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10 Things to do in Nashville this Fall that Aren’t a Pumpkin Patch

It’s officially fall and that means your social media feed is about to be bombarded with Nashville’s wide array of fall activities, including harvest festivals, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted houses. But, with three whole months of the season, these fall activities can get old pretty quickly. If you’re looking for something more unique to do in Nashville this fall, here are some great ideas!



This Spanish restaurant and bar just opened in Sylvan Park, and if the gorgeous brick exterior wasn’t enough to lure you in, the menu is absolutely to die for! Lola is open for dinner (5-9pm) Thursday – Monday, and they’re already booking out weeks in advance so hurry up and make your reservation soon.

Church + Union

Offering new American cuisine in an artsy-industrial setting, this newest addition to the Nashville dining scene is brought to you by the experienced team of restauranteurs behind 5Church Charlotte, 5Church Charleston, Tempest Restaurant, and La Belle Helene. Their menu boasts an enticing variety for every palette, and the ceiling is an impressive work of art, hand painted with all 13,500 words of The Art of War by artist Jon Norris. Book your table at this link.

Emery Wood Fired

12th South’s old Royal Cleaners building has gotten a major makeover with this new concept from the minds behind The Stillery restaurants. Emery is currently open for dinner Wednesday-Sunday but we’ve heard rumors of brunch hours to be added soon! We’d personally recommend the King Kampachi Crudo and the Crayfish Tagliatelle, but their menu is filled with delicious options! Make a reservation here and enjoy a walk around 12th South before or after dinner.

The Lodge at the Virgin Hotel

You heard it here first, the beloved pop-up at the Virgin Nashville’s rooftop Pool Club is returning in November! Okay, so this might be more of a winter activity, but if you loved their festive cocktails as much as we did last year, we know you’ll want to include this on your list of things to do in Nashville this fall. Keep an eye out on their Instagram for all the updates!

Events and Activities

Nashville Soccer Club Home Games

You have three more chances to support Nashville’s MLS team at home in their second season! These games are always a good time and it’s your last chance to see the boys in gold play at Nissan Stadium before the completion of their new home stadium next spring. Find tickets at the links below.

TN Honey Festival – October 3, 10am-5pm

Stop by this family-friendly celebration of our delicious local honey at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and enjoy live music, honey vendors, food trucks, honey-inspired beverages, kids activities, and education about bees and their importance to our ecosystem! General admission tickets are available at this link and there are additional “VIBee” options available with a honey-infused cocktail tasting experience!

NightLight 615 – October 14, 7:30pm

Nashville’s beloved 21+ outdoor movie series only has one date left with tickets available, so you better hurry up and get yours now to watch The Sandlot at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park!

Tennessee Beer, Wine, and Shine Festival – October 16, 12pm-5pm

For the 11th annual iteration of this popular tasting festival on the grounds of the Two Rivers Mansion in Donelson, they organizers have added shine! Purchase your tickets now (early bird pricing available through September 30th) and enjoy an afternoon of tasting, food trucks, and live music performances!

First Saturday Art Crawl

This is a year-round event, but many locals don’t know about Nashville’s downtown art scene! Besides, there’s something about stepping in from the brisk evening air to peruse a gallery with a glass of wine. It’s the perfect fall activity for those weekends when a corn maze just seems like too much effort. Find dates and all the information here.

615 Candle Lab

We all know fall wouldn’t be the same without scented candles – pumpkin and caramel apple and firewood, oh my! Stop by 615 Candle Lab to make your fall décor more special by pouring your own candle. Previously known as The Candle Station, this local small business is located in Mt Juliet and pouring sessions start at $21.95 for a small candle. They also offer private parties, so why not get all your friends together for some fall fun?! Book on their website.

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