Celebrating its 7th year, Barktoberfest™ is Middle Tennessee’s favorite costumed fall festival for dogs and their people! Hosted by Nashville Paw magazine, this event won third place for “BEST FESTIVAL” in The Tennessean’s 2013 Toast of Music City Awards and draws an estimated 3,000 guests and their pooch pals from across Middle Tennessee.
This year, the festival moves to the sprawling grounds of The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, in a new partnership with the City of Franklin Parks. This new partnership will allow the festival room to grow as well as a much-needed perk that has been lacking at previous venues: on-site free parking!
As always, Barktoberfest will feature food trucks, a pet adoption fair featuring local rescue groups and shelters, and 40+ vendor booths to browse and shop. There will also be plenty of fun activities for dogs, kids and the whole family (click the “schedule” tab above for more details).
We’re excited about this year’s musical lineup, which includes Nashville’s own Emily Earle and Eight O’ Five Jive returning to the stage, as well as national touring band Jack and The Bear. (More about these bands under the “schedule” tab above.)
Of course, the highlight of Barktoberfest is always our Howl-O-Ween Costume Contests, where humans and pooch pals alike compete for over $2,000 in fun and fabulous prizes! Costume contests are $10 per entry per contest, and include 3 contests this year: a Kids Costume Contest (ages 12 and under), a Dog Costume Contest and our Dog + Human Costume Combo Contest.
Don’t miss Middle Tennessee’s most fun and festive fall event! Leash up your pooch pal and bring the whole family in costume for an afternoon of fun and a chance at some great prizes!
P.S. Be sure to tag your event posts and pics #TNBarktoberfest and #NashvillePaw for a chance to be featured!
239 Franklin Road
Franklin, TN 37064 (map)
FREE ADMISSION / FREE ON-SITE PARKING / EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE
HOWL-O-WEEN COSTUME CONTESTS ARE $10 PER ENTRY PER CONTEST