EVENTS

Daily – Grand Ole Opry House Backstage Tours

Guided tours of the Grand Ole Opry House offer visitors an up-close look at the celebrated 4,400-seat venue and country’s most famous show, including themed dressing rooms, the artists’ entrance, the Opry stage, and more. Daytime tours are available seven days a week, featuring an all new immersive video experience. Tours are also available following most Opry performances with video tour guide Darius Rucker. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, try our Behind the Curtain VIP tour. Also through the end of October, see Dolly: My Opry Memories, a one-of-a-kind exclusive backstage exhibit celebrating Dolly’s 50 years of Opry membership. For a limited time, see iconic wardrobe pieces worn by Dolly herself, as well as the stories behind these classics. For more information, visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

Tuesdays Through Sundays – TN State Museum Highlights Tours

TN State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. Our free Museum Highlights tour is a great way to see some never-before-seen artifacts and hear some of the great stories of Tennessee history. 2–2:45 pm (except for holidays). tnmuseum.org

October 1 – Open House at Dyer Observatory

1000 Oman Drive. Astronomers offer free tours of the observatory including the Seyfert telescope. The format is “open house” so you may arrive and depart any time. For guided tours, make advance reservations online. Suggested for ages 8 and up. dyer.vanderbilt.edu

October 1-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-25 – Cheekwood Harvest

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive. You’ll find activities and experiences designed to appeal to kids, adults and families alike, making this six-week celebration the perfect time for a peaceful solo stroll, a crisp fall family day, or an afternoon date. cheekwood.org

October 3 – Gulch Night Market

11th Avenue South and Laurel Street. Enjoy Nashville’s Gulch area with local artisans, food and drink vendors, entertainment, and a live DJ. Free admission, and dogs are welcome. 3–9 pm. gulchnightmarket.com

October 3-12 – Nashville Film Festival

Regal Hollywood Theaters, 719 Thompson Lane. The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers. This year’s selections include Alice, The Best of Dorien B.,The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, Burning Cane, Dirty God, Eternal Winter, Retrospekt, Saint Frances, Watch List and This World Won’t Break. The films represent a broad global view of the human condition through stories of strength, struggle and redemption. nashvillefilmfestival.org

October 3, 5, 8, 10, 19, 22, 24, 29, 31 – Nashville Predators

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. Enjoy NHL hockey in Smashville at 7 pm on Oct. 3 vs. Minnesota Wild; Oct. 5 vs. Detroit Red Wings; Oct. 8 vs. San Jose Sharks; Oct. 10 vs. Washington Capitals; Oct. 19 vs. Florida Panthers; Oct. 22 vs. Anaheim Ducks; Oct. 24 vs. Minnesota Wild; Oct. 29 vs. Chicago Blackhawks; Oct. 31 vs. Calgary Flames. predators.nhl.com

October 4 – Public Star Party

Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd. Join the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society from 8–10 pm as they set up telescopes for everyone to enjoy the view of the winter night sky! In case of cloudy weather, a free program on the night sky will be presented inside the Nature Center. bsasnashville.com

October 4, 8, 18, 23 – The Huckabee Show

30 Music Village Boulevard, Hendersonville. Be part of a live studio audience and enjoy news, music, entertainment and fun with former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee and his special guests! Tickets are free. For ages 16+. Seating at 6:30 pm. Walk-ins welcome! Register online or call 833-HUCKABEE for more info. huckabeetix.tv

October 5 – Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party

Cornelia Fort Airpark, 2640 Airpark Drive. If you enjoy great bluegrass, local craft beer, and good food then this event is for you! The festival combines the tastes and talents of East Nashville. Musicians are encouraged to bring any of their bluegrass instruments and play into the night. corneliafortpickinparty.org

October 5 – Lace Up for Literacy

Vanderbilt University Field House, 2700 Children’s Way. A celebration of students and loved ones who have been impacted by a learning disability. There will be a Family Fun Zone with booths, an obstacle course, stage entertainment, 300 meter Dyslexia Dash and team relay. Free event parking across from the Recreation and Wellness Center. laceupforliteracy.com

October 5 – Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival

Centennial Park, 2600 West End Avenue. This free event provides an opportunity for intercultural dialogue through a Nashville festival experience and features a variety of dance and musical performances on different stages, food vendors offering authentic and exotic tastes from around the world, hands-on children’s activities, a teen area, a marketplace, and more! celebratenashville.org

October 5 – Fairgrounds Speedway

625 Smith Avenue. Come out and join us for Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Wear pink and get $2 off your admission! Gates open at 4:30 pm, Happy Hour is 5–6 pm, and the green flag will fall at 5:45 pm. Admission: Adults $10; Senior & Military $8; Kids (6–12) $5; free for 5 and under. fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com

October 6 – Nashville Harvest Festival

City Winery Nashville, 609 Lafayette Street. The winery’s outdoor space will feature a live music stage, grape-stomping stations, wine tastings, wine pong and more. Guests will be able to meet and chat with local winemaker Robert Kowal, enjoy tours of our urban winery and try award-winning wines from all over the world! nashvilleharvestfestival.com

October 6, 20, 27 – Titans Football

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. It’s football fever in Nashville! Come cheer on the Tennessee Titans Oct. 6 vs. Buffalo Bills at 12 noon; Oct. 20 vs. Los Angeles Chargers at 3:05 pm; Oct. 27 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 12 noon. titansonline.com

October 8, 12, 19 – Nashville Soccer Club

First Tennessee Park. Cheer on soccer as they take on Louisville City on Oct. 8; North Carolina on Oct. 12; Atlanta United on Oct. 19. Kickoff at 7 pm. Tickets $15-25. nashvillesc.com

October 10 – Dancin’ in the District

Riverfront Park, 100 First Avenue North. This free, family and pet friendly event brings tens of thousands of live music fans together on the banks of the Cumberland River. The musical lineup includes Leftover Salmon, Slim Wednesday featuring JoJo Hermann, Alanna Royale, and Space Capone featuring KK. Nashville favorites Daddy’s Dogs, Eighth and Roast, and Ole Smoky Moonshine will be on hand vending food and beverages in addition to retail vendors. 4–11 pm. nashvillesdancin.com

October 10-13 – Oktoberfest

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

October 11 – 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 camping chairs. Family-friendly. Dogs on a leash welcome. 7–11 pm, Tickets: $7–$25, include water, soft drinks and beer (adults 21+). Food available. warnerparks.org

October 11-13 – Tennessee Craft Fair

Centennial Park, 2600 West End Avenue. One-of-a-kind, handcrafted works at this juried fair are perfect gifts for friends, family… and yourself! Enjoy food from area vendors, family-friendly activities in the Kids’ Tent and demonstrations from artisans aimed to educate as they create pieces before your eyes. Friday and Saturday 10 am–6 pm, Sunday 10 am–5 pm. Free and open to the public. tennesseecraft.org

October 11-13 – Southern Festival of Books

War Memorial Plaza, Main Public Library. A free event that offers readers and writers an opportunity to interact, promote and celebrate the joy of reading and lifelong learning. Thousands of book lovers come together to hear panels and solo sessions featuring 200 of the nation’s foremost writers. Peruse exhibitor booths, food trucks, and enjoy musical, theatrical, and spoken word performances, along with events for children and youth, on three performance stages on the Plaza. humanitiestennessee.org

October 12 – The Oddities Market

The Fairgrounds Nashville, 625 Smith Avenue. This traveling market is curated by Mike Zohn of Obscura Antiques and Oddities. In this market you will find purveyors of the odd from near and far selling skulls, bones, jewelry, antiques, art, quack medical, candles, occult, t-shirts, true crime, taxidermy, collectables, dark art, upcycled creations, haunted pieces, and so much more.

October 12 – Nashville British Car Club Show

Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, 1310 Franklin Road, Brentwood. Over 100 cars including MGs, Triumphs, Jaguars, Land Rovers, Rolls-Royces and Mini Coopers will be featured at this event. nashvillebritishcarclub.org

October 18 – Nashville Farmers’ Market Night Market

900 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Shop and dine with local artisans, restaurants and shops, locally raised meats, freshly baked desserts, seasonal cocktails, craft beer, local wine, and more! All are welcome for live music and family-friendly activities. Free admission, 5–9 pm. nashvillefarmersmarket.org

October 18-20 – Fall Festival and Tennessee State Powwow

Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike. Indians from around the Nation gather to share 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 approximately 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. naiatn.org

October 19 – Nashville Rollergirls

Nashville Expo Center, Sports Arena, 625 Smith Avenue. Doors open at 4:30 pm for the “Hit It and Quidditch Tournament,” a Harry Potter themed event. Skaters such as Harry Slaughter, Hermione Danger, and Dumblegore will be sorted into House Teams by a very special sorting hat ceremony. Admission: $15 ages 13+; $7 seniors 62+; military and children 7-12; free for children 6 and under; $5 parking. nashvillerollergirls.com

October 19 – 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 25-27 – Nashville Flea Market

The Fairgrounds Nashville, 625 Smith Avenue. 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. Free admission; parking $5. thefairgrounds.com

October 26 – Haunted Museum Storytelling Festival

Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Chilling ghost stories from Tennessee’s past will be presented at the Haunted Museum Storytelling Festival. There will also be games, art activities, snacks and costume parades. Those attending the Haunted Museum event are invited to wear costumes and join in on the fun! The Nashville Public Library’s Puppet Truck will also be on-site for younger children to enjoy. tnmuseum.org

October 26 – Pumpkinfest

Main Street in Franklin. The Heritage Foundations’s Pumpkinfest celebrates with kids’ activities, putt-putt golf, pet and kids costume contests, pumpkin carving, music and food. williamsonheritage.org

October 27 – Family Festival Day

Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway. This free event celebrates the skill, honor, and legacy of women artists as we explore artwork inspired by the exhibition Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists. Enjoy performances, gallery programs, and studio activities. fristartmuseum.org