Explore Clarksville, TN This Fall
Autumn in Clarksville, Tenn. is a beautiful experience. While the heat can hang on well into October,
when fall color comes, it’s worth the wait. The city’s gorgeous outdoor spaces, festive events, historic
attractions and architecture, vibrant downtown and emerging craft beverage and culinary scene
make this a destination you’ll want to explore.
Festivals & Events
The end-of-summer festival is a lavish one along the banks of the Cumberland River. RiverFest,
held annually the weekend after Labor Day, is filled with music from well-known headliners to local
bands on multiple stages, arts, kids’ activities, water sports and more.
Later in September, enjoy Frolic on Franklin, an outdoor arts celebration along historic Franklin
Street, and the Welcome Home Veterans Celebration, a five-day event with multiple exhibits, a parade
and a free Lee Greenwood Concert.
The rural Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement celebrates HarvestFest the last Saturday in October.
This season-closing celebration features artists and artisans, crafts, music, hayrides, and more.
October also brings an OktoberFest, but several other Fall events like the Wags and Wings Family
Fun Fest at the Clarksville Regional Airport also tag on OktoberFest activities.
Beyond the festivals, the city’s mild climate means that many summer concerts series’ continue
through October. Whether you’re a fan of Jazz, Country, Rock, Alternative, Gospel or something else,
you’re likely to find live music you will enjoy. Check concert dates and details at visitclarksvilletn.
With 650 miles of navigable waterways from two rivers and their tributaries within Montgomery
County, watersports are plentiful and popular. Boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and waterskiing
entice visitors and residents alike to the water many months throughout the year. Rent equipment
from two outfitters or bring your own and put in at any number of spots throughout the county.
Among the many choices for non-water sports, you’ll find hiking and walking trails, parks,
shooting, golf and mountain biking.
With a winery, distillery, meadery and seven craft breweries (plus one more expected to open in
November) Clarksville is emerging as a true craft libation destination. Tours and tastings are available
daily at Beachaven Winery and Old Glory Distilling, and weekly at Trazo Meadery.
Visit www.visitclarksvilletn.com or download the VisitClarksvilleTN app
Clarksville Connections is an
ongoing project to share the stories
of historically significant people
who have a Clarksville connection.
Dorothy Dix, Author
Elizabeth Meriwether, more famously
and internationally known as Dorothy
Dix, a popular advice columnist, was
born in 1861 near Clarksville. Having
established herself as an exceptional
voice among her peers at The Female
Academy in Clarksville, Dix went on to
pioneer the way for advice columns.
Phila Hach, Celebrity Chef & Author
Phila Hach created the first in-flight
catering manual for the airline
industry. She was the first woman
to host a television show in the
southern U.S. She worked as a flight
attendant, television celebrity chef,
cookbook author, restauranteur,
innkeeper and catering chef. Oh,
the stories she could tell! She was
petite in frame, yet highly intelligent,
quick-witted and a mighty force to
be reckoned with.
Austin Peay, Tennessee Governor
Austin Peay State University is
named for three-term Tennessee
Governor Austin Peay, who is
credited with vastly expanding
the state’s highway system and
improving secondary education in
each of the state’s 95 counties.
Ida Gray Nelson Rollins
First Female African American Dentist
Ida Gray Nelson Rollins was born
in Clarksville on March 4, 1867.
Ida’s achievements are a testimony
to perseverance, determination and
diligence. Though she was raised by
a woman who was unable to read or
write, Ida overcame her environment,
becoming the first female African
American dentist in the United States.
Olympic Gold Medalist
On June 23, 1940 Wilma Rudolph
was born into a large family, being
the 20th of her father’s 22 children.
After a bout with pneumonia and
polio at age eight, doctors told
her she would never walk again.
A mere eight years later, at age
16, she earned a bronze medal
in the 1956 Olympic Games in
the women’s 400-meter relay
and would soon be known as the
fastest woman in the world.
Dunbar Cave State Park