For those of you without fall break plans this year, fear not.
Nashville is a city filled with a ton of activities ranging from concerts to festivals to fun restaurants.
The activities planned in and around Nashville during this fall break will make for an excellent stay-cation.
For Harry Potter fans out there, “Potted Potter” is currently showing at Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center Oct. 9-11. This show condenses all seven Harry Potter books into 70 hilarious minutes featuring all of your favorite characters, fire-breathing dragons, silly songs and more, making for a magical evening.
If the approaching cooler weather and bounty of the fall season gets you excited, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens’ annual Harvest Festival might be more your speed.
Festival activities include live music performances by bluegrass bands, a special performance by Belmont’s own Belmont Camerata, extreme pumpkin carving, drop-in ‘ART’ivities and a Hansel and Gretel puppet show performed by the Nashville Public Library.
The wide range of activities offered during the festival are in addition to the everyday museum and garden tours that are sure to entertain any fall-loving individual.
For the music lovers of Belmont, you won’t be disappointed with what Nashville has to offer this fall. A concert by rapper Kid Cudi with special guest appearance by Big Sean will take place at the Bridgestone Arena on Sunday, Oct 13. And classic rock band The Eagles will also be playing a concert at Bridgestone on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Sports fans will have plenty of opportunities to cheer on Nashville’s hockey team as the Predators will be playing two games during fall break. The first is against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Bridgestone Arena, and the other is against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
For those of you interested in a more physically active fall break, The Color Run 5K will take place Sunday, Oct. 13 at LP Field. This unique paint race has been very successful over the years and is also known as “The Happiest 5K on the Planet.”
While this particular race is full, sometimes runners decide at the last minute to not participate, so you still may be able to secure a spot if you’re lucky.
Besides The Color Run, The PurpleStride Nashville 5K is also taking place this weekend. The race is dedicated to helping raise awareness and money for those suffering from pancreatic cancer. And participants have the option to either run or walk it.
If you go, wear purple to support the worthy cause on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Walk of Fame Park.
The first annual emPower Run/Walk 5K to benefit Harvest Hands Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization benefiting Christ-centered community development, will also be held Oct. 12.
If you’re looking for something indoors, Nashville’s Adventure Science Center is hosting a variety of cool events during fall break. A celebration of National Fossil Day and the Great Central U.S. Shakeout will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3pm.
A star party will take place the same day at 7:30 p.m., where you can look at the night sky and search for constellations, the moon and other planets in our solar system.
Even with the cooler weather coming in, it’s never too cold to enjoy Nashville dessert staples Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Las Paletas. Other must-try eateries include Noshville Authentic New York Delicatessen, The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden, Rosepepper, The Pfunky Griddle, The Loving Pie Company and J & J’s Market & Cafe – just to name a few.
Now that the classic eateries have been addressed, don’t forget the classic attractions. The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the duration of fall break. And the Belcourt Theatre will be playing its usual array of indie films that you won’t want to miss. Grimey’s New & Preloved Music is always a wonderful place to spend time and find some new tunes. And fun can always be had at Nashville’s Sky High Sports, “the trampoline place.”