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Fall activities around Nashville

If you’ve been patiently counting down the days until you can slip into your favorite sweater: your time is near.

Fall brings so many activities and events that wouldn’t feel right at any other time of the year. Knocking on strangers’ doors for candy? Wearing boots exclusively, no matter the temperature? Leaving a rotting gourd on your porch for weeks? Fall makes for a perfect excuse.

If you’re looking for some fun things to do to get in the fall spirit — once midterms are over and you’re finally able to see daylight for the first time in weeks — check out our list below:

With beautiful seasonal foliage, handcrafted scarecrows and a full slate of fun fallactivities each weekend, Cheekwood Harvest is a classic way to get into the seasonal spirit. Of course no fall day is complete without seeing a pumpkin — or 400 — and Cheekwood’s Pumpkin House delivers. If you visit on Oct. 20, you can catch the pooch parade and see some good boys and girls in costume.

If you’re wishing Belmont had a football team to cheer on this fall, maybe spend a Saturday afternoon rooting for another school at Vanderbilt or MTSU. Or snag some tickets to a Titans game for as little as $20 and spend a fall Sunday at Nissan Stadium showing some Nashville pride.

Nothing says fall quite like a good pumpkin patch. With both convenience and aesthetic appeal, the 12 South Pumpkin Patch is the perfect place to visit with friends and maybe take some Instagram-worthy photos.

Gentry’s Farm in Franklin offers plenty of traditional activities for ringing in the change of seasons. A general admission ticket gives visitors access to a pumpkin patch, friendly farm animals, hayrides and, most importantly, a 4-acre corn maze. After working up an appetite wandering the maze, visitors can head to Franklin’s downtown area for a quick bite.

If a downtown experience is more your speed, Germantown’s 39th annual Oktoberfest starts on Oct. 11. More than just a beer festival, Oktoberfest is a family-friendly weekend of embracing German culture. A Dachshund derby, 5K run and bratwurst eating contest will happen alongside the traditional live music, craft vendors and pretzels as far as the eye can see.

If you find yourself with a free night on a weekend in October, the Belcourt Theatre has a full slate of “Halloween Horrors,” including midnight classics and the 12 Hours of Terror event. Click here for the full schedule.

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This article written by Katie Knipper and Christiana Green.

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