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Tennessee Fall Festivals and Football Games You Should Plan to Attend

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

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:

Muddy Roots Music Festival – Cookeville 

At June Boogie Ranch Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2019 the Muddy Roots Music Festival includes an eclectic mix of hillbilly, bluegrass and punk music. It’s been celebrated by Rolling Stone as “one of the top festivals of the year.

Delta Fair & Music Fest – Memphis

Celebrating 10 years, the Delta Fair & Music Fest, happening Aug. 30-Sept. 8, 2019 offers live music with performers like Parmalee, Cory Jackson, Michael Ray and the Johnny Cash Family Reunion. Festival food, helicopter rides, pig races, bike night, street performers and carnival rides for the kids make this “Everyone’s Fair.” 

Cherokee Fall Festival – Vonore

The Cherokee Fall Festival Sept. 7-8, 2019 is full of demonstrations, Cherokee dances, arts and crafts wares, food, music and tours of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tennessee’s only tribally-owned museum.  

Southern Heritage Classic – Memphis

The football match-up Sept. 11-14, 2019 between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University are heralded in with the Classic Concert featuring Gladys Knight and Jeffrey Osborne Sept. 12 at the Orpheum Theatre. The Classic Music Festival featuring Keith Sweat, Joe,  and  Tamia  at the Landers Center Sept. 13, 2019, The Classic Tailgate takes place 8 a.m. Sept. 14, 2019 with lots of food and fanfare; and, the Classic Parade rolls through town 9 a.m. Sept. 8 featuring area high school marching bands before game day kickoff 6 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.  

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol 

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 Sept. 20-22,2019 on 20 stages hosted at various venues and on the streets of downtown Bristol. Tickets range $40-$125 and give you access to artists like Wynonna and The Big Noise, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Patty Griffin, Mike Farris, Marty Stuart, Sam Bush and more. 

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival – Franklin

Pilgrimage brings big name artists Sept. 21-22, 2019 like Foo Fighters, The Killers, Keith Urban, Lauren Daigle, Jenny Lewis, Better Than Ezra and many more to The Park at Harlinsdale. While there, discover the culture of Franklin and Williamson County at The Bazaar where local antique dealers, artisans and restaurants showcases their wares.

Dollywood's Harvest Festival – Pigeon Forge

This festival welcomes some of the biggest names in Southern gospel music with free concerts Sept. 27-Nov. 2, 2019 at Dollywood. Hundreds of artisans from around the U.S. showcase their skill in handmade historic games, textile art, woodworking, chainsaw carvings, and more in booths throughout the park. And, Great Pumpkin LumiNights is a collection of artistic sculptures and whimsical scenes throughout the Timber Canyon portion of Dollywood. 

National Storytelling Festival – Jonesborough

The National Storytelling Festival Oct.4-6, 2019 is an event featuring compelling performances by internationally-known professional tellers. Storytellers on the docket this year include ghost storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston,  award-winning Regi Carpenter, Donald Davis,  Bil Lep among many others. The Marketplace, Midnight Cabaret, Ghost Story Concerts and Swappin' Ground, where anyone can tell a tale, are featured events. 

National Banana Pudding Festival – Centerville

The festival Oct. 5-6, 2019 hosts a national cook-off for the best banana pudding in the U.S. This two-day event includes two entertainment stages, a children's area, a cook-off in front of a live audience and more. The Puddin' Path is a walkway of 10 different pudding stops where you can decide your favorite for $5. Take your favorites home with you in a container at the Puddin' To Go Tent for $5 each.  

Goats, Music & More Festival – Lewisburg

Free concerts are performed nightly by big-name acts like Ronnie McDowell, and T Graham Brown Oct. 11-12, 2019 at Rock Creek Park. Goat shows, specifically to celebrate the fainting goat that is prevalent in Marshall County take place, awarding a grand champion each year. Activities like kids’ games and rides, arts, crafts and a variety of food round out the events for this annual festival.

Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival – Tiptonville

Climb into a canoe and have your own National Geographic experience Oct. 18-20, 2019. 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.

Ketner's Mill Country Arts Fair – Whitwell

The fair brings visitors face-to-face with the only remaining water-powered grist mill in the area Oct. 19-20, 2019 at Ketner's Mill on the banks of the Big Sequatchie River in Whitwell. Visitors can watch the operation of a sorghum mill and purchase pure molasses, stone ground corn meal and flour. Artistic demonstrations like woodworking and ironwork take place. Buy quality crafts while enjoying country cooking. After lunch, cruise in a canoe to experience the same waters that power the mill and hear a variety of local musicians perform bluegrass, country and gospel music. 

Mountain Makins Festival – Morristown 

Celebrate Appalachian traditions at this weekend-long folk festival Oct. 25-27, 2019 that celebrates the region. Experience the 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 and is $7 for entrance. 

Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue – Lynchburg

Considered one of the most prestigious barbecue competitions in the world, more than 90 national and international barbecue teams will answer the ultimate question: "Who is the Grand Champion?" The event will take place Oct. 26-27, 2019. The smoke rises and the smell of barbecue wafts in the air as 25,000 attendees take in the action. Other festivities include games, clogging and, in pure Tennessee fashion, lots of music.

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