Americana Music Festival
When: Sept. 12-17
What: The 18th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference will welcome thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from all over the world to Nashville. With planning already underway, 2017 promises to once again be the must-attend event for anyone who loves great music. Each year, the Americana Music Festival & Conference brings together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars, fans and industry professionals for six days of music and education.
For more information, visit online at http://americanamusic.org
Music City Food and Wine Festival
When: Sept. 15-17
National top chefs, winemakers and spirits experts will be on hand for the fifth annual festival at Bi-Centennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville. Festival goers will meet with local talent for a taste of Nashville’s vibrant culinary scene. The Grand Taste will showcase the cream of the crop of Nashville’s local restaurant scene, spirit connoisseurs and more. Nosh with top local restaurants, and then chase it down with over 40 distinguished wine, beer and spirits exhibitors. From classic neighborhood dishes to rising crossovers, The Grand Taste is an all-day feast all in its own.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
When: Sept. 15-17
What: The 2017 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival is set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 15-17 in Bristol.
Bristol straddles Tennessee and Virginia. Four blocks of downtown are shut down for this 3-day event. The 2017 music lineup includes Dwight Yoakam, Jerry Douglas present Earls of Leicester, Son Volt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Deer Tick, The Infamous Stringdusters and many more. The historic town features four outdoor stages and 16 indoor venues. For a complete lineup visit http://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.
Fall Heritage Festival
When: Sept. 15-17
The Fall Heritage Festival is a celebration of life in the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau, engaging regional communities through the educational and inspirational experience of history, music, arts and civic involvement.
Held in Cowan on the third weekend of September, the festival will include food, music, entertainment, juried arts and crafts, living history, classic and antique cruise-in, a beauty pageant, a cornbread contest and activities for children of all ages.
Tennessee Craft Fair
When: Sept. 22-24
The 39th annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair will take place on the grounds of Centennial Park in Nashville. Tennessee Craft hosted the state’s first craft fair in 1972. This Nashville tradition continues this fall when over 200 juried and award-winning artists from across the nation come together to showcase their work. Come celebrate and shop American handmade fine craft.
The community event offers free admission and parking. Activities will include live demonstrations, hands-on kids’ tent activities and new work in the emerging maker’s tent.
Festival hours include 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
41A Music & Arts Festival
When: Sept. 29-30
What: Set in downtown Tullahoma, the seventh annual 41A Music and Arts Festival will take place Sept. 29 and 30. The line-up will include Pop Rox, The Springs, Whiskey Myers, Sweet Honey, Chase Clanton and the Vintage Vibes and many more. The event is free and open the public. Vendors will be on hand. For more information, find the festival on Facebook.
National Banana Pudding Festival
When: Oct. 7 and 8
The National Banana Pudding Festival & National Cook-Off is held on the first weekend in October. Enjoy some good Southern-comfort food. There will be music on two different stages, arts, crafts, games, puppet shows, kids’ activities and lots of delicious banana pudding. Compete in the National Banana Pudding Cook-Off or just enjoy the tasting. Sunday morning church service is at 10 a.m. The festival donates a portion of its proceeds to local nonprofits.
National Storytelling Festival
When: Oct. 6-8
The National Storytelling Festival is an event featuring compelling performances by internationally known professional tellers. Storytellers on the bill this year include Shelia Kay Adams, Willy Claflin and Bil Lepp. In addition to main stage performances, other special events will be presented during the festival weekend and before.
Come to Jonesborough early and join Donald Davis for a remarkable evening of storytelling, Wednesday night, Oct. 4, and nationally known humorist Jeanne Robertson on Thursday, Oct. 5, on the festival grounds.
Stay up late and enjoy a night of rollicking, grown-up fun at the ever-popular Midnight Cabaret.
Brave the Ghost Story Concerts with two different collections of frightening tales served up beneath the nighttime sky during open-air performances which are always a festival favorite. For more information, visit online at http://www.storytellingcenter.net.
Prater’s Mill Country Fair
When Oct. 14 and 15
Where: Varnell, Georgia
The 47th annual Prater’s Mill Country Fair will take place Oct. 14 and 15 at the historic Prater’s Mill. The event will feature a working grist mill, live entertainment, southern foods, canoeing, pony rides and over 170 artisans. Admission is $7 for adults with children under 12 admitted for free. Parking is free. For more information, visit online at pratersmill.org.
Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair
When: Oct. 21-22
The fair brings visitors face-to-face with the only remaining water-powered grist mill in the area Oct. 21-22 at Ketner’s Mill on the banks of the Big Sequatchie River in Whitwell. Visitors can watch the operation of a sorghum mill and purchase pure molasses, stone-ground corn meal and flour. Artistic demonstrations like woodworking and ironwork take place. Buy quality crafts while enjoying country cooking. After lunch, cruise in a canoe to experience the same waters that power the mill and hear a variety of local musicians perform bluegrass, country and gospel music.
Mountain Makins Festival
When: Oct.28 and 29
Mountain Makins is a folk life/crafts festival celebrating the traditions of Appalachia through traditional music and dance, storytelling, regional authors, fine art, juried crafts, skilled demonstrations, a variety of delicious food, children’s activities and more. The festival takes place inside and outside the Rose Center, an 1892 school building which is now an historical museum and cultural arts center.
There are two stages of music both Saturday and Sunday. More than 65 juried crafters show their best works; crafters exhibit throughout the building and on the surrounding grounds. Crafts typically represented include cedar items, basketry, stained glass, blown glass, clay sculptures, fiber art, fine art, woodworking, dried flowers, jewelry, bath products, oils and herbs, pottery, wood furniture, gourd art and much more. Demonstrators bring to life traditional crafts during the festival. Among the demonstrations are broom making, woodturning, a master beekeeper, basket weaving, apple butter making, quilting and blacksmithing.
The Rose Center is located at 442 W. 2nd North St. in Morristown. Visit online at www.Rosecenter.org.