Tennessee Fall Festivals and Football Games You Should Plan to Attend

Tennessee Fall Festivals and Football Games You Should Plan to Attend

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

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Fall has just begun and Tennessee's festivals are in full swing. Here's the low-down on what you can experience this season:

Muddy Roots Music Festival – Cookeville

Muddy Roots Festival, credit Inny Vanschoubroeck Photography
Muddy Roots Festival, photo credit Inny Vanschoubroeck Photography

At June Boogie Ranch Sept. 1-4, 2017, 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

Delta Fair & Music Festival
Delta Fair & Music Festival

Celebrating 10 years, the Delta Fair & Music Fest, happening Sept. 1-10, 2017, offers live music with performers like Aaron Carter, Austin Mahone, Filter and High Valley. Festival food, helicopter rides, pig races, bike night, street performers and carnival rides for the kids make this “Everyone’s Fair.” 

Southern Heritage Classic – Memphis

Southern Heritage Classic, Memphis
Southern Heritage Classic, photo credit: Southern Heritage Classic


The football match-up Sept. 7-9, 2017 between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University are heralded in with The Classic Music Festival featuring Fantasia, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds with Jammin Jay Lamont 8 p.m. Sept. 8, 2017 at the Landers Center. The Classic Tailgate with lots of food and fanfare during the duration of the event. Finally, the Classic Parade rolls through town 9 a.m. Sept. 9 featuring area high school marching bands before game day kickoff 6 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.  

Farm to Table Dinner – Gallatin

Farm to Table Dinner in Gallatin
Farm to Table Dinner in Gallatin

Locally-grown food with wine tastings and music add to the beautiful ambiance of the Farm to Table Dinner, Sept. 9 at the Corner House in Gallatin. Here, tables line Main Street with beautiful decor that heralds in the beginning of the harvest season.

Cherokee Fall FestivalVonore

Cherokee Fall Festival, Vonore
Cherokee Fall Festival in Vonore

The Cherokee Fall Festival Sept. 9-10, 2017 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.  

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Franklin

Pilgrimage Festival, Franklin
Pilgrimage Festival, photo credit: Tyler Leaman

Pilgrimage brings big name artists Sept. 23-24 like Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adams, Mavis Staples, Walk the Moon, The Avett Brothers and many more 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 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.

Goats, Music & More Festival – Lewisburg

Goats, Music & More Festival, Lewisburg
Goats, Music & More Festival in Lewisburg 

Free concerts are performed nightly by big-name acts like John Michael Montgomery and Lonestar Oct. 13-14, 2017 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

Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival
Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival

Climb into a canoe and have your own National Geographic experience Oct. 20-22, 2017. 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.

National Banana Pudding Festival – Centerville

National Banana Pudding Festival in Centerville
National Banana Pudding Festival in Centerville 

The festival Oct. 7-8, 2017 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.  

Harvest Festival – Pigeon Forge

Dollywood Harvest Festival in Pigeon Forge
Dollywood Harvest Festival in Pigeon Forge

This festival welcomes some of the biggest names in Southern gospel music with free concerts Sept. 29-Oct. 28 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, new this year, Great Pumpkin LumiNights is a collection of artistic sculptures and whimsical scenes throughout the Timber Canyon portion of Dollywood. 

National Storytelling Festival – Jonesborough

National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, photo credit Peter Montanti
National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, photo credit Peter Montanti

The National Storytelling Festival Oct. 6-8, 2017 is an event featuring compelling performances by internationally-known professional tellers. Storytellers on the docket this year include Carmen Deedy, Willy Claflin, Ben Haggarty, Donald Davis among many others. The Marketplace, Midnight Cabaret, Ghost Story Concerts and Swappin' Ground, where anyone can tell a tale, are events that are also on the bill. 

Ketner's Mill Country Arts Fair – Whitwell

Ketner's Mill Country Arts Fair, Whitwell
Ketner's Mill Country Arts Fair in Whitwell 

The fair brings visitors face-to-face with the only remaining water-powered grist mill in the area Oct. 21-22, 2017 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. 

Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue – Lynchburg

Jack Daniel's World ChampionshiInvitational Barbecue in Lynchburg
Jack Daniel's World ChampionshiInvitational Barbecue in 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. 27-28, 2017. 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.

Mountain Makins Festival – Morristown 

Mountain Makins Festival in Morristown
Mountain Makins Festival in Morristown

Celebrate Appalachian traditions at this weekend-long folk festival 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 $5 for entrance. 

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