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October 14-18, 2019
National School Lunch Week
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October 4-6, 2018 - Here's The Beef Festival - Pulaski, Tennessee
Giles County is hosting a growing festival that is answering the question “Where’s the beef?” with Here’s the Beef.  What began as a county initiative to celebrate a high state rank in beef production has quickly grown into a regional and state celebration of agriculture as not only a business but also a lifestyle to live, support and respect.  The events cross three days and boast activities for businesses, families and students with a variety of interests.  Here’s the Beef is an agriculture pride brand that reaches much further than the borders of Giles County. Beef producers, farmers and even respectful consumers enjoy showing support for this great industry.

October 5, 2018  Annual Taste of Nashville - Nashville, Tennessee
Taste of Nashville is an annual celebration of restaurants, bars, brewers, distillers, dessert-makers, and other fine food and beverage creators that make Nashville a premiere culinary destination. This is the longest running food festival in Nashville and is hosted by The Phoenix Club of Nashville. Taste of Nashville benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee , Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, and The Phoenix Club of Nashville's non-profit partners.

October 5-6, 2018  41st Annual Unicoi County Apple Festival
Erwin, Tennessee
This year’s festival includes over 350 arts and crafts vendors from around the country featuring painting, photography, wood-turning, sculpture, metal crafts, jewelry, blown glass and much more.  In addition, three food courts are located throughout the festival grounds so attendees may enjoy festival foods, beverages and specialty cuisine.  3 entertainment stages featuring live music perfectly complement the arts and crafts atmosphere.  A large children’s area complete with rides and activities is included in the festival for both the young and young-at heart.  A wide array of tournaments are featured including the NFS 4-Mile Race, Farm Bureau Tennis Tournament, Clinchfield Senior Adult Center Cornhole Tournament, Erwin Record Photography Contest, Chamber of Commerce Cooking Contest and Apple Dumpling Contest.  Attendance: 110,000.


October 6, 2018
Wine on the River World Tour
Memphis, Tennessee
Come join us as we travel through different regions spanning the globe at the beautiful Mud Island River Walk in Downtown Memphis. Sample wine from National and International vineyards. There is an “Around the World” theme focusing on cultural regions with wine and food in each selected area. Live music entertainment and lots of fun to benefit Youth Villages.

October 6, 2018 - Wine Over Water - Chattanooga, Tennessee
Tennessee's premier wine tasting festival, with all proceeds benefiting Cornerstones for Historic Preservation in Chattanooga.

October 6, 2018 - 22nd Annual Knoxville Brewers' Jam
Knoxville, Tennessee
The festival, brought to you by and benefiting Community Shares of Tennessee, will be held at Knoxville Civic Coliseum Plaza. We'll be celebrating great handmade American craft beer, music, and food.

October 6, 2018 - 27th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Off
Allardt, Tennessee
Crafts festival, entertainment, parade, car and motorcycle show, and the weigh-off of giant pumpkins for world record consideration.

October 6-7, 2018  32nd Annual Harvest Street Festival
Newport, Tennessee
The streets of Downtown, Newport TN will be filled with people, food, crafts and entertainment! Among the music will be traditional, contemporary and gospel.  As you stroll through the streets of downtown Newport, you will have opportunity to purchase many wares of local and regional crafters.  Everything from coveted cookbooks full of recipes from some of the best cooks around, oil paintings, pencil drawings, children’s toys, face painting, décor, and many other handmade items will be on display.  When you have wrapped up your shopping, let the kids stop by the Kiddie Land, located off the food court, and hop in the bounce house, enjoy a fast ride down one of the slides, joust your friend, and play some ball.

October 6-7, 2018  National Banana Pudding Festival
Centerville, Tennessee
Fun Activities for the kids.  Arts and Crafts. National Banana Pudding Cook-Off  in front of a live audience.  National Banana Pudding Cook Off Auction.  Puddin’ Path – sample 8 different puddings made by local nonprofits and oh how good!  Lots of really good Southern comfort food Come taste the sweetness!  2 Stages of Entertainment.

October 6-7, 2018  Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament: Fall 2018
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
The Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or children – and equally challenging for both visitors and locals, with multiple categories to be contested in this largest trout tournament in the Smokies. All Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed.

October 12-13, 2018  16th Annual Goats Music & More Festival
Lewisburg, Tennessee
Top-notch free musical entertainment, goat shows that celebrate fainting and Boer goats, sanctioned barbecue, food of every description, Goat Gallop run, arts & crafts and kids' activities.

October 19-20, 2018  Crossville Oktoberfest - Crossville, Tennessee
This annual event is well known for its great German food & beverages and continuous dancing & listening music from great German polka bands. This festival is rated one of the most authentic Oktoberfests in the area.


October 20, 2018
9th Annual Tennessee Beer & Wine Festival
Nashville, Tennessee
Held at Two Rivers Mansion with 34 different breweries offering a selection of 90-100 different beers. Music, education and artisan booths

October 20-21, 2018
Cleveland Apple Festival
Cleveland, Tennessee
This annual festival offers a juried art and craft show, live music, pie eating and dessert contests, food booths, pony and hay rides, entertainment, children's activities and much more!

October 21, 2018
Flavors of Nashville 2018
Nashville, Tennessee
Flavors is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala and provides each table of attendees with a local chef who will prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. The meal that is delivered will showcase the signature dishes of our culinary experts and take you beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner "foodie" and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.

October 27, 2018
Best Memphis Burger Fest
Memphis, Tennessee
Best Memphis Burger Fest is Memphis' biggest and best in eating and cooking competitions. Live music.

October 27, 2018
30th Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue
Lynchburg, Tennessee
The good people of Lynchburg have joined the folks at Jack Daniel Distillery to host the annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue – what many have called the most prestigious barbecue competition in the world.  Attendance: 25,000.

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October 12-29, 2017 - THE GLOW: A Jack O' Lantern Experience
Nashville, Tennessee
THE GLOW features an enchanting and unforgettable wonderland of more than 5,000 hand carved, illuminated pumpkins transformed into beautiful landscapes, iconic figures and larger than life jack o’ lantern structures.  Stroll down Jack’s Lane with a fall beverage and marvel at the amazing details created by our talented artists! These glowing gourds are the perfect backdrop for a few fall photos too, so grab your camera and GLOW with us!

October 28, 2017  Annual Kiwanis of Columbia Chili Cook-Off
Columbia, Tennessee



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October 11, 2014  Brewsboro Festival - Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Sample brews from local, regional, national, and imported breweries all in your handy souvenir mug and enjoy food from some of Murfreesboro and Nashville's best restaurants, while enjoying live music all day. Attendees will have an opportunity to get educated on some of the fun facts of beer at the Beer 101 tent.

October 28, 2014  17th Annual Taste of Autumn
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Enjoy unlimited sampling of the best foods and drinks to be found in the Smoky Mountains!  Traditionally, Taste of Autumn is an excellent opportunity to sample some outstanding food and beverage offerings, support the United Way of Sevier County, and have a great time doing it.  Tickets are $25 (children under 7 are free).  One hundred percent of the proceeds from Taste of Autumn benefit the United Way of Sevier County.



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October 15, 2011  Music City Chili Cook Off - Nashville, Tennessee
Competitors from across the Middle Tennessee area will be serving their chili for a chance to be crowned the winner.  There will be activities for all ages with live music  and a bounce house for the kids. Yazoo Brewing Company and Ole Smoky Moonshine are providing alcohol in our beer garden.Brother Z's Wangs and Red Rooster will be cooking up some wings and bbq plates, but save room for dessert since. Maggie's Mobile Slab will be there selling ice cream.



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