Acres of Grace Farm
Antiques, vintage and handmade products, food, desserts, live music, cruise-in. $3.00 admission.
Folk Medicine Festival
Red Boiling Springs
Speakers on herbs, organic gardening and alternative health care. Arts and crafts vendors and demonstrators are located throughout the parks and the downtown area. Free admission.
Bell Buckle
Quirky, wacky, crazy and other synonyms describe the award-winning RC-MoonPie Festival. Known as the first “fast food” meal, these two Southern traditions, RC Cola and MoonPies, are brought together for a grand celebration, Bell Buckle-style. Free admission.
Eagleville
Have some summertime family fun at this annual event. Cool off in the Splash Zone and enjoy exciting hands-on animal encounters, pony rides, a unique playground, nature trails, wagon rides and more. Fill your day with adventure and good old-fashioned fun. Admission; check website for details.
Historic Downtown Square
Smithville
Each day begins at 9 a.m. with more than 35 music and dance categories, streets full of handmade crafts and food booths galore. The old-time Fiddlersâ€TM Jamboree is a tradition that draws musicians, craft artists and spectators to the Smithville Square each summer. Over time, the festival has become a broader tribute to Appalachian art and culture. Free admission.
Santa Fe
Learn the art of arrowhead-making, known as knapping, in the tradition of the American Indian at this free, family-friendly event. Buy, sell or trade in the vendor area that features pottery, leather goods, rocks from around the world, knapping tools/supplies, jewelry, handcrafted traditional weapons and more. Vendor set-up and camping is also free for all Native artisans, crafters and performers. Free admission.
945 E. Baddour Parkway
Lebanon
Enjoy nine days of family fun and great entertainment, including rides, food, concerts, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, pageants, livestock shows, Fiddlers Grove Historic Village, farm and exotic animals, poultry and rabbit shows, an antique car show and many more exhibits. Daily admission or season pass; see website for details. www.wilsoncountyfair.net
(For a complete list of Tennessee County fairs, go to: http://www.tnfairs.com.) September 7
Hendersonville
Experience the sweet taste of beekeeping. Bring your family and friends for an educational, fun-filled festival to learn about the importance of bees and other pollinators in Middle Tennessee. Free admission.
1424 John Bragg Hwy.
Woodbury
The fair hosts the top craft artisans from throughout the region who will offer for sale their original textiles, jewelry, woodcarving, metalwork, pottery, photography, chairs, baskets, ironwork, stained glass and much more. Free admission.
Visit Tennesseeâ€TMs largest scarecrow festival featuring 100 lifelike historical character scarecrows and 350 traditional scarecrows, displayed in front of historic buildings. Free admission.
A high-quality educational event including workshops, lectures and hands-on learning with many of the regionâ€TMs sustainable growers, biodynamic enthusiasts, permaculture practitioners and homesteaders. All meals included in conference fee.
http://barefootfarmer.com/southeast-regional-biodynamic-conference/ Lewisburg
For more than 16 years, the festival has showcased the biggest names in country music. There are kidsâ€TM games and rides, fainting and Boer goat shows, vendors galore and great food. Free admission.
Tennessee Craft Week
Craft Week is a collection of craft events and happenings across the state each October. The purpose is to connect and celebrate craft artists, the work they create and the businesses that support them; and to shine a spotlight on the collective impact that Made in Tennessee craft has on our culture, community and economy. Check website for individual events regarding admission. Centerville
Celebrating the ultimate comfort food, banana pudding. The National Banana Pudding Festival is near Grinderâ€TMs Switch Rail Station, the inspiration for Minnie Pearlâ€TMs fictitious town. Sarah Cannon, aka Minnie Pearl, was born and raised on the Duck River across from Grinderâ€TMs Switch. Admission.
www.bananapuddingfest.org
Art & Ale Tour
Sparta (various locations)
Enjoy a leisurely drive through the falling leaves of White County, Tennessee, and follow the map to seven different stops featuring artists and craft brewers from the Upper Cumberland. Get a peek into the artistsâ€TM lives as you visit their studios, purchase Christmas gifts and enjoy a wide variety of local craft beer. Free.
www.facebook.com/Art-n-Ale-Trail-161415984050751/ Nashville
Middle Tennessee farmland once fed Nashville, and it will again. Be a part of the conversation at this year-end event. Sponsored by Barefoot Farmer, LLC, it will feature Nashvilleâ€TMs best chefs offering delicious, locally grown organic meals during a full day of educational workshops, networking and celebrating Nashvilleâ€TMs existing local food movement. Admission.
https://tnlocalfood.com/
Milky Way Farm
Historic Lynnville
Santa comes to the Historic Milky Way Farm for Sundaes with Santa on Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, from noon to 4 p.m. each day. Admission fee.
Eight professional agricultural associations come together to offer educational classes, a vibrant trade show and networking opportunities for farmers and producers to better their businesses. Look for a name change in the new year. Admission.
https://picktnconference.com/