Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Must-Attend Fall Festivals

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.

Sept. 23-24

Tullahoma – The annual 41A Music & Arts Festival has music and entertainment, food and gift vendors in downtown Tullahoma.

Sept. 23-25

Union City – Live historians portraying life in the 1800s and the Lewis and Clark expedition takes place 10 a.m. CT at Discovery Park of America.

Sept. 23-Oct. 9

Knoxville – See the live theatre version of C.S. Lewis’ classic novel The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at Knoxville Children’s Theatre.

Sept. 23-Oct. 30

Gatlinburg – Oktoberfest features Bavarian-style food, a bier garten, music and live entertainment at Ober Gatlinburg.

Sept. 24

Collierville – The 24th annual Partners in Preservation Party and Taste of the Town features samples from local restaurants 6-10 p.m. CT on Main Street.

Jackson – Art in the Village Fall Festival features artisan goods around the area at Casey Jones Village.

Linden – World War II history comes alive with a reenactment, encampment, and swap meet at the annual Remembering WWII: Reenactment and Swap Meet 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at the Linden Courthouse Square.  

Morristown – From Africa to Appalachia Gospel Fest III features craft vendors, refreshments, door prizes and a variety of choirs and soloists 4 p.m. ET at Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.

Townsend – The Blue Ribbon Country Fair is a load of family fun with music, contests, and demonstrations by the Townsend Artisan Guild 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Sept. 24-25

Crossville – Two days of the Homestead Apple Festival includes a quilt show, apple pies, cider and other apple dishes, live music, craft and vendor booths and more at the Historic Cumberland Homesteads Tower. Tickets are $5.

Sept. 25

Knoxville – Don Williams with Colm Kirwan comes 7 p.m. ET to the Tennessee Theatre.

Sept. 26

Franklin – Celebrating Musical Treasures is the opening concert for the 2016-2017 performance season for the Gateway Chamber Orchestra 7:30 p.m. CT in the historic Franklin Theatre.

Jonesborough – Did You Catch That? Language & Phrases of Appalachia are shared on the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange monthly radio show series 7 p.m. ET at the International Storytelling Center.

Nashville – Hal Holbrook brilliantly portrays Mark Twain in the acclaimed one-man show Mark Twain Tonight 7:30 p.m. CT at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Sept. 28

Knoxville – Lake Street Drive brings their mix of R&B pop, ‘60s-era rock and soul 7 p.m. ET to The Mill & Mine.

Sept. 29-Oct. 1 

Columbia – Muletown Musicfest highlights local businesses and restaurants in Maury County with musical acts, great food, fun and surprises in downtown Columbia.

Sept. 30

Knoxville – Cereus Bright presents their folk, acoustic pop sound 7 p.m. ET on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre.

Oct. 1

Granville – The Historic Granville Fall Celebration has a quilt festival, blacksmith festival and the Ralph Maddux Memorial Motorcycle Show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT in downtown Granville.

Jackson – The Jackson International Food & Art Festival 2016 takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT in downtown Jackson.

Oct 1-2

Centerville – The annual National Banana Pudding Festival and Cook-off has southern comfort food, music, arts and wares and family fun at Riverpark.

Oct. 2

Knoxville – The Arts & Culture Alliance hosts the Dinner on the Bridge: A Celebration of the City of Knoxville’s 225th Birthday with cocktails, dinner and entertainment beginning 5:30 p.m. ET on Gay Street Bridge.

Oct. 4

Knoxville – Coheed & Cambria perform 7 p.m. ET at The Mill & Mine. Tickets are $28.

Oct. 6-Nov. 13

Nashville – Playing Doctor is the new play coming to the Mainstage through Nov. 13 at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre.

Oct. 7

Memphis – Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers brings his Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal with Special Guest Linda Davis 8 p.m. CT to the Orpheum Theatre.

Oct. 7-8

Crossville – The 26th annual Oktoberfest features a wide variety of beers, food and fun 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. CT at Knights of Columbus Grounds. Advance tickets are $6 and $7.50 at the gate.

Hohenwald – Oktober Heritage Festival is home to arts, crafts, food and entertainment and the Annual Fall Classics Car & Truck Show in downtown Hohenwald.

Lewisburg – The Goats, Music and More Festival has headliner Diamond Rio along with music from Steel Rollin, Straight Broke, Alexandra Kay, Brian Rhea and others, food, goat shows and more in downtown Lewisburg.

Oct. 8

Jamestown – Fall Astronomy Day is an event filled with gazing at autumn constellations in the Tennessee skies 8:30-11 p.m. CT beginning at Pogue Creek Canyon at Pickett State Park.

Memphis – Celtic folk music, modern classical, dance and electronica fill the stage as Lindsey Stirling comes 8 p.m. CT to the Orpheum Theatre.

Oct. 9

Nashville – Get a last look at Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945-1975 and Inka Essenhigh: Between Worlds exhibitions before they close at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Townsend – Embark on a Heritage Hike with Mark Snyder, who has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, as part of Cades Cove Heritage Tours 9:15 a.m. CT departing from Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 


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