Fall Festivals - Tennessee
Allardt's Annual Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off
Dollywood's National Music and Harvest Festival
Four weeks of free Southern gospel concerts, visiting crafters, beautiful autumn décor and fantastic foods all add up to one thingDollywood’s National Gospel & Harvest Celebration. Enjoy the splendor of fall in the Smoky Mountains with the sounds of Southern gospel music's biggest names.
Rockwood Family Fall Festival
Rock climbing, bungee run, speed pitch cage & radar, velcro wall, cow milking contest, fire truck slide, mechanical bull, 50ft obstacle course and more. For the little ones, petting zoo, pony rides, Mr. Brain and the Boppits. Pretty baby contest all the way up to Miss Rockwood Beauty Pagent. Carriage rides from 11am - 5pm. Festivities start at 10am.
• Annual Chilhowee Gliderport Oktoberfest - Chilhowee Gliderport- 9 Miles south of Etowah. This is Chilhowee Gliderports event of the season. People from all over the Southeast bring their gliders for a weekend of food, fun, and fellowship.
• Annual Pumpkinfest - Historic Downtown Franklin’s annual Pumpkinfest the last Saturday in October fills Main Street from Second to Fifth Avenues with all things fall-related--pumpkins, costumes, two stages offering entertainment, hayrides and fall crafts. Streets are lined with fabulous food, hot cider and wonderful holiday and fall crafts and artisans. Merchants on Main ”treat” trick or treaters at their businesses until 3 p.m. The People’s Church provide a children’s carnival on 3rd Avenue South with lots of fun free activities for kid’s and the stage at City Hall. Entertainment is continuous on stages in front of the Old Courthouse on the Public Square and at Five Points. Hayrides and scarecrows and ghosts and goblins meander down Main at Pumpkinfest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Main Street Festival - Annual event held on Gallatin's Historic Downtown Square in October, with attendance of over 10,000. Three stages of entertainment for the whole day with local and professional talent. Handmade crafts, food, large array of vendors in over 100 booths. Kansas City BBQ Cookoff in Gallatin City Hall parking lot with teams from all over the southeast and as far north as Michigan, competing for over $10,000 in prize money. Free admission. Hours 10 am - 5 pm.
• Oktoberfest - Annual celebration of German Culture. Family fun in the European tradition. German food, music, German dance groups, and fest rides for kids of all ages. The Oktoberfest is a regional event presented by the Clarksville Edelweiss Club. The original Oktoberfest was a celebration of the marriage of the Bavarian King Ludwig. Traditional German bands play polkas, waltzes, etc. German schnitzel, bratwurst, potato salad, sauerkraut, pastries and beer are offered. Held at Clarksville Fairgrounds/McGregor Park.
• Rocktoberfest - presented by Big River Grille and Brewing Works
Saturdays in October, Noon-6pm. Get in touch with Rock City's German heritage! Rock City Square will be transformed for a celebration of harvests and fall foliage. Stroll through an atmosphere of German music and food. Enjoy a Bratwurst, Knackwurst or Polish Sausage along with German Sauerkraut. Specialty beer will be on tap in the Beer Garden.
• Tennessee Fall Homecoming - Step onto the grounds at the Museum of Appalachia's Tennessee Fall Homecoming and surround yourself with the sounds, tastes, and excitement of an old-time mountain festival. Hear the lilting strains of the fiddle...the rousing twang of the bluegrass banjo...the jubilant rhythm of dancers' feet...the familiar words of traditional mountain songs. Hear the ringing axe biting into a cedar log...the clod-clod of the draft horse pulling the molasses mill round and round...the rhythmic whir of the spinning wheel transforming tufts of wool into yarn. Savor the aroma of soup beans hot from iron kettles...country ham and melt-in-your-mouth biscuits...fried green tomatoes sizzling in the skillet. Sample a cup of sassafras tea brewed over an outdoor fire...apple butter simmered on the wood stove...homemade fried apple pies crisped on the griddle.Thousands attend this annual event. Now in its 27th year, it's been called one of the nation's most authentic old-time festivals with its emphasis on old-time music, handicrafts, and early pioneer skills.
Nationally known musicians will be joined by hundreds of regional and local performers playing old-time mountain, folk, traditional, gospel, and bluegrass music.