Nashville Fall Festivals, Haunted Houses, and Fall Fun
Nashville Fall Festivals, Haunted Houses, and Other Fall Fun!
Fall is upon us. Soon, football will be on every channel, nights will start cooling down, and Halloween decorations will start going up. This is my favorite time of year, and there is no place I would rather spend it than middle Tennessee. The weather finally becomes bearable and there are so many fun things to do in Nashville and the area around it. Check out these great Nashville Fall Festivals, haunted houses, and other fun fall activities! This post contains affiliate links.
Fall Festivals In Nashville
Fall is festival season in Middle Tennessee. Every weekend in the fall, culture, food, art, and history festivals take over parks and small towns throughout the mid-state. These are some of Nashville’s best fall festivals.
- Fall Fest at The Hermitage
- Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival
- NAIA Pow Wow & Fall Festival at Long Hunter State Park
- African Street Festival
- Southern Festival of Books
- Boo! At the Zoo
- Cheekwood Harvest
- Tennessee Craft Fair
- Sip TN Wine Festival
- Nashville Oktoberfest
- Tennessee Beer & Wine Festival
- Nashville Whiskey Festival
Fall Festivals in Middle Tennessee
There are a lot of Fall Festivals outside of Nashville too!
- Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue – Lynchburg, TN
- Halloween at the Bell Witch Cave & Farm – Adams, TN
- Pumpkinfest – Franklin, TN
- National Banana Pudding Festival – Centerville, TN
- Goats, Music, & More – Lewisburg, TN
- Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair – Whitwell, TN
- Old Timer’s Day – Manchester, TN
- Autumn Street Fair – McMinnville, TN
- Main Street Festival – Gallatin, TN
- Knap-In Festival – Manchester, TN
- Heritage Day Festival – Winchester, TN
Haunted Houses & Haunted Woods
Nashville Haunted Houses
Nashville Nightmare– Nashville Nightmare sets the bar high with 5 haunted attractions(Mini Escape Games, Industrial Undead, Phantoms, Reformatory, & Fairy Tale Hell). General Admission for all 4 attractions start around $25 per person with the option to buy a fast pass to reduce your wait time.
Slaughterhouse– For 30 Years, Slaughterhouse has been terrifying Nashvillians! It is the longest running Nashville Haunted Houses for a reason. Located in Hermitage, the opening date for 2018 is September 21st and it runs through November 3rd.
Haunted Hell– Haunted Hell in Antioch will leave you short of breath! With 22000 Sq Ft and 35 live actors promising “in your face” scenes, it is sure to be a frightening time. Starting September 15th and running though November 4th, Admission is around $20 per person and speed passes are available for purchase as well.
Devil’s Dungeon- Located in Downtown Nashville, Devil’s Dungeon features an intense haunted attraction experience along with 3D scenes in their 20000 sq ft location. Admission is around $20 per person with the option to buy a speed pass for shorter lines. Opening Date for 2018 is September 15 and it runs until November 4th.
Middle Tennessee Haunted Houses
Dead Land Haunted Woods – Located in Lebanon, Dead Land Haunted Woods is another multi-attraction haunt (The Curse, The Portal, and The Crypt)! Each of the attractions features a walk through the dark woods and plenty of scares.
Miller’s Thrillers – This haunted attraction also features a zombie paintball hayride! That’s right, you and your friends can spend a fall evening blasting away zombies. There is also a haunted woods and an entertainment zone. Miller’s Thrillers runs from September 28th through October 27th and is located just west of Spring Hill.
Haunted Franklin – Open every weekend in October, Haunted Franklin is a blend of haunted house and escape room. This is a family friendly fright. Devise a strategy to outsmart the Mad Scientist or survive the Quarantine.
Haunted Hell Clarksville – From the same folks that brought you Haunted Hell in Nashville, this 23,000 square foot haunted house is “filled with cutting edge audio, special effects, and artistic detail, are gruesome, graphic and ‘in-your-face’.” Open from September 21st through Halloween Night.
Myers Creek Haunted Woods – Murfreesboro’s own haunted woods, open from September 29th through October 27th. Admission is &18 for adults and $10 for children under 10.
Middle Tennessee Pumpkin Patches
Middle Tennessee Pumpkin Patches
Get the whole family out and go to the pumpkin patch. Check out the petting zoos, get lost in the corn maze (or maize), let the kids go wild on the farm playgrounds, or try some of the other fall themed entertainment options on these farms. These pumpkin patches are some of my favorite Nashville fall outings. You can play all day, eat good food, and have an all around great time with your family. When you get done, pick a great pumpkin and carve it with someone special.
Check out any of these awesome pumpkin patches in Middle Tennessee and support your local family farmers.
- Granddaddy’s Farm – Estill Springs, TN
- Honeysuckle Hill Farm – Coopertown, TN
- Lucky Ladd Farms – Eagleville, TN
- Fiddle Dee Farms – Greenbrier, TN
- Gentry’s Farm – Franklin, TN
- Pumpkin Hill – Mt. Juliet, TN
- Cedarwood Farms – McMinnville, TN
- Bottom View Farm – Portland, TN
- Keller’s Corny Country – Dickson, TN
- Ring Farm – Columbia, TN
- Morrison Acres – Morrison, TN
- Lyon’s Family Farm – Taft, TN
Ghost Tours and Haunted History
Middle Tennessee Ghost Tours
Middle Tennessee is full of creepy locations with stories of being haunted. You can take walking tours through locations known for unexplained ghostly events, or maybe even take a hearse through downtown Nashville to hear about its haunted history.
Nashville Ghost Tours– Offering a walking tour of Downtown Nashville, A Haunted Tavern Tour, and A Hearse tour, Nashville Ghost Tours has been telling the paranormal story of this city since 2003. No matter which tour you choose, you will be entertained, learn something, and maybe have a “ghostly experience”.
Franklin Ghost Tour– As a location of several battles during the Civil War, Franklin has no shortage of Ghost Stories. Franklin on Foot take guests through the historic city and tells the stories of Civil War Spies, Confederate Soldiers, and other historic figures who may just linger on this side of death. Admission is $20 per adult, $10 per teen, and $5 per child. The tour covers 6 blocks with 4-5 stops along the way.
Haunted Murfreesboro – A walking, storytelling tour of Downtown Murfreesboro. Join storytellers as they tell the tales of ghostly happenings and creepy characters. Tours start At 7pm and leave every 30 minutes until the last one heads out at 9pm. Dates for 2018 are October 19, 20, 26 and 27th.
Middle Tennessee Haunted History
Bell Witch Cave– You can not talk about ghosts in Middle Tennessee without mentioning the Bell Witch. It is arguably one of the most famous ghost stories in American history. The location of this haunting is in Adams,TN. You can tour the cave of the Bell Witch, a replica of the Bell Cabin, and learn the history o this chilling story.
Sam Davis Home – “Come out to our Ghost Tours to be thrilled by haunted stories from the grounds and watch them come to life before your eyes! Start with a spooky hayride to get acquainted with our property. Once off the ride, hear ghost stories in our historic home! You will be sure to leave with tales of your own!”
The Hermitage – “Follow your guide on an exciting ghost tour as they take you on a lantern-led voyage into The Hermitage mansion and to Jackson’s tomb. Drift into a ghostly retelling of the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson and the Bell Witch.”
Oaklands Mansion Flashlight Nights – “Explore Murfreesboro’s most mysterious mansion and experience some of the unusual mourning customs and creepy superstitions of the Victorian era at Oaklands Mansion. As the doors creak open to reveal the town’s spookiest historic home, guides in mourning attire will be stationed through-out the mansion to answer questions.”
Tennessee Antebellum Trail Ghost Tours – “The Tennessee Antebellum Trail is a 90 mile looped trail of Antebellum plantation homes, beautiful small towns, Civil War battlefields and Confederate Army cemeteries in the heart of Tennessee. The Tennessee Antebellum Trail Ghost Tour is a sample itinerary to help you plan your trip and guide you on your way.”
Middle Tennessee Fall Activities
Fall Road Trips
Tennessee is covered in beautiful highways and winding country roads. I love exploring these roads and enjoying the fall colors. My favorite is the Natchez Trace, but there is no shortage of scenic roads where you can get a good look at the changing leaves. Check out our post: 10 Breathtaking Scenic Drives in Middle Tennessee and see what incredible drives are near you.
Didn’t find quite what you are looking for in our post? Check out this book Scenic Driving Tennessee (Scenic Routes & Byways). It has detailed routes for great scenic drives all over the state.
Fall Sporting Events
Along with all of its incredible outdoor entertainment and live music, Tennessee is also an incredible sports state! Nashville is home to the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators, and there are great college teams across the state.
Nashville is a hockey town. Seeing a Predators home game at the Bridgestone Arena is amazing! The atmosphere is unlike any other sporting event I have been to, and that’s just regular season games. If they make it to the playoffs…you don’t want to miss out on that experience.
The Titans bring a great crowd too! Nissan Stadium is packed for home games, and they always have a strong team. The tailgating scene in Nashville alone is worth the price of admission.
Its is hard to beat fall for hiking. The cooler temperatures allow me to hike a little longer without becoming absolutely exhausted, and the autumn colors make the already spectacular scenery stand out even more. Tennessee’s State Parks have great trail systems and many of the city parks in middle Tennessee have trails worth checking out as well. Some of my favorites are Stone Door, Fiery Gizzard, Radnor Lake, and The Perimeter Trail.
Didn’t find a trail that really does it for you? Check out 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Nashville
Fall Foliage Train Ride
Tennessee Central Railway Museum has fall foliage train excursions that depart from Nashville and travel through the Caney Fork Valley to Cookeville, Baxter, and Watertown. This scenic trip is one you don’t want to miss. Seeing the leaves change as you travel up the Cumberland plateau is beautiful, and the pace of the train ride allows you to truly enjoy it.
Coach seating is nice, but if you book early enough, you can get one of the limited seats in the dome car for the best views. Along with the fall foliage trips, the Tennessee Central Railway Museum has trips throughout the year including: a Valentine’s Murder Mystery Trip, North Pole Express Trips for the kids around Christmas, and trips to DelMonaco Winery.
There is nothing that officially marks the arrival of fall for me like camping out. The nights are cooler, the skies are clearer, and being outdoors just feels right. Whether you are an RV camper or a tent camper, Middle Tennessee has a great spot for you.
There are a lot of state parks in Middle TN and most if not all of the have RV accommodations as well as primitive camping spots. There are also private campgrounds located throughout the mid state. So gather up you gear and book your site before it gets too cold to sleep under the stars.
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