Autumn in Nashville is finally here. The season of delightful, cool, crisp air and vibrantly painted landscapes. It’s the perfect time to be outside and the city offers a variety of activities, from arts and lifestyle to food, drink and entertainment. The best way to celebrate the season? By exploring one or all of these 11 Nashville fall festivals, of course.

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Cheekwood Harvest (Now Through October 21)

Appreciate the beauty of Cheekwood with over 5,000 chrysanthemums painting the gardens in autumnal hues. You can also explore a collection of scarecrows and pick up the perfect pumpkin to take home with you.

Boo at The Zoo (Weekends in October)

Bring the whole family for a Halloween-themed fun day at the zoo. Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy carnival games, carousel and hay rides, animal shows and trick-or-treating.

Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival (October 6)

In a city where one in six residents is foreign-born, this annual festival celebrates the diverse cultures found in Nashville. Enjoy food by over 30 globally inspired vendors, captivating performances, a world market, children’s activities and more.

Fall Fest at the Hermitage (October 6–7)

Located at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, this fall festival is a great way to enjoy a weekend of art, music and history. Kids activities include a puppet truck, a musical petting zoo, face painting and more.

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Noteably Nashville (October 6–10)

Showcasing Nashville’s diverse community cultures, this five-day multi-venue event highlights artists, designers and entertainers of all sorts. Noteably Nashville highlights what makes Nashville special: fashion, music, venues, dining and more.

39th Annual Nashville Oktoberfest (October 11–14)

Eat, drink or 5K your way through this weekend-long festival spanning 10 city blocks in Germantown. This event is in honor of Paulaner Brewery’s 500th anniversary; brews imported straight from Germany will be available.

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Centennial Craft Fest (October 20)

With Centennial Park’s Parthenon as a backdrop, shop locally handmade goods while enjoying live music, food and drinks. Take advantage of this ideal location and spend the day enjoying all the park has to offer.

Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival (October 20)

Sip a selection of 90–100 beers from over 30 breweries at this beer and wine festival at Two Rivers Mansion. Attend seminars, shop local artisan booths and enjoy local entertainment.

Crafty Nashville (November 3)

Shop, play and eat local, with 80 artisans and crafters, food trucks and live music at this free, family-friendly arts and craft fair. Be sure to arrive early. The first 25 shoppers will receive a tote filled with goodies from local vendors and sponsors.

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Bacon, Eggs and Kegs (November 3–4)

If you’re a lover of brunch, bloodys and brews, this 21+ event is for you. Eat your weight in brunch food before taking on the 30-foot Bloody Mary bar or simply sipping a beer float or mimosa.

Music City Yoga Festival (November 10)

Before feasting through the Thanksgiving holidays, find your center at this annual fundraiser in Rocketown. Celebrating yoga, fitness and wellness one can expect a combination of yoga, local vendors, live music and more.

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