Nashville Things to Do – Week of October 23-29, 2023

🎃 It’s fall! It’s Halloween week! 👻

🕷️There are so many spooky, frightening, and fun things to do this week in Nashville! 🦇

But don’t worry, as usual, I’ve picked the best of the best for you – including Nashville’s world-famous haunted house! 🏚️ Plus spooky ghost stories! Paranormal! Ghost tours! Pumpkins! Fall fun! Festivals! Dogs! Tequila! 💀

… well, you get the idea. Check out these 9 must-do activities in Music City this week! 🎭

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

Oh, almost forgot – don’t miss the bonus fun at the bottom of the page!


1. Nashville Nightmare Haunted House

Experience the world-famous Nashville Nightmare Haunted House, Nashville’s legendary Halloween event. Halloween lives here!

  • Alien Threat and the sinister world of Dr. Hades!
  • Horror High Homecoming!
  • Legends of Mythos – Dark Fabulyst!
  • Midnight Mortuary!
  •  Secret Bars – Themed Cocktails – Drinks and Snacks – Spooky Libations!
  • The Mummy’s Curse Escape Experience!
  • Outcast Carnival – DON’T BECOME A SIDESHOW SNACK!
  • Mini Escape Games
  • Bar Nightmare Horror Themed Bar

Where: 1016 Madison Square, Madison TN

When: Wednesday, October 25 – Sunday, October 28 from 6:00 pm until 11:00 pm.

Event website: https://nashvillenightmare.com/


2. Ghost Files Live

Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej are the hosts of Ghost Files, Watcher Entertainment’s hit paranormal investigation show where they attempt to recreate the internet’s best paranormal evidence in the world’s most haunted locations in a quest to prove the paranormal to be real once and for all.

Where: TPAC (Tennessee Performing Arts Center), 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville

When: Thursday, October 26 at 8:00 pm

Event website: https://www.tpac.org/event/2023-10-26-to-2023-10-26-ghost-files-live/


3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Join up in the rustic Cabin-by-the-Spring at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Actor Neill Hartley is Ichabod Crane in an interactive one-man interpretation of Washington Irving’s horror tale about the Headless Horseman set in the sleepy world of Tarrytown, New York.

See Ichabod interacting with students in the schoolhouse and leading the church congregation in song. Join him on his way to a wonderful party, where he dances with the girl he loves. Then follow him on his fateful journey home, as he encounters the Headless Horseman and disappears from the hollow forever!

Where: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage,  4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville

When: Friday, October 27, two showings: 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm

Event website: https://thehermitage.com/event/the-legend-of-sleepy-hollow-2/


4. Nashville Tequila Festival

Get ready, Tequila lovers – Nashville Tequila Festival features 50+ types of tequila & mezcal available for tasting, a photo booth, skull face-painting, a costume contest, tacos, a DJ dance party, and more!

General admission ticket includes 15 tequila tastings and lots of spooky surprises. Tasty food will be available for purchase from Las Palmas, and if you’re still thirsty after your tequila samples, there will be a cash bar with beer and cocktails.

Don’t miss the VIP Experience – Enjoy everything included in General Admission plus access to the VIP Lounge, which includes premium tequila tastings, a complimentary cocktail or Michelada, a separate bar and restrooms, and a complimentary chips & salsa bar.

Where: The Yard, oneC1TY,  8 City Blvd, Nashville

When: Friday, October 27 from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm

Event website: https://www.onec1tynashville.com/event/nashville-tequila-festival/


5. Ghost Tours at the Hermitage

Explore the haunted side of history during the Hermitage Ghost Tours!

Embark upon a distinctly spooky voyage through time at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage as you explore the mansion, grounds and cemetery by lantern light. Guides in period clothing will lead your exploration of tragedies that befell the Jackson family, unusual experiences of Andrew Jackson and unexplained incidents at the site. Hear about the eerie aspects of the Battle of New Orleans, efforts to assassinate him, body snatchers and other strange happenings associated with Jackson and his home.

Where: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage,  4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville

When: Friday, October 27 – Tuesday, October 31. Two tours daily – 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm

Event website: https://thehermitage.com/event/ghost-tours-at-the-hermitage-5/


6. Pups & Pints HOWL-oween

Nashville Things to Do Week of October 23-29 2023 Pups & PintsBring your canine companions out to oneC1TY for an afternoon of dog-centric spooky activities and local pet vendors, food trucks, beer tastings, and more. Dress your pup in Halloween costume for a chance to win awesome prizes in the Costume Contest!

This free-admission fest will feature the best in local pet-product vendors in our Bark Market plus pup-tastic activities for all. Humans can enjoy beer tastings or grab a pint in the craft beer courtyard, sip a Tincup cocktail from the bar, play lawn games, and grab a bite to eat from tasty local food trucks.

Don’t have a pup? There will be adoptable pets onsite. Bar proceeds benefit Nashville Humane Association, so every sip (and sniff) counts.

Where: The Yard, oneC1TY,  8 City Blvd, Nashville

When: Sunday, October 28 from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

Event website: https://www.pupsandpints.com/


7. Halloweekend at Adventure Science Center

Nashville Things to Do Week of October 23-29 2023 HalloweekendTrick-or-Treat as you explore seasonal science.

  • DIY Trick-or-Treat Bags – Decorate a treat bag before collecting candy at exhibits around the science center.
  • Explore seasonal science
  • ‘Boo’ Bubbles – Have you ever held a bubble in your hand? Now’s your chance. We will be dropping dry ice into hot water to make fog-filled bubbles that you can hold!
  • Monster Masks – Visit the i2 Makerspace to design a spooky, themed mask.
  • Face Painting
  • Fright Light Laser Show at 5:15 pm
  • Magic shows

Where: Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville

When: Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29 from 9:00 am -5:00 pm

Event website: https://www.adventuresci.org/explore/halloweekend/2023-10-28/


8. El Día de los Muertos Festival

Nashville Things to Do Week of October 23-29 2023Cheekwood brings the traditions of Mexico and Latin America to Nashville during the 24th annual El Día de los Muertos festival!

Includes traditional music and dance, vibrant art activities, and authentic cuisine. Visitors will learn about the culture of their Latin American neighbors while exploring beautiful altar displays and shopping in the marketplace.

Song and story time! Dance performances! Food vendors! Art and goods vendors! Murals!

Where: Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville

When: Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29. Check website for event schedule.

Event website: https://cheekwood.org/calendar-events/el-dia-de-los-muertos/


9. PumpkinFest

Nashville Things to Do Week of October 23-29 2023 PumpkinFestFALL’S FINEST FESTIVAL: PUMPKINFEST!

Williamson County’s 38th Annual PumpkinFest is Middle Tennessee’s largest family Fall festival.

The festival stretches along Main Street in downtown Franklin and its side avenues and offers tons of festive fun for people of all ages!

Join up for a full day of autumn-inspired food and drink, children’s activities, live music, costume contests for pets and families, and outstanding arts & crafts – featuring seasonal and specialty gift items.

140+ Arts & Crafts Vendors | 30+ Food & Beverage Vendors | PetZone| KidZone| EndZone| Acoustic Stage Entertainment presented by Lipscomb University | Main Stage Entertainment presented by School of Rock | Pumpkin Experience | Whiskey Lounge by Leipers Fork Distillery | Beer Garden by Bavarian Bierhaus | Pet & People Costume Contests | Autumn Alley

Where: Downtown Franklin TN

When: Saturday October 28, from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Event website: https://williamsonheritage.org/events/pumpkinfest/


Bonus! – These fun fall activities are still happening this week!

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

Event website: https://modules.marriott.com/leisure/bnago-gaylord-opryland-resort-and-convention-center/activities


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

Event website: https://www.nashvillezoo.org/boo


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.

Event website: https://luckyladdfarms.com/nashville-tn-pumpkin-patch.html


Halloween Glow in the Park

What could be more spooktacular than an adventure in the trees?

You can’t miss Glow in the Park at Nashville’s aerial adventure park! It takes your rope climbing and ziplining fun to the next level. Flip the fun upside down as you experience the adventure at night, and allow your senses to come alive with the bright lights hanging from the trees. Each of the trails is lined with multi-colored LED lights to guide you throughout the courses.

It’s Halloween Glow in the Park, a fa-boo-lous time for all with family-friendly Halloween themed music, decorations and more! And you have toe-tapping music to keep your adrenaline flowing!

Where: The Adventure Park at Nashville, 801 Percy Warner Blvd, Nashville

When: Fridays in October from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Event website: https://myadventurepark.com/location/nashville-tn/plan-your-visit/glow-in-the-park/


Nashville Fall Festival

Nashville Things to Do Week of October 23-29 2023 Nashville Fall FestivalNashville Fall Festival is the newest fall experience in Music City! Run on out to their 70-acre farm along the South Harpeth River!

  • Elaborate Corn Maze!
  • Pumpkin Patch!
  • Hayrides!
  • Pumpkins!
  • Playground!
  • Tractor Tire Mountain!
  • Corn “sand” box!
  • Pumpkin bowling!
  • Tire swings!
  • Kids activities!
  • Tethered hot air balloon rides on select dates!
  • Fall decorations and plants for sale (corn stalks, hay bales, fresh apples, mums, potted plants)!
  • Private bookings for groups, photo sessions, and more!
  • Flashlight Nights October 27-31, 2023 (navigate the corn maze with a flashlight!)

Where: 8687 Old Harding Pike, Nashville

When: Friday, 3:00 pm until dark / Saturday 9:00 am until dark / Sunday 12:00 until dark

Event website: https://nashvillefallfestival.com/


Music in the Vines

Music in the Vines at Arrington Vineyards is the perfect place to spend a weekend afternoon. Listen to free live jazz and bluegrass bands while enjoying delicious food from Simply Living Life.

Relax with beautiful vineyard views, tasty food, and live music.

The Vineyard is open from 12 – 8 pm, and food is available from Simply Living Life all day.

Where: Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington TN

When: Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Times vary. Check event website for schedule.

Event website: https://arringtonvineyards.com/events-calendar/music-in-the-vines/


Open Mic Night – Tennessee Brew Works

Nashville Things to Do Week of October 23-29 2023Open Mic Monday at Tennessee Brew Works celebrates the talent of the singer/songwriter community here in Nashville. Gather up at Tennessee Brew Works and enjoy an evening filled with soulful melodies and original musical creations.

If you want to show off your own musical creations, the stage is open to all, and signups begin promptly at 5:30pm.

Immerse yourself in the performances while enjoying Tennessee Brew Works’ award-winning craft beers, delicious food, and cocktails.

Where: Tennessee Brew Works, 809 Ewing Avenue, Nashville

When: Every Monday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Signup at 5:30 pm.

Event website: https://www.tnbrew.com/openmic


Thursday Night Out – LIGHT: Bill Munro at Cheekwood

Nashville Things to Do Week of October 23-29 2023 - Thursday Night Out - LIGHT: Bruce Munro at CheekwoodThursday Night Out featuring LIGHT: Bruce Munro at Cheekwood is an adventure through food, drink, art, and song, every Thursday through October 26 from 5:30 – 10 PM.

Sample seasonal beers and specialty cocktails created by premier spirit providers. Relish irresistible bites from the city’s favorite food trucks and from Café 29. Soak in the music from the always diverse music lineup providing your eclectic soundtrack.

And then after dark, view Bruce Munro’s magical light installations to complete the night. Bring the whole family to enjoy the perfect evening.

Where: Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, 1200 Forest Park Avenue, Nashville

When: Every Thursday through October 26 from 5:30 – 10 pm

Event websites: https://cheekwood.org/calendar-events/light-bruce-munro-at-cheekwood/ and https://cheekwood.org/calendar-events/thursday-night-out-230928/


Nashville Things to Do – Week of October 23-29, 2023