Oktoberfest Overview 2017-09-21T01:36:57+00:00

Overview of the 38th Annual

NASHVILLE OKTOBERFEST

Fun For The Whole Family!

2017 Festival Dates

2017 FESTIVAL HOURS: 

10/05/17Thursday 5pm-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, and some special VIP Swag -> plus access to the VIP Lounge with 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 $149 and the 3 Day VIP Pass is $199. SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE BY PURCHASING IN ADVANCE, click the button below to learn more:

LOTS & LOTS OF IMPORTED GERMAN BEER!

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 are serving Paulaner and Hacker Pschorr brews imported straight from southern Germany! A special highlight this year is Paulaner’s Oktoberfest Wies’n, which is only brewed once per year in Munich – and shipped to us in Nashville in special casks for our Oktoberfest!

WIENER DOG RACES

The Oktoberfest Dachshund Derby takes place Sunday starting at 3pm. An annual Family Favorite at the Oktoberfest! Watch as over 100 dachshunds race to the finish, wiener takes all! Proceeds benefit a local animal rescue charity in Germantown. FREE TO ATTEND! Learn more or register your pet to participate:

3 STAGES OF LIVE GERMAN MUSIC

Three stages playing traditional German Volksmusik and Polka 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:

CRAFT BEER TASTINGS

The festival also features our special selection of craft & Oktoberfest beers as part of the Annual Oktoberfest Beer Tasting & Competition.  Participants enjoy unlimited samples of approximately 16 different beers, while interacting with the owners & representatives of 8 breweries. Votes will be tallied during the events, and on Sunday, we will crown the winners of the 2017 Oktoberfest Beer Tasting!  Included is the official Beer Tasting Glass etched with the 2017 Oktoberfest logo. Beer Tastings are an exclusive part of our VIP Tickets.

OVER 40 FOOD VENDORS

More than 40 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.

KIDS ZONE & THE NEW FERRIS WHEEL!

Oktoberfest is a family-friendly event! First stop for the kids is our Kinder Play Areas, which includes a huge Kids Zone sponsored by Nashville Parent Magazine. The Kids Zone has massive outdoor inflatables and kids activities.  Knockerball is also featuring a fun play area for kids and adults alike. NEW IN 2017: Germantown’s first ever Ferris Wheel, soaring 65 feet over the city!  Details on the Kids page linked below:

ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST PARADE

The parade will begin at 1pm on Saturday, starting at the corner of Harrison Street & 5th Ave North.  Get details and map location on the parade page. FREE TO ATTEND!

150 ARTS, CRAFTS, MERCHANTS & VENDORS

The Oktoberfest welcomes more than 150 specialty artisans, merchants, and 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 craftsmen are known for!

BRATWURST EATING CONTEST

An annual tradition at the Nashville Oktoberfest! On Saturday at 3pm on the Main Music Stage. Contestants compete to see who can eat the most Bratwursts in a unique spin on this Volksfest favorite. Entry forms and details available here:

THE 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 18th annual race through the streets of downtown Nashville. Participants also receive a free tshirt and 20 oz. celebratory beer (after the race, of course!). Sign up early to save on the race fee. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Germantown Neighborhood Organization, a registered 501(c)3.

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 location and opening times will be announced soon.

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:

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

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

DIRECTIONS & PARKING

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

ROAD CLOSURES

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

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!

“In anticipation of over 300,000 visitors to our free festival, we’ve expanded the Oktoberfest to 4 days. We’ll now be open Thursday through Sunday. By moving the location a few blocks to Jefferson Street and adding this extra day, we have more space for festival guests – and room for some exciting new areas. This year we’ll feature Germantown’s first Ferris Wheel, which will soar 65 feet over downtown…plus more than 40 restaurant and food vendors and approximately 150 merchants and vendors,” states Michael King, event producer and owner of Monell’s Restaurants in Nashville. “Of course one of the main staples at Oktoberfest is the beer, and we are celebrating over 500 years of Paulaner Brewery. Every Draft Beer Station serves multiple Paulaner brews – plus a special Oktoberfest beer imported directly from Munich, Germany. In addition to the Draft Beer Stations, our annual Beer Tasting Competition features 16 crafts and Oktoberfest brews!” adds King.

The Nashville Oktoberfest is spread out across 10 blocks adjacent to the Germantown neighborhood. The event caters to adults and kids of all ages. A giant Kids Zone area features children’s activities and is sponsored by Nashville Parent Magazine.

Another big draw is the live German music. There are three separate music stages at the event – each featuring German Volksmusik from famous Oktoberfest Polka bands.

More than 300,000 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 Tastings with unlimited samples inside a two 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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