October 2019 in Nashville: Festivals and Halloween Fun

Fall brings with it harvest festivals, craft fairs, great libations, Halloween and Harry Potter.

There's a lot going on in Nashville in October 2019. Music City embraces its festivals, and Halloween happenings abound. Check out these don't-miss events.


Experience autumn in the most delightful of ways at the Cheekwood Harvest through Oct. 25. Among the enchanting discoveries are a mum explosion, pumpkin patch and scarecrows scattered throughout the gardens.

The Nashville Film Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary Oct. 3-12. There are hundreds of screenings to choose from; categories include documentaries, shorts, animated features and original films created in Tennessee.

The stately Hermitage, the former home of Andrew Jackson Nashville

The beloved Fall Fest at the Hermitage, taking place Oct. 5-6, is a weekend full of music, art and history at Andrew Jackson's former home. Bring a blanket and watch a scrimmage from the Nashville Vintage Baseball League. 

City Winery rolls open the doors on it fifth anniversary by presenting the Nashville Harvest Festival on Oct. 6. Listen to live music and taste 50-plus wines and light bites.

Kaskade, Future and Lil Baby headline the Breakaway Music Festival Oct. 11-12 at The Fairgrounds Nashville. Music City's best food trucks will also be on site.

Share the joy of the written word with other like-minded folks at the Southern Festival of Books Oct. 11-13 at War Memorial Plaza and the main branch of the Nashville Public Library. Hometown author Ann Patchett will unveil her newest novel, "The Dutch House."

Tennessee Craft Fair Nashville

The largest fair of its kind in the region, the Tennessee Craft Fair, on Centennial Park's lower lawn Oct. 11-13, is going into its 41st year. It sees artists travel from as far away as California, Utah and Rhode Island to represent the best of makers in their states and join Tennessee's imaginative talent.  

Two Rivers Mansion hosts the Tennesee Beer and Wine Festival Oct. 19. Sample selections from the best local, regional, national and import breweries, and also taste high-gravity beer and brews that are  not normally available in Nashville.

Head over to Nashville's southern neighbor and the Franklin Wine Festival Oct. 25 at The Factory at Franklin. Revel in numerous tastings; there are more than 300 wines to be had. Also, enjoy samples from 30 restaurants and access to the Bubble and Whiskey Lounge. Inquire about special vintner's dinners.

Close out your October festival fun with the Fall Family Fun Pumpkin Festival, which runs through Nov. 1 at Lucky Ladd Farms. Pick a pumpkin, pet the animals and get lost in the corn maze.

Lucky Ladd Farms Nashville Fall Festival

Halloween Events

Get an early start on the spookiest day of the year at the Adventure Science Center's Way Late Play Date: Monster Mash on Oct. 3. The adults-only event celebrates the science behind classic Halloween horror flicks, and there'll be beer, food trucks, improv and a costume contest.

Whether you're a Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor or Slytherin, you can all come together for a good time at Halloween at Hogwarts Oct. 5 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra plays your favorite tunes from all the Harry Potter movies.

Harry Potter Nashville events October 2019

More Potteresque fun comes in the form of the Nashville Rollergirls' Annual Harry Potter Bout Oct. 19 at Fairgrounds Nashville. The roller derby league is back with the fourth installment of the "Hit It and Quidditch" tournament.

Artistry is alive and well in Manual Cinema's Frankenstein, Oct. 24-26 at OZ Arts Nashville. It stitches together a fun affair with handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic sound and a chamber orchestra to pay homage to Mary Shelley's classic tale.

Hear haunted tales in what is considered to be one of Nashville's haunted places at the Tennessee State Museum's Haunted Museum Storytelling Festival Oct. 26. Don a costume for this family-friendly event and partake in games, art activities and the Nashville Public Library's Puppet Truck.

Sci-fi and the symphony come together at Schermerhorn Symphony Center's Halloween Movie Night on Oct. 30. The silent movie "Metropolis" will be set to organ music. 


Jennifer McKee
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Jennifer is the Managing Editor of Morris Visitor Publications, where she has worked since 2005. She grew up in small...