The Franklin and Brentwood areas will hold a number of family-friendly events to help welcome the fall season.

Oct. 16, 23, 30, and Nov. 13


Find a fall color hike

This series of guided walks is for adults and led by guides. Reservations are required. 9:30 a.m. $12. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood. 615-370-4672. www.owlshill.org/fall-color-hikes

Oct. 14-16 & 21-23


See a family-friendly musical


The Off the Square Theatre Co. presents a production of “Matilda the Musical,” featuring the classic story by Roald Dahl with original songs. The production will offer eight performances with two on each Saturday. 7 p.m. (Thu.-Fri.), 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Sat.). $15. Williamson County Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. www.wcpactn.com

Oct. 20

Paint a pumpkin


The Williamson County Parks & Recreation Department is offering classes led by Jann Stephens where attendees can learn to paint their own wood pumpkins to welcome in the fall season. Preregistration is required, and the class is open to attendees age 16 and older. 1:30 p.m. $25. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. www.wcparksandrec.com

Oct. 23, 30, and Nov. 6

Join the Fall Cleanup


Brentwood will host a cleanup for residents to drop off unwanted items. Due to COVID-19 and for the safety of employees, residents must wear a mask and practice social distancing. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Granny White Park (Oct. 23, Nov. 6), 610 Granny White Pike, Brentwood. Safety Center East (Oct. 30), 1300 Sunset Road, Brentwood. 615-371-0600. www.brentwoodtn.gov/departments/public-works/spring-fall-cleanup


Oct. 24

Enjoy a seafood feast for a cause


Franklin-based nonprofit My Friend’s House hosts the Great Gras Grub featuring an all-you-can-eat shrimp boil as well as dessert, drinks and live Cajun music. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit, which provides resources to at-risk youth in Middle Tennessee. 5 p.m. Tickets st art at $35. Battle Mountain Farm, 6915 Arno-Allisona Road, College Grove, 615-790-8553. www.myfriendshousetn.org

Oct. 29 through 30


See Cirque-tacular’s ‘Spooktacular’


Viewers will experience a high-flying circus of scares, according to event organizers. 8 p.m. (Oct. 29); 2 p.m., 8 p.m. (Oct. 30). $35.50-$48.50. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 615-538-2076. www.franklintheatre.org

Oct. 30

Participate in PumpkinFest


The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 36th Annual PumpkinFest will be Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival, according to the foundation. The festival runs along Main Street in downtown Franklin. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Franklin’s Main Street

106 Third Ave. N., Franklin. 615-591-8500. https://events.williamsonheritage.org/pumpkinfest

Oct. 30

Take a spooky walking tour


Franklin Walking Tours hosts Tombstone Tales, featuring costumed actors telling the stories of those buried in Franklin’s historic cemeteries. Attendees are advised to check weather forecasts and bring an umbrella, if necessary. $5-$20. 4th Avenue North and North Margin Street, Franklin. 615-604-7171. www.franklinwalkingtours.com

Nov. 6

Experience Family Day


Family Day will be a chance for families to experience The Park at Harlinsdale Farm. Pony rides, hay rides, a petting zoo and a miniature train ride are all featured at this festival. Free (activities and rides). The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, Franklin. 615-794-2103. www.franklintn.gov

Nov. 6

Wander through Wine Down Main Street


Visitors of Wine Down Main Street will experience a tasting event along Main Street in Franklin. According to organizers, streets are closed to traffic; wine, beer and spirits are poured; food samples are provided by area restaurants; and local musicians are on hand. 7-10 p.m. $35 (designated driver tickets), $125 (VIP tickets), $200 (premium VIP tickets). Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. https://bgcmt.org/wdms

Nov. 11

Attend a Veterans Day parade


The parade will travel along Main Street from Five Points to Second Avenue, according to Franklin officials. Williamson County high school bands will participate, and the Franklin Special School District will also send students. 11 a.m.-noon. Free Parade begins at West Main Street and Fifth Avenue in Franklin. 615-794-1594. www.franklintn.gov/home/components/calendar/event/11289

Nov. 19 through 20

Make it to Made South


This holiday market will feature about 60 crafters from throughout the South and will allow shoppers to shop small and shop local. 5-9 p.m. (Nov. 19), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Nov. 20). $59 (Nov. 19), $15-$20 (Nov. 20) The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. 615-791-1777. https://factoryatfranklin.com

Nov. 25

Run in the Turkey Trot


The Turkey Trot, a 10K run, 5K run/walk and 1K kids’ event that benefits GraceWorks Ministries, is open to virtual and in-person runners. The Thanksgiving Day event will start and finish in the Meridian Cool Springs development at the PICA building. 8 a.m. $13-$50. 3000 Meridian Blvd., Franklin. https://raceroster.com/events/2021/49843/turkey-trot-benefiting-graceworks

Worth the trip

Check out Cheekwood Harvest

Sept. 18-Oct. 31


Cheekwood Harvest attendees will celebrate fall with events for kids, adults and families. Food trucks are also available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on most days. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m . (Tue.-Sat.). Free (adult and youth members, age 2 and under), $13-$18 (gardens and mansion admission for ages 3-17), $16-$21 (students with ID), $18-$23 (seniors age 65 and older), $20-$25 (adults). Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 615-356-8000. https://cheekwood.org/calendar/cheekwood-harvest

Pumpkin patches

Gentry Farms

Oct. 2-31

The historic Gentry Farm in Franklin is open to visitors each fall and includes a number of activities. Visitors will be required to purchase tickets in advance, however the farm will close in inclement weather. The farm is open Saturdays through Mondays through the month of October. Visitors can buy a pumpkin, try corn and barn mazes, look at animals and take photos. Free (under age 2, age 65 and older); $8.25 (general admission). Gentry’s Farm, 1974 Hwy. 96 W., Franklin. 6 15-794-436 8. www.gentryfarm.com

Cooper Trooper Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 16-31

The annual pumpkin patch is set up at the corner of Cool Springs Boulevard and Mallory Lane in Cool Springs. All profit proceeds go to the Cooper Trooper Foundation to support pediatric cancer research through the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Customers should wear masks and practice social distancing. 10 a.m.- 7 p. m. (Mon.-Fri.), 9 a.m.- 8 p. m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.- 7 p.m . (Sun.). 5 30 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin. www.coopertrooper.org