Seasonal Festivals

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Seasonal Festivals at Cheekwood

Cheekwood offers four seasonal festivals packed with a variety of exciting events, art, and cultural exhibitions to the Nashville community year-round. Discover something new and plan your Cheekwood visit today!

Cheekwood Harvest

September 23 – October 29

Celebrate the autumnal season at Cheekwood! We’re set to celebrate all things fall during Cheekwood Harvest, part of our year-round lineup of signature seasonal festivals. The changing of the leaves are one of many garden highlights you’ll find as oaks, maples, dogwoods, and other trees greet you with their fall colors. 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.

Mum Explosion

More than 5,000 chrysanthemums in deep autumn hues are planted throughout the gardens specifically for Cheekwood Harvest.

Scarecrows!

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.

The Pumpkin House and Patch

Don’t just pick pumpkins, step into our new Pumpkin House and experience them! This 11-foot-tall Pumpkin House is fun for the whole family. Pumpkins for carving, painting and are waiting for your to purchase and take home. And explore more pumpkins that help brighten and add interest to our various gardens.

The Cheekwood Beer Garden

Experience everything the harvest season has to offer with our festive Beer Garden. Enjoy tasty pub fare and beers on tap as you relax with family and friends each weekend of Harvest. (Additional fee applies: cash bar for guests 21+)

Halloween Pooch Parade

Bring your favorite four-legged friend to Cheekwood for our Halloween Pooch Parade. Costumed canines and their owners are invited to parade around the gardens for a fun morning stroll.

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST IS PRESENTED BY

Holiday LIGHTS

November 24 – January 7, 2018

Savor the sights and sounds of the season at Cheekwood and make lasting holiday memories with fun activities for all ages. Our enchanting Holiday LIGHTS experience is Nashville’s favorite new holiday tradition, with one million lights glowing throughout the gardens. And visitors every weekend can take part in Holiday at Cheekwood festivities, including Santa visits, cookie decorating and meeting Santa’s reindeer.

  • ONE MILLION LIGHTS!
  • Real Reindeer
  • S’Mores Pits
  • Holiday Carolers
  • Sunday Storytime with Santa
  • Gingerbread Workshops
  • Poinsettia Tree
  • Cash Bars with seasonal drinks and hot toddies
  • Pineapple Room Restaurant is open every night!
  • GLOW goodies in the Gift Shop

 

Holiday at Cheekwood

Holiday Activities each weekend from November 24 – January 7, 2018

  • Portraits with Santa in his workshop (additional fee)
  • Drop-in Holiday ‘Art’ivities
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Museum Concert Series
  • Poinsettia Tree
  • Greenery and Gingerbread Workshops
  • Real Reindeer at the Frist Learning Center

HOLIDAY LIGHTS IS CO-PRESENTED BY

Regions Bank

HOLIDAY LIGHTS IS CO-PRESENTED BY

Jackson National Life Insurance Company

Cheekwood in Bloom

March 17 – April 28, 2018

There’s no place more beautiful than Cheekwood in the spring as more than 100,000 tulips erupt from our gardens creating a color experience you won’t forget. Snowdrops, crocus, hyacinths, daffodils, magnolias, redbuds, and dogwoods are also in on the act, putting on an unforgettable show as warmer weather and longer days arrive in Nashville. With six weekends of family activities, entertainment and plenty of natural inspiration, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the change of seasons.

  • 150,000 Blooming Bulbs
  • Weekend Activities, including crafts, live music, bunnies, tours and more.

CHEEKWOOD IN BLOOM IS PRESENTED BY

Suntrust

Summertime at Cheekwood

Summertime at Cheekwood

May 20 – September 3

All summer long, Cheekwood offers exciting and inspiring experiences for Nashville locals and tourists alike. From scavenger hunts and treehouse climbing to Summer Camp and nighttime strolls in the garden, we invite you to discover the color, wonder and peaceful nature of Summertime at Cheekwood.

Summer Camp

For art and outdoor adventures, you can’t beat Summer Camps at Cheekwood! Keep your kids busy and engaged this summer with time-tested favorites such as Clay Fundamentals and Garden Sprouts to new offerings like Printmaking Fundamentals with Hatch Show Print and Earth Art. We have an entire summer of fun and fresh classes to engage and inspire every young artist. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Thursday Night Out

We stay open until 10:00 PM every Thursday evening in June, July and August (starting June 22) with special entertainment, activities for kids, food trucks, and cash bars throughout the gardens.

 

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