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Add These Tennessee Fall Festivals to Your Calendar

Herald in the autumn months by experiencing these Made in Tennessee fall festivals.

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Tennessee Fall Festivals in September
Tennessee Fall Festivals in October

 

Tennessee's festivals are in full swing with fall festivals quickly coming up. Here's the low-down on what you can experience this season.

Tennessee Fall Festivals in September

Southern Heritage Classic

Date: Sept. 8-10, 2022

Location: Memphis, Tennessee

The football match-up between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University are heralded in with the Classic Concert featuring The O'Jays at The Orpheum Theatre. The Classic Funk Fest includes performances by The Bar-Kays, SOS Band, Original Lakeside and ConFunkShun. Sept. 10 is game day, beginning with the tailgate and parade, battle of the bands, a fashion brunch at The Guest House at Graceland and finally, the anticipated football game.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Date: Sept. 9-11, 2022

Location: Bristol, Tennessee

Make your fall a musical one by listening to some of the top roots musicians in America during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. More than 130 artists perform on 20 stages hosted at various venues and on the streets of downtown Bristol. Enjoy live performances by JJ Grey & Mofro, Tanya Tucker, Del McCoury Band, Rosanne Cash, Asleep at the Wheel and many more.

Horseshoe Riverbend Festival

Date: Sept. 10, 2022

Location: Riverfront Park Stage in Clifton, Tennessee

Bring a chair to enjoy live music entertainment and family fun during the Horseshoe Riverbend Festival. The day begins with a car show and kids activities, including food vendors throughout the afternoon. Music begins in the evening at Riverfront Park. The lineup includes 7 Bridges, Alex Miller and Stretta. 

Wine on the River

Date: Sept. 10, 2022

Location: Riverfront Park in Nashville, Tennessee

Sample wine, beer and spirits from different regions spanning the globe without leaving Nashville during Wine on the River. Culturally themed menus will be available for purchase as well as live music filling the air. Beverage providers include C. Mondavi & Family, Buffalo Chip American Whisky, Hap & Harry's, Ballotin Chocolate Whisky, Evan Williams Bourbon, Broken Shed New Zealand Vodka, Fighting 69 Irish Whiskey and many more.

Americana Music Festival & Conference

Date: Sept. 13-17, 2022

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals will make their way to Americana Music Festival & Conference happening at various venues around Nashville. Jewel, The Vespers, Patty Griffin, Glen Hansard, Buddy Miller, and Parker Millsap are just some of the artists who have participated in the past. More than 165 showcases in venues around downtown Nashville give guests an insight on why Nashville truly is Music City. The 2022 lineup is currently being planned. 

Collierville Balloon Festival

Dates: Sept. 16-18, 2022

Location: Collierville, Tennessee

The Collierville Balloon Festival brings together more than 20 stunning hot air balloons, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, food, carnival rides and tethered balloon rides. Balloon flights and displays will take place at dusk and dawn with a magical balloon glow at dark. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children (carnival rides and tethered balloon rides are separate ticketed attractions).

Schulz Brau Brewing Company's Oktoberfest

Date: Sept. 17-Oct. 3, 2022

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Photo Credit: Schulz Brau Brewing Company

One of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations, Schulz Brau Brewing in Knoxville is meticulous in following Munich traditions as closely as possible. So much so, that the brewery has a barrel-tapping ceremony on Munich-Time (6 a.m. EST). After the ceremony, doors open and the fun begins. Polka music fills the air and Stein-Hoisting competitions, Best Dirndl-lederhosen contests, bratwurst-eating contests, dog racing, Sunday brunches and more take place over the two-week festival.

Cheekwood Harvest

Date: Sept. 17-Oct. 30, 2022

Location: Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee

Cheekwood Harvest at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is a multi-week celebration of autumn filled with mums, a community scarecrow trail, Cheekwood Beer Garden with special performances and Pumpkin Village with three pumpkin houses. Special events include a Japanese Moon Viewing, Halloween Pooch Party and El Dia de los Muertos.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

Date: Sept. 24-25, 2022

Location: Franklin, Tennessee

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival was created to bring a meaningful, music experience to its attendees at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin. The region's best food and drink will be available and merchants selling art and crafts round out the festival's offerings. Everyone from Justin Timberlake to Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson and Beck have played at this festival. The festival dates and full lineup will be announced soon.

Dollywood's Harvest Festival

Date: Sept. 23-Oct. 29, 2022

Location: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Dollywood's Harvest Festival presented by Humana has been voted America's #1 Fall Family Event by USA Today readers. With the Great Smoky Mountains ablaze in fall color, enjoy apple and pumpkin treats, illuminated carved pumpkin displays throughout the park and world-class artisans. 

Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg

Date: Sept. 23-Oct. 30, 2022

Location: Ober Gatlinburg in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Experience an authentic Oktoberfest without leaving Tennessee at Ober Gatlinburg. The month-long celebration features German-inspired menus, live music by the Smoky Mountain Oompah Band, traditional Bavarian folk dances, yodels and more daily performances. Enjoy the fall color and mild weather in the outdoor Bier Garten, open daily for guests 21 and older.

Fall Folk Arts Festival – Kingsport

Date: Sept. 24-25, 2022

Location: Exchange Place Living History Farm, Kingsport, Tennessee

Travel to Exchange Place Living History Farm in Kingsport where you can spend a perfect autumn weekend at the Fall Folk Arts Festival. This family-friendly event includes tasting kettle corn, Brunswick stew and apple butter, watching demonstrators, meeting live animals like Coswold sheep, Suffolk horses and cows, and hearing bluegrass bands and dulcimer players. Browse the harvest market where you'll find corn, pumpkins and squash for decorating. Watch demonstrations for vegetable dyeing, quilting, basket making, rope making, whittling, canning, blacksmithing, pottery and much more.

3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival 

Date: Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2022

Location: Ross' Landing in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival, named after the three daughters of Fletcher Bright, a bluegrass fiddler legend. The free, two-day festival hosts some of the biggest names in traditional and modern bluegrass. The music festival has been heralded as one of the top five bluegrass festivals in the U.S. Artists like Ricky Scaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Bela Fleck and Steep Canyon Rangers have all performed at past festivals. The 2022 lineup will be announced soon.

Knox PrideFest

Date: Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2022

Location: World's Fair Park

Knoxville's PrideFest happens in the fall with entertainment, a night parade full of glowing floats and displays and more. Celebrate community at the festival. The entertainment lineup and more information will be announced soon.

Tennessee Fall Festivals in October

Rock City's Rocktoberfest

Date: Oct. 1-30, 2022

Location: Rock City Gardens in Chattanooga, Tennessee

German music, food and specialty beer flow at Rock City's Rocktoberfest. Kids will love the special Birds of Prey shows, costumed characters and other family-friendly activities. Oktoberfest is a great way to tour the gardens and see the valleys below vibrant in fall color. Music entertainment, special dining menus and the full lineup of activities will be announced soon.

National Storytelling Festival

Date: Oct. 7-9, 2022

Location: Jonesborough, Tennessee

Travel to Jonesborough, the Storytelling Capital of the World, for the National Storytelling Festival. Stories from around the world are told throughout the town featuring famous tellers like Peter Chand, Chuna McIntyre, Jay O'Callahan and Noa Baum. Immerse yourself in the stories performed on stage and under tents. There is also a virtual event option for those who are unable to travel but want to experience the world-class storytelling.

Liberty Square Celebration & Lester Flatt Memorial Bluegrass Day

Date: Oct. 8, 2022

Location: Liberty Square in Sparta, Tennessee

Bluegrass, crafts, classic cars, food and fireworks that all celebrate the music contributions of Lester Flatt during the Liberty Square Celebration and Lester Flatt Memorial Bluegrass Day. Bluegrass bands such as Sister Sadie, Breaking Glass, The Tenos, Blake Williams and David Davis & the Warrior River Boys are scheduled to perform throughout the day. The free event starts at 12:45 p.m. and wraps with a beautiful fireworks finale at 7 p.m.

Chattanooga Oktoberfest

Date: Oct. 8-9, 2022

Location: First Horizon Pavilion in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Live oompah music, cultural food and an expanded selection of beer and fun will be featured at the Chattanooga Oktoberfest. Beginning 10 a.m. both days, you can sample a wide variety of breweries and seasonal offerings in the Biergarten, buy from local farms, artisans and craftsmen, and listen to the Wurstbrats Oompah Band, a fan favorite among other family-friendly entertainment. Festive German attire is highly recommended. 

Fall Jam at Windrock Park

Date: Oct. 13-15, 2022

Location: Oliver Springs, Tennessee

All ATV and SxS enthusiasts can mark calendars for the Windrock Park Fall Jam, back after a two-year hiatus and bigger than past celebrations. The grand opening celebration for the new General Store and family-friendly activities will be announced soon. A fan favorite is the annual Haunted Trail Ride.  

Goats, Music & More Festival

Date: Oct. 21-22, 2022

Location: Rock Creek Park, Lewisburg, Tennessee

Goat shows that celebrate the fainting goat, prevalent in Marshall County, take place at the Goats, Music & More Festival. A grand champion is announced each year. This agricultural-focused event includes family-friendly activities like kids’ games and rides, goat yoga, arts, crafts and a variety of fair food. Free concerts are performed nightly by big-name acts like Gary Nichols and The Midnight Riders at Rock Creek Park.

Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival

Date: Oct. 21-23, 2022

Location: Reelfoot Lake State Park, Tiptonville, Tennessee

Climb into a canoe and have your own National Geographic experience during the Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival at Reelfoot Lake State Park. See pelicans up close as they feed and thrive among Reelfoot Lake that has an unmatched ecosystem. The 15,000-acre lake is the only naturally-made lake in Tennessee. Craft vendors, an art and photo contest, and bird of prey programs are featured events at the annual festival.

Mountain Makins Festival

Date: Oct. 22-23, 2022

Location: Rose Center Council for the Arts, Morristown, Tennessee

Celebrate Appalachian traditions at Mountain Makins Festival that celebrates the region. This folk festival celebrates the region's diverse cuisine, music, fine arts, dancing, music and storytelling for an unforgettable, family-friendly festival. The event is hosted at the Rose Center, Morristown's cultural arts center. 

Boo at the Zoo

Kids can enjoy safe and family-friendly Halloween fun at Boo at the Zoo hosted at Nashville Zoo with games, entertainment, carousel rides, trick-or-treating and more; Boo! at the Zoo at Zoo Knoxville is the place trick-or-treaters can get lots of goodies along the BOO! Trail and enjoy a variety of entertainment. Boo in the Zoo at Chattanooga Zoo has trick-or-treat stations, pony rides, inflatables, costume contests and much more. Finally, Le Bonheur Zoo Boo 2022 at Memphis Zoo is where families can enjoy straw mazes, candy stations, hayrides and more.  

For more events happening in Tennessee, visit our events calendar.

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