The Ultimate Guide To The Best Fall 2023 Experiences In Nashville

Music City has something for everyone this fall.

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Lauren Jo Black

| Posted on

August 30, 2023

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Cheekwood Harvest. Courtesy of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens.

Nashville, Tennessee has become a premier global destination, drawing visitors from far and wide to experience all that Music City has to offer. 

The fall season is one of the best times to visit Nashville as there is even more to do and see during the autumn months. 

Plus, the leaves change and the temperatures drop – making for a more enjoyable visit. 

Those planning to visit Nashville in the fall of 2023 will have plenty of opportunities to experience the many fall events that Music City has to offer. From pumpkin patches to haunted houses to sporting events, and more, here’s a list of the best things to do in Nashville this fall.   

Goblins & Giggles; Photo Courtesy Gaylord Opryland Resort
Goblins & Giggles; Photo Courtesy Gaylord Opryland Resort

Goblins & Giggles at Gaylord Opryland Resort 

September 8 – October 29 

Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort will welcome the fall season with its annual fall event, Goblins & Giggles. Serving up fall fun for the entire family, Goblins & Giggles includes an extensive range of events and family-friendly activities, including a Spook-tacular Scavenger Hunt for kids, a Trick or Treat Expedition, crafting activities at Adventure Kids’ Clubhouse, a meet & greet with Spookley the Square pumpkin, and more. 

Alongside these exciting experiences, the resort’s exceptional amenities include three stunning atriums that encompass over nine acres of lush greenery, blossoms, cascading waterfalls, flowing streams, and aquatic life. Additionally, guests can indulge in the captivating high-end water attraction, SoundWaves, explore a diverse selection of dining choices, and indulge in relaxing spa therapies at Relâche Spa. 

Goblins & Giggles packages, as well as Goblins & Giggles + Soundwaves packages are available. Additional information can be found HERE

Pumpkin Village at Cheekwood Harvest. Courtesy of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
Pumpkin Village at Cheekwood Harvest. Courtesy of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Cheekwood Harvest 

September 16 – October 29 

Cheekwood Harvest is back for the 2023 fall season! Guests will witness a stunning burst of chrysanthemums and pumpkins upon entry and will experience a variety of events and activities tailored to both children and adults. This year’s festivities will include the debut of a novel 8-foot topiary shaped like a pumpkin. Additionally, they can visit the Pumpkin Village, which boasts three houses crafted from pumpkins, each featuring shaggy thatched roofs and lush vines cascading from the peaks. Visitors can gather with their loved ones and meander through the Bradford Robertson Color Garden exhibition, adorned with pumpkins and vast stretches of vibrant chrysanthemums, capture an Instagram-worthy harvest snapshot, take a leisurely stroll along the scarecrow path, groove to music in the beer garden, and select a pumpkin to carve with their families. 

Autumn is also an excellent time to enjoy the LIGHT: Bruce Munro exhibit at Cheekwood, as the earlier sunset provides more time to relish in this astonishing nighttime spectacle. Munro’s 13 immersive, large-scale installations are spread across Cheekwood’s picturesque panoramas, manicured gardens, and The Carell Trail.  

Additional events, including performances for Thursday Night Out, a Halloween Pooch Party, and weekend performances in the beer garden will also take place.

Click HERE to visit Cheekwood’s official website for additional details. 

Boo at the Zoo at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

October 13 – October 29 

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere will welcome the spooky season with its annual Boo at the Zoo. This runs 5 pm to 9 pm nightly and advance tickets are required. Guests will enjoy fall-themed activities, special animal shows, photo ops with costumed characters, trick-or-treating for the kids, and more. 

Click HERE for additional information. 

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Nashville Nightmare

September – November

Music City’s world-famous Nashville Nightmare haunted house returns in 2023. This attraction was named one of the “Top 5 Most Terrifying Haunted Houses in the U.S.A. by USA Today” and has been a fan-favorite for 13 years. This activity is suited for a mature audience and may be too intense for children 12 and under. 

Click HERE for details. 

Lucky Ladd Farms 

September 16 – October 29 

Voted Middle Tennessee’s “Best Fall Festival in 2021 and named the “#1 Pumpkin Patch” in the state by the Travel Channell Lucky Ladd Farm’s Pumpkin Festival is one visitors won’t want to miss. The event features a corn maze, a petting zoo, endless fall family fun, and delicious fall treats like homemade kettle corn and juicy caramel apples. 

Click HERE for details. 

Musicians Corner 

September

Visit Nashville’s Centennial Park for the FREE concert series dubbed Musicinasn Corner. Taking place on Fridays in September and on Saturday, September 30, the series will feature performances from a variety of artists, including Striking Matches, The Wild Feathers, Will Hoge, and more. 

Click HERE for information. 

Tennessee Titans Games

Select Days This Fall

Football season is in full swing beginning Sunday, Sept. 17. The Titans will face off against the Los Angeles Charges for the first of eight games at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.

For additional information, click HERE

Nashville Predators Games

Select Days This Fall

Nashville becomes Smashville during hockey season, which begins when the Nashville Predators open their season at Bridgestone Arena on October 12 when they face off against the Seattle Kraken. The Preds will play at home a total of 13 times between October and November.

Details HERE. 

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.