Fall in Love with Nashville: Autumn Guide to Music City

From beer steins to dogs dressed as Frankenstein, Nashville delivers plenty of seasonal fun. Check out our recommendations for a spirited and fun-filled trip to Music City this fall.

Discover "Nashville's Wine Country" As the temperatures begin to cool, pair a bottle of wine with crisp air and sunshine at Arrington Vineyards, which is owned by country musician Kix Brooks. After taking a tour of the vineyards, cozy up to a hillside bonfire and enjoy a gourmet picnic that is packed for you. Learn more

Enjoy the Bounty of HarvestCheekwood Estate & Gardens is awash with warm hues as the mums bloom and leaves change at its harvest festival in September and October. Browse the pumpkin patch for a gourd of your own, and don’t miss the Halloween Pooch Parade, when costumed dogs strut their stuff, or El Día de Los Muertos. Learn more

Raise a Stein to OktoberfestGrab your lederhosen and make your way to Germantown for Nashville Oktoberfest. Happening the first weekend in October, this event will have plenty of polka music, beer, and bratwursts to go around. Kick things off by running in the community 5K or watch the amusing Dachshund Derby. Learn more

Get Yourself a Goo GooSorry Snickers, Nashville’s loyalty lies with the Goo Goo Cluster. The world’s first combination candy bar, Goo Goos are made with peanuts, caramel, marshmallow nougat, and chocolate. Pick some up from Goo Goo’s outpost on Third Avenue, and everyone will want to trick-or-treat at your house. Learn more

Experience Franklin on FootTake in one of the country's prettiest Main Streets, lined with vibrant trees shedding their leaves, from the sidewalk. Franklin on Foot offers tours that touch on variety of topics — from food to the Civil War to the town's cemeteries. Learn more

Get Spooked on BroadwayWhen someone mentions that Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge was one of Hank Williams Sr.’s favorite haunts, they’re not kidding. Downtown is not only home to honky-tonks, but also supposed paranormal activity. Learn about these eerie ghost stories for yourself on a guided tour. Learn more

Make the World Your OysterHowever true the adage that you should only eat oysters in months with an “r” might be, we can’t resist the excuse to slurp back a few extra bivalves come September. Henrietta Red has a raw bar with a diverse selection of oysters on the half shell and a knowledgeable wait staff to guide your selection. Learn more

Head for the Natchez TraceBegin your 444-mile joyride along this scenic byway with melt-in-your-mouth biscuits and gravy at the historic Loveless Café. Winding through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi, the Natchez Trace offers plenty of vantage points where you can take in the fall foliage and cool mornings. Learn more

Get Ready for Some FootballThe Tennessee Titans are back, and suddenly our Sundays are booked through the end of the year. After watching the football game, celebrate victory by making your way over to Lower Broadway, just a scenic walk across the Cumberland River from Nissan Stadium. Learn more

The Grand Ole Opry Don’t miss the show that made country music famous! This fall, catch performances by a host of talented artists, from new stars to superstars to legends. We'll be celebrating the Grand Ole Opry's 93rd birthday on October 12 and 13 as well as 75 years since the Opry moved to the Ryman when Opry at the Ryman returns in November.

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