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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – German culture in a southern setting is the backdrop for the Nashville Oktoberfest Oct. 9-11 in historic Germantown. The event is free and open to the public.

Festival goers eat, drink and celebrate German traditions and heritage. A Tennessee tradition since 1980, the Oktoberfest is Nashville’s oldest festival and one of the largest fall festivals in the South.

The event caters to adults and kids of all ages. This year an entire street will be dedicated to children’s activities and feature a Kids Zone.

There are three separate music stages at the event. The first music stage will highlight traditional German music and Oompah bands such as the Music Meisters. The second stage will feature Nashville-based singers and songwriters. The third stage will host a Battle of the Bands competition.

Visitors can purchase a VIP pass for the ultimate Oktoberfest experience. The VIP access areas are expanding with two VIP Lounges offering complimentary catered food and beer, access to three Beer Tasting Gardens with unlimited tastings, plus a commemorative 1 liter Nashville Oktoberfest Stein.

The one day VIP pass is $65 and a three day pass is $99. VIP tickets will be available at the gate as well.

For tickets and more information, call 615-686-2867 or visit

Source: Tennessee Department of Tourist Development News Bureau