I’ve officially lived in Nashville for about 2 months now and feel like I have gotten a good feel for my new city. As you may know, fall is my favorite season of the year. It’s filled with crunchy leaves, cooler temperatures and lots and lots of soup – what’s not to love? Today, I’m sharing the fall activities in Nashville that you can expect me to partake in throughout the season. I’ve teamed up with four other bloggers who are also sharing their favorite fall activities where they live. I encourage you to check out their posts – they’re all linked at the bottom. What is your favorite fall activity?
I think my favorite thing about living in Nashville is that the farmers market is open an astounding 363 days out of the year. In the spring and summer, farmers markets are known for their fresh fruit and beautiful flowers. The reason going to the farmers market is one of my favorite fall activities is because of all of the different sized pumpkins and twisted gourds. From orange pumpkins the size of a car tire to small white pumpkins that are perfect for table decor, there’s nothing quite like pumpkins to put you in the fall spirit.
Throughout the year, the Nashville Farmers Market hosts a variety of different events. Here are few that are coming up this fall (click on the name for more information):
September 27 – Farmhand Dinner 2017
October 4 & November 1 – NCEC Seasonal Cooking Demo
October 20 – Halloween Night Market
November 4 – Turnip Green Festival 2017
November 17 – November Night Market
Another unique feature of the Nashville Farmers Market (can you tell I’m a fan?) is the restaurants that call the market home. There are many restaurants that showcase a variety of cultural cuisines as well as a pop-up restaurant that is always hosting something new.
Heading to a pumpkin patch to pick my own pumpkin is something that I’ve only done a handful of times in my life, but want to do every day. Every time I arrive to a pumpkin patch, I feel like a kid again. The excitement and adrenaline over finding the perfect pumpkin to bring home instantly brings me back to childhood when I would get that excited about pretty much anything.There are several farms local to Nashville that allow you to pick your own pumpkins. Here are some popular ones:
Walden Farm – 8653 Rocky Fork Rd. Smyrna, TN
Gentry’s Farm – 1974 Highway 96 W Franklin, TN
Honeysuckle Hill Farm – 1765 Martins Chapel Church Rd Springfield, TN
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Nashville hosts all sorts festivals year round. I think that it’s more enticing to attend an outdoor festival when it’s not a sweltering 90+ degrees in the sunshine. Another upside to the many festivals that take place in Nashville in the fall is that most of them have free admission. You only have to pay for any food, drink or items that are available for purchase. Here are some of the festivals I’m looking forward to this fall:
September 22 (Today!) – Nashville Brew Festival at First Tennessee Park
September 30 – The Taco Festival – Nashville at Centennial Park
October 1 – 7th Annual Fall Fest at Green Door Gourmet
October 7 – Nashville Cultural Festival at Centennial Park
October 14 – Nashville Whiskey Festival at Omni Hotel
October 21 – 2017 Barktoberfest at The Woods at Fontannel
Whenever I’ve made the drive to/from Nashville, I am in awe at the beauty of the tree-covered hills of Tennessee. There are many areas within an hour’s drive of Nashville where you can experience the stunning beauty of Tennessee’s hills. I can’t wait to go on my first hike as the leaves are turning from their standard shades of green into a rainbow of colors. Here are a few places to take a hike and bear witness to Tennessee’s natural beauty:
Mossy Ridge Trail in Percy Warner Park
Richland Creek Greenway
Shelby Bottoms Nature Center and Greenway
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Food Truck Wednesday @ Centennial Park
This is just as delicious as it sounds. Every Wednesday, food trucks are permitted to set up shop in Centennial Park, located in the Vanderbilt area, for food truck Wednesdays. The food trucks that make an appearance change every week, but it’s a safe bet that you’re in for a yummy lunch.
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, today’s blog post is a link up with four other wonderful bloggers who are sharing fall activities in their neck of the woods. Click on the photos below to read about fun fall activities in other parts of the country.
What is your favorite thing to do where you live in the fall?