Nashville Things to Do – Week of October 16-22, 2023

🤩 Can’t get enough of Nashville’s perpetual awesomeness? 🎸

We’ve got a few fun Fall/Halloween things to do this week – PLUS other fun things!

🎵 As always, Nashville’s got a whole lot happening this week. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to narrow this list to only 9? Anyway, here are my top picks! 🤩 Whether you’re a music lover, foodie, or just looking for some fun, there’s something for everyone. Check out these 9 must-do activities in Music City this week!

Get out there and make the most of your week in Nashville! 🎉

Be sure and tag @indieinsidernashville while you’re out having fun. 🤗

1. Southern Festival of Books

Nashville Things to Do – Week of October 16-22, 2023 Southern Festival of BooksThe Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word is among the oldest literary festivals in the country, annually welcoming hundreds of authors and thousands of visitors to downtown Nashville each October.

The Festival is free, and includes performance stages, food trucks, and loads of publishers and booksellers. Let’s all go downtown and enjoy!

Be sure to check their website for calendar of events!

Where: Bicentennial Mall, Tennessee State Museum, and Tennessee State Library downtown Nashville and additional sites throughout the city.

When: Sunday, October 15 – Sunday, October 22 from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

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2. Ghouls Night Out Riverboat Ride

Part of Gaylord’s ever-popular Festive Fall Fun, Goblins & Giggles, Indie presents – Ghoul’s Night Out!

The Delta Riverboat travels down a scenic river winding through the 4.5-acre Delta Atrium. Ride at your own risk or reward. You never know what trick or treat will be around the bend as you travel the haunting Delta River.

Where: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville

When: Every night through Sunday, October 29 from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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3. Boo at the Zoo

Enjoy Fall-themed scenes and activities, trick-or-treating for the kids, special animal shows and more at Nashville’s favorite family Halloween event!

  • Plenty of magical lit scenes and Instagram-worthy photo ops
  • Enchanting giant straw creatures
  • Spooktacular tunes on the Monster Mash Dance Floor
  • Free rides on the Scary-Go-Round Carousel
  • Special animal shows nightly at 5:45, 6:45 & 7:45 pm
  • 10 trick-or-treat stations + a souvenir bag for kids ages 2-12
  • Visit with costumed characters in Unseen New World Plaza
  • Purchase & paint a pumpkin at our pumpkin patch
  • Take a “Dying Superstitions and Traditions” tour at the Grassmere Historic Home
  • Face painting will be available nightly to purchase in front of Pizza Kitchen

Where: Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville

When: Every night through Sunday, October 29 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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4. Fall Family Fun Pumpkin Festival

Voted middle Tennessee’s “BEST – Fall Festival” in 2022, and named as the “#1 Pumpkin Patch” in the state,” by the Travel Channel, Lucky Ladd’s Pumpkin Festival is the don’t miss event of the season.

Stay-the-day… explore acres of wholesome family entertainment, get lost in their corn maze, bite into a juicy caramel apple or graze on homemade kettle corn …Ohhhh! did we mention their new pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider donuts?

Let’s all go out to Lucky Ladd Farms and create lasting memories together!

Where: Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville, TN 37060

When: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Thursdays – Sundays through October 31 – check website for details.

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5. 27th Annual Artclectic

Artclectic lives up to its name with a diverse assortment of artists highlighting a rich mix of media, unique in style and price. From Oregon to South Carolina and throughout the country, artists will gather to share with you their best work!

With a solid reputation for showcasing both established and emerging artists, Artclectic shows a diverse assortment of juried exhibitors. This annual fundraiser has evolved into a nationally respected art show highlighting a rich mix of media, unique in style and price.

Where: University School of Nashville, 2000 Edgehill Avenue, Nashville

When: Thursday, October 19 – Saturday, October 21. Be sure to check their website for calendar of events!

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6. Tennessee State Pow Wow

Nashville Things to Do Week of October 16-22 Tennessee State Pow WowHere’s an event you will always remember – a three-day festival offering you the opportunity to personally experience the culture and spirit of the American Indian people. The Tennessee Indian Education Pow Wow attracts people from everywhere!

Each October, Indians from around the Nation gather to share part of their culture. This spirited event is not just for the reunion of family and friends, but for anyone who would like to witness the spectacle and join in the celebration of the culture that is nurtured by more than 20,000 Indians who call Tennessee home today.

You will want to treat yourself to the delights of traditional native food, such as fry bread, Indian tacos, and hominy made the “Indian way.”

Where: Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Nashville

When: Friday October 20 through Sunday October 22. Gates open at 9:00 am

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7. Light the Nations

Nashville Things to Do Week of October 16-22 Light the NationsThe 7th annual Light the Nations in West Nashville highlights the up-and-coming area by featuring local businesses, art, vendors, food trucks, and fantastic live entertainment!

  • 2 stages of Live Music!
  • Glow in the Dark Pet Parade!
  • Dancers all day on Performance Stage!
  • More than 50 Local Vendors!
  • Kids & Family Activities!
  • Be sure to check their website for schedule of events!

Where: 51st Avenue North, between Georgia and Michigan Avenues, Nashville

When: Saturday October 21 from 2:00 pm -10:00 pm

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8. Jazzmania

Nashville Things to Do Week of October 16-22 JazzmaniaJazzmania is the Jazz Party of the Year, with great food, fun, and of course live jazz from some of the city’s finest musicians!

Jazzmania is the Nashville Jazz Workshop’s premiere event of the year with a star studded lineup of incredible jazz musicians and patrons, coming together for a glamorous night in support of jazz education.

The goal of this year’s event will be to raise money to support the Workshop’s growing roster of community programs, which include the long-running Jazz on the Move, the popular Jazz A.M. for young children and families, free concerts such as Jazz in the Park and International Jazz Day, and monthly Jam Sessions for all musicians. These programs are all free to attend, and seek to educate and entertain our local community and introduce more people to the magic of Jazz.

The evening will include:

  • Performances by world-class artists as well as future jazz stars
  • Dinner from The Clean Plate Club
  • Wine, beer, and spirits courtesy of Lipman Brothers

Where: 230 Franklin Road 12 H, Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin, Franklin TN

When: Saturday, October 21. Check website for event schedule.

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9. Dog Day Festival

Nashville Things to Do Week of October 16-22 Nashville Humane's Dog Day FestivalImagine a day where four-legged friends rule the day. The two-leggeds are referred to as “dog’s best friend.” Tennis balls are the ultimate reward for positive behavior. On this day, “Music City USA” becomes Shih-Tzu-sic City USA! Appropriate greetings are done front to back, high fives are still high fives (they’re just better!) and the streets are paved with treats! That day is here… it’s Nashville Humane’s annual Dog Day presented by Mars Petcare!

Bring your pooches and participate in activities such as a costume contest, pupper parade, demonstrations, contests and pet portraits, or enjoy the children’s area and various demonstrations. There will be food trucks, door prizes, fun zones, live entertainment/music and so much more! The festival also serves as a wonderful opportunity to meet wonderful and adoptable shelter dogs who are ready to find their forever homes!

Where: Centennial Park, Nashville

When: Saturday October 21, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Nashville Things to Do – Week of October 16-22, 2023