Below is a list of our FAV activities this fall! For all other events and happenings, check out FI’s comphrehensive calendar.
Six blocks of family fun includes live German music, arts, crafts, food, and a free children’s activity area featuring games, pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo and more. The event takes place between the Bicentennial Mall/Farmer’s Market and Taylor Street, and between Fifth Avenue North and Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in Nashville’s Historic Germantown; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; www.nashvilleoktoberfest.com.
17th annual “Haunted Trails of Horror”
Join the Franklin Recreation Complex at 6:30 p.m., for those who dare to join us, on Wednesday, October 21 and continues on Thursday, October 22, with an untimely ending each night at 9:00 p.m. This Spooktacular Haunted Hayride has become a Halloween tradition for Williamson County residents. Admission is $4.00 per person with no charge for children under the age of 3. Refreshments are available on site for an additional fee. For more information, call the Franklin Recreation Complex at 790-5719, ext. 10. The Complex is located at 1120 Hillsboro Road in Franklin near the intersection of Mack Hatcher Blvd. www.wcparksandrec.com.
Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival
On Saturday, October 17, enjoy an afternoon of chili, live music, arts and crafts vendors, and more. Leiper’s Fork Village, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Leiper’s Fork; 12 – 3 p.m.; 715-1995 or leipersforvillage.com.
Hank Thompson Trek and Treat
Start the day with a 5K race or one-mile family fun run, then enjoy the Halloween Family Festival featuring live music, a Halloween parade, costume contests, crafts, inflatables, trick-or-treating and more. Thompson Plaza at the Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 8 a.m. races begin, 10 a.m. festival; race registration is $25 for the 5K, $10 for the fun run (free for ages 5 and younger); admission to the festival is free; www.hankthompsontrekandtreat.org.
Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival
Children’s fare includes “Farmer for a Day” activities like shelling corn and barn painting. They can also pet farm animals, decorate pumpkins, ride ponies, milk goats, bob for apples or have fun at the Pumpkin Typhoon inflatable. Other highlights include molasses making, live music, dancing, horse-drawn wagon rides, homemade ice cream and fried pies. Tennessee Agricultural Museum at Ellington Ag Center, 440 Hogan Road, Nashville; Sat 9 a.m .- 4 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $5 ages 5 and older, free ages 4 and younger; 837-5197 or www.tnagmuseum.org.
You and your little goblin are sure to have a howling good time at the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department’s second annual Halloween Spookfest! Bring the whole family for a night of ghoulish fun from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill on Saturday, October 24. www.wcparksandrec.com.
Cornerstone Fall Festival
On Saturday, October 24, children can enjoy trunk-or-treat activities and games from 4 – 5 p.m., and the chili cook-off and silent auction takes place from 5 – 6 p.m. Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 349 Chaney Road, Smyrna; 220-0042 or cornerstonetn.org.
Fairview Halloween Blowout
Hop on your broomstick and join Williamson County Parks and Recreation on Saturday, October 24 at the Fairview Recreation Complex for the 11TH Annual Halloween Blowout! Young spirits ages 2-12 (accompanied by an adult) can join in the haunting fun from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with spooktacular games, contests and cauldrons of candy. www.wcparksandrec.com
Howl-o-ween Rock ‘n Bowl and Costume Dance Party
Thursday, October 29, all ages can enjoy an evening of bowling, followed by a DJ and dancing in costume. Proceeds benefit Happy Tales Humane. Hillwood Strike and Spare, 3710 Annex Ave., Nashville; 6 p.m. bowling, 7 – 11 p.m. dance party; $20 adults, $5 children (for $100, purchase an entire lane with unlimited tickets); admission does not include Circus World activities; 791-0827 or www.happytaleshumane.com.
Fright Night Laser Show
On Friday, October 31, ages 5 and older can see ghouls and goblins come alive on the Sudekum Planetarium’s 63-foot dome during a laser show choreographed to monster-themed music. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; Fri – Sat 8 p.m.; $6 members, $8 non-members; 862-5160 or www.adventuresci.com.
Saturday, October 31, this annual street festival features trick-or-treating, arts and crafts vendors, a chili cook-off, live entertainment, costume contests and more. Main Street from Public Square to Fifth Avenue, Franklin; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; 591-8500 or www.historicfranklin.com.