It’s that time of year when the days get shorter, temperatures grow cooler and the changing leaves start falling from the trees. Autumn is its own special season and throughout Tennessee people welcome it with a wide range of festivals. Here, we highlight just a sampling of some you might want to check out over the next few months.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin – September 23rd and 24th

This two-day festival will feature musical performances from Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Mavis Staples, The Avett Brothers and many more. Open to all ages, the event also showcases local and regional wines, beer, spirits, food and also features a Bazaar where artisans, craftsmen and antique dealers display their work and wares. It’s held at the Park at Harlinsdale. For more information visit http://pilgrimagefestival.com

National Muscadine Festival in Sweetwater – September 22nd and 23rd

Head to Eastern Tennessee for the National Muscadine Festival where you’ll enjoy music, food and more in a celebration of the muscadine grape. Events include a barbecue competition, grape stomping and the Miss Muscadine Pageant. For tickets and information visit http://nationalmuscadinefestival.com

Nashville Oktoberfest – October 5th – October 8th

Make plans to head to Germantown for the 37th Annual Tennessee Oktoberfest where you’ll enjoy German food, drink, music, polka dancing and more. There will also be arts and crafts, activities for kids and tours of the area’s historic churches. It’s located at 7th Avenue and Monroe Street and admission is free. http://thenashvilleoktoberfest.com/

3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival in Chattanooga – October 6th and 7th 

This festival began in 2007 and features some of the biggest names in bluegrass. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy both traditional and contemporary bluegrass down on the riverfront. It’s free and open to all ages. For more information visit http://www.3sistersbluegrass.com

Unicoi County Apple Festival in Erwin – October 6th and 7th

This annual apple event has been going on for 40 years and ranks as one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast. More than 100,000 people come every year to enjoy the food, fun and more than 350 arts and crafts vendors who gather in downtown Erwin. For more information visit http://unicoicounty.org/apple-festival/

National Banana Pudding Festival in Centerville – October 7th and 8th

Banana pudding lovers will gather here for the crowning of the National Banana Pudding Champion following a live cook-off. This award winning festival features entertainment, arts, crafts, food and lots of banana pudding! For more information visit                                      https://www.bananapuddingfest.org

Goats, Music & More Festival in Lewisburg – October 13th and 14th

If you want something fun and a little different, check out this festival designed to celebrate the fainting goat that’s prevalent in Marshall County. Be sure to stay for the awarding of this year’s Grand Champion. There will be free concerts featuring artists like John Michael Montgomery, plus food and other entertainment. For more information visit                                                http://www.goatsmusicandmore.com/

Nashville Beer Festival – October 14th

Sample more than 150 beers, wine and spirits at this year’s event held at the Fairgrounds. There will be food, fun, entertainment and giveaways. For more information visit         http://www.nashvillebeerfestival.com/

RiverArtsFest in Memphis – October 21st – October 23rd

More than 40,000 people attend this event every year, making it the largest fine arts festival in the Mid-South. More than 170 juried artists from around the country will display their work. The festival features lots of live music. There will be art demonstrations, street performers, food and much more. For more information visit http://riverartsmemphis.org/

Wears Valley Fall Fest in Sevierville – October 20th – October 22nd

This festival, nestled at the base of the Smoky Mountains, offers southern food, crafts, entertainment and spectacular views of the fall foliage at its peak. More than 15,000 people attended last year. Proceeds from the festival go to a variety of groups all working to protect the environment and keep this part of Tennessee as beautiful as it’s always been. For more information visit http://www.wearsvalleyfallfest.com/

 

There’s definitely a festival for everyone. Take some time to get out and enjoy what autumn in Tennessee has to offer.