By Kyndle Fly
NASHVILLE, TENN. - With great food, polka music and plenty of authentic vendors, Nashville celebrated its 40th annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 10 through the 13th. This festival originated in 1810 and has been a huge part of Bavarian culture. It is the world’s largest Volksfest (a beer/wine festival and traveling fun fair) and happens almost everywhere.
Nashville’s Oktoberfest began in 1980 and has been a beloved tradition ever since. Spanning over 10 blocks of the city, this massive festival has drawn huge crowds.
A Day at Oktoberfest
A day at Nashville's Oktoberfest is full of fun and culture. If you did not have a chance to go earlier this month, do not fret because here you can somewhat experience it yourself!
Plenty of fun things happen at these festivals, such as parades (including dog parades!), 5ks, a bratwurst eating contest and even a dachshund derby! So as you plan your day, definitely take these things into account, as they only happen at certain times.
While you walk around, slightly overwhelmed and taking in all the sights, consider visiting some shops and vendors that are set up. First, you could peruse Project 615, a store that is always in Nashville (hence the area code in the name), but is always worth a visit.
Next, if you are interested in something more admittedly German, head on over to K. L. Bavarian Wax Art. This may sound strange, but it is actually quite cool. As this is authentically German in a sea of Southern vendors, you definitely do not want to pass it up.
Some other shops that are usually quite a hit include One Man, One Garage, Southern Jerky Co., The Candlery and Rusty Rats Antiques & Vintage. Every one of these stores offers something different and unique, so next year if you are in the shopping mood, try to make a visit to these shops.
Now that you have done quite a bit of shopping, why not stop for some food? German food is known for its deliciousness. With every dish starring meat, cheese and bread, who could not love it?
If you are up for some German food to go along with your Oktoberfest, consider Schnitzels & Giggles, The Nutty Barvarian or Baked Cheese Haus Ltd. Each one of these offers a different aspect of German food and will be very fun to try.
If you aren't ready to venture out just yet, Nashville’s festival does offer food from closer to home, such as Southern Fried Factory and Southern Pretzel Company. Whatever your craving, Oktoberfest can most likely satisfy it.
While you enjoy the food of your choosing, walk over to the center stage, as this would be an optimal time to listen to some music. One of the highlights of Oktoberfest is the polka bands that play there. One visitor even stated, “They play current music in the polka style, it’s really fun!”
All of this mixed in with the parades, 5ks and eating contests about rounds off your day. And with a day like that, you will be sleeping like a rock, so yay for that!
No matter what you are into, Oktoberfest is always a fun way to spend your day. With fun activities, good food, great music and a dog parade(!), why not go? Next year’s celebration will be just as eventful, so put on your lederhosen and get ready to schuhplattler to the polka version of your favorite song!