Nashville Things to Do – Week of October 9-15, 2023

🤩 I have a complaint about Nashville. 🎉

THERE’S TOO MUCH TO DO! 🚀

👀 I can’t do it all! FOMO is real!

Fall is here in full swing, so it’s time to get out and do some fun fall activities. And… it’s almost Halloween, so if you love to take part in spooky and scary events, I’ve got you covered. 

🎵 So, in spite of overthinking how to narrow it down for my “9 Things Monday” list – here are my top picks! 🤩 Comment below which of these you plan to do!

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

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


1. BOOze at the Zoo

Grab your best costume and celebrate spooky season at the Zoo with unlimited BOOze samples, trick-or-treating, live DJ, and plenty of party animals! With some of the best vendors and festive scenery, BOOze at the Zoo is sure to be the wildest costume party in Nashville!

Trick or Treat Trail! Costume Contest! Full lineup of adult beverages! Food trucks! Free Scary-Go-Round Carousel rides! Gourdon the Talking Pumpkin! The Zoo will be all decked out in festive decor perfect for your Instagram photoshoot.

Be sure and check the event website for your full schedule of events. Ages 21+.

Where: Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville

When: Thursday, October 13. Entry time is 6:30 pm.

Event website: https://www.nashvillezoo.org/upcoming-events/event/booze


2. Forest Fairy Houses

Take a short hike through the forest and gather fallen leaves, acorn caps, mossy twigs, and other natural items to create your own fairy house! You and other participants will create a nature village of tiny homes and fairy houses at the amphitheater!

Where: Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 TN-100, Nashville

When: Thursday, October 12 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Event website: https://warnerparks.org/event/forest-fairy-houses/


3. 45th Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair

Tennessee Craft presents the 45th Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair in Nashville’s iconic Centennial Park. Artists from across the nation will exhibit their handmade craft on the Great Lawn adjacent to the Parthenon, showcasing fine craft from clay, jewelry and leather to wood, glass, painting, and more.

In the Kids’ Tent throughout the weekend crafters will be sharing a variety of craft techniques with the youngest fair goers and guiding children through art activities that they can recreate at home using ordinary materials and their creativity.

In the Demonstration Tent, watch and learn “how it’s made” from the Tennessee Association of Woodturners, the Clay Lady’s Campus, and This Little Light Creative Glass.

Where: Parthenon Great Lawn, Centennial Park, 2500 West End Avenue, Nashville

When: Friday through Sunday, October 13, 14, & 15. Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm – Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm

Event website: https://tennesseecraft.org/


4. Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue

Every year, more than 40,000 visitors descend on Lynchburg for one of the most prestigious competitions in all of BBQ.

It’s rare that whiskey-making takes a backseat to much of anything in Lynchburg, Tennessee. THE JACK is one exception. One weekend in October, barbecue competitors from across the country and world converge on Lynchburg to wield their grilling and smoking expertise in the final competition of the year.

Smell the sweet smoke and savor the flavors for yourself as the best grill-masters cook up a spectacular weekend of events.

Where: Wiseman Park, Wiseman Park Road, Lynchburg, TN 37352

When: Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Event website: https://www.jackdaniels.com/en-us/bbq


5. 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/


6. Saturday Sounds at Cheekwood

Nashville Things to Do October 9-15 Saturday Sounds at CheekwoodBring your friends and family for enticing live music, complemented by local food trucks every Saturday during Cheekwood Harvest in the Beer Garden.

This Saturday, enjoy a special performance by Denny Jiosa!

Whether you grab a picnic table or bring a cozy blanket, you can unwind and savor a day brimming with live music amidst a backdrop of vibrant pumpkins and lush chrysanthemums. As the music fills the air, you can complement the experience with a selection of seasonal beers and expertly crafted cocktails.

Where: The Beer Garden at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville

When: Saturday, October 14 from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm.

Event website: https://cheekwood.org/calendar-events/saturday-sounds-at-cheekwood-231014/


7. Nashville Fall Festival

Nashville Things to Do October 9-15 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/


8. Annular Solar Eclipse

Nashville Things to Do October 9-15 Annular Solar EclipseJoin up for themed planetarium shows, activities, and eclipse viewing! Plus, complimentary solar viewing glasses are available for guests with valid day-of General Admission tickets. Partial view of the eclipse is 10:38 am–1:36 pm.

Saturday, October 14, is the next annular solar eclipse. If you’re in the path of the eclipse, you’ll see an ‘annulus’ – meaning the Sun will look like a ring of light, with the Moon blocking out just the center. Nashville misses this path, so we won’t catch the full annulus, but it is still an amazing astronomical event you don’t want to miss.

This special day at the science center is a part of the 2023 Tennessee STEAM Festival.

On-site guests will be the first to hear an exciting announcement about the upcoming total solar eclipse in April 2024.

When: Saturday, October 14 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Event website: https://www.adventuresci.org/explore/annular-solar-eclipse/


9. Southern Festival of Books

Nashville Things to Do October 9-15 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!

Sunday, October 15 – First event of the week-long festival! National Black Poetry Day event, presented by Po’ Boys and Poets in East Park.

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.

Event website: https://sofestofbooks.org/


Nashville Things to Do October 9-15