This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Celebrate pumpkin spice and everything nice at fall & harvest festivals, arts and crafts festivals, fall color pontoon boat rides, fall hikes, pumpkin painting, storytelling nights around the campfire, chili cook-offs, fright nights, cemetery & ghost tours, Oktoberfest and Boo at the Zoo. Relax with Pumpkin Spice Yoga or at the first Tennessee Yoga Festival. Learn how to start your own family research during the Genealogy Jamboree & Pioneer Day. For a complete list of events across Tennessee this week, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.

Oct. 11-13

Woodbury – A classic murder mystery begins with 10 guilty strangers being trapped on an island. See if you can solve the clues for the stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” at the Arts Center of Cannon County.

Oct. 11-14

Statewide – Tennessee Craft Week is a collection of craft events & fairs across the state, shining a spotlight on the collective impact that Made in Tennessee craft has on the state’s culture, community & economy. Here is the complete list of events.

Memphis – Flocktoberfest, the world’s greatest hunting expo and sale, returns to Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Join thousands for free seminars and demonstrations, live music, kids’ activities and Duck Calling Championships.

Memphis – An inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skills, the hilarious musical, School of Rock rocks out at Orpheum Theatre.

Nashville – Nashville’s annual Oktoberfest is a street fair with traditional German music, food, beer, a beer slide, a parade, three German music stages, arts and crafts and a kids’ zone in the historic Germantown neighborhood.

Nashville – What would happen if Sherlock Homes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get The Play that Goes Wrong. See the award-winning smash comedy at Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Knoxville – Pups will compete in the DockDogs 2018 World Championship at the Knoxville Convention Center in big air, extreme vertical and speed retrieve competitions for the Golden Paws Awards.

Knoxville – Is she innocent, mad or a scheming murderess? The stage adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel Alias Grace stuns at the Clarence Brown Theatre.

Oct. 11-28

Nashville – Grab your costume and enjoy 11 nights of delightfully frightful fun during the annual Halloween tradition, Boo at the Zoo at the Nashville Zoo. The fall festival field will have carnival games, carousel rides, hayrides and trick-or-treating.

Knoxville – Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with goodies as they visit the animals for BOO! at the Zoo at Knoxville Zoo. Each night will have a variety of entertainment.

Oct. 12

Memphis – The Pink Palace Museum will overflow with wine, food and fun 6:30-9:30 p.m. during the Science of Wine. Guests can enjoy wines from around the world and food pairings that bring out the best flavors in local cuisine. Tickets are $65.

Nashville – Explore the splendor of Paris 1900 at the Frist Art Museum. The exhibit includes more than 250 works, including paintings, decorative art, costumes, posters and photographs and is open through Jan. 6, 2019.

Murfreesboro – Enjoy a movie, make some slime and channel your inner pumpkin king at Discovery Center 9 p.m. for Parents’ Night Out. There will be a showing of “Nightmare Before Christmas” for the movie’s 25th anniversary.

Knoxville – Experience a film under the stars at Movies on Market Square. “Black Panther” will start at dusk.

Chattanooga – Known as the architect of shock rock, experience A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper 8 p.m. at Tivoli Theatre.

Oct. 12-13

Parsons – Who will survive the night? Surprises, scares and laughs abound in The House on Hainted Hill at Parsons Municipal Center. Curtains go up at 7:30 p.m.

Parsons – The 12th annual Carl Perkins Bass Classic at Perryville Marina will raise funds for the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center. There will be a free fishing rodeo for kids 12 & under and kids’ activities each day.

Lewisburg – Join in on the fun at Goats Music & More with music, goat rodeo, fainting & boar goat shows, kids’ games, rides, arts, crafts and food at Rock Creek Park.

Smyrna – Looking for some spooky fun? Dress up in costume, play games, get treats, take a haunted walk, find your way through the Scream Maze and into the Zombie Zone during Fright Nights at the Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center.

Hohenwald – The Oktoberfest Heritage Festival attracts thousands to celebrate the founding of one of three German/Swiss towns in Tennessee. Enjoy arts and crafts, food booths and a fall classics car and truck show.

Clinton – More than 80 antique dealers and artisans, food vendors, a beer garden, antique car exhibit and live entertainment will fill historic downtown Clinton during the 18th annual Clinch River Fall Antique Festival. Admission is free.

Oct. 12-14

Memphis – Shop, play and explore. Shop artists’ booths, listen to live music, enjoy food trucks and live demonstrations like weaving, beekeeping and woodworking at the Pink Palace Crafts Fair.

Nashville – Meet some of your favorite storytellers with three days of readings, panel discussions and book signings at War Memorial and Nashville’s Main Public Library during the Southern Festival of Books.

Nashville – A handmade book, pottery, stained glass, garden decorations, jewelry, you name it. Hundreds of Tennessee craft artists showcase their handmade treasures on the lawn of Centennial Park during the Tennessee Craft Fair.

Parrottsville – Parrottsville Heritage Days at Parrott Larue Myers Park features a quilt show, flower show, arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations of basket making, fabric dying, spinning and weaving, music, games for kids and cash drawings.

Elizabethton – Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Sabine Hill with a weekend of activities to commemorate the bicentennial of this historic home, kicking off at 6 p.m. Frida with “An Evening with Andrew Jackson” at Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center.

Blountville – Get an adrenaline rush at the 31st annual Suzuki Top Gun Showdown at Muddy Creek Raceway with pit bike races, moto binga, wheelie contest, Barbie car race, chili cook-off and inflatables for kids.

Oct. 12-21

Statewide – The Tennessee STEAM Festival lets kids and families interact with scientists, engineers and designers in children’s museums, science centers, businesses, schools, parks and communities. Click here for a full list of events.

Oct. 13

Jackson & Southwest TN – The Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour and 5K is a bicycle ride featuring scenic roads and state parks, including Pinson Mounds. Registration is at 7 a.m. & begins with breakfast at Jackson State Community College.

Jackson – The Art on Track Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the N.C. & St.L Depot & Railroad Museum features fine art, folk art, traditional art, railroad history, demonstrations and storytelling.

Savannah – The Historic Savannah Cemetery Tour will take you back in time, departing every 30 minutes 1-3:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. from the Historic Savannah Theater. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Milan – Join the city of Milan for the inaugural Downtown Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The events include a pageant, chili cook-off, 5K run, mile walk, live music, cornhole tournament and food trucks.

Ramer – The Ramer Days Fall Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with live music, food, vendors, carnival games, bouncy houses, a classic car show and baseball tournament at Ramer Ball Park. Admission is $5 & kids 5 and under are admitted free.

Memphis – Get in the fall spirit with pumpkin-painting, hayrides, arts and crafts and live bluegrass music at the Agricenter Harvest Festival, hosted in and around the red barn at the Agricenter.

Memphis – Rock for Human Rights combines live music along with the award-winning short film “The Story of Human Rights.” The free event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. at Hooks Hyde Hall at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Dover – Step back in time and gather round the campfire with a hot cup of apple cider as a storyteller shares scary stories 6-8:30 p.m. for Snap Apple Night at The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm.

Celina – Get a taste of fall, roam the historic courthouse square and taste delicious chili samples and vote for your favorite at the 10th annual Fall Festival Chili Cook-Off. Tasting bowls are $5. The event kicks off at 11 a.m.

Clarksville – Nobody puts Baby in the corner at Liberty Park. Enjoy “Dirty Dancing” on the big screen outside 6 p.m. for Movies in the Park. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, picnic or visit one of the food concessions.

Monterey – Celebrate Monterey’s rich history from Native American heritage to exploring downtown’s Civil War history. The Standing Stone Day Festival includes a parade, arts, crafts, food and antique cars as the town celebrates its sesquicentennial.

Nashville – They carried us. Honor and support wounded warriors and their families during the Wounded Warriors Project’s Carry Forward 5K fitness challenge and fundraiser 9 a.m. at Nissan Stadium. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.

Franklin – Leash up your pooch and bring the family to Woofstock noon to 5 p.m. at Global K90 Protection Services. The event features live music, raffle & silent auction, protection dog demos, doggie costume contests, bouncy house and games.

Murfreesboro – Celebrate at Bradley Academy Museum’s 14th Annual Heritage Festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a fashion show, food trucks, contests, kids’ zone and live music.

Manchester – The Greenway & Rotary Park at Manchester Recreation Complex comes alive with the free family-friendly River Romp 3-7 p.m. with local arts & crafts vendors, kids’ games, pet costumes, music and food.

Sparta – Visitors come from across the country to pay tribute to bluegrass legend Lester Flatt during the Lester Flatt Memorial Bluegrass Day on Liberty Square downtown. A day of music, crafts, food games, a truck and car show and fireworks kick off at noon.

Winchester – Enjoy the boom of cannons from local reenacting groups, smell delicious aromas of handmade foods and participate in old time crafts, games and activities at the Heritage Day Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tims Ford State Park.

Milton – Celebrate the grand opening of the historic event venue The Gathering at Milton 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fall Market and Craft Fair with handcrafted merchandise, homemade goodies, antiques, art, music, food and  petting zoo.

Knoxville – Taste foods from different countries, shop the bazaar, enjoy kid’s crafts and entertainment during the International Food Festival 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at World’s Fair Park.

White Bluff – The town of White Bluff comes together for the White Bluff Main Street Festival on Main Street every October for an all-day music, arts and crafts and food festival.

LaFollette – With guided ATV rides beginning in historic downtown LaFollette, the Big Creek ATV Festival provides ATV enthusiasts with scenic views from more than 600 miles of ATV trails in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains.

Roan Mountain – Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage at Roan Mountain State Park’s Autumn Harvest Festival with traditional crafts, food and entertainment noon to 3 p.m. at Miller Farmstead.

Kodak – Pumpkin spice and everything nice. Bring your mat for Pumpkin Spice Yoga with tasty pumpkin flavored beverages included 9-10:15 a.m. at Seven Islands State Birding Park. Meet at the Bluebird Barn. Tickets are $10.

Oct 13-14

Memphis – Women ages 16 and older can get experience in handling and shooting handguns, long guns and compound boys using state-of-the-art technology inside Shoot Like A Girl’s semi tractor-trailer mobile range at Bass Prop Shops.

Columbia – Craftsmen and artisans show off their handiwork at the Meriwether Lewis Arts and Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Riverwalk Park with live music, homemade fudge, white beans and cornbread and fried pies. Admission is free.

Oct. 13-21

Harriman – Buccaneers will be transported to the fictional Caribbean town of Port Royale in the Tortugas circa 1700-1800s during Tennessee Pirate Fest. The fest features musical and comedy acts, a costume contest, fairy tales and delicious food.

Oct. 14

Union City – Head out to the Settlement near McDonald’s Pumpkin Village to watch super cool and Spooky Science experiments with Jason Lindsey from “Hooked on Science,” 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. at Discovery Park of America. The program is free with admission or membership.

Union City – Get creative with Pumpkin Painting 1-4 p.m. at the Settlement at Discovery Park of America. All pumpkins & supplies will be provided. It’s free with admission or membership.

Hendersonville – Bring your yoga mat for the Tennessee Yoga Festival 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rock Castle State Historic Site. The event offers classes for all levels, entertainment, vendors, food and brews from Half Batch Brewing. Tickets are $10.

Oct. 15-28

Rocky Top – Take a one-hour pontoon boat trip on beautiful Norris Lake to view fall colors and wildlife during Norris Dam State Park’s Annual Fall Colors Trip. Learn more & register here.

Oct. 16

Lebanon – They’re here! Experience the strange and creepy haunting of the Freeling family with a screening of the classic 80s horror flick, “Poltergeist” 6:30 p.m. at Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $5.

Oct. 17-20

Murfreesboro – Experience Murfreesboro’s scariest Hay Ride at Old Scream Road’s Haunted Hayride at Barfield Crescent Park. The $5 ride begins at dark, ends at 9 p.m. and may be scary for children.

Oct. 18

Jackson – Watch as local celebrities and community leaders compete to win the mirror ball trophy during Dancing with the Stars at Fairgrounds Park. Proceeds benefit the STAR Center.

Oak Ridge – The American Museum of Science and Energy hosts a grand opening ceremony at its new location at Main Street Oak Ridge. The new museum includes a newly-designed gallery with state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and hands-on activities to tell the story of Oak Ridge’s role in the Manhattan Project during World War II.

Oct. 18-20

Nashville – Seven Deadly Sins exposes the most sinister side of society in a performance that will haunt viewers long after the curtain falls at Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Oliver Springs – Head to the Windrock Park Fall Jamboree at Windrock Park for the ultimate adventure. Enjoy guided rides, obstacle course, drag races, mud bogs, rock crawls, live music and more with more than 300 miles of trails to explore.

Oct. 19

Memphis – Drawing from horror movies, vaudeville and a freaky stage show, experience the architect of shock rock in A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper  8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre.

Clarksville – The Downtown @ Sunday Concert Series and Street Fair 6-10 p.m. at Downtown Commons features live music and beer. Venture down Strawberry Alley for the Street Fair, where local artists will sell handmade items.

Smyrna – Join Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center 5-8 p.m. for Fall Family Fun Night to enjoy games, crafts and an animal show. Admission is $2 per child and parents get in free.

Oct. 19-20

Crossville – German and polka bands, dancing and an authentic German dinner are in store for Crossville Oktoberfest at Knights of Columbus. The festival is rated one of the most authentic Oktoberfests in the area.

Murfreesboro – A hayride in the backcountry, games, puppet shows, story time and live animals will keep families entertained during the Twilight Trail 5-7 p.m. at Barfield Crescent Park. Tickets are $4.

Tullahoma – Pull on your fishnets and do the Time Warp with special showings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at South Jackson Civic Center.

Mt. Pleasant – Grab your bib and head to the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned Mid-South BBQ Festival, a state championship barbecue competition and street fair in Mount Pleasant.

Cumberland Gap – Walk around the historic town for the Genealogy Jamboree and Pioneer Day. Learn how to start your own family research with lectures on genealogy and history, and see how your ancestors made items they needed for everyday life.

Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27

Chattanooga – Join a SPOOKTACULAR family-friendly Halloween event filled with trick-or-treat stations, games, costume contests and fun activities for Boo at the Zoo at Chattanooga Zoo.

Oct. 19-21

Hermitage – Witness and participate in Native American tradition by coming together to dance, sing, partake of native foods, arts and crafts and community spirit at the Indian Education Pow Wow & Fall Festival at Long Hunter State Park.

Henderson – Chickasaw State Park Frontier Days is an annual celebration of yesteryear with fun for the whole family at Chickasaw State Park. It features the David Crockett long hunters re-enactors, equestrian and fishing events.

Oct. 19-21, 26-28, 31

Memphis – Candy stations and hayrides, straw mazes and magic shows, Dracula’s disco and fun for ghosts and goblins of all ages are all part of the spooktacular La Bonheur Zoo Boo at Memphis Zoo.

Oct. 19-27

Clarksville – It’s astounding and time is fleeting for fans to pull out their fishnet stockings and costumes to experience The Rocky Horror Show at Roxy Regional Theatre. Tickets are $25.

Oct. 20

Memphis – Expect three stages of live music, free entry to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, demos by local dancers and artists, a kids’ zone, vendors and food trucks during the Soulsville USA Festival.

Historic Collinsville – Celebrate the beautiful countryside at the Fall Pilgrimage 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 1800s living-history settlement. Watch spinners and weavers, enjoy games, hayrides, pumpkins, storytellers and make-and-take crafts.

Brownsville – Festivalgoers from all over the Mid-South will gather on the historic court square for arts and crafts, fun foods, contests, kid’s games and activities during the free Hatchie Fall Fest. Activities kick off at 10 a.m.

Milan – Folk artists demonstrate traditional farming, cooking and home life skills at the Fall Folklore Jamboree at the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum. See a blacksmith in action and mules plow a field while shopping for homemade soaps, candles and brooms while award-winning gospel and bluegrass bands play. Admission is $4.

Clarksville – Get your workout in while tasting beer and barbecue during the Clarksville BBQ & Beer Fun Run at Liberty Park and Marina. The run/walk kicks off at 10 a.m. Runners can make a day of it and stay for free activities after the race.

Cookeville – Relax and enjoy the Blues & Brews Craft Beer Festival in Dogwood Park. Blues music will play during the 5th annual festival with more than 80 beers and plenty of local food vendors.

Nashville – Go on a surprise Shakespearean adventure during “Pop-Up Right Shakespeare.” The play, The Taming of the Shrew, will be performed in a secret location. Visit nashvilleshakes.org for ticket information. Admission is $10.

Nashville – Enjoy sampling craft, season and micro beers, and a variety of wines during the 9th annual TN Beer & Wine Festival noon to 5 p.m. at Two Rivers Mansion. There will be artisan booths, live music and food trucks.

Smyrna – Sing songs around the campfire tell ghost stories and roast s’mores at the Spooky Family Campfire 6-8 p.m. at Sharp Springs Park. Admission is $2.

Spring Hill – Explore local art while listening to music during the annual Spring Hill Art Walk 2-7 p.m. on Main Street.

Knoxville – Bring a comfy chair, see classic and vintage cars, motorcycles and tractors, enjoy classic rock ‘n’ roll and country music during Rockin’ the Classics II 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Historic Ramsey House. The event is free.

Bristol – Musicians can play, collaborate and share their experiences during the Monthly Community Jam 2-5 p.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Oct. 20-21

Bell Buckle – The tree-lined streets of historic Bell Buckle will be lined with over 800 art, craft and food booths during the 42nd annual Bell Buckle Webb Art and Craft Festival.

Whitwell – Head to the banks of the Big Sequatchie River to see the only remaining water-powered gristmill in the area during Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair. Visitors can watch the sorghum mill, purchase pure molasses, stone-ground cornmeal and grits.

Oct. 21

Murfreesboro – Sample beer from local homebrewers and breweries, tour the museum, talk to paleontologists and visit the food trucks during the NaturALE Beerfest 2-6 p.m. at Earth Experience Museum. Tickets are $35.

Ongoing

Statewide – Soak in the beauty of autumn with fall color cruises, fall hikes, kayaking, yoga at sunrise, s’mores around the campfire while listening to ghost stories and more. Here’s a complete list of events at Tennessee State Parks.

Memphis – The free Levitt Shell Fall Concert series at historic Overton Park features touring acts and local favorites. Shows run Thursday through Sunday nights.

Memphis – Old Dominick Distillery presents intimate concerts by musicians with a connection to Memphis, including Liz Brasher and Dale Watson during the Pure Memphis Music Series through Nov. 8.

Taft – Lyons Family Farm has all the fall fun with a pumpkin patch, hayrides, kids’ zone, music, fireworks and more. Check the website for a complete schedule of special events through Nov. 3.

Estill Springs – Opening Day and Fall Market Samplings are underway through Nov. 4 at Granddaddy’s Farm. All season, guests can pick their own pumpkins, take hay rides, play in the kids’ zone, journey through the corn maze and get fall decorations.

Crossville – The Tony Award-winning macabre musical masterpiece Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street thrills at Cumberland County Playhouse through Oct. 26.

Nashville – Celebrate all things fall during Cheekwood Harvest at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens with more than 5,000 chrysanthemums in deep autumn colors. Stop by to see the Scarecrows invading their Turner Seasons Garden or pick the perfect pumpkin from the patch.

Nashville – Get up close and personal with legendary hit songwriters at Backstage Nashville, Music City’s only daytime hit songwriters show noon at 3rd & Lindsley. Enjoy complimentary bourbon tastings, hit songs and the stories behind them.

Nashville – Recording artists and world-traveling entertainers The Last Bandoleros celebrate a residency at Layman Drug Company 6 p.m. Taco Tuesdays in October with free tacos and beer, first come, first served while supplies last.

Gallatin – Hear stories of restless spirits on Gallatin’s haunted square and historic homes during the Gallatin Ghost Walk. Tickets are $15.

Eagleville – Visit the Pumpkin Patch & Fall Family Fun Festival at Lucky Ladd Farms with fall festivities including a corn maze, pumpkin carving contest, giant pumpkin slingshots, homemade pumpkin pie, kettle corn and caramel apples.

Murfreesboro – Enjoy the incredible talent of Murfreesboro’s own singer-songwriters for MTSU Music Mondays at Puckett’s Murfreesboro. Three artists perform each hour, swapping songs and stories in the round.

Granville – Spend the month of October welcoming the autumn season with quilts, scarecrows, a fall arts festival and demonstrations including cooking, wood carving and more during the Scarecrow Walk & Fall Celebration.

Lenoir City – Deep Well Farm offers family fall fun with hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, farm animals, huge kids play areas, and picnic areas on 35 acres of beautiful countryside.

Corryton – Enjoy the nine-acre corn maze, a hayride to the pumpkin patch, fall decoration station, concession stands and family activities at Oakes Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch.

Bristol – The exhibit Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion through Your Eyes highlights images of bands and musicians, buskers on the street and the festival through the eyes of attendees. The exhibit is on display at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Chattanooga – How do flying squirrels manage to stay afloat? Find the answers to questions about some of nature’s most eccentric creatures during the month-long ODDtober celebration with special daily programs at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Chattanooga – You can run, but you can’t hide from Dread Hollow at Ruby Falls’ off-site location 321 Browns Ferry Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419. Wander through abandoned fairgrounds of the cursed Brine Bros. Circus, the ghostly Belle Royale Hotel and sinister darkness covering 20,000 square feet of pure horror.

Rock City Gardens – Step into German culture at Rock City’s Oktoberfest with live music, dance performances, polka lessons, a guided tour of the gardens during peak fall foliage, learn about German folklore and fairytales and paint pumpkins.

Gatlinburg – The Smoky Mountains Harvest Festival is a 12-week celebration of the fall season with new decorations, 3-dimensional scarecrow people and area events including a chili cook-off to let guests experience autumn in the Smokies.

Gatlinburg – Ober Gatlinburg celebrates October with Bavarian-style food, drink and music. Special Oktoberfest biers will be served along with traditional German fare during Oktoberfest.

Pigeon Forge – Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is even more spectacular this season with thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns. The Great Pumpkin LumiNights features artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and family-friendly fun.

Toone – Autumn brings Falcon Ridge Farm’s biggest event. Take a tractor-drawn hayride, pick pumpkins right off the vine, play in the corn box, ride a pony, pet animals and enjoy other fun fall activities during the Falcon Ridge Fall Festival.

 

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