The Weekendist: Apples To Apples Edition

With the rain on its way out, it’s shaping up to be a gorgeous weekend, and that tells us there’s plenty of time to cram in a festival or two before the weather gets cold. You’ll probably find us zipping between hot dog stands and cheering for the official Nashvillest ducks as they race down the Cumberland. And maybe sucking down a half-price cappacino or two at DrinkHaus. But what we want to know is, what are YOU doing this weekend?


  • The Features CD release show: These local favorites are launching their new record Some Kind of Salvation tonight at Mercy Lounge with special guests Elle Macho. If you haven’t heard them, check them out here. $10, Mercy Lounge, 8pm, 21+.
  • Nashville Ballet presents the Bell Witch: It’s almost Halloween, and that means the Nashville Ballet is opening the Bell Witch–what’s said to be the best-documented haunting in the nation’s history that took place right here in Tennessee. We’ve also heard something about 3D glasses to boost the creepiness factor? They’ll be accompanied by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. $21.50 – $72.50, TPAC, 8pm.


  • Franklin Pumpkinfest: Definitely one of our Fall favorites, the Franklin Pumpkinfest promises a family-friendly day full of outrageous costume contests, chili cookoffs, hayrides, arts & crafts, delicious caramel apples as big as your head (trust us, we’ve tried ‘em!), and plenty more. FREE, Main Street in downtown Franklin, 10am – 6pm.
  • Great Nashville Duck Race: What could possibly be better than a few hundred rubber ducks racing their way down the Cumberland for a good cause? Oh, right. Nothing. FREE, Riverfront Park, 11am.
  • Pumpkin Carving 101: Come out and watch as some of Nashville’s hottest chefs pull out all the stops and spill their best pumpkin-carving secrets. Featuring chefs from Ombi, Acorn, Opryland, and more. FREE, Nashville Farmer’s Market, 11am.
  • Ghost Story Festival: Not that Halloween’s supposed to be educational, but we can’t blame the folks at the State Museum for trying. The 8th Annual Ghost Story Festival features a ghost trail with storytellers along the way and prizes at each stop. Dress the kids up, be sure to take advantage of the free parking by the Capitol, and learn all about Tennessee’s spooky past. FREE, Tennessee State Museum, 1pm – 5pm.
  • Nashville Predators vs. LA Kings: Cheer on the Preds as they host the Los Angeles at the Sommet Center. And well, they’re in last place so they need all the love they can get. $26+, Sommet Center, 7pm.


  • DrinkHaus Customer Appreciation Day: Germantown’s new too-cute-to-be-true coffeeshop will be offering half-price drinks and hourly giveaways all day long. 9am-10pm, DrinkHaus.

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