Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Welcoming Fall

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism events herald in autumn with food, crafts and, of course, music. For a complete list of events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.


Memphis – Enjoy Autumn Seasonal Stargazing and learn about constellations, star names and dance to planetarium space music inside the AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium in the Pink Palace Museum.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children.

Crossville – The Tony Award-winning The Drowsy Chaperone is currently being performed through Oct. 27 at Cumberland County Playhouse.

Knoxville – Knoxville’s largest Halloween event, Boo! at the Zoo features 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary fun with trick-or-treating along the BOO! Trail, a variety of entertainment, food and more 5:30-8:30 p.m. ET Oct. 12-15, 19-22 and Oct. 26-29 at Zoo Knoxville.

Oct. 2-10

Clarksville – The 35MM: A Musical Exhibition brings together musical theatre, photography and pop/rock music 7 p.m. CT Oct. 2-3 and Oct. 9-10 in theotherspace at the Roxy Regional Theatre. Tickets are $20.

Oct. 5-8

Elizabethton – The 22nd annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show features demonstrations by local quilters that includes wall hangings, holiday and baby quilts, miniatures and antique quilts 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Thursday to Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. ET Sunday at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. 

Nashville – The annual Nashville Oktoberfest features German food, beer and music in historic Germantown. Saturday kicks off with the Nashville Oktoberfest 5K Bier Run and a parade at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

Oct. 6

Nashville – The exhibition, World War I and American Art opens and runs through Jan. 21, 2018 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Oct. 6, 8

Knoxville – Enjoy music by Bermuda Highway featuring Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser 8 p.m. ET Oct. 6, and then hear Breaking Benjamin as part of their Unplugged tour 8 p.m. ET Oct. 8 at The Mill & Mine.

Oct. 6-20

Cookeville – The Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series spotlights various music 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT each Friday in October at the Cookeville Depot Museum patio.

Oct. 7

Chattanooga – Rock out at the John Lennon Birthday Celebration featuring Ryan Oyer 7 p.m. ET at Songbirds Guitar Museum.

Gallatin – The Main Street Festival heralds in autumn with more than 200 vendors, food, kids’ activities, entertainment and more 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT on Gallatin’s Historic Downtown Square.

Jackson – Art on Track features fine art, railroad history, artistic demonstrations and more 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at the historic downtown N.C. & St. L. Depot & Railroad Museum.

Lynchburg – Cruisin’ The Hollow fills up Wiseman Park with Corvettes of every color and year. It’s a walk down memory lane or a dream come true for car enthusiasts of all ages.

Memphis – The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses celebrates 30 years of virtual adventure with a 66-piece orchestra and 24-person choir 8 p.m. CT at The Orpheum Theatre. Tickets start at $41.50.

Nashville – Don’t miss the Hatch Show Print Block Party Printing Workshop where adults can create their own prints using the shop’s image blocks to be printed on paper, a tote bag or a t-shirt 6-8 p.m. CT at Hatch Show Print. Tickets are $40.

Union City – Beer, Blues and Brats is a food-filled event with live entertainment provided by The Beat Daddys and beer sampling beginning 6:30 p.m. CT at Discovery Park of America.

Oct. 7-8

Castalian Springs – The Handmade Harvest Vintage Farm Fair 2017 hosts bluegrass, local art, and southern-style foods, tours of Cragfont and more 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT Sunday at Historic Cragfont.

Centerville – The National Banana Pudding Festival is a national cook-off to determine the best banana pudding in America that also hosts two entertainment stages, a children’s area, craft booths, lots of pudding samples and more.

Oct. 8

Knoxville – WellRED: From Dixie with Love featuring Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester come 7 p.m. ET to the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre.

Oct. 11

Memphis – Food Truck Garden Party: Day of the Dead features live music with Movie Night, a cash bar, Play Zone and food from the Memphis Food Truckers Alliance at Memphis Botanic Garden. Tickets are $10 and include one drink ticket.

Memphis – Indie folk band, The Head and The Heart performs along with The Shelters 7:30 p.m. CT at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are $46.25.

Oct. 12

Union City – Families can enjoy a VIP dinner to celebrate the traveling exhibit BUGS! with a gourmet dinner and dessert while getting a peek at the exhibit beginning 5:30 p.m. CT at Discovery Park of America.

Oct. 12-14

Clarksville – Miss Tennessee USA and Miss Tennessee Teen USA Pageants are held at Austin Peay State University as the next queen is crowned.

Oct. 13

Knoxville – Music by 10 Years with Black Map can be heard 9 p.m. ET at The Mill & Mine.

Knoxville – Scott Miller with Steel Wheels performs 8 p.m. ET on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre.

Nashville – The exhibition, Extrasensory opens and runs through March 25, 2018 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Oct. 13-14

Cookeville - Enjoy the Upper Cumberland's first Oktoberfest, a two-day festival filled with authentic German music, beer and food, hosted at Jig Head Brewing Co.

Hohenwald – Oktober Heritage Festival celebrates the founding of one of three German/Swiss towns in Tennessee and being a national monument to Meriwether Lewis.

Lewisburg – The Goats, Music and More Festival features free, nightly concerts by big-name musical acts, goat shows, kids’ games and rides, arts, crafts, food and more.

Oct. 13-15

Birchwood – The inaugural Shop the Rocky Top Fall Craft Show includes more than 100 vendors to shop, live entertainment, food and more 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Friday and Saturdayand 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Sunday at the Knoxville Expo Center.

Memphis – The 45th annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair is the largest juried arts and crafts fair in the Mid-South area, attracting visitors to enjoy demonstrations by craftsmen, entertainment and food 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Sunday in Audubon Park. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 60 years old and older, and $3 for children under 12 years of age.

Rogersville – Heritage Days features music, storytellers, dancers, kid’s activities, demonstrations of pioneer skills, antique quilts, cars and farm equipment, and a juried craft show. 

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