This Weekend Events

Here are a few fun things to do this weekend (from


Fall Fest
All ages can enjoy children’s entertainment, pony rides, carnival games, food vendors, antiques, crafts, live music and more. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $10 adults, free for children (some games and pony rides require tickets; there is a $20 play-all-you- can-play ticket); 356-0501, ext. 48, or

FREE DNA LifePrint
Parents can bring their children for a free FBI-certified, 10-digit biometric fingerprint profile and home DNA identification kit. Andrews Cadillac and Land Rover, 1 Cadillac Drive, Brentwood; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 823-5164.

Run Chikin Run
All ages can participate in this 10K run benefiting World Vision and other Rutherford County charities. The run begins and ends at the Gateway on Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro; 7 a.m.; $30; 494-3141 or

thomas the tank rolls into town
sept. 4, 5, 11 and 12

Choo-choo! Kids of all ages can ride the rails and enjoy a day of fun with their favorite train pal, Thomas the Tank Engine, while he’s in town for his annual Day Out with Thomas extravanza. This year’s Celebration Tour includes storytelling, live music by Conductor Jack, train tables, arts and crafts, inflatables, a meet-and-greet with Sir Topham Hatt and the main attraction — a 25-minute train ride pulled by Thomas himself! The festivities take place at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville. Hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; train rides depart hourly from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $18 ages 2 and older. Call 244-9001 or visit

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