Just because fall is in full swing doesn’t mean the fun is over in Middle Tennessee. The onset of cooler temperatures means we can look forward to gorgeous fall foliage, football and hockey seasons, and some of Nashville’s favorite events. Here are our picks for this weekend:
Southern Festival of Books – Oct. 14-16
Today, Nashville is known worldwide by its Music City moniker. But before the Grand Ole Opry made Nashville famous for country music, our city earned the nickname “Athens of the South” way back in the 1850s because of its many higher-education institutions. This tradition of learning and culture continues with annual events such as the Southern Festival of Books, which welcomes some of America’s foremost writers in a variety of genres.
Barktoberfest – Oct. 15
A must for dog lovers, Barktoberfest™ is the fastest-growing pet festival in the Nashville area. Held at the Farm at Harlinsdale Park in Franklin, this “awww-esome” event includes onsite pet adoptions, family games and activities, food trucks, a local marketplace, and canine agility demonstrations. The highlight of the day is the popular Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest, where dogs and their human friends don their Halloween finery for a seasonal competition like no other!
Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival – Oct. 15
Sip your way through samples from some of the best local, regional, national and import breweries in the world, including selections that aren’t normally available in Nashville, at this outdoor festival. Explore the leafy grounds of the historic Two Rivers Mansion property while enjoying live entertainment and treats from local food vendors. Go beyond the tastings in the education tent, where you can learn about topics such as food pairings and home brewing.
Boo at the Zoo – all weekend
Created especially for Nashville’s youngest trick-or-treaters, the Nashville Zoo’s Halloween tradition features carousel rides, hayrides, trick-or-treating and more. Dress up your tiny tots and celebrate the season!