Celebrating Faith, Friendship, and Fun since 1980. That is the motto of the Nashville Oktoberfest, the original and longest running cultural festival in town. Entering their 34th consecutive year, this family friendly event was ranked as the twelfth largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country with over 30,000 in attendance.
This is also a very authentic Oktoberfest. Of course, being in the heart of Historic Germantown, how could it be any other way? Classic German folk music will be played live by such great acts as Karen Yatuzis and die Musik Makers, the Alpine Mountain Band, and Steff Mahan. The local honky-tonk great Cheetah Palomina will also play from 4:00-6:00 p.m. There will be an abundance of traditional German fare, as well, including some great German draught beer.
Speaking of beer, this Oktoberfest celebration has been chosen by the Boston Beer Company to host one of their regional Stein Hoisting contest. This is a great honor and is great fun to watch. The first round is Friday night with the regional finals Saturday. The concept, an old, old German tradition, is to hold a one liter stein, full of beer, horizontally out from one’s shoulder for as long as possible. The winners advance to the regional finals, and those winners advance to the nationals. The national winners are a awarded a four day trip for two to Munich for Oktoberfest next year.
While some of the adults are enjoying steins of Oktoberfest and German beer (over 100 half barrels of beer were consumed last year), the kids can enjoy Funland. Here they can get free pony rides, faces painted, clowns, Conductor Jack, and more.
This event benefits two, beautiful historic Germantown churches, the Monroe Street United Methodist Church, and Catholic Church of the Assumption. So, for traditional, authentic German Oktoberfest fun, don’t miss the 34th Annual Nashville Oktoberfest.
Time for a pint. Cheers.