Tennessee Volksfest | October 26-27, 2013 | Nashville, TN

  • Rules & FAQ

    The Tennessee Volksfest presented by Volkswagen of Cool Springs will be bringing the tradition and tastes of Munich to Nashville, on October 26th and 27th THIS WEEKEND!!!  We are extremely excited to be hosting this landmark event on the front lawn of Centennial Park, with the Parthenon being our back drop.  The Tennessee Volksfest is a free event that is open to all ages and will feature German food, beer, wine, as well as carnival games, live music, and a vintage Volkswagen car show.  

    We will be creating a traditional German bier garden that will offer seating for nearly 1000 people!  Traditional German beers will include offerings from Franziskaner, Hofbräu, Krombacher, and Spaten.  Nashville’s own Gerst Haus will be preparing and selling a large variety of German foods, and you will be able to pick and choose your own delights! Act now to get $25 in tokens (used to buy food and beer at event) for $20, this offer will end FRIDAY October 25th at Noon!  Tokens are $5 each and are good for food, beer, and wine!

    Interested in VOLUNTEERING? WE need you.  Please sign up HERE

     Event Hours

    • Saturday October 26th Noon to 11pm, last call 10:30pm
    • Sunday October 27th Noon to 7pm, last call 6:30pm


    • NO Weapons of any kind.
    • NO illegal substances.
    • Smoking is only permitted in a designated area, which will be noted on the festival map. Please do not smoke anywhere else.
    • Well behaved pets are welcomed
    • NO Bags or Backpacks (small purses and camera bags allowed).
    • No outside food or beverage. 
    • Please help us show the community that we are responsible by being aware of your alcohol consumption and do NOT drive while intoxicated. See our Directions page for buses, taxis and other transportation info. All attendees, staff members, and volunteers’ actions before, during, and after the event will affect the future of the Tennessee Volksfest. 
  • Food

    Gerst Häus will offer a wide of array of traditional German foods, sides and desserts.  All items will be prepared fresh and on site. Volksfest tokens must be used to purchase food.

    -Obazda: Munich style cheese dip

    -Brezeln: Munich style salted pretzels with mustard

    -Wurst, choice of German sausages: bratwurst, kielbasa, and polish

    -Beikost, side dishes: kraut, white beans, German potato salad, red cabbage, rye bread

    -Vegetarisch, vegetarian: Spatzel with mushroom sauce

    -Nachtisch, desserts: Regional traditional German offerings

    Stay Tuned for updates and menu additions!


  • Directions & Travel

    Centennial Park is Nashville’s premier park. Located on West End Ave and 25th Avenue North, the 132-acre features: the iconic Parthenon, a one-mile walking trail, Lake Watauga, the Centennial Art Center, historical monuments, an arts activity center, a beautiful sunken garden, a band shell, an events shelter, sand volleyball courts, dog park, and an exercise trail.

    2500 West End Ave
    Nashville, TN 37203



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    Are you a local and want to travel to and from the event safely?  Below you will find a list of taxi phone numbers as well as MTA transit lines that can get you to and from safely. If using a cab service it may be best to direct them to the back side of Centennial Park on Park Plaza.

    Nashville Cab Co. (615)242-7070
    Music City Cab (615)742-3030

    MTA bus lines 3 and 5 run on West End Ave and drops off directly in front of Centennial Park. Line 10 runs on Charlotte Ave and drops off at 25th Ave/Park Plaza.

  • Breweries

    It is our goal to create the most authentic event possible, therefore we will only be offering imported German beers.  All beers will be $5 and your first beer will be $10 but include a glass half liter stein.  We also will offer a small variety of traditional German wines which will be $5.

    Bier Menu: Franziskaner Wheat, Franziskaner Dunkel, Hofbrau Original, Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Hofbrau Weizen, Krombacher Pils, Krombacher Dark Pils, Spaten Lager, Spaten Oktoberfest




  • Sponsors

    Our incredible sponsors have helped make the Tennessee Volksfest possible.  Please take a moment to check them out online or in person.


  • Music

    We are excited to announce that we will be offering live music on both Saturday and Sunday.  We have 3 bands that will be performing, some of which are traditional bavarian style bands.  Schedule may vary, but they will be playing in our beer garden tent so you cant miss it!

    Saturday-1pm Nermin Begovic will kick off the festivities with traditional German and Austrian tunes 
                       2pm Nermin Begovic
                       3pm Tantsova Grupa will play traditional folk and dance music from the balkan region of Europe, Russia, and Israel
                       4pm Tantsova Grupa 

    Sunday-Opening the day with music will  be the Musik Miesters, First set will be 12:30, Second set will 1:45

                     3:30pm Half Brass Band-Nashville’s Funky Brass Band

                     4:45pm  Half Brass Band




  • Charity

    Interested in VOLUNTEERING? WE need you.  Please sign up HERE

    We are honored to support the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.  They will be receiving a donation from the Tennessee Volksfest.


    Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 400 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit www.secondharvestmidtn.org.


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