10 Things You Have to Experience This October
October is upon us! If we’re 100 percent candid, I have to say that I was never too fond of autumn until I moved to Tennessee. Where I’m from in Indiana, fall was just the season that inevitably turned into gray skies and tons of snow. Here in Tennessee, fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It’s just warm enough where you can still enjoy tons of outdoor activities, plus the picturesque backdrop of Franklin, Tennessee makes for some great Instagram photos.
Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy fall this October in #FranklinTN!
1. Visit The Gentry Farm
I’m not going to lie, as soon as September 1 rolled around, I was already scouting out pumpkins for my doorstep. If you’re the same way, head over to The Gentry Farm and pick your own pumpkin (and maybe get lost in the cornfield maze for an hour or two). The Gentry Farm has been a #FranklinTN tradition for over 25 years, and it’s one of the many reasons families choose to visit Franklin in the fall!
2. Raise a Glass at the Franklin Wine Festival
Did someone say 320+ wines? I’m in! The Franklin Wine Festival is Friday, October 13 at the Factory at Franklin. The proceeds from the event benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Middle Tennessee, so why not drink for a cause? The event will also feature 30 of the best restaurants in Middle Tennessee, craft beer, and spirits. Oh, and did I mention we’re giving away a pair of tickets on our Facebook page?
3. Go Leaf Peeping at the Natchez Trace
One of the most popular times of year to travel the Natchez Trace Parkway is during autumn – and for a good reason! The fall colors are just incredible, and if you ride the Trace from Franklin all the way to Natchez, Mississippi, you may just stumble upon a few cotton fields during harvest, too.
4. Shop ’til You Drop at City Farmhouse Pop-Up Fair
October 20 & 21
Thinking of redecorating this season? Head over to the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Fair at the Factory at Franklin on October 20 & 21 to fall in love with tons of antiques and vintage finds. The event was named one of the top five events to attend in October by Southern Living, so you know it will be good!
5. Warm up next to a fire pit in Leiper’s Fork
Fall in Leiper’s Fork is seriously magical. Each shop offers a cozy fire pit to warm up next to (some with free s’mores). It’s the perfect way to relax before the impending holiday season is here.
6. Take the Whole Family to Enchanted Forest
While Halloween is my favorite holiday, it isn’t for everyone – especially children who frighten easily. Our friends at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary are hosting an Enchanted Forest on October 28. The event will feature trail adventures, a hayride, live animal presentations, and more. The event is meant to be educational – not scary – and is excellent for the whole family.
7. Kick-start your holiday shopping at The Sunday Market
WOW! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Christmas is less than 100 days away. Wouldn’t it be nice if you finished your Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving? Am I too optimistic here? Well, regardless, you can get a kick-start on holiday shopping at The Sunday Market on October 8 at the Factory at Franklin.
8. Get your Fall Flavors at Farmers Markets around town
I’m a soup person. What more do I need to say here? Soup and fall flavors just go together! The Farmers Markets in Franklin and Williamson County are packed with all sorts of fall flavors – like butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and more! Plus, I’m never mad about a pumpkin spice donut from Ellie’s Old Fashioned Donuts.
9. Watch a football game at your favorite pub
I’m not a football fan (I know that’s blasphemy in these parts, but I was raised on basketball!), but I am a fan of hanging out at a pub with my friends and a football game in the background. Go Team!
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the 34th Annual Pumpkinfest in Historic Downtown Franklin! The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County always throws an unrivaled event. This year, the festival will feature a kids’ zone, costume contest, live music, a beer tent (you can find me there), and of course, The Great Pumpkin.