The 9 Best Fall Festivals in Tennessee!

Fall means different things to different people: for some, fall could mean one step closer to Christmas, while others believe it heralds cooler weather and shorter days. But Tennesseans know that the onset of fall means it’s festival season! Throughout the state, you’ll find a fall festival for just about any occasion, which means your social calendar isn’t likely to lack for the next few months. Join the fun at the best fall festivals in Tennessee. 

1. Fall Folklore Jamboree, Milan, TN

This one-day event will take you back in time through storytelling and live demonstrations that give you a glimpse into the history that molded us. More than 130 folk artists share their talents, including blacksmith demos, homemade soaps and candles, farm animals, and live music.

2. Pumpkinfest, Franklin, TN

As the largest fall festival in middle Tennessee, this event is chock full of fun activities for all ages. Come dressed in your Halloween costume for this one-day event as you enjoy the kid’s area, live music, crafts vendors, pumpkin carving, beer garden, and more. There’s enough to keep you entertained all day!

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3. Dawn of Hope Spooktacular, Johnson City, TN

Fall means Halloween. And there are not many better ways to celebrate than at the Dawn of Hope Spooktacular in Johnson City, Tennessee. This fundraising event invites guests to participate in the $10,000 Reverse Raffle, with the donations going to more than 200 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The evening will consist of great music, hors d’oeuvres, and of course...a costume contest! Be sure to come out looking your spookiest! 

4. National Muscadine Festival, Sweetwater, TN

If you love muscadine wine, or simply can’t get enough of these sweet and savory fruits, you owe it to yourself to visit the National Muscadine Festival. This free weekend-long event is chock full of this fan-favorite grape variety, along with live music and family fun.

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5. East Tennessee Celtic Festival and Games, Johnson City, TN

You don’t have to hail from Scotland to enjoy this rousing one-day festival, complete with Celtic music, garb, food, and other traditions. Here guests can enjoy watching and participating in highland games while savoring some of the best Scottish cuisine around. And for the wee lads and lasses, head to the kid’s area for some family-friendly activities.

6. Fall Fun Fest, Collierville, TN

This event is one of the largest family-friendly events of its kind, and it’s brimming with fun you won’t want to miss. Guests can watch or participate in a 5K or family fun run, inflatables, a petting zoo, face painting, and other activities both kids and adults will love. As a bonus, your contributions benefit the Collierville Education Foundation.

7. Unreal Film Fest, Memphis, TN

There’s no better way to get in the Halloween spirit than with an out-of-this-world film festival. Viewers receive screenings of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films created by both local talents and filmmakers from around the world. If you love to experience the unique and extraordinary, this event is for you.

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8. National Banana Pudding Festival, Centerville, TN

Oh yes, there most certainly is an entire festival dedicated to the decadent taste of banana pudding, and Tennessee has the pleasure of playing host. This two-day event is perfect for the whole family, offering fun activities like arts, crafts, games, food, and of course, banana pudding. There even a competitive pudding cook off—will you take home the title?

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9. Homesteads Apple Festival, Crossville, TN

Apples are the traditional fall southern treat that’s every bit as versatile as they are tasty, so there’s no wonder that Tennesseans have dedicated numerous festivals paying homage to this miracle fruit. This mega apple festival features more than 100 craft vendors, live music, and fresh apple goodies for a truly delightful experience.

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