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Experience one of Tennessee’s most beloved seasons at Cheekwood! A stroll around our grounds during Cheekwood Harvest is a wonderful way to enjoy the crisp fall air and drink in the changing hues of the landscape. We’ll have over 5,000 chrysanthemums planted across our acreage, creating a carpet of rich color to usher in the new season. Pick your favorite pumpkin from our popular patch, or spend an afternoon finding the friendly scarecrows hidden around the Turner Seasons garden, each created by a different community group or organization. With weekly special events, live music, drop-in “Art”ivities in the studio and some of the most gorgeous weather of the year, Cheekwood Harvest is becoming one of Nashville’s favorite fall traditions!

Weekly Events & Entertainment

September 21 – October 26

Family Studio Drop-In ‘ART’ivities
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us in the studios every weekend for interactive art and nature-themed activities. Visitors of all ages are invited to create an art project all their own!

Live Music: Bluegrass in the Herb Garden
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Presented in partnership with Bluegrass Nation.

Garden Tales Storytime
10:30 am

Watch and listen as your favorite nature-themed books spring to life through songs, dance and interactive reading.

Guided Garden Tours
11:00 am

All tours begin at Botanic Hall

Guided Museum Tours
11:00 am – Collection & Exhibition Tour
1:00 pm – House & History Tour
All tours begin at Botanic Hall

Live Music: Piano in the Museum of Art
Featuring Tennessee State University faculty & students
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

September 22 - October 27

Guided Garden Tour
12:00 pm

Guided Museum Tour
House and History: Cheekwood as a Country Place Estate
1:00 pm

Drawing Room Concert Series featuring Belmont University’s School of Music
2:00 pm

Sunday, September 22: Faculty Brass Quintet and Faculty Flute & Harp Duo
Sunday, September 29: Small Jazz Group
Sunday, October 6: String Orchestra
Sunday, October 13: Belmont Camerata
Sunday, October 20: Brass/Flute Ensemble
Sunday, October 27: Classical and Jazz Strings


September 21:
Craft Demonstrations & Pumpkin Carving
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Demonstrators and artists from the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) will create works of art right before your eyes, and even use their expert skills to carve pumpkins from Cheekwood’s own patch.

September 28:
Birds of Prey Show
Demonstration and “Fly By” by S.O.A.R. (Save Our American Raptors)
11:00 am & 1:00 pm

Get up close and personal with the South’s own birds of prey, exploring their role in the natural world through music, video, and a live ‘fly by.’ Don’t miss the thrill of watching incredible creatures zoom over the audience! Space is limited - first come, first seated!

October 5:
Harvest Family Concert with The Happy Racers
12:00 pm
Performance lasts approximately 45 minutes.

October 12:
Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck presents: Hansel and Gretel
12:00 pm
Performance lasts approximately 30 minutes.

October 19:
Extreme Pumpkin Carving
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Watch as expert carver and sculptor Lundy Cupp transforms ordinary pumpkins into incredibly detailed works of art. He’ll explain his process, talk about his inspiration and reveal tricks of the trade as he works.

October 26:
Canopy Climb Experience
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Get a rare ‘tree’s-eye view’ of Cheekwood with the help of a certified International Tree Climbing Specialist. This activity lasts about 20 minutes and includes gear-fitting, tutorial, ascent, exploration, and descent. This is a first-come, first served activity open to children ages 7 and older.

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