How-to guide for a fulfilling Fall Break

Stuck in Nashville this Fall Break? Here’s a few activity ideas to make your long weekend worthwhile.


Pumpkins abound at Cheekwood Harvest. (Photo from

Avery Hansen

Fall-Themed Fun

If you’re looking to lean into the spooky season, Nashville offers a variety of autumnal activities. First up is Nashville Nightmare’s line-up of Halloween attractions, which includes a haunted house that has graced USA Today’s best haunted attractions. Head here for enough scares to last a month.

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This goat sure looks goofy in his Halloween costume. (Photo from @goatyoganashville on Instagram)

But, if cute animals in costumes are more your style, walk on over to Centennial Park for the Dog Day Festival this Saturday, or release some of your midterms stress with Halloween-themed goat yoga at Goat Yoga Nashville

Traditional fall festivities are always a blast as well—Cheekwood Harvest, the seasonal fair at the Cheekwood Estate, features pumpkins, fall foliage and plenty of Instagrammable spots.

Arts & Entertainment 

Maybe the fall season isn’t really your thing (how could you?). If you’re a party pooper, there’s still a variety of other events in arts and entertainment that can keep you busy.

In the mood for a concert? Grab tickets to Playboi Carti at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 14, or the Zac Brown Band at Bridgestone Arena Sunday, Oct. 17. 

Or maybe you want to stay up to date on the hottest trends in fashion—don’t miss out on Nashville Fashion Week, which runs throughout the weekend with various events for all kinds of fashion aficionados, including a fashion design learning lab at the Wond’ry Innovation Center on Vanderbilt’s campus.

Need a laugh instead? Head over to the opening night of Cowboylesque at the Nashville Palace, which features song and dance, comedy and Nashville’s cowboy version of “Magic Mike.”

game terminal
There’s no shortage of arcade games at Game Terminal. (Photo from @gameterminalnash on Instagram)

Food & Drink

Regardless of your event choices, you could probably use a break from campus dining. Use Fall Break as an opportunity to explore some new food and drink in Nashville. 

If you are 21+ and attend Vanderbilt University, you’ve probably already heard of Von Elrod’s. If not, catch a ride to Germantown to check out Von Elrod’s Beer & Kitchen’s Big Stein Thursdays and Happy Hour Fridays. Oktoberfest may be over, but the vibes will always remain.

You may also want to try out Game Terminal, an arcade bar that offers food, alcohol and a variety of other games. Because we’re all nerds at heart.

But if you’re not in the 21+ crowd, hit up some of Nashville’s newest restaurants—like Condado Tacos, Burger & Company or one of the many new eateries recently added to the Taste of Nashville program.


We’re absolutely sure that one thing or another on this list has piqued your interest (and if it hasn’t, loosen up a little, yeah?). See you all at the Cowboylesque!