Music City is chock-full of fall festivities and fun! From film festivals, pumpkin patches, beer and wine events, and —of course— live music, fall can be one of the best times to visit Nashville. Late September, October and November are prime months to visit if you want to escape the crowds of peak season. Start planning a stay in one of our Nashville vacation rentals today!

1. Film Festivals

International Black Film Festival: September 30th – October 4th, 2021

Nashville Film Festival: September 30th – October 6th, 2021

In late September and early October, both the International Black Film Festival and the Nashville Film Festival are in full swing. The International Black Film Festival is in its 16th year of annually showcasing and celebrating black filmmakers. During the festival, visitors can attend film screenings, networking events, panels, and enjoy entertainment.

The Nashville Film Festival is another opportunity to watch films followed by creator panels and Q&A sessions. Attend one of the many screenings at venues across Nashville and hear from the filmmakers themselves at these film festivals!

2. Artober Nashville

Throughout the Month of October

During the month of October Nashville hosts a celebration of the arts with music, theater, crafts, film, and more. Artober Nashville is a prime time to visit Nashville and explore the many performing art venues and galleries that are showcasing events such as the Frist Art Museum, the Belcourt Theatre, Nashville’s Children’s Museum, the 21C Museum Hotel, and many more!

3. The Tennessee Beer & Wine Festival

Saturday, October 16th, 2021

For an afternoon of sipping and tasting, head to the Tennessee Beer & Wine Festival! Hosted at the Two Rivers Mansion just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, this event invites guests to taste hand-selected beer and wines from local, national, and even international breweries and wineries. You can also expect to jam out to live music and shop from artisan booths that are on display.

4. Cheekwood Harvest

September 18th – October 31st, 2021

Running for six weeks, the Cheekwood Harvest is a fall festival that you can’t miss in Nashville! Get in the spirit by exploring the pumpkin house as well as getting crafty as you paint and carve a pumpkin of your choice. During the weekends you can sip a brew from the beer garden, listen to live music, as well as grab a bite to eat from a local food truck. You won’t want to miss this charming fall festival!

5. The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

September 25th & 26th, 2021

And of course, a trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without a music-focused festival! The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural festival is located in the neighboring town of Franklin, TN and brings together musicians from genres including rock and roll, indie, gospel, bluegrass, alt-country, and more! This year, headliners include Dave Matthews Band, The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, and Maren Morris! Book a Nashville vacation rental to attend this music-centered fall event and more!