Now that the temperature isn't a million degrees, it's time for pumpkin patches and fall festivals!! Nashville is home to some amazing fall events...and not all of them will cost you an arm and a leg.
Here are 7 TOTALLY FREE fall festivities happening in Nashville in the next 6 weeks.
1. Project 615's Nashvember
We're super excited for this one, coming to Track One on November 10th. The family-friendly festival will have food trucks, local crafters and vendors, music from DJ Ready Rob, and of course all of your favorite Project 615 merch. Plus your favorite radio station is helping to host the event, so you can come by and say hi! Oh, and of course, the event is family-friendly and TOTALLY FREE.
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Project 615 presents the 5th annual Nashvember! November 10th, 11am-5pm at @trackonenashville. 50 local vendors, food trucks, a live DJ, and more! Join us for a FREE and family-friendly event. Still interested in being a vendor? There’s few spots remaining! Apply at Nashvember.com. 🍁🍂 #nashvember #project615 #savethedate
2. Downtown Franklin Pumpkinfest
One of my personal favorites living in Williamson County, Pumpkinfest is Downtown Franklin's annual Halloween/Fall celebration. This year's event is October 27th, and it's everything you love about Franklin wrapped up into one huge festival. Tons of food trucks, local retailers, live music, and if you have little kids there's a great area for them as well with a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, and a corn dig that my kid was obsessed with last year.
Oh, and obviously TONS and TONS of pumpkins.
3. Southern Festival of Books
This year's event October 12-14 marks the 30th anniversary of the Southern Festival of Books, and although it's not inherently a "fall" event, it's a must-go for people who love to read.
An annual event on War Memorial Plaza, the Festival is free and hosts thousands of readers, writers, and more. Plus, although the event is free, there are plenty of books for purchase so you don't go home empty-handed.
Who doesn’t love free events and the celebration of books? See @Tennessean’s @Ms_Cheap's guide to free Nashville fun for more on the Southern Festival of Books and other budget-friendly things to do in the area. #MeetMeOnThePlazahttps://t.co/GbFbAndByN pic.twitter.com/obJP3ZSpuK— Southern Festival of Books (@SoFestofBooks) June 18, 2018
4. Tennessee Craft Festival
If books aren't your thing (or even if they are), the Tennessee Craft Festival is happening at the same time as the Southern Festival of Books just a couple miles away. The event in Centennial Park (that's the one with The Parthenon) and features over 200 booths of local crafters and makers with some of the coolest and most unique products you'll find anywhere around town.
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Stop by and smell the flowers this afternoon before artists pack up at 5pm! #TNCraftFair #TNCraft #Nashville #NashvilleTN #CentennialPark #Parthenon #CreativeEconomy #EmergingMaker #SupportArtists #SupportSmallBusiness #woodworking #blownglass #printmaking #sculpture #jewelry #fiberarts #textile #clay #nashvilleparks
5. Goats, Music, & More Festival
Because goats. Honestly, do we need to say anything else? October 12th and 13th at Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg, you'll get to enjoy some great live music from local and national acts (including Tyler Farr and Jimmie Allen), local vendors, a cornhole tournament, and yes, of course. Goats. Lots of goats. And Goat Yoga. And...
I mean, really, you had us at goats.
6. Farm Day at Bells Bend Park
This one I had to research a little, because honestly I didn't know this was a thing, but this looks AWESOME if you have little kids who are into tractors and animals!
Their Facebook page describes the October 13th event:
The Friends of Bells Bend Park are proud to present our Autumn Farm Day . This Year's festivities will include all of our past traditions: farm animals, hay rides, demonstrations, KidsZone, antique tractors, local vendors and local BBQ. This event is free to the public.Old Time Fiddle and Banjo contests with cash prizes, shade tree pickin'
And, of course, although they're not free, we're lucky to have cool spots like Gentry's Farm and Lucky Ladd Farms for a pretty cheap family day out and some pumpkin picking!
Happy Fall, Ya'll!