Cheekwood is welcomed autumn’s arrival with 5,000 chrysanthemums, an 11-foot-tall Pumpkin House, Beer Garden and a new 15-foot-tall Mum Tree as part of its six-weekend long fall festival, Cheekwood Harvest. Cheekwood Harvest is set to celebrate all things autumn as part of Cheekwood’s year-round lineup of signature seasonal festivities.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing back guest favorites like the Pumpkin House and Beer Garden to Cheekwood Harvest, and also to be introducing new elements like the Mum Tree,” said Nathalie Lavine, director of education and programs at Cheekwood. “The cooler temperatures and six weekends of events make this a highly anticipated festival that is truly loved by the Nashville community.”

Cheekwood Harvest, presented by Bank of America, will feature themed programming every Saturday, offering special performances and activities throughout the grounds. An overview of Cheekwood Harvest activities and events are included below. Cheekwood Harvest is made possible in part by funds from the Horticultural Society of Middle Tennessee.


Weekly Features

Pumpkin House and Patch
Don’t just pick pumpkins, step into the Pumpkin House and experience them! This 11-foot-tall Pumpkin House is fun for the whole family. Select your favorites to purchase and take them home.

Beer Garden
The Beer Garden, will feature craft brews, bluegrass music and light snacks each Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Picnic tables are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, and visitors are welcome to bring their own chair or blanket. Featured music includes bluegrass music on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mum Tree
Experience the Beer Garden in a new way with hundreds of orange mums displayed on a 15-foot-tall frame echoed by surrounding purple blooms.

Mum Explosion
More than 5,000 chrysanthemums in deep autumn hues will take center stage throughout the property. Highlighted in the gorgeous Robertson Ellis Color Garden, the mums are planted specifically for Cheekwood Harvest.

Silly and serious, big and small, frightening and friendly – Scarecrows will invade the gardens again this fall. Tour this year’s collection of creative ‘crows in the Turner Seasons Garden, each created by members of our Nashville community. Scarecrows are sponsored by Caterpillar Financial.

Scheduled Programming and Exhibitions

Tuesdays for Tots
Every Tuesday, September – October
10 a.m. – noon
Art adventures abound as toddlers take over Cheekwood every Tuesday morning! Drop-in activities change weekly so that your budding young artist will be introduced to the wide world of art and gardens. Bring your imagination and dress for mess! Tuesdays for Tots is sponsored by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Hands at Work
September 23 – November 12
Coming to the Frist Learning Center Courtyard Gallery, Hands at Work is a heartfelt insight into the enduring satisfaction of work that relies on the tactile experience of using one’s hands.

Yoga in the Gardens
Every Sunday, September 24 – October 29
1 p.m.
Yoga classes in the gardens led by certified instructors from Foundation Wellness, LLC.

Visions From Above: The Life and Work of William Edmondson
October 7 – November 12
As a tribute to the 80th anniversary of William Edmondson’s groundbreaking, solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Cheekwood exhibits its renowned collection of Edmondson’s work, honoring and celebrating one of Nashville’s most beloved and respected artists.

Estates of Elegance: Bryant Fleming and The American Country Place Era
October 7 – January 21, 2018
Estates of Elegance explores the process of creating an American Country Place Era estate, taking visitors on a journey through the development of a place like Cheekwood.

Japanese Moon Viewing Celebration
Sunday, October 8
4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Guests are invited to experience a moonlit evening in the gardens that will feature a traditional tea ceremony demonstration, interactive activities and lantern-lit tours celebrating Japanese art and gardens. Japanese Moon Viewing Celebration is presented by Nissan, and is in partnership with the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville and Japan-America Society of Tennessee.

Halloween Pooch Parade
Saturday, October 21
11 a.m.
Bring your four-legged friend to Cheekwood for a special Halloween Pooch Parade. Costumed canines and their owners are invited to parade around the gardens for a fun morning stroll. Dogs are admitted to the gardens throughout the day.

El Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, October 28
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
El Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is one of the most important celebrations in Mexico and Latin America. The festivals, known for their colorful decorations, energetic music, and elaborate displays, demonstrate the culture’s strong sense of love and respect for ancestors while celebrating the continuance of life. Cheekwood presents a vibrant festival that includes traditional music and dance, art activities, and authentic cuisine. El Dia de los Muertos is sponsored by the Advance Financial Foundation.

Goblins in the Garden
Tuesday, October 31
10 a.m. – noon
During this special Tuesdays for Tots, kids can explore the trick-or-treat trail in the Color Garden, enjoy themed art and science activities, and take a picture at the Pumpkin House photo booth. Goblins in the Garden is sponsored by Monroe Carell Junior Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
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Cheekwood is a 55-acre American Country Place Era estate in Nashville, Tennessee. Built in 1929 by the Cheek family who amassed their fortune through the Maxwell House Coffee business, the estate was gifted and opened as a public institution in 1960. Today, it features 12 distinct gardens, a woodland sculpture trail, an 8,000-piece permanent art collection, and Georgian-style Mansion with historically furnished rooms and galleries. Over 225,000 visitors come to Cheekwood annually for year-round seasonal festivals, world-class art exhibitions, breathtaking gardens, and educational and public programs for all ages. A member of the American Public Gardens Association, Cheekwood is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, 8 miles west of downtown Nashville. Daily hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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