Amber Mazes of Grain 

A seasonal cycle of festivals, fairs and fall events

Mark the beginning of autumn with a trip to Ring Farm’s corn maze and pumpkin patch. Take a hayride around the farm or shoot corn out of the corn cannon.
Ring Farm Corn Maze, 2628 Greensmill Road, Columbia, (931) 486-2395. Mark the beginning of autumn with a trip to Ring Farm’s corn maze and pumpkin patch. Take a hayride around the farm or shoot corn out of the corn cannon. Tours for large groups available by reservation. Open weekends Sept. 15-Nov. 11: Fridays 3-9 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays 1-9 p.m.; Halloween: 4-9 p.m. $7 adults, $6 ages 3-12, free ages 2 and under. Rippavilla Corn Maze, Rippavilla Plantation, 5700 Main St., Spring Hill, (931) 486-9037. Wind through Rippavilla’s Tennessee-shaped and -themed corn maze marked with historical and geographical informational posts. Cozy up to the bonfire and sip homemade hot chocolate. Sept. 14-Nov. 4: Thursdays and Fridays 3-10 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays noon-6 p.m. $7 adults, $5 ages 6-12. Fall Fest, Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, 356-0501. The Plantation’s 21st annual event celebrates the season and regional heritage. Visit the antebellum mansion, watch a blacksmith at work and enjoy foods, crafts, antiques and jewelry from local vendors, artists and dealers. Take home jams, jellies and pumpkins. For the kids, find games, rides and other fun activities. Sept. 16: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sept. 17: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 adults, $2 ages 6-12. Chile Pepper Festival, Nashville Farmers Market, 900 Eighth Ave. N., 880-2001. Spice up your cool weather soups and stews with locally grown hot and sweet peppers. Local chefs will be on hand demonstrating the peppers’ versatility; taste-test their creations or invent your own in the salsa contest. Sept. 16-17: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Gentry Farm, 1970 Highway 96 West, Franklin, 794-4368. Bring your own wagon or wheelbarrow to fill with pumpkins and gourds at this family-owned farm. Take a hayride, tour the barns or wander through the 4-acre corn maze. No pets please. Open weekends Sept. 23 through October: Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays 1-5 p.m. $5 all ages. Walden Pumpkin Farm, 8653 Rocky Fork Road, Smyrna, 220-2918. Browse the fall harvest of pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn or meander through the corn or hay maze. Savor the seasonal flavors of pumpkin fudge, roasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin cookies. Open Sept. 23-Oct. 31: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 3 p.m. to dark; Saturdays 9 a.m. to dark; Sundays noon-4 p.m. Free admission. Harvest Days, Grassmere Historic Farm at the Nashville Zoo. 833-1534. The Zoo’s 9th annual fall fest celebrates harvest time circa 1800 with craftsmen and artisans demonstrating 19th century trades like yarn-spinning, weaving, rug-making, pottery and woodcarving. Kids’ activities include storytelling and live music. Tours of the historic home and garden also included. Sept. 23-24: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. $11 adults, $7 kids 3-12. Admission to zoo included. Honey Suckle Hill Farm, 3029 Meadow Court, Springfield, 382-7593. Navigate the 3-acre Crazy Corn Maze, take a hayride or tour the farm on the barrel train. For some good old-fashioned mischief, hurl your pumpkins in the pumpkin slingshot. Take home gourds, corn stalks, Indian corn, mums and other autumn decorations. Open Sept. 30-Oct. 31: Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m.; Monday-Friday by reservation only; school tours also offered. $7 per person. A Biodynamic Celebration, Long Hungry Creek Farm, Red Boiling Springs. Eleventh annual harvest festival celebrates the relationship between good gardening and good food. The three-day event features workshops, banquets, farm tours and other activities. Oct. 6-8. $125 for the weekend or $50 per day; children free. For more information, visit or email Oktoberfest, Historic Germantown, Monroe Street from Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue. Celebrate Nashville’s German heritage beginning with the Paulaner Bier 5K Oktoberfest Run/Walk at 8 a.m. and worship services at Assumption Catholic Church and Monroe Street United Methodist Church at 9:30 a.m. Indulge in authentic German fare, crafts and entertainment, including live music by the Capital Swing Big Band. The neighborhood association will host a tour of homes. Oct. 14: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Music and Molasses Festival, Ellington Agricultural Center, 440 Hogan Road, 837-5197. Celebrate the timeless bounty of fall with traditional molasses-making at the sorghum mill, fried pies, bluegrass music, wagon rides, sheep-herding, arts and crafts, along with log cabin activities like blacksmithing, broom-making and wool-spinning. Oct. 21: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 admission. Native American Indian Association of Tennessee’s Fall Festival and Pow Wow, Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, 232-9179. Explore the culture, music, arts and food of Native American Indians at this fundraiser for the NAIA emergency assistance fund and scholarships. Oct. 20-22: 9 a.m. $5 adults, $2 ages 6-12. Fall Harvest Fest, Nashville Farmers Market, 900 Eighth Ave. N., 880-2001. Chefs will conduct demonstrations and food tastings alongside an arts and crafts workshop and live music performances. Oct. 14: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Pumpkinfest, Downtown Franklin, 591-8500. The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County’s annual festival features food from local vendors, a kids’ carnival, chili cook-off, hayrides, music, storytelling and a costume contest. Oct. 28: 10 a.m. Free admission.


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