Oktoberfest Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ Page 2017-04-27T19:50:09-05:00

Frequently Asked Questions

38th Annual Nashville Oktoberfest
German Street Fair & Fall Festival


2017 Festival Dates

Where is the Oktoberfest?

The Nashville Oktoberfest is spread out over multiple city blocks in the historic neighborhood of Germantown, near downtown Nashville. Click here for the Oktoberfest map and directions.  You will also find a FREE PARKING map showing lots allocated by the city for free Oktoberfest parking.

I heard the festival is FREE. Is this correct?

Oktoberfest is a event free to the public – ADMISSION IS FREE. There are various craft vendors selling their products, plus delicious food vendors offering your favorite multiple dining options – so you may want to bring a few dollars to sample their wares! There are TONS of family friendly events and things to do, learn more on our Oktoberfest Festival Overview Page.

We also offer VIP tickets for an exclusive Oktoberfest experience, you can get Oktoberfest VIP tickets here.

When is the 2017 Oktoberfest? What are the hours and times?


2017 Festival Dates

Thursday – 2pm to 10pm

Friday – 10am to 10pm

Saturday – 10am to 10pm

Sunday  – 10am to 8pm

Where can I learn about all the events and details for this year's Oktoberfest?

We recommend you start by visiting our Festival Overview page. Here you will find all the important details about our festival, such as:

  • Dates, Times and Locations Information
  • Calendar of Events
  • Free Parking Information
  • Details about the 5K Run, the Annual Parade, fun Oktoberfest contests, VIP Tickets, the Oktoberfest Beer Gardens
  • Festival Maps & Insider Tips about how to get the most out of your Oktoberfest!

Again, we recommend everyone visit the Oktoberfest Overview page for a clear and detailed explanation of the entire festival.

How do I get festival updates and special offers?

Please join our VIP email list to get occasional Oktoberfest announcements and updates  – plus special offers. It’s free to join!  

Join our VIP List!

- Win VIP Tickets

- Special Event Invites

- Freebies & More!

How can I contact you?

You can reach us via telephone during normal business hours at (615) 686-2867.
Prefer email? Hop over to the CONTACT US page and use the contact form. We’ll be in touch quickly!

Is the Oktoberfest family-friendly?

Absolutely! The Oktoberfest is appropriate for kids of all ages. We even have a street dedicated to children’s activities and a Kids Zone. Check out our Kids Zone page here.

Are dogs allowed since this is an outdoor festival?

Yes! The Oktoberfest is pet-friendly! A couple stipulations: all animals must comply with city leash laws. Please be aware that almost 150,000 people attended in 2015, so the streets will be very crowded and busy.

We have a few events specifically for dogs and their owners!  March in the Annual Pup Parade as part of the Oktoberfest Parade with your dog, you can even win a prize! Or enter your pet in the Dachshund Derby races held in Morgan Park!  More details on both events can be found here: Dogtoberfest

What about parking? Is there any FREE PARKING? (Insider Tip: take Uber and ride free - click for details)

There are several large lots adjacent to Germantown that we have secured to use as FREE PARKING areas for Oktoberfest visitors. You can see them on the Festival maps located here.

Don’t want to worry about parking? Take Uber! Click here to use our Free $20 Promo Code, and the first ride is on the house – just use code UBERMARKETINGTEAM!

How do I get VIP Tickets?

Vip Tickets are the ultimate way to upgrade your experience at the Nashville  Oktoberfest.  This year, the VIP has expanded with two huge VIP Lounges, access to 3 Beer Tasting Gardens, and includes perks like Free Food & Beer inside the tents, plus a commemorative 1 Liter Oktoberfest Stein.

Click here to get your Oktoberfest VIP Tickets!


Do you have any maps, or parking info and directions to Oktoberfest?

Yes! There are some FREE PARKING areas near our location in Germantown. We also have embedded directions to get here, plus some festival maps, all can be found on this page: Oktoberfest Location, Parking and Festival Maps page

What about event schedules and times?

You can visit our Festival Overview page here for more information on the times and schedule of events at the Oktoberfest.

I have a business and want to participate. How can I?

There are many ways to be involved. More more information about being a vendor, please click here.

If you would like to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please click here. We have special marketing packages for small local businesses as well, click here for the Local Business Sponsors page.

What about the Oktoberfest 5K Race?

The race will be held this year for the 16th time in a row. All the details, including how to register and ways to participate, can be found on the Nashville Oktoberfest 5K Race & Run page.

I live or work in Germantown. Will roads be closed, etc?

The Oktoberfest is one of the largest fall festivals in the country, and multiple city blocks will be closed to regular traffic. We have more information here about Road Closures and Parking Permits for Residents, etc

We are extremely grateful to the entire Germantown community for 35 years of supporting the Oktoberfest. We support our residents and businesses!