October 2015 Events in Tennessee

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Unicoi County Apple Festival – Oct. 2-3, Erwin
Vendors, crafts, children’s area and entertainment are featured and the annual apple festival. CONTACT: (423) 743-3000, unicoicounty.org

Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival – Oct. 2-4, Tiptonville
The banks of beautiful Reelfoot Lake will be the venue for the 44th annual craft show with over 300 crafters and food vendors. Admission is free to the public and parking is available. CONTACT: (731) 885-7295, reelfootartsandcrafts.com

National Storytelling Festival – Oct. 2-4, Jonesborough (pictured)
The event is packed full of activities including dozens of world-renown storytellers, food and merchandise vendors and a crowd of more than 100 thousand encompassing nearly the entire historic downtown area. (423) 753-2171, storytellingcenter.net/festival

Spring Hill Country Ham Festival – Oct. 3, Spring Hill
Show your pork pride at the 12th annual Spring Hill Country Ham Festival. The activity-packed festival features savory Southern foods, live music, mechanical bull riding, a hog calling contest, kids’ activities and much more. There’s even a chance to view the fest from thousands of feet in the air in a hot-air balloon, but be sure to book in advance. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tennessee Children’s Home.CONTACT: countryhamfest.com.

24th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Off – Oct. 3, Allardt
Fall harvest celebration featuring an official world record weigh-off for giant pumpkins and other remarkable vegetables, craft and food vendors, live music, car show, a parade, and fireworks. CONTACT: (931) 879-7125, allardtpumpkinfestival.com

National Banana Pudding Festival – Oct. 3-4, Centerville
This event will include a national cook-off for the best banana pudding in America, two entertainment stages, a children’s area, craft booths, lots of pudding samples and more. CONTACT: (931) 994-6273, bananapuddingfest.org

High Forest Rumble Rally – Oct. 3-4, Hohenwald
The High Forest Rumble is a rally for motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages. Turning the Tennessee National Raceway into a Family Friendly destination with great food and beverage vendors, games and contests, creative vendors and live music each day. CONTACT: (931) 796-3436, highforestrumble.com

Meigs/Decatur Chamber Fall Fashion Show – Oct. 8, Decatur
The Chamber’s Annual Fashion Show. Come see great fashions and have lunch with us. We promise to have a wonderful afternoon of great things. CONTACT: (423) 334-3496, meigscountytnchamber.com

Clinch River Antique Festival – Oct. 9-10, Clinton
The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring the Clinch River Antique Festival in Historic Downtown Clinton. The Festival will kick off with a “Kick-Off Party” on Friday and Market Street antique and specialty stores will be open with entertainment and food. On Saturday, more than 80 antique dealers and artisans will line Market and Cullom Streets. Free admission and parking. CONTACT: (865-) 457-2559, clinchriverfallfestival.com

Goats, Music and More Festival – Oct. 9-10, Lewisburg
Back for its 13th year, this festival features free concerts, Fainting and Boer goat shows, an antique tractor show, food court, kids games and much more. CONTACT: (931) 359-1544, goatsmusicandmore.com

Tennessee Fall Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia – Oct. 9-11, Clinton
The three-day Homecoming is one of the nation’s largest and most authentic music and folk festivals. Each day, musicians perform on five stages, filling the air with traditional mountain, folk, bluegrass, Gospel, and old-time country tunes. The weekend includes demonstrations of pioneer skills, a large craft fair with authentic Appalachian artisans, and traditional Southern foods. CONTACT: (865) 494-7680, museumofappalachia.org

Liberty Square Celebration & Lester Flatt Memorial Bluegrass Day – Oct. 10, Sparta
A full day of music, crafts, food, games, truck and car show and much more takes place. Visitors from across the country come to pay tribute to bluegrass legend Lester Flatt. CONTACT: (931) 836-3248, sparta-chamber.net

Annual Cranberry Festival  – Oct. 10, Shady Valley
A parade, quilt show, crafts, exhibits, music, food and much more are featured during this free festival, happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CONTACT: (423) 727-5800, (423) 739-2422

Beechcraft Heritage Museum Fly-In – Oct. 14-17, Tullahoma
Every October Beechcraft Heritage Museum’s guests, friends, family members reunite in Tullahoma. Everyone is welcome to visit the museum, explore our history of Beechcraft, participate in educational seminars, and view several different types of aircraft inside and outside. CONTACT: (931) 455-1974, beechcraftheritagemuseum.org

Fall Jamboree at Windrock Park – Oct. 15-17, Oliver Springs
There will be a range of events from guided rides, ATV Rodeo, poker run, Windrock Wide Open, Windrock Challenge, Drag Race, Mud Bog and Dash for Cash! The event takes place at Windrock Park, which consists of over 72,000 acres of off-road adventure for the entire family. CONTACT: (865) 435-3492, windrockpark.com

Tennessee Horse Expo – Oct. 16-18, Franklin
See entertaining demonstrations with horses, cheer on teams in a Ranch Rodeo, visit the Kid’s Corral, root for your favorite competitor in the Extreme Cowboy Race and shop the trade show. CONTACT: (765) 655-2107, tnhorseexpo.com

Fall Folklore Jamboree – Oct. 17, Milan
With more than 130 folk artists showing off their traditional creations, mule-pulled plows, a blacksmith in action, and award-winning gospel and bluegrass bands, the Fall Folklore Jamboree in Milan is a can’t-miss event. Held at the UT AgResearch and Education Center and West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, the annual event is jam packed with family-friendly activities, music and delicious food to honor Tennessee’s farming past. CONTACT: milan.tennessee.edu/ffj.

Ghosts in the Grove – Oct. 17, Lebanon
Enjoy a fun-filled night at Fiddlers Grove in Lebanon. Listen closely as the ghostly characters spin tales about local folks and the stories associated with them. Starts at 6 p.m. and continues until the last story is told. CONTACT: (615) 443-2626, fiddlersgrove.org

October Sky Festival – Oct. 17, Oliver Springs
Free admission for a fun-filled day for the whole family. Enjoy more than 100 quality artists, writers and craft vendors. Rocket Launches, brochure-guided tour of historic sites, Cruz-In car show, Children’s zone, local music and entertainment are also featured. CONTACT: (865) 789-0846, octoberskyfestivaltn.org

Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair – Oct. 17-18, Whitwell
On the banks of the Big Sequatchie River in Marion County stands the only remaining water powered grist mill in the area. Visitors can watch the operation of a sorghum mill and purchase pure molasses, stone ground corn meal and flour. Buy quality crafts, paddle a canoe, enjoy good country cooking, and listen to a variety of music. CONTACT: (423) 267-5702, ketnersmill.org

Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival – Oct. 17-18, Nashville
Celebrate Tennessee’s farming culture and history with the 23rd annual event at the Tennessee Agricultural Museum. Find music for the whole family, traditional craft demonstrations, arts & specialty items, play activities about agriculture for kids with farm animals & pony rides. Admission: $6 ages 5 and over; ages 4 and under free. Free parking. CONTACT: (615) 837-5197, tnagmuseum.org

Freaky Friday Fright Nite – Oct. 23, Farragut
Farragut’s popular event will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Mayor Bob Leonard Park. Kids 12 and under are invited to safely “trick or treat” at the park and enjoy games and cookie decorating. Event is free but donations for the Ronald McDonald House will be accepted. CONTACT: (865) 966-7057, townoffarragut.org

40th Annual Mountain Makins Festival – Oct. 23-25, Morristown
Enjoy a weekend folk life festival celebrating the traditions of Appalachia through music, dance, fine art, juried crafts, storytelling, demonstrations, regional authors, children’s activities, food and more. CONTACT: (423) 581-4330, rosecenter.org

Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue – Oct. 24, Lynchburg
This event has been called the most prestigious barbecue competition in the world. CONTACT: (931) 759-6332, jackdaniels.com

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  1. Jammie Treidel

    October 14, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    October 17th from 11 am to 3 pm there will be Heritage day at Panther Creek State Park. Crafts, games, hayrides, food, ect. It is free and open to the public.
    October 24th at4pm there will be a Zombie Walk at Panther Creek State Park. Cost- $15.00 and 2 non perishable foods. Call 423-587-7046 for more info on both.

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