+ HOSTED BY NASHVILLE PAW MAGAZINE
+ FREE FESTIVAL ADMISSION
+ CONVENIENT ON-SITE PARKING IS $5 CASH PER CAR
+ FESTIVAL IS HELD RAIN OR SHINE
+ DOGS MUST BE ON LEASH
Celebrating its 9th year, Barktoberfest™ is Middle Tennessee's biggest dog festival, welcoming an estimated 10,000 — 12,000 attendees in 2016! It also won 3rd place for «BEST FESTIVAL» in The Tennessean's 2013 Toast of Music City Awards… the only pet festival to place in the category.
This year, Barktoberfest moves to the most dog-friendly venue in town… The Woods at Fontanel! Located just 15 minutes northwest of East Nashville, this gorgeous festival space offers sprawling fields, bubbling creeks and dog-friendly nature trails to enjoy before or during the festival. We chose to make the move to this beautiful venue in order to provide more outdoor activities for pooch pals as well as to offer closer, on-site parking for our guests.
Due to rising operation costs as our festival grows, on-site parking will be $5 cash per car… but festival admission is still free!
As always, Barktoberfest will feature a fabulous variety of food trucks, a pet adoption fair featuring local rescue groups and shelters, and local vendor booths to browse and shop. There will also be live music, canine sport demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family.
Of course, the highlight of Barktoberfest is always our Howl-O-Ween Costume Contests, where humans and pooch pals alike compete for fun and fabulous prizes! Costume contests are $15 per entry per contest, and include 3 contests this year: a Kids Costume Contest (ages 3 — 12), a Dog Costume Contest and our Dog + Human Costume Combo Contest.