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!
WEEKEND EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT
September 27 – October 26
Family Studio Drop-In ‘ART’ivities
Saturdays, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join us in the studios each weekend for hands-on art and nature-themed activities. Open to artists of all ages!
Live Music: Bluegrass in the Herb Garden
Saturdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tap your feet and clap your hands as some of Nashville’s finest musicians bring bluegrass sounds to the garden.
Presented in partnership with Bluegrass Nation.
Garden Tales Storytime
Saturdays, 10:30 am & 11:00 am
Join us in the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden to watch and listen as your favorite nature-themed books come to life through song, dance and interactive reading.
Live Music in the Mansion
Saturdays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Local pianist Gunther Knaup will fill the Mansion with sweet tunes every Saturday – the perfect setting for a stroll through the galleries and historic home.
Saturdays and Sundays, September 27 – October 26
11:30 – Garden Tour
12:30 – House & History Tour
1:30 – Exhibition Tour
Drawing Room Concert Series
in partnership with The National Museum of African American Music
Sundays, 2:00 pm*
Cheekwood is honored to partner with the National Museum of African American Music this fall to offer a fall concert series in the Museum’s intimate Drawing Room. Enjoy live music by some of Nashville’s most talented musicians. All concerts take place at 2:00pm.
Sunday, October 5: Sonja Hopkins, Jazz
Sunday, October 12: Dr. Philip Autry, Ragtime
Sunday, October 19: “Mississippi Millie” McLaine, Delta Blues
Sunday, October 26: Dr. Darryl Glenn Nettles, Jazz Stride Piano
Sunday, November 2: Inversion, Traditional Gospel
*There will be no concert on 9/28. Cheekwood will close at 2pm.
Click here for a full description of the musical guests.
Saturday, September 27
Birds of Prey Shows
11:00 am & 1:00 pm
Our favorite birds, owls and raptors take flight at Cheekwood this fall! Join us for an educational and exciting fly-by in Massey Auditorium. First-come, first-seated.
Saturday, October 4
Nashville Public Library’s Puppet Truck and Wishing Chair Productions present Aesop’s Fables
A bright new take on some old classic tales is presented by the Nashville Public Library Puppet truck. Complete with humor and wisdom, this adaptation of your favorite fables will delight young and old. Watch for a classic race, a new friendship, a few not so tasty grapes, and many more stories. Laugh until you cry or until you’ve learned your lesson!
Running time: 30 minutes
Saturday, October 11
Wildlife on Wheels
The Nashville Zoo returns to Cheekwood! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn fun facts from expert animal educators and meet some unconventional special guests. You never know what kind of animals will be here – all ages will be wild about this show!
Saturday, October 18
Harvest Concert with Cowboy Dan
Join us for a boot-scootin’, knee-slappin’ family concert to celebrate all things ‘autumn.’
Saturday, October 25
Nashville Ballet presents Carnival of the Animals
The Lion, King of the Beasts, cannot understand why everyone isn’t exactly like him. If he’s the King he must be the best so of course all the other animals should change. A wise and patient Bird teaches the arrogant Lion to appreciate the beauty in each animal’s unique qualities. Follow the Lion as he journeys through this wild jungle full of whimsical characters. It’s a joyous celebration when the Lion learns that we are basically all the same on the inside, but it’s our differences that make life interesting. Running time: 30 minutes