I’m so enamored with German culture that I married someone who successfully wrote the most delectable online article How to Serve a Traditional Bratwurst — yum! When I’m not eating brats at the family Thanksgiving meal, I’m studying up on my German history, as I’m somewhat of a history geek. For all you who love the German culture, and who enjoy heading out on the town to live it up, venture over to the Tennessee Volkfest. Located around midtown in Nashville, Tennessee, the festival is happening October 26-27, 2013, at Centennial Park off West End. Boasting recreational events, succulent treats, and live music, the event has everything to keep the whole family entertained, while being a great place to visit with your buddies to relax for your weekend off from work.
Why Visit the Tennessee Volksfest?
Hosted by Volkswagen of Cool Spring, the festival takes place on the open lawn of Centennial Park, which is a 132-acre park that has the only recreation of The Parthenon. With plenty of space for mingling, the festival can provide ample room for you to relax in the great outdoors, serenely watching the view of the water, as you take in the culture of Germany. Impressively, the festival offers authentic German-style food cooked by the closest German restaurant, Gerst Haus. I’d wholeheartedly recommend attending, as you might not have many other opportunities to eat freshly prepared German food outside at the park. While I feel that Nashville doesn’t have convenient locations to purchase German food to go, the festival can give you the experience of enjoying German food quickly.
How to Best Enjoy the Festival
Arrive at the festival anytime from noon to 11pm on Saturday, October 26, and anytime from noon to 7pm on Sunday, October 27. Show up early if you’re bringing kids. As the festival is open to all ages but does serve German alcohol, bring your kids at your own discretion after sunset. Tennessee Volksfest is set up to seat around 1000 people as a traditional German bier garden. As you sample the Spaten and Krombacher, some activities to enjoy are carnival games, a vintage Volkswagen car show, and live music. Follow the festival’s rules, which include only smoking in a designated area, and bringing no large bags, no weapons, and no outside food. Getting into the festival is free, but bring money to buy tokens for anything you want to purchase there. Discounted tokens are currently available on the website for the event.