EVENTS

Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays – Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry shows are performed every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in October. Since 1925, country’s best have mesmerized audiences at the Opry, the show that made country music famous. While performances from both legendary entertainers and the latest country music acts are the norm, when you go to the Opry, you’ll also enjoy bluegrass bands, comedy, and more. See the new stars, superstars, and legends of country music on the stage where many of them got their start and some are experiencing the thrill for the very first time. Artists scheduled to appear this month include Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, Craig Morgan, Charlie Daniels Band, Chris Young, Steven Curtis Chapman, Dustin Lynch, Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae, and more! For Opry tickets and information visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

Thursdays in October – Opry Country Classics

Emanating from the historic Ryman Auditorium during the spring and fall season, Opry Country Classics is hosted by Opry member Larry Gatlin, and features the country music the world knows best, performed by legends of the genre and the rising stars those legends have influenced. The fall run continues Thursdays through October 26. Among those appearing: Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Oak Ridge Boys, William Michael Morgan, and more! For tickets and information, visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

October Saturdays & Sundays – Cheekwood Harvest

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive. Enjoy themed activities, a beer garden and live bluegrass each weekend of Cheekwood Harvest. More than 5,000 chrysanthemums in deep autumn hues dominate the gardens. Visit the renowned pumpkin house, filled with over 400 gourds, then pick your favorite pumpkin from our patch and take it home for carving, painting and decorating. cheekwood.org

October 1 – Fairgrounds Speedway

Fairgrounds Speedway, 625 Smith Avenue. Come out and join us for the 33rd Annual All-American 400! Admission: $10; $8 seniors, kids 12 and under; $5 military. Check the website for times. fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com

October 1 – Fall Fest at The Hermitage

4580 Rachel’s Lane, Home of President Andrew Jackson. Gather family and friends for a spectacular day of art, music, and history the home of the people’s president. fallfestatthehermitage.com

Tuesday Evenings – Yoga in the Park

Bicentennial Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Parkway. Grab your yoga mat and head to the park for a free, one-hour yoga class at 6:30 pm. (weather permitting). All levels. kingofpops.com

Fridays in October – Ghost Tours At Lotz House

1111 Columbia Avenue, Franklin. Franklin on Foot’s Margie Thessin will share stories of the presence of spirits which are believed to remain from those who suffered unspeakable horrors during the Battle of Franklin in 1864. Reservations required. Special tours available for groups of six or more. franklinonfoot.com

October 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, 30-31 – Ghost Tours at the Hermitage

4580 Rachel’s Lane, Home of President Andrew Jackson. Join us for an exclusive, after hours tour through the Mansion and Jackson’s tomb while learning about encounters with those who “haunt the property.” Hear ghostly tales about the Battle of New Orleans, the Bell Witch, and even the General himself! Tours are limited to 25 people, so get your tickets in advance. thehermitage.com

October 5-8 – Oktoberfest

Historic Germantown. It’s a family celebration with music, food, beer, and polka dancing! Treat yourself to delicious food from local restaurants and food trucks, plus a special Oktoberfest brew from craft beer local brewers. Free general admission. Beer wristbands may be purchased on site, or go VIP for an exclusive Oktoberfest experience! thenashvilleoktoberfest.com

October 7 – Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival

Centennial Park, 2600 West End Avenue. This free multi-cultural festival will feature over 60 dance and music performances on multiple stages. Traditional cultural dances, Aztec dancers, with modern fusion and blues provide a cultural array of entertainment. Food vendors will offer authentic and exotic tastes from around the world, including empanadas, falafels, hot chicken, injer (Ethiopian bread), gyros, and Mexican popsicles. Hands-on children’s activities, a teen area, marketplace, and more make this a festival for everyone! celebratenashville.org

October 10, 12, 17, 24, 28 – Nashville Predators Games

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. Enjoy NHL hockey in Smashville on October 10 vs. Philadelphia Flyers; October 12 vs. Dallas Stars; October 17 vs. Colorado Avalanche; October 24 vs. Calgary Flames; October 28 vs. New York Islanders. All games start at 7 pm. predators.nhl.com

October 12-15, 19-22, 27-29 – THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

Fontanel Lawn, 4225 Whites Creek Pike. THE GLOW features an enchanting and unforgettable wonderland of more than 5,000 hand carved, illuminated pumpkins transformed into beautiful landscapes, iconic figures and larger than life jack o’ lantern structures. Come stroll down Jack’s Lane, a 1/3 of a mile jack o’ lantern trail where you’ll experience everything from intricately detailed single pumpkin carvings to amazing scenes. 6 pm, fontanel.com

October 13 – Full Moon Pickin’ Party

Warner Park Equestrian Center, 2520 Old Hickory. Boulevard Bluegrass and roots pickers jam in circles under the trees and around the grounds, while three headlining acts perform on the main stage. No glass, large coolers, or alcohol. Bring blankets or chairs. Family-friendly. Dogs on a leash welcome. 7–11 pm. Food available. Advance tickets online. friendsofwarnerparks.com

October 13-15 – Southern Festival of Books

War Memorial Plaza, Main Public Library, downtown. A free event that offers readers and writers an opportunity to interact, promote and celebrate the joy of reading and lifelong learning. Each year the festival brings to Nashville 200 of the nation’s and region’s most prominent authors of many genres, and each take part in a solo reading or panel discussion, followed by a book signing. humanitiestennessee.org

October 14 – Kidsville Family Festival

Centennial Park, corner of West End and 27th Avenue. Fun-filled activities including pumpkin painting, inflatable games, face-painting, an obstacle course, a mascot photo station, a Centennial Park themed scavenger hunt, and arts and crafts activities abound as area musicians will perform. Food trucks and vendors with family friendly products. kidsvilleonline.org

October 15 – Jazz on the Cumberland Concert Series

Cumberland Park Amphitheater, 592 South First Street. Enjoy great live music watching the downtown skyline overlooking the Cumberland River. You’ll hear some of the area’s best jazz artists. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, and food will be available for purchase from local food trucks. This is a free, family evening event with plenty of parking in Lot R, under the pedestrian street bridge.

October 16 – Titans Football

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. Come cheer on the Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts at 7:30 pm. titansonline.com

October 17 – Planetarium Laser Shows

Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Boulevard. Enjoy watching a wide array of music brought to life with incredible fulldome digital imagery, brilliant lasers and millions of stars! Three laser shows each evening feature a different soundtrack. See a single show or make it a full evening and buy tickets for all three shows! Michael Jackson at 8:30 pm; Queen at 9:30 pm; The Dark Side of the Moon at 10:30 pm. adventuresci.org

October 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25, 28, 30 – Nashville Jewish Film Festival

Belcourt Theatre, 2012 Belcourt Avenue; Bellevue 8, 120 Belle Forest Circle; Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Boulevard. NJFF presents a collection of educational, entertaining and thought-provoking Jewish-themed films that demonstrate the breadth and depth of the Jewish cultural, religious, historical, and social conditions of the modern era. nashvillejff.net

October 20 – Nashville Farmers’ Market Night Market

900 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Explore the Farmers’ Market for a most unique Friday night experience from 5–8 pm. Shop and dine with various local artisans, restaurants and shops, locally raised meats, freshly baked desserts, seasonal cocktails, craft beer, local wine, and more! Free admission. nashvillefarmersmarket.org

October 20, 21 – Tennessee History Festival

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Parkway. Interact with civilians, soldiers and other historic figures as they bring Tennessee’s rich history alive with demonstrations, re-enactors and other interpretive programming. Free, 10 am–4 pm both days. tnstateparks.com

October 20-22 – Fall Festival and Tennessee State Powwow

Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike. Indians from around the Nation gather to share part of their culture, and perform ceremonial songs and dances. It’s a reunion of family and friends, and for tourists to join the celebration of culture still nurtured by the some 10,000 Indians who call Tennessee home today. Treat yourself to the delights of authentic Indian food, such as fry bread, Indian tacos and hominy. Bring a lawn chair; dress appropriately. Admission: $8 adults; $4 seniors and ages 6-12; free for children 5 and under. naiatn.org

October 21 – Centennial Craft Fest

Centennial Park, corner of West End and 27th Avenue. Celebrate the craftsmanship of local artisans and musicians and enjoy a bounty of delectable food vendors, handmade goods from local artisans, and fun activities and crafts at Kidsville. centennialcraftfest.com

October 21 – Tennessee Beer Festival

Two Rivers Mansion, 3130 McGavock Pike. Over 40 breweries will offer samples from the best local, regional, national, and import breweries in the world, including a selection of 90-100 different beers and a selection of wine. Live music, artisan booths and plenty of free parking from 12 noon–5 pm; 21+ event; tnbeerfestival.com

October 21 – Haunted Museum Ghost Story Festival

Tennessee State Museum, 505 Deaderick Street. Walk the museum “ghost trail” and stop along the way for prizes, crafts, refreshments, and chilling ghost stories from Tennessee’s past, including the Bell Witch, the Cherokee spirit Spearfinger, John Murrell’s thumb, and many other scary tales. 10 am–2 pm, tnmuseum.org

October 25 – Nashville Rollergirls

Nashville Expo Center, Sports Arena, 625 Smith Avenue. Doors open at 4:30 pm; Bouts begin at 5:30 pm and 7:15 pm. Admission: $15 ages 13+; $7 seniors 62+; military and children 7-12; free for children 6 and under; $5 parking. nashvillerollergirls.com

October 27-29 – Nashville Flea Market

Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue, (615) 862-5016. Indoors and outdoors! You’ll find a huge variety of gifts, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, arts and crafts, tools, housewares, handmade clothing, and hundreds of thousands of other items each month, at one of the top ten flea markets in the country. Dealers and vendors from 30 states offer their wares to the buying public. Admission is free; parking $5. Friday 8 am–5 pm; Saturday 7 am–6 pm; Sunday 7 am–4 pm. nashvilleexpocenter.org

October 28 – Halloween at Two Rivers

Two Rivers Mansion, 3130 McGavock Pike. A free family community event filled with trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, storytelling, hayrides and more on the grounds of this historic 1859 antebellum mansion. 4–8 pm, friendsoftworiversmansion.org

October 28 – Día de los Muertos

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive. Celebrate this Hispanic holiday with lively music and dance, vibrant art activities, beautiful altar displays, a bustling marketplace, authentic food and fine cuisine from local bakeries and restaurants. ?9 am–5 pm, cheekwood.org

October 28 – Pumpkinfest

Main Street, Historic Downtown Franklin. Family-friendly entertainment, live music, free games, children’s activities, pony rides, photos with princesses, pumpkin carving contest, arts and crafts booths. 10 am–6 pm, historicfranklin.com