Upcoming Fall Festivals In Tennessee

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - by Renuka Christoph

Mark your calendars for upcoming fall festivals held throughout the state. Please visit www.tnvacation.com and click on the Events heading for a complete listing of events.

Sept. 9-Nov. 13
Scarecrows 2010– Memphis – Lichterman Nature Center will display an assortment of colorful characters created by local area groups including the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, Memphis Area Master Gardeners, scouts, students, seniors and many others. Each scarecrow delivers a different message. CONTACT: (901) 320-6380, matthew.timberlake@memphistn.gov



Sept. 16-19
DARRYL WORLEY’S TENNESSEE RIVER RUN – Pickwick Dam – Includes a concert, golf tournament, bass fishing tournament, motorcycle poker run and more. CONTACT: (800) 552-3866, tourhardincounty.org

Sept. 17-Oct. 31
5TH ANNUAL CORN MAZE AND PUMPKIN PATCH AT THE STICKLEY FARM– Bluff City –The maze consists of three mazes cut into the overall design with a total of 4.9 miles of trail. This year’s design highlights the importance of supporting local agriculture by featuring the Pick Tennessee Products logo. Pick Tennessee Products is the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s initiative to encourage the development and consumption of locally produced goods. CONTACT: (423) 306-9994, theStickleyFarm.com

Sept. 17-19
BRISTOL RHYTHM & ROOTS REUNION – Bristol – Brings quality national, regional and local music to Bristol, “the Birthplace of Country Music,” in celebration of its musical heritage and culture. CONTACT: (423) 573-4898, bristolrhythm.com

Sept. 18
COOPER-YOUNG FESTIVAL – Cooper-Young Historic District, Memphis – Memphis’ most anticipated outdoor celebration offers a mix of art, music and crafts presented by more than 370 vendors and a special children’s area. This festival is a true celebration of the arts, people, culture and Memphis heritage. CONTACT: (901) 276-7222, cooperyoungfestival.com

Sept. 18 - Oct. 31
SMOKY MOUNTAIN HARVEST FESTIVAL – Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville – A countywide celebration of harvest season, the festival features special events and autumn-themed displays. CONTACT: (888) 738-4378, visitsevierville.com; (800) 568-4748, gatlinburg.com; (800) 251-9100, mypigeonforge.com

Sept. 24
THE 10th ANNUAL EVENING WITH THE ARTS PINK PANTHER STYLE – Kingsport – Join the Main Arts Center in welcoming more than 50 area artisans and a wonderful evening of art, entertainment and food. CONTACT: (423) 246-6550, downtownkingsport.org

Sept. 24-25
18th ANNUAL TOWNSEND IN THE SMOKIES FALL HERITAGE FESTIVAL & OLD TIMERS DAY –Townsend – A celebration of the traditional music, crafts and heritage of Townsend, Blount County and the Great Smoky Mountains. Activities include bluegrass music, arts & crafts booths, antique tractor show, Appalachian demonstrations and great food. CONTACT: (800) 525-6834, smokymountainfestivals.org

Sept. 24-26
32nd ANNUAL TACA FALL CRAFT FAIR –Nashville – All ages can enjoy the artistic and diverse collection of fine crafts, including objects of clay, fiber, glass, metals, wood and mixed media, in addition to jewelry, sculpture, photography and original prints. More than 200 exhibitors are set to the picturesque scenery of the full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Centennial Park, creating the perfect outdoor art gallery to highlight fine craft from across the nation. CONTACT: (615) 385-1904, tennesseecrafts.org

Sept. 25
HERITAGE ARTS & CRAFT SHOW – Covington – Find crafts, arts, quilts and folk art demonstrations. Also enjoy a kid’s parade, antiques and all day music & food on the Historic Downtown square. CONTACT: (901) 476-9727, covington-tiptonchamber.com

Sept. 25-26
29th ANNUAL MT. JULIET POW WOW –Mt. Juliet – Experience the beauty and passion of an American Indian Pow Wow. Native Americans come from across the country to participate in the dance and drum competition at Charlie Daniels Park. CONTACT: Cindy Yahola, (615) 443-1537, mtjulietpowwow.com

Sept. 25 – Oct. 31
HAUNTED CAVERN – Chattanooga – Ruby Falls hosts the annual Haunted Cavern for its seventh consecutive year. The Cerberus Virus has been contracted by victims in the cave – and they are mixed in with the visitors. This event takes place both above and below ground and is considered one of the area’s best haunted attractions. CONTACT: Meagan Jolley, meagan@rockruby.com, (423) 475-8992l, hauntedcavern.com

Sept. 29 – Oct. 30
NATIONAL GOSPEL & HARVEST CELEBRATION – Pigeon Forge –
Dollywood welcomes the arrival of fall with its annual National Gospel & Harvest Celebration. More than 250 Southern gospel concerts will entertain throughout the park with performances by the genre’s most popular artists. CONTACT: 800-DOLLYWOOD, dollywood.com

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2
25th ANNUAL ROLLER COASTER YARD SALE – Celina - Three days of fun searching for that personal treasure. A three day grassroots extravaganza with more than 150 miles of yard sales, crafts, antiques, handcrafted quilts, produce, southern foods, entertainment, parks and recreation areas, historic sites and more. CONTACT: Ike Bonecutter at (931) 243-3974, dalehollowlake.org

Oct. 1-31 (Sat.-Sun.)
ROCKTOBERFEST –Chattanooga – Get in touch with Rock City’s German heritage at Rocktoberfest. Rock City Square will be transformed for a celebration of harvests and fall foliage. Stroll through an atmosphere of German music and food. Enjoy a bratwurst on rye, sauerkraut, rosemary roasted redskin potatoes, pretzels and German chocolate cake. CONTACT: Rock City Gardens, (800) 854-0675, seerockcity.com

Oct. 1-31 (Every Saturday from 7p.m.-11p.m.)
CHAPEL HILL HAUNTED WOODS – Chapel Hill - Legend says long ago, as the train came through Chapel Hill one cold autumn night, the station's signal man fell off the platform to his death, decapitated on the tracks. Many who walk along those tracks at night say they see a ghostly light in the distance- the headless man searching for his head. Sponsored by the Marshall County Young Farmers & Ranchers. Proceeds benefit youth programs, scholarships and county activities. Not recommended for young children. CONTACT: (931) 212-3690, memorylanefarms.com

Oct. 1-2
UNICOI COUNTY APPLE FESTIVAL – Erwin – The premier two-day event offers handmade crafts, entertainment, children’s area and Blue Ridge Pottery show. The festival features 300+ vendors highlighting arts, crafts and foods. CONTACT: (423) 743-3000, unicoicounty.org

30th ANNUAL OCTOBERFEST – Clarksville – Family-fun European style, live bands and dancers, fest rides for kids of all ages and German food. CONTACT: (931) 624-5475, edelweissclarksville.org

ALLARDT GREAT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL & WEIGH OFF – Allardt – Enjoy crafts, entertainment, a parade, car and motorcycle show and the weigh-off of giant pumpkins for world record consideration. CONTACT: (800) 327-3945, allardtpumpkinfestival.com

REELFOOT ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL – Reelfoot Lake State Park, Tiptonville – Features more than 300 exhibitors including artists, potters, carvers, jewelry makers, music, delicious barbecue, fried pies, ice cream and more. CONTACT: Anna Crocker, (731) 885-7295, reelfootartsandcrafts.com
34th ANNUAL BARBEQUE FESTIVAL – Chester – Barbeque, fun, talent, games, entertainment and much more. CONTACT: (731) 989-5222, chestercountychamber.com

Oct. 1-3
38th ANNUAL NATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL – Jonesborough –The festival encompasses a different cultures, geography and styles in the historic town. CONTACT: International Storytelling Center, (800) 952-8392, storytellingcenter.net

Oct. 2
I AM SMITH FAMILY REUNION –Carthage – Everybody with the surname of Smith will unite in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest same name gathering which is currently held by the Gallagher namesake which had 1,488 people in attendance at their event two years ago.
CONTACT: iamsmith@gmx.org, iamsmith.org

GALLATIN’S MAIN STREET FESTIVAL –Gallatin – Arts and crafts festival featuring two stages of entertainment, large children’s area, more than 150 vendors and the Kansas City Barbeque Society cook-off at Gallatin Courthouse Square. CONTACT: Greater Gallatin, (888) 301-7866, sumnercvb.com

5th ANNUAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL & ANTIQUE TRACTOR DISPLAY – Maynardville – Free event featuring quilt and art competition, demonstrations of traditional blacksmithing, wood working, and soap making. In addition, enjoy food vendors, cooking competition and gospel/ bluegrass bands featuring Dove nominee Cody Shuler and Pine Mountain Railroad. CONTACT: (865) 992-2811, comeherecomehome.com

CELEBRATION OF CULTURES – Nashville – Southeast’s largest, most vibrant multicultural festivals returns for its 14th year at Centennial Park. The event is free and open to the public. Enjoy performances, food and World Market vendors, kid's activities, Global Villages and more. CONTACT: (615) 340-7501, celebrationofcultures.org

Oct. 2-3
NILLIE BIPPER ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL – Cleveland – This outdoor arts & crafts show features over 75 exhibits, with food booths, entertainment, and handcrafted arts & crafts items. CONTACT: Tri-State Exhibition Center, 423-478-3114

NATCHEZ TRACE POW WOW – Historic Leiper’s Fork Village, Franklin – Features the life and customs of Native American Indians. Experience traditional dances, storytelling, arts & crafts, traditional foods and more. CONTACT: (615) 599-7347, natcheztracepowwow.com

ETOWAH ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL – Historic L & N Depot, Etowah – Come and see some of the region’s best crafters while enjoying two days of live entertainment, fun and food. CONTACT: (423) 263-9475, etowahcoc.org

Oct. 2-24
SECRET CITY FALL COLOR EXCURSION TRAIN RIDES – Oak Ridge – Enjoy the incredible beauty of East Tennessee’s fall colors. CONTACT: (865) 241-2140, southernappalachia.railway.museum

Oct. 7-30
SPOOKY LLAMA TRAILS & TALES –Chuckey – Take a storytelling hayride through a llama farm hearing the Cherokee legend of the “Wendigo.” The llama trails will take you through a pasture of over 45 llamas, and then entering the woods with spooky interactive scenes of a Wendigo cave, a wood hag, scarecrow, tree troll and much more. CONTACT: (423) 257-2875 www.walnutridgellamas.com

Oct. 8-10
TENNESSEE FALL HOMECOMING – Museum of Appalachia, Norris – Fall Homecoming is one of the nation’s largest and most authentic music, craft, and folk festivals. More than 400 musicians perform on five stages. Features storytelling, old time crafts, pioneer activities, country cooking and more. CONTACT: (865) 494-7680, museumofappalachia.org

GOATS, MUSIC & MORE FESTIVAL – Rock Creek Park, Lewisburg – Features concerts, fainting goat shows, barbecue cook-off, games, food, entertainment and more. CONTACT: Lisa Jackson, (931) 359-1544, goatsmusicandmore.com

FOOTHILLS FALL FESTIVAL – Maryville – The festival is renowned for its world-class entertainment at Theater in the Park, juried arts and crafts in historic downtown Maryville, 16 acres of children’s activities in the award winning Greenbelt Park and a wide variety of foods throughout the festival. CONTACT: Jane Groff, (865) 273-3445, foothillsfallfestival.com

HERITAGE DAYS – Rogersville – Rogersville’s historic town square with its quaint shops and historic homes provide a warm, welcoming setting for Heritage Days – a traditional community celebration of Rogersville’s unique heritage. The festival showcases traditional music, storytellers, dancers, and special events for children, demonstrations of pioneer skills, antique quilts, cars and farm equipment, a juried craft show and a food court to delight everyone! CONTACT: Heritage Association of Rogersville, (423) 272-1961, rogersvilleheritage.org

Oct. 9
LIBERTY SQUARE CELEBRATION & LESTER FLATT MEMORIAL BLUEGRASS DAY – Sparta – Features a full day of music, crafts, food, games, truck and car show, and much more. Visitors from across the country come to pay tribute to bluegrass legend Lester Flatt and enjoy an entertaining outing. World-class artists and skilled craftsmen offer their creations for sale, and a multitude of foods are available. CONTACT: (931) 836-3248, sparta-chamber.net

GERMANTOWN’S OKTOBERFEST – Nashville – Features arts & crafts, antique and specialty booths, live music, Funland for children, authentic German food and beverages, tours of historic churches and more. CONTACT: Jerry Strobel, (615) 818-3959, nashvilleoktoberfest.com
BISCUITS AND BLUEGRASS – Nashville – Loveless Café - Celebrates community and tradition with live music, pumpkin decorating, face painting, apple bobbing, food and activities for the entire family. CONTACT: (615) 646-9700, lovelesscafe.com

Oct. 12
GRANVILLE FALL CELEBRATION-Granville – One of Tennessee’s largest fall festivals will feature the grand opening of the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Journey Stories that will be in Granville from Oct. 2 thru Nov. 14. CONTACT: granvillemuseum.com

Oct. 15-16
NEEDLES –N-PINS ANNUAL QUILT AND CRAFT SHOW – Bethel Springs – Handmade items including quilts, crafts, baked goods, baby items and decorative items will be featured. CONTACT: (731) 934-4541, redwood_linda@hotmail.com

WEBB SCHOOL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL – Bell Buckle – A juried art and craft show featuring clay, metal, basket weaving and more. Enjoy food from around the world, storytellers and musical entertainment. CONTACT: (931) 389-9663, bellbucklechamber.com

Oct. 16
12th ANNUAL FALL FOLKLORE JAMBOREE –Milan – More than 120 traditional folk artists, local bluegrass and gospel groups will be part of the jamboree. Enjoy demonstrations including traditional skills such as soap making, black smithing, weaving, quilting and more. CONTACT: (731) 686-8067, milan.tennessee.edu

HATCHIE FALL FEST –Brownsville– Historic Court Square will offer local and regional entertainment, children’s activities and crafts, food, contests and more. CONTACT: (731) 780-5144, hatchiefallfest.com

Oct. 22-23
JACK DANIEL’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP INVITATIONAL BARBECUE– Lynchburg –This event has been called the most prestigious barbecue competition in the world. CONTACT: (931) 759-6332, jackdaniels.com

7th ANNUAL TENNESSEE HISTORY FESTIVAL – Nashville – Costumed interpreters from every era in Tennessee’s history will be on hand demonstrating techniques, military tactics, cooking demonstrations and other period trades. A special performance will be presented inside the amphitheater. CONTACT: (615) 741-5280, state.tn.us/environment/parks/Bicentennial

Oct. 23-24
MOUNTAIN MAKINS’ FESTIVAL – Morristown – Experience this folk life celebration of the Appalachian traditions through music, dance, juried crafts, fine art, demonstrators of traditional crafts, Appalachian storytelling, regional authors, children’s activities, 8K run/walk, food and more. The festival is housed in and around Rose Center, an 1892 school building now serving as an historical museum and cultural arts center. CONTACT: Sharon Pritchard, (423) 581-4330, rosecenter.org

Oct. 28 – 29
2nd ANNUAL UPPER CUMBERLAND GOSPEL MUSIC SPECTACULAR – Cookeville –The event will take place at the Cookeville Community Center and begins at 7 p.m. each night. CONTACT: (931) 256-0777

Oct. 30
AUSSIE FALL FEST CHILLIN’ & GRILLIN – Greeneville – Features an arts and crafts show, storytelling, entertainment stage, beauty pageant, food. “Battle of the Bluegrass Bands” and more. CONTACT: Greene County Partnership, (423) 638-4111, greenecountypartnership.com

Oct. 31
PUMPKINFEST – Franklin – fall festival with arts & crafts, children’s costume contest and activities, chili cook-off and music. CONTACT: (615) 591-8500, historicfranklin.com


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