Nashville Fall Guide
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.
By Katie Quine ● Updated September 10, 2019
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 Harvest
Cheekwood 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 Oktoberfest
Grab your lederhosen and make your way to Germantown for Nashville Oktoberfest. Happening October 10-13, 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 Goo
Sorry 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 Foot
Take 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 Broadway
When 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 Oyster
However 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 Trace
Begin 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 Football
The 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
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