October 2013 Events in Tennessee

September 16, 2013

By Rachel Bertone

Banana Pudding Festival

PAART presents Shannon Wurst- Oct. 4, Crossville
While staying true to the musical traditions set forth by those long ago, Shannon Wurst adds a modern twist. Her music has truly timeless sound as she pairs the old with the new. Don’t miss her performance at the beautiful, historic Palace Theatre beginning at 7 p.m. CONTACT: (931) 484-6133, palacetheatre-crossville.com, performingartsalliance.org

Unicoi County Apple Festival- Oct. 4-5, Erwin
Join in the fun at this 36th annual festival, which draws more than 110,000 annually. It offers something for everyone, including crafts, antiques, a children’s areas and entertainment. CONTACT: (423) 743-3000, unicoicounty.org/apple-festival

41st Annual National Storytelling Festival- Oct. 4-6, Jonesborough
This three-day event features compelling performances by internationally-known professional tellers at the International Storytelling Center. It celebrates the art at its finest. CONTACT: (800) 952-8392, storytellingcenter.net/events

Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival- Oct. 4-6, Tiptonville
Chosen as one of the top three arts and crafts shows in Tennessee, this event features more than 300 exhibitors including artists, potters, carvers and jewelry makers, along with music, delicious barbecue, fried pies, ice cream and more. CONTACT: (731) 885-7295, reelfootartsandcrafts.com

Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival- Oct. 4-6, Gatlinburg
Visitors can enjoy more than 50 fine art and craft exhibitors, 150 hours of demonstrations, a kids craft program, and more at this annual event. Admission is free. CONTACT: gfaf.net

RiverRocks- Oct. 4-13, Chattanooga
Go green at this nine-day, family-friendly and environmentally-conscious event that celebrates the Tennessee Valley’s natural resources through outdoor activities including trail running, rock climbing, kayaking and hiking. CONTACT: (423) 265-0771, riverrockschattanooga.com

2nd Annual Artisan Craft Fair- Oct. 5, Nashville
All of the crafts you’ll find at this craft fair are hand made by local artists and artisans. Held at Hermitage Presbyterian Church, it features indoor and outdoor booths, food, children’s activities and fun for the whole family. A silent auction of items donated by vendors is the primary fundraiser for the church. All proceeds support the church’s Good Samaritan Fund, which provides assistance for individuals and families of the Hermitage community during times of need. CONTACT: hermitagepc.org

15th Annual Liberty Square Celebration & Lester Flatt Memorial Bluegrass Day- Oct. 5, Sparta
Celebrate the history of bluegrass and its legend Lester Flatt at this full-day festival. Guests can enjoy music, crafts, food, games, a truck and car show and much more. CONTACT: (931) 836-3552, sparta-chamber.net

Halls Mill Sorghum Squeeze- Oct. 5, Unionville
Watch sorghum syrup being made from the field to pour-it-on-the-pancakes ready. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. with music, clogging, homemade ice cream, food, crafts and more. CONTACT: (931) 294-2154

Old Time Saturday- Oct. 5, Jefferson City
Visit Jefferson County’s largest annual festival that features a yard sale extravaganza, regional vendors, music, food and so much more. CONTACT: (865) 475-7367

National Banana Pudding Festival- Oct. 5-6, Centerville (pictured)
Come celebrate the ultimate Southern treat – banana pudding. Enjoy two fun-filled days of entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, games, a large kid’s areas, and of course, banana pudding. The nation’s banana pudding champion will be selected at the cook-off on Saturday morning, followed by an auction of the competing puddings. Make your way through the “Puddin’ Path,” where you’ll sample eight different banana puddings made by local nonprofit organizations. CONTACT: (931) 994-6273, bananapuddingfest.org

Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Festival- Oct. 5-6, Townsend
See woodcarving at its best with competition from beginner-level through professional. Stop by the two-day trade show, where you can buy handmade items for sale. CONTACT: (865) 448-0044, woodcarvers.com/festival

Courthouse Quilt Guild’s 16th Annual Quilt Show- Oct. 11-12, White Bluff
This free quilt show celebrates 80 years of the quilts of Bernice L.A. Stokes. The event takes place at the White Bluff Church of Christ and is held in conjunction with the White Bluff Street Fair, which opens 10 a.m. CONTACT: (615) 797-9662

Quilt Trail Celebration Weekend- Oct. 11-12, Johnson City
The quilt trail in northeast Tennessee is celebrating 100 quilt squares and 10 years of promoting Appalachian heritage. Join in the celebration on Friday evening with a social at the historic Embree House and Farm featuring local farm fare, recognizing the accomplishments of the Quilt Trial and the Appalachian RC&D Council. On Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., guests can enjoy the Open House on the Quilt Trail. Over 30 farms and venues in the region will be open for guests to self-tour, meet barn owners and enjoy quilts, refreshments, discounts and demonstrations at a regional heritage festival like no other. Day pass includes commemorative Quilt Trail passport. CONTACT: arcd.org/quilttrail/celebration2013.php

35th Annual Heritage Days- Oct. 11-13, Rogersville
Rogersville’s historic downtown plays host to one of East Tennessee’s most enjoyable weekends. Join the fun with over 100 juried craft artists offering a wide variety of handmade items, craft demonstrations, traditional Appalachian and Celtic music, Appalachian dancers, historic re-enactors and much more. CONTACT: (423) 272-1961, rogersvilleheritage.org

Oktober Heritage Festival- Oct. 11-12, Hohenwald
Lewis County attracts thousands of visitors every year on the second weekend in October. Arts, crafts, food and entertainment can be enjoyed by guests, as well as the annual Fall Classics Car & Truck Show, which takes place on Saturday during the event. CONTACT: (931) 796-4084, hohenwaldlewischamber.com

Second Saturday Bluegrass- Oct. 12, Lebanon
Enjoy authentic bluegrass music by Sugar Ridge every second Saturday of the month with free admission. Food is also available by the Fiddlers Grove Historical Village. CONTACT: fiddlersgrove.org

16th Annual Heritage Festival- Oct. 12, Grand Junction
Held on the picturesque grounds of the historic Ames Plantation, the Heritage Festival highlights the diverse lifestyles of West Tennesseans of the 19th century, from Native Americans to sharecroppers. Visitors learn about the ways of the past through hands-on farming, cooking and craft demonstrations. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. CONTACT: amesplantation.org

Dandridge Arts Excursion- Oct. 12, Dandridge
This celebration of American Crafters Week features local artisans and crafters hosting demonstrations throughout the day. Ceramics, chair caning, jewelry, wood burning and turning, stained glass, painting, quilting and more are highlighted. The event is free to the public. CONTACT: mainstreetdandridge.com

Open House Quilt Trail- Oct. 12, Johnson City
Spend a day being treated like family along the scenic Northeast Tennessee Quilt Trail. Dozens of farms and businesses in Northeast Tennessee will be open for guests to view the quilt murals, meet and greet quilt barn owners, hear family stories and enjoy antique quilts in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Quilt Trail. While touring, guests will find on-site demonstrations, refreshments and local arts and crafts. CONTACT: quilttrail.org

Sierra Hull Bluegrass Festival- Oct. 12, Byrdstown
Join in the fun at this bluegrass festival, which includes activities such as a 5k run/walk, a cruise-in to benefit the troops and live entertainment later in the day. CONTACT: sierrahullfestival.com
GIVEAWAY: Visit tnhomeandfarm.com/sierra for a chance to win a set of four wristbands for free entry to the Sierra Hull Bluegrass Festival in Byrdstown.

Standing Stone Day Festival- Oct. 12, Monterey
Come celebrate the rich history of Standing Stone/Monterey, with Civil War re-enactors, Native American dancers, a car show, dinner theater, excursion train, parade and much more. Arts and crafts vendors and food vendors will line the streets of historic downtown. CONTACT: montereytn.com

Oaklands Widows, Weepers & Wakes: Mourning Customs Exhibit & Tour- Oct. 14-31, Murfreesboro
Victorian mourning customs and superstitions will be explored when the mansion is placed in mourning. A visit to the mansion will reveal Victorian mourning customs such as widow’s weeds and appropriate mourning times for family members. CONTACT: (615) 893-0022 oaklandsmuseum.org

Zoo Boo- Oct. 18-27, 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. Grab your costume and get ready for the best Halloween event of the year. CONTACT: (901) 333-6500, memphiszoo.org/specialevents

6th Annual October Sky Festival & Heritage at the Depot- Oct. 19, Oliver Springs
Discover the heritage of Oliver Springs at this annual event, featuring a film location tour, rocket launches, antique appraisals, coal mining, 1938 train model, children’s activities, local music and food favorites and much more. CONTACT: octoberskyfestivaltn.org

Fall Folklore Jamboree- Oct. 19, Milan
More than 100 traditional folk artists, musicians and demonstrators will cover the grounds of the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum for the 15th Annual Fall Folklore Jamboree. Demonstrators will showcase 19th-century skills like weaving, knitting, woodcarving, blacksmithing and more. Listen to traditional storytelling and delight in the melodic sounds of bluegrass and gospel music. And those who get hungry can sample fresh apple cider and old-fashioned kettle corn made right on the grounds. CONTACT: (865) 974-7121, milan.tennessee.edu/

Mid-South Barbecue Festival- Oct. 19, Mount Pleasant
Celebrating its sixth year, this fall festival features activities for the whole family. The day includes a BBQ cook-off, a 5k race, live entertainment, a kids’ zone and kids’ costume contest, vendors, food and a scarecrow competition. CONTACT: (931) 379-9837

Oaklands Magical Mystery Tour- Oct. 19, Murfreesboro
Join us for an evening of magic and mystery as you visit several homes, Evergreen Cemetery and Oaklands Mansion for tales, stories and magic from the past. CONTACT: (615) 893-0022, oaklandsmuseum.org

Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair- Oct. 19-20, Whitwell
Every year, more than 100 artisans share their creativity and talents through products and demonstrations at this annual event. Visitors can enjoy more than 20 food vendors and two days packed with entertainment. CONTACT: (423) 267-5702, ketnersmill.org

Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival- Oct. 19-20, Nashville
Don’t miss out on four acres of family fun with molasses making and tasting at the sorghum mill, music shows, square dancing, apple butter cooking, a grist mill, great food and lots more. Attractions include two music stages, special garden exhibits, quilt displays and pioneer log cabins where you can see glass blowing, pottery making, wool spinning and more. CONTACT: (615) 837-5197, tnagmuseum.org

Oakley Big Bass Tour- Oct. 19-20, Dandridge
Bass Pro Shops sponsored Southern Open event featuring top anglers from around the world. CONTACT: oakleybigbass.com

Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue- Oct. 25-26, Lynchburg
Satisfy your taste buds at the event that has been called the most prestigious barbecue competition in the world. Teams from around the world bring their best barbecue to the table, judged by certified barbecue aficionados. CONTACT: jackdanielsbarbecuemedia.com

PumpkinFest 2013- Oct. 25-26, Dayton
Join the fun for two days filled with food, entertainment, and Halloween festivities for the whole family. CONTACT: mainstreetdayton.org/events

38th Annual Mountain Makins Festival- Oct. 26-27, Morristown
Visit the historic 1892 Rose Center, which will be filled with juried fine arts and crafts along with live music, dancing, storytelling, children’s activities, food and expert demonstrations of time-honored traditions. CONTACT: rosecenter.org

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