Happy Fall Y’all! While the temps haven’t officially fallen yet, Nashville is getting in the fall spirit with allllll the fall things. We’re talking pumpkin patches, apple orchards, fall-themed bars and so much more! There are a few weeks left till October, so embrace your inner fall lover and knock these 11 things off your Nashville Fall Bucket List. I’m sharing my favorite picks below!
Nashville Fall Bucket List
Apple Picking at Morning Glory Orchard
I shot the photo above at Morning Glory Orchard! It’s about a 45 to an hour drive from Nashville right next to historic Nolensville. They have a little store where you can get apples, pumpkins, and other apple-themed items, and tasty goodies. You can also pay $5 and do a self-guided tour through their apple orchard. If you go on a weekend, spring for the picnic and charcuterie board!
Grab a Drink and Charcuterie Board at the Fairlane Wicked Penthouse Popup
The Fairlane has done some pretty awesome popups this year in their Penthouse. But the Wicked-inspired popup might be my favorite! Get your fill of Emerald City and decide if you’re a good witch or a bad witch. I’ve got reels highlighting my time there below!
Do you believe in ghosts? That’s the question you’ll be asking yourself on the Hermitage Ghost Tour! Even if you’re a native Nashvillian like me, this tour is a must and will have you looking at historic places a little differently now that you know their spooky past.
As a proud Nations Girl, this is a free event that I look forward to every year! Our main street, 51st, shuts down and you can walk around and enjoy food trucks, live music, and tents from local vendors. They also have a kids area and you can bring your pets. Definitely worth stopping by and having some fun!
It’s Boo at the Zoo, but add a ze for the adults! This 21+ event is Thursday, October 12, 2023, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Nashville Zoo. Attendees will get BOOze samples from 16 beer and cocktail vendors, trick-or-treating, live music, animal encounters, nighttime zip-lining, and more. The best part is you get to dress in your best costume and participate in the costume contest!
See the Pumpkin House at Cheekwood
The pumpkin houses at Cheekwood are always on my fall bucket list. Cheekwood is such a beautiful property to walk around and explore and there are tons of fall photo ops. I highly recommend going on the weekday when it’s less crowded!
Family Fun at Lucky Ladd Farms
While I don’t have kids, I have three nephews and am down for some family fun at Lucky Ladd Farms! They have a petting zoo, pony rides, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch and so much more! Getting tickets as a walkup is hit or miss so definitely get tickets online beforehand.
Pick Your Own Pumpkin at Gentry’s Farm
Another family-friendly place is Gentry’s Farm! They have a corn maze, nature trail, tire swings, putt-putt golf, and a lot more. Gentry’s Farm is open until October 31 on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Visit the Wicked Brews Spookeasy at Opryland
Opryland always has the best seasonal activities for kids but this Spookeasy is just for adults! Put on your cape and witches hat and head to the Opryland Hotel for a wicked brew and some Halloween fun.
Say Hello to the Animals at Boo at the Zoo
I’m always looking for an excuse to go see my animal friends at the Nashville Zoo. Boo at the Zoo is a Nashville tradition for kids and adults! From 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on October 13-29, go to the zoo for fall scenes, trick or treating (for the kiddos of course), and more! Recommend getting your tickets beforehand!
Check out the Pumpkinfest in Downtown Franklin
The 36th Annual Pumpkinfest is Williamson County AKA Downtown Franklin’s largest fall festival. This year it’s on Saturday, October 28, and the event stretches from Main Street into Downtown Franklin. There’s live music, food, drinks, costume contests, and fun for all ages!
It’s October13-15 at the Parthenon in Centennial Park. One of the coolest parks in Music City!
September 28 – October 4.
Here you can shop at the farmer’s market, eat at restaurants inside the farmer’s market, and walk around the park.
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Some other honorable events for a Nashville Middle Tennessee fall: Go to a Tennessee Titans Football Game, grab a coffee and walk at Radnor Lake, Americana Music Festival, Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival, and a Nashville Predators Hockey Home Game.