Oktoberfest Overview 2017-07-18T15:42:28-05:00

The 38th Annual
Nashville Oktoberfest

Fun For The Whole Family

2017 Festival Dates

OKTOBERFEST GENERAL ADMISSION IS FREE!

NASHVILLE’S OLDEST & LARGEST FESTIVAL

FREE ADMISSION!

2017 Festival Dates

2017 FESTIVAL HOURS: 

10/05/17Thursday5pm-10pm
10/06/17Friday10am-10pm
10/07/17Saturday10am-10pm
10/08/17Sunday10am-8pm

Here are a few highlights of the Nashville Oktoberfest:

VIP TICKETS

VIP is the Ultimate All-Access Pass to the Oktoberfest, Nashville’s Oldest Festival & Biggest Party! Free Beer, Free Food, Free Commemorative Stein, Free Beer Tasting Sessions & Tasting Glass -> plus access to the VIP Lounge and Air Conditioned VIP Bathrooms.

Discounted prices available in advance. Regular priced tickets will be available at the event if not sold out. Gate price for the 1 Day VIP Pass is $115 and the 3 Day VIP Pass is $149. Buy early to save!

BEER AT OKTOBERFEST

Help us celebrate Paulaner Brewery’s 500th Anniversary!  This year, we have more German beer at Oktoberfest than ever before.  All of our Draft Beer Stations will serving Paulaner and Hacker Pschorr brews imported straight from Germany! A special highlight this year is Paulaner’s Oktoberfest Wies’n, which is only brewed once per year in Munich.

Or visit our Beer Garden featuring 18-20 bottled beers from 10 different breweries. The Draft Beer Stations & the Beer Gardens are in public, free admission areas of the festival.

BEER TASTINGS

Each day of the Oktoberfest, we are featuring a 3 hour Beer Tasting inside the Oktoberfest Beer Garden. Participants can sample and enjoy as much as they like during the tasting session. Included is a souvenir Beer Tasting Glass etched with the 2017 Oktoberfest logo.  Beer Tastings are an exclusive part of our VIP Tickets.

FOOD AT OKTOBERFEST

More than 35 German, international and specialty food vendors will be at the Oktoberfest. We also have some of Nashville’s most popular food trucks participating in 2017! Visit our food page to see a listing of all participating food vendors.

 ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST PARADE

The parade will begin at 1pm on Saturday, starting at the corner of 7th Ave North and Monroe St.  Heading this year’s parade will be Nashville Mayor Megan Barry! Get details and map location on the parade page. FREE TO ATTEND!

OKTOBERFEST 5K BIER RUN

Take part in Tennessee’s 2nd largest 5K Run! The race is held on Saturday at 8 a.m. This is the 17th annual race through the streets of downtown Nashville.  Participants enjoy a free tshirt and celebratory beer (after the race, of course!). Sign up early to save on the race fee.

MUSIC AT OKTOBERFEST

Three stages playing traditional German music all weekend! In addition to the Live German Music Stages, we have karaoke stages throughout the festival. For a full schedule of music and bands, please visit the music page below:

 ARTS, CRAFTS & MERCHANT FAIR

The Oktoberfest welcomes more than 110 specialty arts and crafts vendors this year, including members of TACA, the Tennessee Arts and Craft Association. Admission is free at Oktoberfest, so come see what Tennessee artisans are known for!

KINDER PLAY AREAS & KIDS ZONES

Oktoberfest is a family-friendly event! First stop for the kids is our Kinder Play Areas, which includes TWO Kids Zone sponsored by Nashville Parent Magazine. The Kids Zones have huge outdoor inflatables and kids activities.  Middle Tennessee Knockerball is also featuring a fun play area for kids and adults alike. Details on the Kids page linked below:

NASHVILLE’S ONLY BEER SLIDE

Ride Nashville’s only beer slide at the Oktoberfest! Ride for fun, or compete in the competition to be the Oktoberfest Beer Slide Champion. The Beer Slide is located in Morgan Park, just beside the Music Stage located at 5th and Taylor streets.  Additional details will be posted here soon.

BRATWURST EATING CONTEST

A new annual tradition at the Nashville Oktoberfest! On Saturday at 3pm – at the Main Music Stage (7th & Monroe). Contestants compete to see who can eat the most Bratwursts in 10 minutes. Entry forms and details available here:

PUP PARADE

Saturday at 1pm as part of the Oktoberfest Parade. Dress up your pooch for an afternoon of fun! Prizes will be awarded in four different categories. FREE TO WATCH, come help vote for a winner!  Learn more or register your pet to participate:

DACHSHUND DERBY

Sunday starting at 3pm in Morgan Park. An annual Family Favorite at the Oktoberfest! Free to attend, the annual Wiener Dog races are a ton of fun! Proceeds benefit a local animal rescue charity in Germantown. FREE TO ATTEND! Learn more or register your pet to participate:

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Visit our FAQ Page for answers to common questions people ask about the Nashville Oktoberfest.

DIRECTIONS, FREE PARKING & FESTIVAL MAPS

Get directions to the festival, see FREE parking locations, and festival grounds.

ROAD CLOSURES

Several city streets will be closed for the weekend in and around Germantown during Nashville Oktoberfest. For parking and road closure information, visit.

NASHVILLE, TN – German culture in a southern setting is the backdrop for the Nashville Oktoberfest, returning to historic Germantown for the 38th year…where festival goers eat, drink and celebrate their German heritage (or lack of it). A Tennessee tradition since 1980, the Oktoberfest is Nashville’s oldest festival and the Largest Fall Festival in the South!

“This year we’re incorporating more activities like the Oktoberfest Beer Slide, which will be Nashville’s only, and a Bratwurst Eating Contest – plus more than 35 restaurant & food vendors on site and more than 110 craft booths,” states Michael King, event producer and the owner of Monell’s Restaurants in Nashville. “Of course one of the main staples at Oktoberfest is the beer, and this year we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of Paulaner Brewery. Every Draft Beer Station has 3 kinds of Paulaner beer imported from Germany – plus a special Oktoberfest brew from Munich. This year we’ve got nine Draft Beer Stations, plus Beer Tasting Gardens featuring 10 breweries and 18 different beers!” adds King.

The Nashville Oktoberfest is spread out over nine blocks in the historic neighborhood of Germantown just outside of downtown. The event caters to adults and kids of all ages. Two separate areas will be dedicated to children’s activities and feature Kids Zones, sponsored by Nashville Parent Magazine.

Another big draw is the free live music. There are three separate music stages at the event – each featuring German music and famous Oktoberfest Oompah bands.

More than 250,000 people are expected to attend and admission is FREE to the public. Visitors can purchase a VIP pass for the ultimate Oktoberfest experience. This year the VIP access areas are expanding with the VIP Lounge offering complimentary catered food and beer, access to the Beer Tasting Garden with unlimited tastings inside a three hour session, plus a commemorative 1 liter Nashville Oktoberfest Stein.

SPECIAL THANKS…

A special thanks to all of our Local Business Sponsors, without their support, this festival would not be possible! Please take a moment to check them out:
Nashville Local Business Sponsors of Oktoberfest (2016)

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2017 Festival Dates