September Events in Tennessee

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Bargain Highway Weekend – Sept. 1-2, Benton County
This event welcomes thousands who enter Benton County for 30 miles worth of yard sales from one end of the county to the other. CONTACT: (731) 584-8395, bentoncountycamden.com

Noon on the Square – Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, Paris
Commercial Bank & Trust sponsors this free live music event held Fridays in September from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Court Square. Bring a lawn chair, and buy lunch from vendors. CONTACT: (731) 653- 7274, visitdowntownparis.com

Muddy Roots Music Festival – Sept. 1-9, Overton County
There are lots of camp-in-the-mud-and- hear-epic-music kinds of fests, but Muddy Roots draws people to Overton County, for three days of hillbilly, bluegrass and punk. CONTACT: (615) 971-2754, muddyrootsrecords.com

3rd Annual Latin Food Festival – Sept. 2, Morristown
Held at Rose Center, this festival is a feast for the senses incorporating traditional Latino and Hispanic customs, food and entertainment. CONTACT: (423) 438-3115

Hummingbird Festival and Banding – Sept. 2, Murfreesboro
Celebrate the hummingbird as they get ready to embark on a journey thousands of miles away. Guest speaker and master bander Cyndi Routledge of Southeastern Avian Research will share her knowledge of these flying gems, plus children’s activities, merchandise and much more. CONTACT: 615-217-3017, murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Thunder in the Park – Sept. 2, Maynardville
Held from 5-10 p.m., this event features food vendors, activities for children, an antique/classic car show and a 9 p.m. pyro fireworks show. CONTACT: (865) 992-3061

4th Annual T.M.A.T. Intertribal Powwow – Sept. 2-3, Dunlap
This cultural event intends to teach people of all races about Native Americans, their traditions, food, music and arts & crafts. CONTACT: (423) 618-2708

Tennessee Soybean Festival – Sept. 2-10, Martin
Enjoy more than 50 events including live music that celebrates agriculture and a tiny, yet worthy, vegetable. CONTACT: (731) 588-1263, tnsoybeanfestival.org

7th Annual Quilt Show – Sept. 7-10, Greenback
At this annual quilt show, judging will be done by the public donating a penny per vote. A craft fair and an antique tractor show will also be held Sept. 9-10. CONTACT: (865) 856-3262, (865) 856-3467

Fall Funfest – Sept. 8-9, Cookeville
Cookeville’s Main Street music festival includes live music, arts and craft vendors, food and fun for the whole family. CONTACT: fallfunfest.com

28th Annual International Goat Days Festival – Sept. 8-9, Millington
This festival includes a goat show, barbecue competition, antique tractor show, tractor pull, catch-and-release fishing rodeo, pancake breakfast and more. CONTACT: (901) 873-5701, millingtontn.gov

Mid TN AACA Car Show – Sept. 8-9, Red Boiling Springs
The annual antique car show attracts antique enthusiasts come from across the U.S. to the Thomas House Hotel. CONTACT: midtennaaca.org

39th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival – Sept. 8-10, Spencer
This festival features handmade crafts, traditional mountain music, demonstrations of pioneer skills, country cookin’ and much more. CONTACT: (800) 250-8610

Tennessee State Fair – Sept. 8-17, Nashville (pictured)
This year’s state fair theme is “Tennessee Proud.” From arts and crafts to food eating contests to family friendly entertainment, there is something everyone can enjoy. CONTACT: (615) 800-3675, tnstatefair.org

Tennessee Valley Fair – Sept. 8-17, Knoxville
During the 10-day event, fairgoers can relish in the contests and competitions, thrilling rides, delicious food, concerts, action sports, and much more. CONTACT: (865) 215- 1471, tnvalleyfair.org

International Cowpea Festival and Cookoff – Sept. 9, Charleston
The annual event focuses on cowpea recipes while hosting a marketplace, pageant, entertainment and a heritage area. CONTACT: (423) 472- 6587, cowpeafestival.com

Muir Fest – Sept. 9, Kingston
This festival recognizes the 150th anniversary of John Muir’s 1,000- mile walk from Indiana/Kentucky to Florida. Besides live music, there will also be natural/conservation discussions and exhibits honoring John Muir’s legacy as the Father of the National Parks system. CONTACT: (865) 376-1356, muirfest.rocks

Overton County Cruise-In & Swap Meet – Sept. 9, Livingston
Car enthusiasts from Overton and surrounding counties come together to show off their beautiful old cars/trucks and more.
CONTACT: (931) 239-8982, overtonco.com

33rd Annual Fairview Nature Fest – Sept. 9, Fairview
This family friendly event will run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and includes arts and crafts, music, entertainment, vendors, hayrides, pony rides, bounce houses, a history village and much more. CONTACT: (615) 799-9290, naturefesttn.com

Germantown Festival – Sept. 9-10, Germantown
A free family weekend with arts,crafts, rides, games, live entertainment, car exhibits, and Running of the Weenies Dachshund race. CONTACT: (901) 757-9212, germantownfest.com

Cherokee Fall Festival – Sept. 9-10, Vonore
Hosted by Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tennessee’s only tribally-owned museum, the festival features Cherokee dances, demonstrations, food, crafts and music. CONTACT: (423) 884-6246, sequoyahmuseum.org

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival – Sept. 14-16, Kodak
This free market gathers local artisans and businesses to celebrate all things handcrafted, vintage and repurposed, with antiques, clothing, jewelry, furniture and more. CONTACT: (615) 785-5004, facebook.com/fairviewmissionsmarket

Fairview Missions Market – Sept. 15-16, Lebanon
Fairview Missions Market gathers local artisans and businesses in the community and celebrates all things handcrafted, vintage, and repurposed. It’s a free admission event filled with antiques, clothing, jewelry, furniture, food trucks, live entertainment, a silent auction, and fun for the kids. CONTACT: (615) 785-5004, facebook.com/fairviewmissionsmarket

Days of the Pioneer Antique Show – Sept. 15-16, Norris
This show on the grounds of the Museum of Appalachia features over 60 of the finest selection of 18th-and 19th-century antique dealers, craftsmen demonstrating their talents, mountain music, and Civil War-era soldiers and civilians in their period dress.
CONTACT: (865) 494-7680, museumofappalachia.org

Music City Food & Wine Festival – Sept. 15-17, Nashville
Don’t miss the fifth year of this exciting culinary event, featuring some of the nation’s best chefs in the heart of Music City, including Jonathan Waxman, John Besh, Andrew Zimmern and more. Guests can taste delicious bites from local and national chefs, attend panel sessions, hear live music and more. CONTACT: musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com

35th Annual National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship & Festival – Sept. 16, Standing Stone State Park
See the best marble players take center stage in an event deemed the world’s most challenging marble tournament. Live music, kids’ games, marble vendors, tournament play, food and marble fun for kids round out this fall event. CONTACT: (931) 823-6347, tnstateparks.com/StandingStone

GladeFest – Sept. 16, Gladeville
Held annually in the Gladeville community of Wilson County, the third Saturday in September is devoted to an entire day of fun. CONTACT: (615) 443-6522, wilsonbank.com

Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival – Sept. 16, Oneida
Enjoy a fun day of stories, music, crafts and more at the Bandy Creek Field. CONTACT: (423) 286-7275, discoverscott.com

The Great American Airshow – Sept. 16, Union City
This airshow, free to the public, welcomes thousands to watch planes swirl and twirl in the sky above Discovery Park of America. CONTACT: (731) 885- 5455, discoveryparkofamerica.com

Archaeofest – Sept. 16-17, Pinson
A festival celebrating Native American culture with demonstrations, dancing and authentic crafts. CONTACT: (731) 988-5614

Tennessee River Agriculture Expo – Sept. 20-23, Parsons
TRAE is a celebration of agriculture and rural living along the Tennessee River Valley. The event includes livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, nightly entertainment, family orientated games and contests, educational events, and much more. TRAE events are open to all residents of Tennessee and surrounding states. CONTACT: (731) 733-0918, tnriveragexpo.org

Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival – Sept. 21-23, Algood
See beautiful quilt displays, a quilt barn tour, auction, square dancing exhibitions, crafts and a country store.
CONTACT: quilt-festival.com

First Tennessee’s Annual Mule Town BBQ Cook-Off – Sept. 22-23, Columbia
Held at Riverwalk Park in Columbia, this is a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event.
CONTACT: (931) 560-1500, columbiatn.com

National Muscadine Festival – Sept. 22-23, Sweetwater
Held in downtown Sweetwater, this festival features live music, parades, muscadine stompers, wine tastings, U-pick muscadine shuttle farm and barbecue contests. CONTACT: (423) 337- 6979, nationalmuscadinefestival.com

Remembering WWII – Sept. 22-23, Linden
WWII history will come to life at this incredible, hands-on living history event with re-enactments, army encampment, live big band music, vintage vehicles, antiques vendors and more. CONTACT: (931) 628-3438, rememberingwwii.com

Eye Full of Paris Weekend – Sept. 22-24, Paris
A celebration of the arts during three full days of visual and performing arts in a variety of venues.
CONTACT: (731) 653- 7274, visitdowntownparis.com

Heritage Festival – Sept. 23, Covington
The annual heritage day fall celebration features family fun activities and great food.
CONTACT: (901) 476-9727, covington- tiptoncochamber.com

Fall for Downtown Fall Folk Fest – Sept. 23, Kingsport
This annual festival celebrates Appalachian heritage in the middle of downtown Kingsport with live music productions, food, handmade crafts and so much more! CONTACT: (423) 245-1551, lamplightheatre.com

Homesteads Apple Festival – Sept. 23-24, Crossville
A festival focused on the Homesteads with entertainment, crafts and apples of all kinds.
CONTACT: (931) 456-9663, cumberlandhomesteads.org/applefest

Music and Molasses Festival – Sept. 23-24, Nashville
Held at Ellington Agricultural Center, this event brings history alive with an exciting blend of food, fellowship and fun.
CONTACT: (615) 837-5197, tn.gov/agriculture

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival – Sept. 23-24, Franklin
This year’s lineup features Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adams, Mavis Staples, The Avett Brothers and many more at The Park at Harlinsdale. CONTACT: pilgrimagefestival.com

Memphis Japan Festival – Sept. 24, Memphis
The Memphis Japan Festival highlights include a full day of Japanese music and dance, martial arts demonstrations, a roving Japanese Candyman, cultural exhibits, Japanese and anime merchandise, children’s activities and Japanese-inspired food. CONTACT: (615) 663-6060, memphisjapanfestival.org

Chester County BBQ Festival – Sept. 29-30, Henderson
This event serves up famous Chester County barbecue and live entertainment, plus street vendors and a kids zone.
CONTACT: (731) 989-5222, chestercountychamber.com

Muletown MusicFest – Sept. 29-30, Columbia
Held on the square in downtown Columbia, the lineup features Brandy Clark, the Long Players and many other performers.
CONTACT: muletownmusicfest.com

Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival – Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, Tiptonville
The annual event invites attendees to explore more than 300 exhibitors including artists, potters, carvers, jewelry makers, music, barbecue, fried pies, ice cream and more. CONTACT: reelfootartsandcrafts.com

Maze Daze – Sept. 30 – Oct. 29, Holladay
Enjoy a fall day with family fun for all ages. Experience the corn maze and climb in the hay barn. Race down the 200-foot slide. Enjoy giant sling shots, hay wagon, farm train, rope swing, culvert swing, concessions, pumpkin patch and more. Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. CONTACT: (731) 924-3400, blackwolfacres.com

William Walton Harvest Festival – Sept. 30, Carthage
Enjoy delicious food, great shopping and entertainment while stepping into the pioneer days at Courthouse Square.
CONTACT: smithcountychamber.org

Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival – Sept. 30, Caryville
Set amid the natural beauty of Cove Lake State Park, this festival features live music, heritage crafts, regional arts and quilts, and children’s entertainment and activities. CONTACT: louiebluie.org

Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival – Sept. 30, Dandridge
Experience Scottish and Irish music, bagpipe and drum band playoff challenge, Highland dancing, Irish step dancing and more. CONTACT: scots-irish.com

Smoke in the Valley Festival – Sept. 30, Tazewell
Enjoy live music, drinks, food and more at this family-friendly festival on a 70-acre farm. CONTACT: facebook.com/smokeinthevalleytn

Alpha Upsilon Storytelling Festival – Sept. 30, Livingston
Enjoy the 6th annual Storytelling Festival at Standing Stone State Park. This FREE event is sponsored by members of Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Come hear the storytellers weave their magic of the spoken word through their storytelling techniques. CONTACT: (931) 823-1916

Cordell Hull Day – Sept. 30, Byrdstown
Celebrate Cordell Hull’s birthday with a day of music, dancing, crafts and more. This is a fun event for the whole family. CONTACT: (931) 864-3247, tnstateparks.com/parks/about/cordell-hull-birthplace

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