Here is a compilation of 5 festivals in and around middle Tennessee that are worth the gas money...
1) Tennessee State Fair September 6-15, 2013
I look forward to fair food all year. In fact, I become rather grumpy if I don't get funnel cake at least once a year. This year - look for an almost sinfully good deep fried, bacon wrapped macaroni and cheese. The fair has something for everyone. I love to look at the winning crafts and animals. I always leave thinking that I couldn't possibly live without at least one alpaca. The kids hit the rides and spin around until they puke. The guys gather around the antique tractors and cars to talk about life in the good ol' days.
2) 35th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival September 6-8, 2013
This crafts fair and music festival is a great way to start Christmas shopping for those hard to please people on your list. When the crafts and bluegrass music get to be a little much - there is always the state park to keep you entertained. I have a wading/swimming date with my three year old nephew planned for the shallows beneath the falls. Come on out the water is fine.
3) White Oak Crafts Fair September 14-15, 2013
Cannon County Tennessee is known for two things: white oak baskets and moonshine. This craft fair held on the grounds of the Cannon County Arts Center. While you are looking at the crafts and handmade baskets. I own one and wish I could afford more - maybe one day.
All three of these festivals (and the fair), are great opportunities to get out with your family and enjoy music. I'll be all three and can't wait to see you there.