Great Nashville Events To Keep You Busy All Fall

Dated: 09/06/2017

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We’re out of the high-90’s, low 100’s of August and quickly dipping into the cool winds of Fall. Nashville isn’t known for slowing down, and this season is no exception. We’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of can’t miss activities to keep you busy right up to Christmas!


Symphony Free Day of Music

1 Symphony Pl., Nashville

The Schermerhorn is hosting a Free Day of Music on October 21, throwing up it’s doors at 11 with a full concert orchestra in the Laura Turner Concert Hall, and 20 other acts from all genres of music. With four different stages, food trucks, and “Instrument Petting Zoo,” it’s sure to be one to remember.

While we’re talking about the Schermerhorn, why not take the tour? Dates vary throughout the month, but they’re generally held in the early afternoons, and reservations aren’t required. Call 615-687-6500 for more information.

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Nashville Public Library’s Courtyard Concerts

615 Church St., Nashville

Not everything in Nashville is centered around the nightlife. Why not enjoy on of Nashville Public Library's Courtyard Concerts on your lunch break? The series runs on Tuesdays from 11:45 to 1 in, fittingly enough, the library courtyard.

September 26 - Shawn Camp Bluegrass Band

October 3 - Mike Farris

October 10 - Riders in the Sky

October 17 - Crackerboots

October 24 - Mark Collie

October 31 - The WannaBeatles

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Local University Music

Trevecca University is hosting a series of symphony, choral, and jazz concerts starting September 21 running into mid-November. Don’t miss this chance to see local up-and-comers and regional success give their all to the music.

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Hosting several great offerings, Middle Tennessee State University's symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz band, and women’s choir will be playing from Setpember 21 into mid-November. All the shows will be Hinton Music Hall of the Wright Music Building at MTSU in Murfreesboro.

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Open season at the The Belmont Symphony Orchestra begins October 12 at 7:30 with a concert at the McAfee Concert Hall. Take in the building’s stunning architecture and fine-tuned acoustics, crafted by the same minds behind the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Belmont University is also throwing a free Brown Bag Concert Series every Friday at noon on Fridays at Massey Performing Arts Center. From jazz and percussion ensembles to string orchestra and concert band, this is one you won’t want to miss.

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Centennial Art Center Shows

301 25th Ave. N., Nashville

Running from October 7 to 30, the Metro Parks Centennial Art Center is hosting it’s "Get Cultured" exhibit. Featured alongside the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival, Get Cultured” features artists from all over the globe. Check back around mid-November when they open the Holiday Season Art Exhibition and Sale for great Christmas gifts

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Art Crawls

Enjoy great wine and hor d'oeuvres at Franklin’s downtown Tour of the Arts from 6 to 9 the first Friday of each Month.

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Nashville's Downtown Art Crawl runs from 6 to 9 on the first Saturday of every month. Following 5th Avenue and snaking through 20 galleries and the Arcade art district, the city even provides a free shuttle for further out galleries.

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The Wedgewood-Houston also runs every first Saturday of the month, and features works from the area’s many galleries and artists. Enjoy free art and music while your mingle with local artist starting at 6PM., there is an art night in the Wedgewood-Houston area, where you can join a free arts and music walk beginning at 6.

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2000 Edgehill Ave, Nashville

University School of Nashville have invited artists from across America to compete in their annual art show and competition. Running from October 19 to the 21, the evet features a mix of art disciplines, music, and a special community party hosted by “ARTbash.” You can take a few choice pieces home with you at the artisan market, or bring the kids to for special activities. and a free hands-on art activity scrap exchange hands-on activity for children.

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Nashville Ballet Programs

Performing at library branches across Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Ballet is hosting several story times featuring movement and dancers. A travelling “teaching artist” will be performing tales like “Sleeping Beauty,” “Aesop’s Fables,” and others throughout September and October.

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Veterans Day Parade

Broadway, Nashville

On November 11, Nashville will once again host its annual Veterans Day Parade down Broadway. Veterans from all branches and facets of the military will be in attendance, with patriots who’ve served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Take a Saturday to appreciate and honor the sacrifice so many have made for our great country.

African Street Festival

1037 28th Ave N, Nashville, TN

Featuring reggae, gospel, African drumming, jazz, and blues, the 35th Annual African Street Festival always bring light and life to Nashville. Running September 22 to 24, expect over 100 vendors, 30 delicious ethnic cuisines, and plenty of amazing cultural displays Parking is free.

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Hispanic Heritage Day

502 SE Broad St., Murfreesboro

Hosted by the Discovery Center on September 16, Hispanic Heritage Day celebrates the rich traditions and history of Hispanic culture through art, food, and music. Explore and understand Hispanic cultures from around the globe.

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Old Timers' Festival

115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne

Kicking off September 9, Old Timers' Festival starts at City Hall with a parade, and winds down into La Vergne's Veterans Memorial Park. Enjoy fine music, crafts, and plenty of activities for the children.

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Halloween at the Library

Several of libraries around Nashville are celebrating Halloween, with special events on or leading up to the spooky holiday. The Inglewood and East branches will have parties on October 31st, while the Bellevue, Edmondson Pike and Hermitage locations will have fun music and craft events late in the month.

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Franklin Family Day

239 Franklin Rd, Franklin

The 11th annual Franklin Family Day Celebration kicks off November 4 at 10, with fun for the whole family. Enjoy hay rides, fishing, live music, a petting zoo, face painting, crafts, games and more.

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Nashville British Car Club Show

1310 Franklin Road, Brentwood

The  23nd annual show Nashville British Car Show is set for October 14. Enjoy over 100 modern and classic Britsh on the lawn at the Tennessee Baptist Children’s in Brentwood. With Jaguars, MINI Coopers, MGs, Aston Martins, Triumphs, Land Rovers, and Rolls-Royces, it’s enough to make any car lover drool. Even better, the event is free and benefits the children at Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes.

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Downtown Franklin

Hosted by the Heritage Foundation, Franklin’s 34th Annual Pumpkinfest embodies all that fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving have to offer. On October 28, Main Street of Franklin will be willed with kids' games, pumpkin carving, putt-putt golf, pet and kids costume contests, live music and tasty food.

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Night Markets

The Nashville Farmers' Market - 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.

With nearby construction and parking at a premium, plenty of us just don’t have the time to vist the Nashville Farmer’s Market for lunch – but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. With so many of local, regional, and ethic offerings, it’s worth stopping by the Night Market every third Friday of the month from 5 to 9. Will live music, cocktails, win, beer, and so much food, it’s worth your attention.

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Jack Daniel's BBQ Fest

Lynchburg, TN

This year marks the 28th Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational BBQ. If you’ve never been down to Lynchburg to visit the distillery and sample some of Tennessee’s finist, you can’t find a better excuse than this. Held October 27 and 28, the even features plenty of live music, good eats and smoked meats.

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Country Ham Festival

804 Branham Hughes Blvd., Spring Hill

Hosted at the Tennessee Children’s Home, John Maher Builders' Country Ham Festival is the perfect fall foray into southern food and family fun. One day only – October 7 from 10 to 7, you can expect them to pack everything into this festival. From hot air balloons and monster trucks, to bucking mechanical bulls and hog calling, you’ll have plenty to do between stuffing you’re face with the best fixings.

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Nashville Oktoberfest

Germantown, Nashville

Expected to draw 300,000 attendees, Nashville’s iconis Germantown Oktoberfest runs October 5 to 8 and covers a massive 10 city blocks. Featuringpletny of fine German food, crafts, live music across multiple stages, the festival’s claim to fame is it’s”World's Longest Beer Slide." Enjoy a fully stocks beer garden and tasting stations, and don’t miss “Pup Parade” the wiener dog races on Sunday.

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