Barktoberfest™ is open for free admission from 12pm - 5pm. (On-site parking is $5 cash per car.)
Throughout the festival, feel free to enjoy the dog-friendly nature trails, bubbling dog-welcoming creek (on-leash only), open fields and festival activities. We'll have live music, food trucks, local vendor booths, pet adoptions, family activities and dog sport demos.
12:00 - 2pm: Hot Club Time Machine, a gypsy-swing group channeling the likes of Django Reinhardt, Stevie Wonder, Bob Willis, Stephane Grappelli and others. Visit their website to learn and listen more.
2:00 - 3pm: Eight O' Five Jive, our featured musical act and perennial Barktoberfest "house band", these folks have been described in the press as "having enough energy to power a small fleet of '57 Cadillacs, with more than adequate fuel to ignite any stage on fire with their driving sound of swingin' blues and early rock 'n roll." Oh, and there's this... they just picked up the Nashville Industry Music Awards for 'Album of the Year' and 'Best Blues Band'. SERIOUSLY! Visit them here.
3 - 4pm: Anna Sullivan & Bob Spanburgh. Singer/Songwriter duo featuring uptempo acoustic music with Americana themes and 70s light rock harmonies. New this year to Barktoberfest, Anna and Bob were a hand-picked recommendation from supporters of last year's event. We listened to that feedback and invite you to stick around and discover for yourself these authentic, soulful musical artists.
+ ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES TO BE ANNOUNCED... STAY TUNED!
COSTUME CONTEST ENTRY + JUDGING
Costume contest entry is $15 per entry per contest. You must register by 3:45pm. Contest times are: Kids only - 4pm; Dogs only- 4:15pm; Groups - 4:30pm. Visit the Nashville Paw Contest Registration Booth to enter one or all contests. Entry fee is cash only. Get creative and come to win great prizes! We choose winners based in part on the following aspects:
- Originality of Costume Theme / Idea - Effort Involved with the Costume / Ensemble - Creativity of Design or Use