local restaurants, and opportunities to flex your own culinary muscles and learn more about food and drink.
Roan Mountain Fall Chili Cook-Off - Roan Mountain, TN - Oct 3, 2020
Cook up a pot of your secret recipe and compete for prizes, or just come sample the chefs creations! Everyone is welcome to kick-off the fall season with food, fun, and fellowship. Prizes will be awarded to the judges favorite chili, public favorite chili, best decorated chili booth, and overall best use of heat to flavor ratio (no burning off taste-buds!).
Nashville Oktoberfest - Nashville, TN - Oct 8 to Oct 11, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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. Since 1980.
Memphis Comic Expo - Memphis, TN - Oct 17 to Oct 18, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Focuses on creators, especially writers and artists who design comics, and features panels, a cosplay contest, vendors, comic dealers, gaming, and more. Expect a mix of talent from up and coming, local and regional talent, and big names. Opens at 10am each day, with VIP access starting at 9am. Kids under 12 get in free, and the first 100 kids get a free comic book.
Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest - Jackson, TN - Oct 24, 2020
Annual event from noon to 4 pm at Jackson Fairgrounds Pavilion. home brewers, craft beer samples, live cigar rolling, entertainment and food.
Appalachian Winter Celebration - Roan Mountain, TN - Nov 14, 2020
Roan Mountain State Park is building on the Old Time Yule celebration to tell the story of traditional holiday celebrations and preparations for winter in the Appalachian Mountains. Join us from Noon-3PM at the historic Miller Farmstead to enjoy a true mountain celebration. Enjoy a firepit with snacks, historic home and farmstead tours, Appalachian story-telling, traditional Christmas and mountain music, cookie station and more.
Find other fun things to do in Tennessee in fall: