Guide to 5 Must Do October Happenings

Guide to 5 Must Do October Happenings

October in Nashville is one of the best times of the year.  There are so many things to do and see in Music City and the weather couldn't be better.  With the calendar of events busting at the seams, we have picked the top 5 "must-do" happenings you have to get on your calendar:



Saturday, October 26

Downtown Franklin, TN

Historic Downtown Franklin is gearing up for its 30th Annual Pumpkinfest, one of the town’s favorite traditions on and around Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. The free festival, presented by Bank of America, is in full swing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and festivities will include live music, children’s activities, a Franklin Tomorrow chili cook-off, a costume contest and more to highlight the fall season.

Pumpkinfest activities include:

More than 75 arts and crafts booths will feature handcrafted fall and holiday items. Booths will be set up from the Public Square and East Main Street to First Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Children’s activities on Third Avenue North will include pumpkin painting, free games with small prizes offered by several local non-profits, inflatables, games and more.

Returning this year is the Great Pumpkin, delivered to Main Street by Franklin’s Sister City—Carleton Place, Canada. The fun will last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, with some free activities.


The Color Run

Sunday, October 13

LP Field Nashville, TN

The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community.  Join family, friends and the rest of Nashville as you race through the streets of Nashville while getting "colored" in various powdered colors as you complete this unique and fun 5k.  Don't worry, the colors are all safe and will create a great fashion statement for the rest of the day.


Shelby Bottoms BoogieShelby Bottoms Boogie

Saturday, October 5

Shelby Bottoms Park

Featuring the rare 15k race length, the Shelby Bottoms Boogie is always one of Nashville's most unigue races and one of the most fun!  The newly certified courses are fast and flat. Both the 5K and 15K will start in Shelby Park in front of Riverview Shelter then enter onto Shelby Bottoms Greenway. The 5K follows a short loop back to Park Road and then loops around Shelby Lake, with Finish back at Start Line from opposite direction. The 15K continues along the Greenway for an out and back portion before connecting back up to the 5K course.


Oktoberfest: Nashville's Original German FestivalOktoberfest: Nashville's Original German Festival

Friday October 11 and Saturday October 12

Historic Germantown 

Nashville’s historic Germantown is gearing up for the34th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration to take place on Saturday, October 12. The city’s original and longest running cultural festival will again entertain, regale, and delight thousands from around the region with its unique brand of traditional German revelry. This colorful, family friendly, autumn festival attracts over 30,000 guests.



Susan G Komen Race for the CureKomen Race for the Cure

Saturday, Ocotober 26

Maryland Farms Brentwood, TN

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Since its inception in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure® series has grown from one local Race with 800 participants to a global series of more than 120 Races with more than 1 million people.


While there are many, many other events going on this month, make sure you get some or all of these on your calendar.  For more great events, check out our Active Calendar and let us know which ones are your favorites




Posted Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 by Michael Gonzales in Guides, Events, Festivals, Holiday Happenings, Races


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