September 19 - November 1*
Celebrate the changing of the seasons at Cheekwood! We’re set to celebrate all things fall during Cheekwood Harvest, part of our year-round lineup of signature seasonal festivals. You’ll find activities and experiences designed to appeal to kids, adults and families alike, making this six-week celebration the perfect time for a peaceful solo stroll, a crisp fall family day, or an afternoon date.
September 19 – November 1
More than 5,000 chrysanthemums in deep autumn hues will take center stage in the gorgeous Robertson Ellis Color Garden, planted specifically for Cheekwood Harvest.
Silly and serious, big and small, frightening and friendly – Scarecrows will invade our gardens again this fall! Tour this year’s collection of creative ‘crows in the Turner Seasons Garden, each created by members of our diverse community.
Whether you’re a lifelong train enthusiast or a young conductor with a love for Thomas and friends, you’ll be enchanted by our outdoor model trains. Three separate tracks run on the lawn across from the Frist Learning Center, always drawing an enthusiastic crowd of onlookers.
Pumpkins at Cheekwood
It just wouldn’t be fall without picking the perfect pumpkin, and we’ve got the one for you! Pumpkins for carving, painting and decorating await you in our Pumpkin Patch. Pick your favorites to purchase and take them home!
ONGOING WEEKEND EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Saturdays and Sundays, September 19 – November 1
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!
Saturdays, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sure to inspire green thumbs and big imaginations, join us each week for garden-themed activities and demonstrations presented by Cheekwood’s excellent garden staff as well as local experts in outdoor exploration.
Plant Propagation 101
Stop by to take a closer look at how Cheekwood grows some of its favorite annuals. Then try your own hand at propagation and take home a treasure for one of your fall containers. Presented by Cheekwood Garden Staff
The Cumberland River Compact will be on hand to discuss the value of rain gardens, plant recommendations, and rain garden design.
Pesky Pests of Our Trees
Learn more about some of the pesky pests that are troubling our trees here in Tennessee such as Emerald Ash Borer and Thousand Canker Disease. Presented by Cheekwood Garden Staff
Stop by to see amazing fall blooming perennials that will have you redesigning your garden! Presented by Cheekwood Garden Staff
It’s all about the Trees
Have you ever wondered why leaves change color in the fall? Take a deeper look at all the parts of a tree and then test your knowledge by taking a leaf ID quiz. Presented by Cheekwood Garden Staff
Halloween Beetles and Creepy, Crawly Spiders
Join Dr. Steve Murphree to learn more about “Halloween beetles” and spiders of all kinds, both the good and the scary!
Garden Tales Storytime
Saturdays, 10:00 am & 11:00 am
Explore the wide world of literature through song, dance, and interactive reading in the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden. Experience your favorite nature-themed books in a whole new way!
Live Music: Bluegrass in the Herb Garden
Saturdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Get ready for a toe-tapping, foot-stomping good time as some of Nashville’s finest musicians bring bluegrass sounds to the Herb Garden.
Live Music in the Drawing Room
Saturdays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Piano music will fill the halls of the Cheekwood Mansion creating the perfect soundtrack for a stroll through the galleries and historic home.
Saturdays and Sundays
11:30 am: Garden Tour
12:30 pm: House & History Tour
1:30 pm: Exhibition Tour
Garden Tours begin at Visitor Services. House & History and Exhibition Tours begin at the Museum of Art.
Drawing Room Concert Series featuring Belmont University’s School of Music
Sundays, 2:00 pm, Museum of Art Drawing Room
Cheekwood is honored to partner with Belmont’s School of Music to offer a fall concert series in the Museum’s intimate Drawing Room, featuring live music by some of Nashville’s most talented musicians.
Sundays, 3:30 pm, Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden
Join us to listen as celebrated local authors share their stories, describe their processes, and offer ‘behind-the-text’ accounts of their work in our intimate garden setting. Cash bar available.
Offered in partnership with Parnassus Books. Space is limited; first-come, first-seated.
September 27: Children’s author Lynne Berry speaking about her new book Pig and Pug
October 4: Award-winning cook, food writer, and recipe demonstrator April McKinney presents her new book The Outdoor Table
October 18: Tracy Barrett presents her stunning novel that retells of the classic Cinderella story in The Stepsister’s Tale
October 25: Young adult novelist Donna Driver talks about Cry of the Sea
November 1: New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison talks about What Lies Behind
FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT/ SPECIALTY PROGRAMS
Saturday, September 19
Musical Petting Zoo, Country Music Hall of Fame
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kids of all ages can get a hands-on introduction to guitars, banjos, fiddles and other instruments traditionally featured in country music, with fun guidance from knowledgeable on-site instructors.
Saturday, September 26
Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck presents Puss in Boots
Wishing Chair Productions is proud to present a brand new, jazz-infused marionette version of this Brothers' Grimm classic. Enjoy the story of a tiny kitty cat with a mighty wit who guides an innocent boy to riches and happiness beyond his wildest dreams!
Sunday, September 27
5:00 – 9:00 pm
Enjoy an unforgettable moonlit evening at Cheekwood as we celebrate Japanese art and gardens. This special night will feature a traditional tea ceremony demonstration, interactive activities, lantern-lit tours and more!
Saturday, October 3
Zoo on the Move
You never know what kind of creatures you'll find at Cheekwood! Meet some exiting animal guests from the Nashville Zoo and brush up on your fun facts with expert animal educators.
Saturday, October 10
Harvest Concert with Cowboy Dan
Our favorite singing Cowboy is back for another boot-scootin’, knee-slappin’ family concert to celebrate the Harvest season. Don't miss it!
Saturday, October 17
Nashville Ballet presents The Emperor and the Nightingale
Watch as the beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Nightingale, comes to life through the art of professional dance. This is the story of an Emperor, a songbird and a lesson of freedom.
Saturday, October 31
Extreme Pumpkin Carving
10:00 am & 12:30 pm
You'll be amazed as you watch expert carver and sculptor Lundy Cupp transform ordinary pumpkins into gorgeous and detailed works of art, sharing his process as he works.