It’s autumn in Nashville, so that means there are festivals galore and, as always, music filling our streets and parks. Here are just a few of the events taking place this weekend.
Get ready to eat your weight in fabulous food and beer at Oktoberfest, Music City’s longest-running festival. All this weekend, Germantown becomes enraptured in its namesake culture with everything from a bier run through downtown Nashville, a craft fair, battle of the bands, zip lining down 5th avenue and even a beer slide (yes you read that correctly). Plus, indulge in multiple beer gardens featuring 18 German-style beers and numerous local vendors who will be providing delectable eats. The best part is: it’s free and open to the public.
Bookworms will delight in this annual festival devoted to all things reading and writing. A trailblazer in its own right, the festival has been an inspiration for similar book festivals around the US. More than 200 local and national authors gather together in War Memorial Plaza for panel discussions and book signings, offering language enthusiasts a chance to interact with one another and some of their favorite authors. Just a few of the authors on this year’s roster include Catherine Moore, Ansel Elkins, Tom Hunley and many more.
If you’re not already stuffed from Oktoberfest, just a few steps away you’ll find the Bacon & Barrel festival taking place at the Nashville Farmers’ Market. Get a true taste of the south, with 25 of the city’s most renowned eateries providing patrons with a variety of bacon-inspired dishes. In between bites, sample 15 varieties of bourbon from Bulleit to Belle Meade. Plus, all bar sales go toward Hands on Nashville.
If you’re looking for something unique and outdoorsy to do this weekend, Kid Rock has got you covered. Check out his first fish fry at Fontanel Mansion featuring live music and carnival games. Some of the area’s best local food trucks will be on hand, serving up items with a fish fry edge. You can also enjoy ferris wheel rides, play cornhole and even delight in a fireworks display.
We couldn’t map out a Nashville weekend without including something music-oriented. Grace Potter takes over the Ascend Ampitheater tomorrow night. You’ll recognize her from frequent collaborations with Kenny Chesney including “You and Tequila” and “Wild Child,” putting her on the country music map. Charles Esten of “Nashville” is hosting the 2nd annual Light the Late Night Concert at 3rd and Lindsley to help raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Esten will be performing alongside “friends,” which is sure to be a great show – all for an even better cause. And of course there’s always Musicians Corner down at Centennial Park. This weekend, check out acts Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Matt Brown, Chasing Summer and more.