Plus, a new Chick-fil-A location planned for South Nashville.
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🍂 Be-leaf it or not
Fall drive
It won’t be long until the Natchez Trace Parkway looks like this. | Photo by @trentonleephotography
The question on everyone’s mind: When will Nashville see peak fall colors?

Autumn is off to a warm start (aka it’s not sweater weather just yet), but we know cooler temps are coming in October. Now, with help from the Farmer’s Almanac and, we’re crunching the leaves — ahem, dates — so you know the best time to take a scenic regional drive or plan a last-minute fall road trip.

Save the dates

Tennessee is expected to see peak colors from mid-October to mid-November — in East Tennessee between Oct. 16-30, in Middle Tennessee between Oct. 30-Nov. 6, and in West Tennessee around Nov. 13. Nashville’s sweet spot for fall foliage is expected to be on or around Monday, Nov. 6.

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Plan your fall drives accordingly — Nashville will see peak fall colors in early November. | Gif via

Scenic drives

Natchez Trace Parkway | You’ll need fuel for your journey — plan to eat breakfast at Loveless Cafe, located near the parkway’s entrance. Beyond the Double Arch Bridge, stop at Timberland Park and Leiper’s Fork before continuing your drive or circling back home.

Cumberland Historic Byway | This ~200-mile route crosses eight counties in Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland region. Take note of these directions and get ready for dips, bends, and curves — and stunning views.

Want to stay close to Nashville? Read up on two more scenic routes within city limits.

Road trip destinations

Is there a scenic drive — local or regional — that you look forward to each year?

Plus, where is the perfect fall destination within driving distance from Nashville? Let us know at the button below.
Friday, Sept. 29
  • Dave Fleppard | Friday, Sept. 29 | 7 p.m. | Assembly Food Hall, 5055 Broadway | $10+ | Rock out to some heavy metal at this tribute to Def Leppard.
  • Science of Spirits | Friday, Sept. 29 | 7-10 p.m. | Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd. | $35+ | This after-hours event includes unlimited samples of spirits, cocktails, and mocktails + live demonstrations and planetarium shows.
Saturday, Sept. 30
  • Nashville SC vs. Seattle Sounders | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 7:30 p.m. | GEODIS Park, 501 Benton Ave. | $27+ | The Boys in Gold are back on home turf this weekend.
  • Gilmore Girls Candle Workshop | Saturday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct. 1 | Times vary | The Golden Slipper, 322 Madison St. Ste. 202 | $40+ | Take a class in the candle studio with the option to add on a Luke’s Diner or Stars Hollow candle for $20.
  • Brahms, Bach, and Montgomery | Saturday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct. 1 | Times vary | Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Pl. | $25+ | Ruth Reinhardt’s Nashville debut features two piano concertos composed centuries apart.
Sunday, Oct. 1
  • Titans Pre-Game Brunch & Watch Party | Sunday, Oct. 1 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Layer Cake, 127 3rd Ave. S. | Cost of purchase | Get hyped for the game with a live DJ starting at 10 a.m., brunch, and drink specials — seating is first come, first served.
Monday, Oct. 2
  • Brian Setzer | Monday, Oct. 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Ryman Auditorium, 116 Rep. John Lewis Way N. | $57+ | Brian Setzer brings “Rockabilly Riot” to the Ryman with special guest Yates McKendree.
Tuesday, Oct. 3
  • Sufjan Stevens “Javelin” Listening Party | Tuesday, Oct. 3 | 4-5 p.m. | Grimey’s, 1060 E. Trinity Ln. | Free+ | The record store will spin “Javelin” and make the album available for purchase a few days early.
Plan Ahead
  • Chattanooga Motorcar Festival | Friday, Oct. 13-Sunday, Oct. 15 | Times vary | West Village Chattanooga, 801 Pine St., Chattanooga | $44-$120 | Experience automotive excellence and high-octane excitement at the fourth annual Chattanooga’s annual Motorcar Festival with The B-52s, drifting with Adam LZ, Concours, Mecum Auctions + more.*
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News Notes
  • Chick-fil-A plans to open a new Nashville location in Century Farms, pending Metro approval. The 5,872-sqft location will be situated at 4144 William Turner Pkwy. near Tanger Nashville. (Nashville Business Journal)
  • Markets for Makers will be at the Fairgrounds Nashville tomorrow and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The curated market hosts 120+ artists and makers specializing in home decor, fashion, art, design, and more. Tickets start at $8.
  • Drake’s two concerts scheduled for Sunday and Monday will be postponed to a later date, according to Bridgestone Arena. Tickets will be honored for the new dates, which are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
  • Mars Petcare’s 15th annual Adoption Weekend is underway through Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Nashville Humane Association, Metro Animal Care and Control, and Williamson County Animal Shelter. Mars will cover up to $100,000 in adoption fees across 15 cities.
  • Bourbon Steak landed the No. 4 spot for US fine dining on TripAdvisor’s 2023 Travelers’ Choice “Best of the Best” restaurant awards. Developed by chef Michael Mina, the restaurant offers 360° views of Nashville’s skyline from JW Marriott Nashville’s 34th floor.
  • A proposed ~$300 million development in Nolensville could become the community’s first downtown hub with retail, residences, green spaces, and a public square. Early plans suggest around 60,000 sqft of commercial space, a pedestrian walkway, and townhomes. (The News)
Real Estate
  • Bobby Bones’ ~15,000-sqft Nashville home is on the market for $8.7 million. Take a virtual tour of the six-bedroom, 8.5-bath property to see the zero-entry pool, home screening room, and circular kitchen. Not pictured: The renovated barn and sports court.
Plan Ahead
  • Nashville Stampede’s 3rd annual PBR Stampede Days homestand will take over Bridgestone Arena Aug. 16-18, 2024. As for the current season, Nashville’s professional bull riding team have gone 8-14 in their title defense. Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m.
  • Borrow from your home — not the bank. Your home value could go down anytime; borrow now while it’s high. Calculate your payment.*
🎶 Hop on the bus, Gus
Map of Nashville with bus and bike icons
10+ bus or bike meetup locations can be found across Nashville. | Map via Metro Nashville
Driving to tomorrow’s Inauguration Celebration at Public Square Park? You might want to steer your plans in a different direction and try an alternative form of transportation with the help of Transit Treks — aka bus and bike meetups across the city.
  • Catch a free WeGo bus with a group at one of these eight meet-up locations (departure times vary between 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.) or find a route that works for you.
  • Join one of these four group bike rides departing from North, East, South, and West Nashville. Meet at 10 a.m. and leave for Public Square Park at 10:30 a.m.
  • Park at Nissan Stadium’s Lot A and take a free shuttle to Public Square Park.
  • See how to get free bike and scooter rides via BCycle, Bird, Lime, and Spin.
  • Plan to drive anyway? Parking is $5 at the Public Square Garage at 101 James Robertson Pkwy.
Pro tip: Use this interactive map to plan your transit journey + check out the event site overview for where to find bicycle parking, a hydration station, food trucks, and more.
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Earlier this month, we shared the news of a candy shop opening soon in East Nashville. Well, Lucky Rabbit Candy Shop has officially set a date. Make your way to the Shops at Porter East for all your nostalgic candy cravings when the store opens on Saturday, Oct. 21.
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