October 2012 Events in Tennessee

October 1, 2012

By Rachel Bertone

Music and Molasses Festival in Nashville, TN

Music and Molasses Festival, Oct. 20-21, Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville

40th Annual World’s Oldest Barbeque Cooking Contest – Oct. 4-6, Covington
Bring the whole family to this annual festival where you’ll enjoy live music, tractor pulls, mechanical bull riding, and of course, barbeque! CONTACT: 901-476-9727

Lauderdale County Fair – Oct. 4-6, Halls
Don’t miss the 9th anniversary of this annual fair, featuring wrestling, a Ken-Ten truck, a tractor pull, concert and more! CONTACT: 731-635-9541

Unicoi County Apple Festival – Oct. 5-6, Erwin
Vendors, crafts, a children’s area and entertainment. CONTACT: 423-743-3000, unicoicounty.org

40th Annual National Storytelling Festival – Oct. 5-7, Jonesborough
This three-day event features compelling performances by internationally-known professional tellers. CONTACT: 800-952-8392, storytellingcenter.net

Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival – Oct. 5-7 Reelfoot Lake, Tiptonville
Voted the No. 1 craft show in Tennessee with 300 plus exhibitors. Free admission and toe tapping old time style musical entertainment. CONTACT: 731-885-7295, reelfootartsandcrafts.com

15th Annual Liberty Square Celebration & Lester Flatt Memorial Bluegrass Day – Oct. 6, Sparta
Features a full day of music, crafts, food, games, truck and car show and much more. Visitors from across the country come to pay tribute to bluegrass legend Lester. CONTACT: 931-836-3248, sparta-chamber.net

Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival & Weigh Off – Oct. 6, Allardt
Crafts festival, entertainment, parade, car and motorcycle show and the weigh-off of giant pumpkins for world record consideration. CONTACT: 800-327-3945, allardtpumpkinfestival.com

Art in the Park – Oct. 6, Kingston Springs
Stroll along the Harpeth River to see an impressive showcase of artists, artisans, and musicians. You can even vote for your favorite in the “People’s Choice” Award. CONTACT: 615-952-5295

Granville Fall Celebration – Oct. 6, Granville
This festival features quilting, storytelling, arts and crafts, blacksmithing and jazz on the Cumberland, as well as Civil War and World War II maneuvers re-enactments, children’s rides and great food. Visitors can also explore museums, Sutton Homestead and much more. CONTACT: 931-653-4511, granvillemuseum.com

National Banana Pudding Festival – Oct. 6, Centerville
Come celebrate the ultimate southern treat – Banana Pudding. Enjoy a fun-filled day of entertainment where the nation’s banana pudding champion will be crowned. This festival has been named a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event. CONTACT: 931-994-6273, bananapuddingfest.org

Annual Union County Heritage Festival – Oct. 6-8, Maynardville
Located at Wilson Park and the Roy Acuff Museum. Live country, bluegrass and gospel music. Art, crafts and quilt show. Free admission. CONTACT: 865-679-7071, unioncountyheritagefestival.org

Culture Fest – Oct. 7, Chattanooga
Celebrate diversity through performances, children’s events, food and art. CONTACT: 800-267-4232, artsedcouncil.org

Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo – Oct. 11, Greeneville
Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the UT Research and Education Center in Greeneville for this opportunity to learn from Extension specialists, industry leaders and researchers about new methods and techniques that can help beef farmers achieve a more efficient and profitable operation. CONTACT: 423-638-6532, agriculture.utk.edu

Shady Valley Cranberry Festival – Oct. 11-12, Shady Valley
The festival begins Friday evening at 5 o’clock with the Bean Supper and Auction at the Shady Valley Elementary School. Saturday morning join us for the community pancake breakfast at the Shady Valley Volunteer Fire Hall beginning at 7 o’clock. A parade through Shady Valley with floats, tractors, horses and marching bands follows at 10 a.m. Free cranberry bog tours run on Saturday from noon till 4 p.m. CONTACT: 423-739-2422

Goats, Music & More Festival – Oct. 12-13, Rock Creek Park, Lewisburg
Features concerts, fainting goat shows, barbecue cook-off games, food, entertainment and more. CONTACT: 931-359-1544, goatsmusicandmore.com

Sierra Hull Bluegrass Festival – Oct. 12-13, Byrdstown
Features a cruise-in, workshops for mandolin and fiddle players, and live bluegrass music. CONTACT: 931-319-5171, sierrahullfestival.com

Ames Heritage Festival – Oct. 13, Grand Junction
Visit Ames Plantation for a fun-filled and educational day for the entire family celebrating the exciting cultural heritage of Tennessee. CONTACT: 901-878-1067, amesplantation.org

7th Annual History Hayride – Oct. 13, Silver Point
Sponsored by Friends of Edgar Evins State Park and park employees, Silver Point is located between Cookeville and Smithville. Ride on hay wagons back to the olden days with several stops along the way where costumed re-enactors will tell about past events and people of the area. CONTACT: 800-250-8619, tnvacation.com

Zoo Boo – Oct., 19, 20, 26, 27, and 28, Memphis
The Zoo’s most spooktacular event returns with more activities than ever! Enjoy old favorites like the costume contest and Dracula’s Disco, and take on the Rock Wall, one of the new activities. Get your costume ready for the best Halloween event of the year. CONTACT: 901-543-5310, memphiszoo.org

14th Annual Fall Folklore Jamboree – Oct. 20, Milan
Over 100 traditional folk artists, local bluegrass and gospel groups. Demonstrations of traditional skills such as soap making, black smithing, weaving, quilting and more. CONTACT: 731-686-8067, milan.tennessee.edu

Music and Molasses Arts and Crafts Festival – Oct. 20-21, Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville
Celebrate the harvest season with good music and old-time-molasses making. CONTACT: 615-837-5197, tnagmuseum.com

Biomass: From Grow to Go – Oct. 24-25, Vonore
Last year’s biomass field day hosted more than 1,000 interested farmers, business representatives and students from over the course of two days to learn from experts that cover the entire scope of biomass to energy. CONTACT: 615-835-4570, agriculture.utk.edu

36th Annual Mountain Makins Festival – Oct. 26-28, Morristown
The historic c1892 Rose Center is filled with juried fine arts and crafts, plus enjoy live music, dancing, storytelling, children’s activities, food and expert demonstrations of time-honored traditions. Named a Top 20 events by the Southeast Tourism Society. CONTACT: 423-581-4330, rosecenter.org

Del Rio Days Fall Color Festival – Oct. 27-28, Del Rio
The two-day festival features helicopter rides over the peak fall foliage in the mountains, bluegrass music, an auction on Saturday, crafts, local foods and a car show, as well as the Del Rio Song Contest on Sunday at 2 p.m. CONTACT: 423-487-3161, delriosongcontest.com

Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue – Oct. 27, Lynchburg
This event has been called the most prestigious barbecue competition in the world. A unique event not to be missed! CONTACT: 931-759-6332, jackdaniels.com

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  1. Bernice A. Stokes says:

    Please add Courthouse Quilt Guild 16th Annual Quilt Show; along with White Bluff, Tennessee’s Street Fair.
    “Celebrating 80 Years” The Quilts of Bernice L. A. Stokes” October 11-12,2013
    Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-3 Free Admission
    Special Book Signing at 10 am Friday; Bed Turning Friday and Saturday at 1 pm.
    White Bluff Church of Christ, 4416 Hwy 70 E.,White Bluff, Tennessee
    or
    or mail SASE to P. O. Box 533, White Bluff, Tennessee 37187
    or contact Town of White Bluff, Tennessee