It’s time to get spooky here in Nashville. The month of October brings a bit of a chill in the air and a lot of fun Halloween-themed activities.
Taco Tuesday with the Last Bandoleros – October 3rd-October 30th
Celebrate taco Tuesday in style this month with the group Rolling Stone called “this year’s most important new country band.” Mixing Tejano music with country rock, enjoy some incredible music with free tacos and beer.
Women and Whiskey: A Seminar and Tasting – October 4th
Learn all about whiskey from six of the top women in the industry in this panel discussion. A ticket will get you into the event, as well as samples of each distilleries products. Appearing this year is Allisa Henley (Sazerac Tennessee), Andrea Wilson (Mitcher’s), Ashley Barnes (Four Roses), Jane Bowie (Maker’s Mark), Lisa Roper Wicker (Samson & Surrey), and Nicole Austin (George Dickel).
Nashville Whiskey Festival – October 6th
If there’s a whiskey festival in Nashville, you can bet that we’re gonna hear about it. Hosted in the Omni Hotel Grand Ballroom, this event is all about learning and tasting all the various nuances of whiskey. That’s an educational experience I’m looking forward to.
Tootsies 58th Annual Birthday Bash – October 10th
I rarely attend events on Broadway, let alone free concerts. They’re usually very crowded and people get really obnoxious. But, an all day free concert featuring artists like Randy Houser, Jake Owen, and Travis Tritt? That’s an event worth checking out.
Nashville Oktoberfest 2018 – October 11th to 14th
How authentic this Oktoberfest is, I don’t know. All I know is that spending several days drinking German-style beers, eating German food, and listening to music sounds like a great way to spend the weekend. Come to Germantown for America’s 2nd largest Oktoberfest and see how wild Nashville gets.
Southern Festival of Books – October 12th
For my fellow bibliophiles here in Nashville, this free, three day celebration of books can’t be missed. There will be plenty of authors and fellow book enthusiasts to mingle with and gush over the latest and greatest new reads.
Evil Dead: The Musical – October 12th-November 3rd
Combining the elements of the cult classic horror films Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness, this musical experience is sure to be a blast. Just make sure you don’t wear any white, because you might get sat in the “Splatter Zone,” where you will be covered in (fake) blood.
Horrow-ween – October 13th
It’s important to support local artists. Especially the weird ones. This celebration is a gathering of 25+ of Nashville’s best and darkest artists making their creations available for sale for under $100.
Water Lantern Festival – October 20th
This is a fun, family-friendly event that promises to be a truly unique experience. Design your own lantern and let it float across the river lit with candles.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Monster Ball – October 20th
Raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters at this masquerade ball hosted by the Fontanel. Featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a live aerial show, and a silent auction with all the proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Day of the Dead Tequila Festival – October 26th
After recovering from the Whiskey Fest, it’s time to do some more damage to your liver with the Nash Tequila Fest. Get 15 different tequila tastings and access to tacos and “spooky surprises.”
About Mike Wargo
Mike Wargo is a food, drink, and travel writer based out of Nashville, TN. Born and raised in South Bend, IN, he relocated to Nashville after graduating Ball State University in 2016. He likes expensive whiskey, cheap food, and the Whiskey, Ink, and Lace warehouse cat, Basil.