Upcoming in October

October

The 20th Annual Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival

Nashville is a fantastic place to live because it is a melting pot of many cultures, and the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival is a great event that showcases all of the culture that Nashville has to offer. The free festival will feature a variety of music and dance performances on 5 different stages as well as food vendors that will be offering exotic tastes from around the globe. The world market will be filled with booths that will not only have imported and hand-made items from around the world, but also information on various non-profits and services that benefit our community around the world. Happening on October 1st from 10am-6pm at Centennial Park.

 

Gallatin’s Main Street Festival

The first Saturday in October each year is Gallatin’s Main Street Festival in Downtown Gallatin. This festival draws in over 20,000 people each year and has become a town favorite. There will be children’s area, food vendors, craftsman and 2 stages for live entertainment. Happening from 10am-5pm on October 1st.

 

Art @ PARKS

Come to Parks Realty in Green Hills for an evening filled with stunning artwork by Anna Baskin Floyd, Donna Littleton, and Tracie Grace Riesgo. Enjoy food, wine, and music from 6-8pm on October 6th.

 

Nashville Oktoberfest

On October 7th, 8th and 9th, Nashville’s Oktoberfest will be taking place in Historic Germantown. There is so much fun to be had like a parade on 7th Ave. N and Monroe Street, led by Mayor Megan Berry, an Oktoberfest 5k Bier Run, pup parade, bratwurst eating contest, the world’s longest beer slide and so much more. And best of all, this event is free! To find out times and location, click here.

 

Tennessee Craft Week

Tennessee Craft Week is an event that celebrates craft artists, their work, and their businesses. It will also showcase how Made in Tennessee is so important to Tennessee’s identity and economy. Come out and enjoy workshops, demonstrations and craft fairs all week. It will take place on October 7-16th.

 

Parade of Homes @ Hideaway at Arrington

Hideaway at Arrington will be hosting the Home Builder’s Association of Middle Tennessee’s 2016 Parade of Homes October 8th-23rd. This year will be HBAMT’s largest Parade of Homes yet by featuring 7 of the best builder’s in the area. Tickets will be $12 per adult at the door and children under 12 will be free. Find out the times and more here.

 

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Listing of the Week

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Gorgeous brand new home on Woodmont Boulevard in Green Hills with 3,554 square feet and 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Each room is spacious and has its own en suite bathroom. The best part about this home is how close it is to shops, restaurants, boutiques and very easy access to the interstates. This home has a large attention to detail and comes with high end finishes in all rooms. Listed for $799,900 by Chad Sain and Matthew Read from Parks in the Gulch. Find more about this listing here.

Best 5Ks in Nashville

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In and around Nashville, TN, there are a plethora of foot races held every year, ranging from children’s 1Ks to Nashville’s Ultra Marathon. For those runners who are looking to stay or get fit by entering 5Ks, there are plenty of those, too. In fact, if you’re currently using the “Couch to 5K” program to lose weight or improve your health, Nashville is definitely the right place for you. Below, we’ve included some of Nashville’s most famous and well-known 5K runs to get you started, but there are so many more.

 

Nashville Oktoberfest 5K Bier Run

As the second biggest 5K race in Tennessee, this race coincides with the popular and annual Nashville Oktoberfest. The festival boasts three days of entertainment for everyone in the family, so if you’re planning on supporting a runner, you’ll have plenty to do while you watch the race. With over 35 food vendors, plenty of German beer, an arts and crafts fair, activities just for the kids, and a pup parade, this 5K is more than just a race – it’s an event  that offers fun for all.

 
Marine Mud Run

This race is for those runners who want to push themselves a little harder. The Marine Mud Run is strictly off-road running with a number of obstacles to climb and scale, with a ton of mud pits thrown in to make things interesting. Race officials recommend wearing clothing that you don’t mind getting extremely dirty!

 
Grace Works Turkey Trot

Another yearly tradition in Tennessee, the Turkey Trot 5K is located beside CoolSprings Galleria and is held every Thanksgiving Day. After the 5K runners finish, a second, shorter “trot” is held for children who are 9 or younger. The kids’ race is called the Kids’ Kilometer Fun Run. If you are within the first 2,500 people to register for the adult race and/or the first 200 to register for the kids’ fun run, you’ll receive a free zippered pullover.

 
St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll 5K

As a part of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon series, this Nashville 5K is ideal for runners who are also music lovers. Live bands perform along all of the running courses in the Rock ‘N’ Roll series, giving the races a pumped up, celebratory vibe. Participants in this 5K receive a medal, gear bag and t-shirt as well as free admission to the post-race concert as well as the coinciding Health and Fitness Expo.

 
Hill YEAH!

Two Tennessee high schoolers combined their love of running with a passion to help the homeless when they came up with the idea for this local race for charity. Hill YEAH’s entire proceeds are donated to the Room in the Inn – a Nashville relief ministry that provides shelter, education, support and respite services for those without housing. Set among the hilly West Meade section of Nashville, Hill YEAH is a challenging course that has been held annually in January since 2014. This 5K is open to everyone who wishes to participate, including wheelchair users.

Listing of the Week

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Stunning 5 bedroom and 4 full bathroom, new construction home in a picturesque setting on quiet street. This home sits gracefully on a spacious, wide lot with porte-cochere & a private, fenced back yard. This house has wonderful entertaining areas like a family room, bonus room, media room, office and study. The master bedroom comes complete with high ceilings and abundant natural light. Listed for $1,300,000 by Mary Beth Thomas and John Brittle from Parks in the Gulch. Find out more about this listing here.

Neighborhoods Next to Parks in Middle Tennessee

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If you are thinking of moving to middle Tennessee and you have young children,  it would naturally make your life a lot easier if your new home was located in close proximity to a park. Young couples who are thinking of starting a family in the near future may also want to consider the advantages of having a playground for your soon-to-be little ones within walking distance.

 

Living close to a park is ideal for anyone who loves the outdoors. With a park nearby, you’ll be able to take leisurely walks anytime you want. You will also have a safe place to exercise if you like to do so in the fresh, outside air.

 

Finding a house close to a park in middle Tennessee isn’t hard to do since it is such a beautiful geographic location. There are a large number of parks all throughout the Nashville area. Here, we will list several neighborhoods near Nashville and the surrounding towns that all have parks nearby.
 

Belle Meade

This quaint yet affluent town was named after the Belle Meade Plantation that was sold in 1904 and turned into the neighborhood it is today. Percy Warner Park is located along Belle Meade Boulevard. Along with a beautiful park, you’ll also find the Belle Meade Country Club as well as the well-known Sperry’s restaurant, which is known for its delicious beef and seafood.

 

Green Hills

Located adjacent to Belle Meade, Green Hills is a sweet neighborhood that also connects up with Percy Warner Park. Here, you’ll find Cape Cod homes aplenty, many of which have additions built on to them to accommodate growing families. All of the schools in Green Hills have stellar reputations, too.

 

Sylvan Park

 Known as a “hot” place to live, Sylvan Park is bursting with unique eateries and fun stores in which you can shop. Regardless of what type of food you’re craving, you’ll find it in this neighborhood. Along with great restaurants and stores, you’ll also find the West Nashville farmers market that runs all year long. During winter months, the farmers market moves into a nearby structure known as the Love building. McCabe Community Center is a fantastic place to exercise, or you can take walks in the park called The Greenway.

 

Nolensville

This middle Tennessee neighborhood gives off an extremely friendly vibe. A beautifully historic location, Nolensville offers its residents the small town living experience with its low crime rates and adorable boutiques. Nolensville Park is great for kids and their parents alike, as is Owl Creek Park.

 

Kingston Springs

What a cozy Nashville suburb! You’ll find adorable homes in this neighborhood ranging from cottage style houses to farmhouse style homes. Along with the nearby park, there are always plenty of cultural events in Kingston Springs, so you’ll never be short of something to do.

 

Living near Nashville has become quite desirable, and the city’s suburbs have developed into strong, tightly knit communities that are incredible places to live. Whether you’re into the music scene, theater, nightlife, sports, or if you simply want to raise a family in a beautiful town, middle Tennessee most likely has just what you’re looking for.

Listing of the Week

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Located in Williamson County, this exquisite 4 bedroom/4.5 bathroom custom built home comes with a 1 bedroom/1.5 bathroom guest house. This home has a backyard made for endless fun with a screened-in porch, pool with a waterfall, outdoor kitchen, hot tub, fire pit, and a soccer field….that’s right a soccer field, all on 2.25 acres of land! This dream home comes complete with a brand new kitchen with top of the line renovations and appliances. Listed for $1,299,000 by Sarah Beth Litzenberg from Parks on Main. Find out more about this listing here.

Best Sports Complexes in Middle Tennessee

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If you are trying to stay healthy and active while enjoying the outdoors in Middle Tennessee, you can benefit from learning about the various sports complexes in the area. A sports complex isn’t just a fitness center, but is comprised of a number of sports facilities that may include: a football stadium, a track and field center, a baseball field, basketball courts, tennis courts, a swimming pool a gymnasium, walking trails, dog parks and more.

 

Additionally, some sports complexes have great places for gatherings like covered pavilions, picnic tables, and outdoor grills available for use. For your guidance, we’ve compiled some information about several of the best sports complexes in middle Tennessee, listed below:

 

Centennial Sportsplex

Located in Nashville, Centennial Sportsplex is a fantastic place to host your child’s next birthday party. They offer swimming parties as well as ice skating parties with discounts for school groups, including homeschoolers. Open swimming is available at Centennial every day of the week except Sunday. Swimming lessons, Red Cross classes and water aerobics classes are also offered. There are several multipurpose rooms available for parties, meetings, gatherings or corporate events. You’ll also be wowed by the 18,500 square foot, state of the art fitness center with group exercise classes as well as cardio equipment that includes an Ergometer equipped for those who use a wheelchair.

 

McKnight Park 

In the northern section of Murfreesboro, McKnight Park boasts 81 acres filled with: multipurpose fields (football, lacrosse, soccer, disc golf, and softball), a gymnasium with a fitness area and track, game room, meeting rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a sand volleyball court, and a picnic area with weather protection.

 

Drake’s Creek Park

You’ll find this beautiful space in Hendersonville, TN. This park has tons of outdoor attractions, including: several lighted football, baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, playground areas, sheltered picnic areas without grills, lighted sand volleyball courts and a 2 mile walking path that is paved and lighted for your safety.

 

Triple Creek Park

Known for being the largest park in Gallatin, Tennessee, you’ll be able to bring along your favorite canine companion to enjoy their awesome dog park! While your pet is enjoying himself to the max, the rest of your family may be having softball, football or soccer practice. Triple Creek also has pavilions available for parties or gatherings, a walking trail (concrete), as well as an 18-hold disc golf course.

 

Siegel Soccer Complex and Community Park

Also located in Murfreesboro, Siegel Park is an immense 130 acre, tournament-worthy facility. The Tennessee Soccer State Championships are held at Siegel Park, as is the largest youth soccer event in Tennessee. In addition to admirable soccer fields, Siegel has playgrounds for the littlest ones in the family to enjoy during their siblings’ soccer games or at any time! You’ll also find sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, horseshoe pits and walking trails at Siegel Park.

 

Middle Tennessee is a wonderful place to spend a significant amount of time outdoors, and with so many sports complexes, you’ll never be short of something fun and energizing to do with your time.

Lakes and Rivers in Middle Tennessee

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The lakes and rivers in Middle Tennessee boast some of the most beautiful and serene views in all of the state. And thanks to the abundance of lakes and rivers in the area, there are many recreational activities available to residents and visitors. From kayaking on the Cumberland River, to hiking around Radnor Lake, there is so much to discover!

 

Radnor Lake

Located just 10 minutes South of Nashville in Brentwood, TN., lays Radnor Lake State Park, a park that offers many hiking trails and the overwhelmingly beautiful, 85-acre lake. Hikers can walk the four unpaved trails that surround the lake and enjoy wilderness native to Middle Tennessee such as river otters, beavers, bobcats and white-tailed deer.

 

Cumberland River

At 695 miles long, the Cumberland River happens to run right through downtown Nashville, providing residents and visitors many fun activities, events, and a scenic backdrop to the city. Visitors can rent paddle boards or kayaks and take them down the river and enjoy the views of the city or enjoy a boat tour that takes off in Lebanon, TN.

 

Old Hickory Lake

Known for being one of the states best fishing spots, Old Hickory Lake inhabits 3 counties in Middle Tennessee, and is located on the Cumberland River. Because of its 440 miles of shoreline, there are many places to go hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and enjoy a multitude of nature parks. There are always events and plenty of motorboats to enjoy on the lake.

 

J. Percy Priest Lake

A convenient and popular source for recreation in northern central Tennessee, Percy Priest Lake is 42 miles long and is only 15 minutes southeast of downtown Nashville. A popular attraction located on the lake is Middle Tennessee’s most well-known water park, Nashville Shores. Aside from all the fun, Percy Priest Lake has some of the most scenic sunsets in Middle Tennessee.

 

Cheetham Lake

Cheetham Lake is located about 20 minutes from Nashville in Ashland City. Because of the lakes clear waters, it attracts scuba divers from all over the state. The Cheetham dam right bank is off-limits to boaters, so it is a nice place for swimmers to enjoy a quite lake. The lakes shorelines also have two overlooks that visitors can go to and get a birds-eye view of all of the beauty the lake has to offer.

Outdoor Activities for Your Kids in Your Backyard

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As a parent of young children, you’re naturally always on the lookout for new ways to keep them entertained. Kids typically have boundless energy that they need an outlet for – and if you don’t provide them with one, they may end up creating mischief to have fun while you’re not looking. Needless to say, you’ll thank yourself later for planning fun activities when your children are engaged, safe and out of harm’s way.

 

If you’re lucky enough to have your own backyard space, choose from this awesome list of activities that won’t cost you a bundle of money:

     

  • Outdoor finger (or brush) painting
     

  • Gardening for kids
     

  • Picnicking 
     

  • Scavenger hunt
     

  • DIY Art camp – set up easels and have your kids paint the scenery or clouds
     

  • Chalk drawing
     

  • Nature walk – if you live near a wooded area, this is a perfect way for you to teach your children about local plant life, insects, trees and more!
     

  • D.E.A.R.O. – Drop Everything And Read Outside
     

  • Parkour – Today’s youth’s version of our nostalgic “obstacle course”
     

  • Make your own birdfeeder
     

  • Bird watching – Along with a book about birds, you can have a lot of fun teaching and learning about the birds that are local to your area.
     

  • Bike washing station – Give your kids a bucket of soapy water, some old rags and access to the hose with instructions to make all of the family bikes sparkle like new.
     

  • Playdough – Let’s be honest, none of us really wants playdough in the house. However, playing with playdough can be really fun for children (and adults!) and doing it outside makes for easy clean up.
     

  • Water balloon battle
     

  • Buried treasure hunt – Hide some cool prizes or coins and make a map they can follow to find it! This one goes over really well with kids of all ages. Older kids can help younger ones follow the map.
     

  • Go “camping” – Set up an actual tent, or come up with a DIY version using sheets and blankets. You’ll be surprised how much fun children can have pretending to camp. They can also use it as a hideout or a location for their very own “kids club.”
     

  • Sandbox time – While this one does involve a little bit of planning and money, building a sandbox in your backyard is a worthwhile investment of your time and finances. Alternatively, dedicate a small corner of the yard to ‘dirty play.’ Kids LOVE playing and digging in the dirt. Give them some tools, toys, rocks and a bucket of water or hose. The only caveat is that they must ask permission before beginning dirt play so you can make sure they’re wearing old clothing. Swimsuits work well here, too, because you can simply hose your kids down and have them air dry before coming back inside.
     

  • Water play – Almost as much (or more) as they love digging in the dirt, children absolutely adore playing in or with water. Simply fill a large bucket or planter with water and give your children some floating boats and other toys.

Look Ahead to September

 

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September around Middle Tennessee is jammed packed with amazing concerts, festivals, and even the state fair! Take a look at whats ahead for the month to come.

 

Southern Living #NashvilleNow Weekend

Southern Living has chosen to feature the city of Nashville to celebrate their 50th anniversary! The magazine has set up a weekend at local restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries to show you all of the latest happenings in Music City. You can purchase individual tickets to each event happening all over the city like the craft beer and hot chicken tasting, a honky tonk crawl, a blues brunch and more! Find out the other events and how to purchase tickets here. Takes place September 2nd-5th.

 

Taste of Hendersonville

Make sure to come hungry to the Taste of Hendersonville on September 8th. This yearly event showcases local restaurants, groceries and caterers who each have a booth sampling their best foods. Attendees then buy a punch card and sample each vendors food and vote for awards such as “Best Taste,” “Best National Restaurant,” and “People’s Choice.” Come out for great food and see all of the amazing things Hendersonville has to offer! Find out more info here.

 

Tennessee State Fair

The Tennessee State Fair is a landmark event 150 years in the making. This year, the fair will host the theme “A Tennessee Tradition” in hopes to showcase the traditions of family fun, educational experiences and overall state pride. This entertainment filled 10-day event will be taking place at the fair grounds on September 9th-18th. Come by to explore agriculture, arts and crafts and thrilling rides while also tasting some of the best southern cooking Tennessee has to offer. Visit here to find out all of the amazing events and attractions.

 

Depot Days

One of Smyrna’s most well-known annual events, Depot Days draws in thousands to Historic Downtown Smyrna for 2 days to enjoy food, live music and family-friendly attractions. This year they will feature a beer garden, 2 live performance stages, and a Pokemon Go hunt. Come out September 24th and 25th to enjoy this fun event for all ages!

 

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

Set on a beautiful century-old horse farm, The Park at Harlinsdale, a music festival takes place to inspire friendship, history and the desire to create a meaningful experience. The Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival is a 2-day music festival in the rolling hills of Franklin, TN that has a diverse line-up from country, rock, bluegrass jazz and more. Happening on September 24th & 25th, this years line-up features artists like Beck, Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Grace Porter and Anderson East, plus many more. Find out the full line-up and ticket prices here.

Other great events include: