Thursdays in October – Opry Country Classics

2804 Opryland Drive. Beginning at the Opry and later emanating from the historic Ryman Auditorium during the spring 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. Catch the fall run Thursdays through October 25. For tickets and information, visit or call (615) 871-OPRY.

October 3, 4, 7, 9-11, 15, 16, 18, 20, 24, 25, 27, 30 – Nashville Jewish Film Festival

Belcourt Theatre, 2012 Belcourt Avenue; AMC Bellevue 12, 8125 Sawyer Brown Road; 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.

October 4-7 – TN State Museum Grand Opening

Tennessee State Museum, 301 Sixth Avenue North. The new 137,000-square-foot Tennessee State Museum is designed to bring history to life. It includes a “Tennessee Time Tunnel” chronicling the state’s rich history and leading visitors though the Museum’s permanent collection, a hands-on children’s gallery, six rotating galleries, a state-of-the art digital learning center and a two-story Grand Hall. Exhibitions include significant artifacts related to the state’s history, along with displays of art, furniture, textiles, and photographs produced by Tennesseans. The Museum’s Civil War holdings of uniforms, battle flags and weapons are among the finest in the nation. Located in the heart of Nashville at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street, the new Museum sits at the foot of Capitol Hill at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. No admission charge.

October 5, 12, 16, 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.

October 6 – 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!

October 6, 7 – Fall Fest at The Hermitage

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane. Gather family and friends for a spectacular day of art, music, and history the home of the people’s president. Fall Fest is a free event and does not include admission into the mansion. Saturday 10 am–5 pm, Sunday 10 am–4 pm.

October 6-7 – Fairgrounds Speedway

Fairgrounds Speedway, 625 Smith Avenue. Come out and join us for our Annual All-American 400. Saturday: grandstand gates open at 2:30 pm, the green flag falls at 5:30 pm; Sunday: grandstand gates open at 11 am, driver autograph session at 12 noon, green flag falls at 1 pm.

October 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 27, 30 – Nashville Predators Home Games

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. Enjoy NHL hockey in Smashville on Oct. 9 vs. Calgary Flames; Oct. 11 vs. Winnipeg Jets; Oct. 13 vs. New York Islanders; Oct. 15 vs. Minnesota Wild; Oct. 23 vs. San Jose Sharks; Oct. 27 vs. Edmonton Oilers; Oct. 30 vs. Golden Knights. All games at 7 pm. Check the website for Preds Official Watch Party locations, which include giveaways and raffles for prizes.

October 9, 13 – Nashville Soccer Club

First Tennessee Park, 401 Jackson Street. Cheer on Nashville SC at their home matches Oct. 9 vs. Toronto FC II; Oct. 13 vs. FC Cincinnati. Both games at 7:30 pm.

October 11-14 – 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!

October 12-14 – 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. More than 215 authors, including Rick Bragg, Tayari Jones, Celeste Ng, Luis Alberto Urrea, The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, and many more will take part in a solo reading or panel discussion, followed by a book signing.

October 12-14 – Fall 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.

October 14 – Titans Football

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. It’s football fever in Nashville! Come cheer on the Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens at 3:25 pm.

October 19 – Nashville Farmers’ Market Night Market

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

October 19-21 – 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.

October 20 – 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;

October 20 – 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. There will be a costume contest as well as other fun Harry Potter surprises. Admission: $15 ages 13+; $7 seniors 62+; military and children 7-12; free for children 6 and under; $5 parking.

October 21 – Jazz on the Cumberland Concert Series

Cumberland Park Amphitheater, 592 South First Street. Enjoy great live music and the downtown skyline overlooking the Cumberland River. Hear some of the area’s best regional and national jazz artists. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, and food will be available for purchase from local food trucks. Fun for the entire family, with a kid’s play zone. Free; 5:30–8 pm; plenty of free parking in Lot R, under the pedestrian street bridge.

October 26 – 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.

October 26-28 – Nashville Flea Market

Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 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.