Fall Festivals at Tennessee State Parks

September 9, 2016  |  Permalink

Fall is a great time for festivals in Tennessee. The leaves are changing, the farmers are harvesting crops and the weather is (sometimes) cooler. Many of our state parks are hosting festivals in honor of the culture, traditions and history of our state. Here are a few of our favorites:

Mountaineer Folk Festival

38th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival (Fall Creek Falls State Park)

Sept 9-11

This festival celebrates the heritage of the Cumberland Plateau. The three-day event at Fall Creek Falls State Park will run September 9-11 and include bluegrass and Appalachian-style music, pioneer demonstrations, storytelling, crafts and food booths. The Mountaineer Folk Festival is one of the long-standing traditions in Tennessee State Parks, and an event you do not want to miss. More details about the event are available here: 


Potato Sack Race at Henry Horton

Step Back in Time (Henry Horton State Park)

Sept 16-17

Join us on September 16-17 at Henry Horton State Park for a step back in time. This fun, family-friendly festival features two days of music, food, storytellers, re-enactors, and demonstrations. There will be live entertainment at the festival each day, in addition to sheep dog demonstrations, horse-mounted shooters, bee keeping, log cabin demonstrations, primitive weapon displays and much more. There will also be competitions for the crosscut saw, watermelon seed spitting, and animal calling. More information is available here: 


Rolley Hole Tournament Photo

34th Annual Rolley Hole Marble Championships (Standing Stone State Park)

Sept 17

This one-of-a-kind family experience has been featured by ESPN, ABC Evening News, Sports Illustrated, CBS, National Geographic, Southern Living, the Smithsonian Institute and other media outlets. This annual marble competition at Standing Stone State Park will take place September 17. The event is free to the public, but competitors in the tournament are required to register. Come out to the park for a day of kids’ games, marble making, marble buying, a swap meet, demonstrations, music, food and the National Rolley Hole Marble Championships.  More information is available here: 


Birds of Prey at Archeofest

Archeofest 2016 (Pinson Mounds State Archeological Park)

Sept 17-18

Join us for a celebration of Native American culture both past and present with a spotlight on archaeology. Join us at Pinson Mounds State Archeological Park on September 17-18 for Archeofest 2016. Visitors can take in a variety of presentations and demonstrations ranging from flint knapping, pottery and basketry to wildlife programs and hayride tours of the site. Enjoy live musical performances along with traditional dancing and storytelling. More information is available here: 


Pelicans at Reelfoot

Pelican Festival (Reelfoot Lake State Park)

Oct 14-16

On October 14-16, Reelfoot Lake State Park is hosting a festival to celebrate the White Pelican migration. Don’t miss your chance to see the White Pelican at Reelfoot Lake.  The park is hosting vendors, canoe floats, photography and art contests, pontoon excursions and much more. Reservations are required for photography, pontoon and canoe tours, the cost of which is $10/person.  More information is available here: 


TN History Festival

13th Annual Tennessee History Festival (Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park)

Oct 14-15

History comes alive in the heart of Downtown Nashville on October 14-15 at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Join us for the 13th Annual Tennessee History Festival for demonstrations, re-enactments and other interpretive programs on various topics of Tennessee history. The park will even have weapon firing demonstrations. This festival is perfect for area school groups. If you would like to bring your class to Friday’s activities, please contact the park office directly to make a reservation. More information available here: 


Heritage Day

Heritage Day Antique Car and Tractor Show (Tims Ford State Park)

Oct 15

Experience history the way it was lived on the river valley in the old days on October 15 at Tims Ford State Park. Entry to the Heritage Day Festival is free and visitors can enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of historic crafters, blacksmiths, wood carvers, clogging, old-timey music, delicious foods and the BOOM of cannons in the war history reenactments. There is also an antique car and tractor show during the event that will celebrate cars and tractors pre-dating the 1980s. More information is available here: 


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