Check out the new locations of the Tennessee State Museum and American Museum of Science and Energy. Grab seasonal decorations at arts and crafts fairs, take a pelican cruise, celebrate yesteryear at Chickasaw State Park Frontier Days, relax at Cookeville’s Blues & Brews Craft Beer Festival or experience Appalachian culture at the Mountain Makins Festival. Trick-or-treat for Boo at the Zoo, take a ghost tour, pick a pumpkin, venture through a corn maze or make s’mores around the campfire. For a complete list of events across Tennessee this week, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.
Jackson – Watch as local celebrities and community leaders compete to win the mirror ball trophy during Dancing with the Stars at Fairgrounds Park. Proceeds benefit the STAR Center.
Oak Ridge – The new location of the American Museum of Science and Energy opens at Main Street Oak Ridge. The state-of-the-art exhibits and hands-on activities tell the story of Oak Ridge’s role in the Manhattan Project.
Nashville – Nashville Ballet presents Seven Deadly Sins, exposing the most sinister side of society in a performance that will haunt viewers long after the curtain falls at Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
Murfreesboro – Experience Murfreesboro’s scariest hay ride at Old Scream Road’s Haunted Hayride at Barfield Crescent Park. The $5 ride begins at dark, ends at 9 p.m. and may be scary for children.
Oliver Springs – Head to the Windrock Park Fall Jamboree at Windrock Park for the ultimate adventure. Enjoy guided rides, an obstacle course, drag races, mud bogs, rock crawls, live music and more with more than 300 miles of trails to explore.
Statewide – The Tennessee STEAM Festival lets kids and families interact with scientists, engineers and designers in children’s museums, science centers, businesses, schools, parks and communities. Click here for a full list of events.
Harriman – Buccaneers will be transported to the fictional Caribbean town of Port Royale in the Tortugas circa 1700-1800s during Tennessee Pirate Fest. The fest features musical and comedy acts, a costume contest, fairy tales and delicious food.
Nashville – Celebrate fall during Cheekwood Harvest at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens with more than 5,000 chrysanthemums in deep autumn colors. Stop by to see the Scarecrows invading their Turner Seasons Garden or pick the perfect pumpkin.
Knoxville – Thrills and chills delight with spooky programming and movies at the Knoxville Horror Film Fest at Central Cinema.
Gatlinburg – Art, craft and music lovers will find more 200 booths at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair at Gatlinburg Convention Center. Artisans will demonstrate their skill, answer question, and sell their work while you can enjoy live music.
Bristol – This is your last chance to see the exhibit Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion through Your Eyes highlighting images of bands and musicians, buskers on the street and the festival through the eyes of attendees. The exhibit closes Oct. 22 at Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
Oct. 18, 25
Chattanooga – Bring your blankets and chairs, marshmallow roasting stick or a picnic supper and enjoy an autumn evening listening to local musicians for the free Fireside Outdoor Concert Series 7-9 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga Center.
Crossville – The Tony Award-winning macabre musical masterpiece Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street thrills at Cumberland County Playhouse.
Nashville – Grab your costume and enjoy 11 nights of delightfully frightful fun during the annual Halloween tradition, Boo at the Zoo at the Nashville Zoo. The fall festival field will have carnival games, carousel rides, hayrides and trick-or-treating.
Eagleville – Visit the Pumpkin Patch & Fall Family Fun Festival at Lucky Ladd Farms with fall festivities including a corn maze, pumpkin carving contest, giant pumpkin slingshots, homemade pumpkin pie, kettle corn and caramel apples.
Knoxville – Trick-or-treaters can fill their bags with goodies as they visit the animals for BOO! at the Zoo at Knoxville Zoo. Each night will have a variety of entertainment.
Rocky Top – Take a one-hour pontoon boat trip on beautiful Norris Lake to view fall colors and wildlife during Norris Dam State Park’s Annual Fall Colors Trip. Learn more & register here.
Oct. 18-Nov. 3
Nashville – When Nora left her husband in Henrik Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, she started an entirely new conversation about their roles in society. See one of Broadway’s hottest performances, A Doll’s House 2 at Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
Memphis – American Idol alum Equoia Coleman kicks off The Pink Note 8 p.m. at Orpheum Theatre. Coleman will headline the intimate benefit concert to pay respect to those we’ve lost, who’ve fought and are still fighting breast cancer.
Memphis – Drawing from horror movies, vaudeville and a freaky stage show, experience the architect of shock rock in A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre.
Clarksville – The Downtown @ Sunday Concert Series and Street Fair 6-10 p.m. at Downtown Commons features live music and beer. Venture down Strawberry Alley for the Street Fair, where local artists will sell handmade items.
Clarksville – Take a tour through downtown sites with dark parks 6 p.m. for the Downtown Ghost Tour with Clarksville BCycle. Bring your helmet and meet at Clarksville Parks and Recreation for the two-hour tour.
Smyrna – Join Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center 5-8 p.m. for Fall Family Fun Night to enjoy games, crafts and an animal show. Admission is $2 per child and parents get in free.
Crossville – German and polka bands, dancing and an authentic German dinner are in store for Crossville Oktoberfest at Knights of Columbus. The festival is rated one of the most authentic Oktoberfests in the area.
Murfreesboro – A hayride in the backcountry, games, puppet shows, story time and live animals will keep families entertained during the Twilight Trail 5-7 p.m. at Barfield Crescent Park. Tickets are $4.
Tullahoma – Pull on your fishnets and do the Time Warp with special showings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at South Jackson Civic Center.
Mt. Pleasant – Grab your bib and head to the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned Mid-South BBQ Festival, a state championship barbecue competition and street fair in Mount Pleasant.
Cumberland Gap – Walk around the historic town for the Genealogy Jamboree and Pioneer Day. Learn how to start your own family research with lectures on genealogy and history, and see how your ancestors made items they needed for everyday life.
Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27
Chattanooga – Join a SPOOKTACULAR family-friendly Halloween event filled with trick-or-treat stations, games, costume contests and fun activities for Boo at the Zoo at Chattanooga Zoo.
Tiptonville – Bring the whole family to a fun-filled weekend at the Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival with pelican pontoon cruises, pelican canoe floats, birds of prey program and arts & photo contests at Reelfoot Lake State Park.
Hermitage – Witness and participate in Native American tradition by coming together to dance, sing, partake of native foods, arts and crafts and community spirit at the Indian Education Pow Wow & Fall Festival at Long Hunter State Park.
Henderson – Chickasaw State Park Frontier Days is an annual celebration of yesteryear with fun for the whole family at Chickasaw State Park. It features the David Crockett long hunters re-enactors, equestrian and fishing events.
Oct. 19-21, 26-28
Chattanooga – Enjoy fall fun at Chattanooga’s best-kept fall secret. Blowing Springs Farm is nestled at the foot of Lookout Mountain. Go on a hayride, get lost in the corn maze, play a supersized board game or corn slingshots or make a furry friend.
Oct. 19-21, 26-28, 31
Memphis – Candy stations and hayrides, straw mazes and magic shows, Dracula’s disco and fun for ghosts and goblins of all ages are all part of the spooktacular La Bonheur Zoo Boo at Memphis Zoo.
Clarksville – It’s astounding and time is fleeting for fans to pull out their fishnet stockings and costumes to experience The Rocky Horror Show at Roxy Regional Theatre. Tickets are $25.
Memphis – Expect three stages of live music, free entry to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, demos by local dancers and artists, a kid’s zone, vendors and food trucks during the Soulsville USA Festival.
Memphis – Sample brews from Memphis and regional breweries during the Cooper-Young Beerfest 1-5 p.m. at Midtown Autowerks. Tickets are $50. Goner Records will supply the tunes and local food trucks the grub.
Historic Collinsville – Celebrate the beautiful countryside at the Fall Pilgrimage 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 1800s living-history settlement. Watch spinners and weavers, enjoy games, hayrides, pumpkins, storytellers and make-and-take crafts.
Brownsville – Festivalgoers from all over the Mid-South will gather on the historic court square for arts and crafts, fun foods, contests, kid’s games and activities during the free Hatchie Fall Fest. Activities kick off at 10 a.m.
Huntingdon – A little bit rocking, a little bit bluesy and completely southern American, Paul Thorn brings a live show that won’t disappoint 7:30 p.m. at The Dixie Performing Arts Center.
Milan – Folk artists demonstrate traditional farming, cooking and home life skills at the Fall Folklore Jamboree at the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum. See a blacksmith in action and mules plow a field while shopping for homemade soaps, candles and brooms while award-winning gospel and bluegrass bands play. Admission is $4.
Clarksville – Get your workout in while tasting beer and barbecue during the Clarksville BBQ & Beer Fun Run at Liberty Park and Marina. The run/walk kicks off at 10 a.m. Runners can make a day of it and stay for free activities after the race.
Cookeville – Relax and enjoy the Blues & Brews Craft Beer Festival in Dogwood Park. Blues music will play during the 5th annual festival with more than 80 beers and plenty of local food vendors.
Nashville – Go on a surprise Shakespearean adventure during “Pop-Up Right Shakespeare.” The play, The Taming of the Shrew, will be performed in a secret location. Visit nashvilleshakes.org for ticket information. Admission is $10.
Nashville – Enjoy sampling craft, season and micro beers, and a variety of wines during the 9th annual TN Beer & Wine Festival noon to 5 p.m. at Two Rivers Mansion. There will be artisan booths, live music and food trucks.
Nashville – Food trucks, live music, craft beer, handmade goods and children’s activities fill Centennial Park for Centennial Craft Fest.
Nashville – Yazoo Brewery’s 15th Anniversary Celebration kicks off at noon with an amazing lineup of friends, beer and music, including performances by Jess Jocoy, Jackie Bristow and the “Don’t Brew Me Like That” Tom Petty Revue.
Smyrna – Sing songs around the campfire, tell ghost stories and roast s’mores at the Spooky Family Campfire 6-8 p.m. at Sharp Springs Park. Admission is $2.
Spring Hill – Explore local art while listening to music during the annual Spring Hill Art Walk 2-7 p.m. on Main Street.
Knoxville – Bring a comfy chair, see classic and vintage cars, motorcycles and tractors, enjoy classic rock ‘n’ roll and country music during Rockin’ the Classics II 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Historic Ramsey House. The event is free.
Gray – Stop by Hands On! Discovery Center to design, build and decorate your very own Custom Hula Hoop specially fitted for you. Discover the science of engineering and physics while gaining some fantastic hula hoop moves. The cost is $10.
Bristol – Musicians can play, collaborate and share their experiences during the Monthly Community Jam 2-5 p.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
Bell Buckle – The tree-lined streets of historic Bell Buckle will be lined with over 800 art, craft and food booths during the 42nd annual Bell Buckle Webb Art and Craft Festival.
Whitwell – Head to the banks of the Big Sequatchie River to see the only remaining water-powered gristmill in the area during Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair. Visitors can watch the sorghum mill, purchase pure molasses, stone-ground cornmeal and grits.
Nashville – Imagine, create and discover with the whole family during the free Family Festival Day at Frist Art Museum. There will be multiple programs throughout the day to celebrate the new exhibit Paris 1900: City of Entertainment.
Murfreesboro – Sample beer from local homebrewers and breweries, tour the museum, talk to paleontologists and visit the food trucks during the NaturALE Beerfest 2-6 p.m. at Earth Experience Museum. Tickets are $35.
Knoxville – Did you know Tennessee was once under the sea? Join the Stroller Tour 10 a.m. at McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture as the museum educator leads a gallery tour of the fossil history of the state. Make a free reservation here.
Lebanon – The Sanderson sisters will put a spell on you in a special showing of “Hocus Pocus” 6:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $5.
Clarksville – Gather up family, friends or co-workers and enjoy the thrill of blowing and making your own ornament, pumpkin or paperweight during Glass Blowing Workshops and Memorial Glass at Erin’s Farm. Call 931-980-3985 to reserve a slot.
Knoxville – Let it go and get into the holiday spirit as Disney on Ice Presents Frozen at Knoxville Civic Auditorium & Coliseum.
Jackson – Celebrate culinary excellence with tastings of creations by top chefs from local restaurants during the Taste of Jackson 5-8 p.m. at Madison Downs Venue. Money raised benefits March of Dimes.
Clarksville – The jive is NOT alive in the 1970s Murder Mystery: Death of the Funk 6:30 p.m. at The Belle Hollow. Legends of rock get together for a concert you can dig, but the only thing being dug is a grave! See if you can solve the mystery.
Nashville – “This is Halloween, this is Halloween.” Revel in Tim Burton’s wicked tale, “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” presented on screen along with the Nashville Symphony performing the score live at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Clarksville – Bring chairs and blankets, listen to haunting historical tales, roast a hot dog and marshmallow and have a cup of hot cocoa 6 p.m. during Halloween at Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center. The event is free.
Cookeville – Cooking on the Square 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. transforms the historic downtown square into a Cajun culinary destination with live music, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice. $20 gets you a handmade ceramic bowl, lunch and benefits Putnam County Habitat for Humanity.
Knoxville – Experience a one-of-a-kind paranormal adventure and investigate the rumored-to-be-haunted Historic Southern Railway Station during A Nightmare on the Tracks. Grab your tickets here.
Knoxville – Children ages 12 and under and in costume can trick-or-treat while local businesses and community groups hand out treats, provide games and cookie decorating during Freaky Friday Fright Night at Farragut Museum.
Townsend – A trio of storytellers kicks off the Tennessee Tales: Storytelling Festival 6 p.m. at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, followed by family-friendly storytelling workshops, music, crafts and trick-or-treating.
Memphis – Costumed interpreters bring the dead to life at historic Elmwood Cemetery’s Costumed Twilight Tour, a spellbinding event of history and storytelling.
Adams – An old town with stories to tell; join a guided Port Royal by Lantern hike and warm yourself by the campfires as you hear tales of witches, murder and the unexplained 6-9 p.m. at Port Royal State Park.
Gallatin – Come see how death was celebrated, honored and remembered in the 1870s during a chillingly educational trip to Death Comes to Rose Mont with a historically accurate mock funeral, discussion and death masks, memento photos and more.
Murfreesboro – Explore Murfreesboro’s most mysterious mansion and experience unusual mourning customs and creepy superstitions during Flashlight Nights at the Victorian era Oaklands Mansion. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Smyrna – What better way to get ready for Halloween than an overnight paranormal investigation starting at 7 p.m. Friday at Rippavilla Plantation. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes for Whispers from the Past. Tickets are $60.
Silver Point – Take a Fall Color Boat Cruise from the marina at Edgar Evins State Park. See stately homes, fall scenery, waterfowl, deer and local landmarks. Tickets are $15. Call 931-858-2114 to make a reservation.
Norris – Bring the family for old-fashioned treats along the pioneer village trail, storytelling, hay rides, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, interactive demonstrations and sorghum making during Haunts and History at the Museum of Appalachia.
Jackson – Beer lovers rejoice with dozens of unlimited samples of the finest craft beers from local, national and international breweries during the 10th annual Jackson TN Brewfest 1-5 p.m. at Jackson TN Fairgrounds.
Jackson – Safely Trunk-or-Treat your way through more than 85 candy stations 5-9 p.m. at Jackson Generals Ballpark.
Clarksville – Experience a Halloween treat through historic downtown Clarksville during the Fright on Franklin 3-6 p.m. with trick-or-treating, crafts and activities.
Baxter – Join hundreds of riders from Nashville’s Fall Foliage Train Excursion as they de-board for Baxter’s Harvest Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with more than 80 arts & crafts vendors, a parade, scarecrow competition, pumpkin carving and live music.
Goodlettsville – Historical interpreters dressed in 1700s attire will guide you to historic sites for the Ghosts & Lantern Tour 6-9 p.m. at Goodlettsville Visitor’s Center at Mansker’s Station. End your evening with music, refreshments and a hay ride.
Smyrna – Have a spooktacular time at Halloween in the Park 3-8 p.m. at Sharp Springs Park with hayrides, haunted hayrides, corn maze, pie-eating contest, train rides, food vendors and more than 80 booths.
La Vergne – Children can follow the Trail of Treats 2-4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. The free event includes a hayride, games and a spooky storytime hosted by La Vergne Public Library.
Murfreesboro – Harvest Days Celebration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cannonsburgh Village includes music, clogging, pottery demonstrations, broom making, crafts, food, hayrides, blacksmith demonstrations, an antique automobile show and art show.
Columbia – Dance the night away in your favorite costume to the Twelve South Band at the Boo Bash 7-11 p.m. at Center of Hope. Food and brew will be included in your $40 ticket. Don’t miss the costume contest and auction.
Spring Hill – Spring Hill’s Hot Air Balloon Spooktacular 3-7 p.m. at Tennessee Children’s Home is a Halloween-themed event with trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, face painting, food trucks, live music, bounce houses and a kid zone.
Spring Hill – The inaugural Blues and Jazz at Rippavilla Plantation 4-9 p.m. will feature live music, the best of Asgard Brewing Co. & Taproom, margaritas by Amigo’s Mexican Grill, barbecue and baked treats.
Franklin – Main Street will be lined with live entertainment, more than 100 artisan and craft vendors and street food fest vendors 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Pumpkinfest. Don’t forget to wear your costumes as kids can trick-or-treat around the fest.
Chattanooga – Get into the holiday spirit with The Nature of Art: Pumpkin Painting 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hunter Museum of American Art. Paint a pumpkin, enjoy live music, games and learn about the natural world.
Johnson City – Come celebrate all things Halloween with food, fun and brews for those 21 & up during Boo ‘n Brew noon to 7 p.m. at The Mall at Johnson City.
Pigeon Forge – Halloween doesn’t just mean candy for the kids. Enjoy a glass of wine paired with handcrafted desserts on the Rocky Top Chocolate Wine Trail at Mountain Valley Winery, Hillside Winery and Sugarland Cellars Winery.
Tellico Plains – The Cherohala Skyway Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Charles Hall Museum includes live bluegrass music, food, vendors, local artisans, crafters, Appalachian demonstrations, antique tractors and a huge library sale.
Memphis – The RiverArtsFest in downtown Memphis is a street celebration of fine arts and fine local music with live artist demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages right on the Mississippi River.
Morristown – Authentic craftsmen demonstrate traditional basket weaving, blacksmithing, apple butter-making, beekeeping, woodturning and the best of Appalachian culture, from crafts to music at the Mountain Makins Festival.
Knoxville – Celebrate International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day 1:30-5 p.m. during the free Family Fun Day at McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture with activities, games and take-home crafts.
Statewide – Soak in the beauty of autumn with fall color cruises, fall hikes, kayaking, yoga at sunrise, s’mores around the campfire while listening to ghost stories and more. Here’s a complete list of events at Tennessee State Parks.
Memphis – The free Levitt Shell Fall Concert series at historic Overton Park features touring acts and local favorites. Shows run Thursday through Sunday nights.
Memphis – Old Dominick Distillery presents intimate concerts by musicians with a connection to Memphis, including Liz Brasher and Dale Watson during the Pure Memphis Music Series through Nov. 8.
Taft – Lyons Family Farm has all the fall fun with a pumpkin patch, hayrides, kids’ zone, music, fireworks and more. Check the website for a complete schedule of special events through Nov. 3.
Estill Springs – Opening Day and Fall Market Samplings are underway through Nov. 4 at Granddaddy’s Farm. All season, guests can pick their own pumpkins, take hay rides, play in the kids’ zone, journey through the corn maze and get fall decorations.
Nashville – Get up close and personal with legendary hit songwriters at Backstage Nashville, Music City’s only daytime hit songwriters show noon at 3rd & Lindsley. Enjoy complimentary bourbon tastings, hit songs and the stories behind them.
Nashville – Recording artists and world-traveling entertainers The Last Bandoleros celebrate a residency at Layman Drug Company with 6 p.m. Taco Tuesdays in October with free tacos and beer, first come, first served while supplies last.
Gallatin – Hear stories of restless spirits on Gallatin’s haunted square and historic homes during the Gallatin Ghost Walk. Tickets are $15.
Murfreesboro – Enjoy the incredible talent of Murfreesboro’s own singer-songwriters for MTSU Music Mondays at Puckett’s Murfreesboro. Three artists perform each hour, swapping songs and stories in the round.
Granville – Spend the month of October welcoming the autumn season with quilts, scarecrows, a fall arts festival and demonstrations including cooking, wood carving and more during the Scarecrow Walk & Fall Celebration.
Lenoir City – Deep Well Farm offers family fall fun with hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, farm animals, huge kids play areas, and picnic areas on 35 acres of beautiful countryside.
Corryton – Enjoy the nine-acre corn maze, a hayride to the pumpkin patch, fall decoration station, concession stands and family activities at Oakes Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch.
Chattanooga – How do flying squirrels manage to stay afloat? Find the answers to questions about some of nature’s most eccentric creatures during the month-long ODDtober celebration with special daily programs at the Tennessee Aquarium.
Chattanooga – Wander through abandoned fairgrounds of the cursed Brine Bros. Circus, the ghostly Belle Royale Hotel and darkness covering 20,000 square feet of pure horror at Dread Hollow at Ruby Falls’ off-site location at 321 Browns Ferry Road.
Rock City Gardens – Step into German culture at Rock City’s Oktoberfest with live music, dance performances, polka lessons, a guided tour of the gardens during peak fall foliage, learn about German folklore and fairytales and paint pumpkins.
Gatlinburg – The Smoky Mountains Harvest Festival is a 12-week celebration of the fall season with new decorations, 3-dimensional scarecrow people and area events including a chili cook-off to let guests experience autumn in the Smokies.
Gatlinburg – Ober Gatlinburg celebrates October with Bavarian-style food, drink and music. Special Oktoberfest biers will be served along with traditional German fare during Oktoberfest.
Gatlinburg – Ripley’s Haunted Adventure celebrates its 19th annual Fright Nights with a special show each weekend in October with no extra charge every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening plus Halloween night.
Pigeon Forge – Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is even more spectacular this season with thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns. The Great Pumpkin LumiNights features artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and family-friendly fun.
Toone – Autumn brings Falcon Ridge Farm’s biggest event. Take a tractor-drawn hayride, pick pumpkins right off the vine, play in the corn box, ride a pony, pet animals and enjoy other fun fall activities during the Falcon Ridge Fall Festival.