As the leaves start to turn and the crisp autumn air settles in, it's the perfect time to get out and about with your furry friend. Nashville, known for its vibrant music scene and Southern hospitality, also offers a range of exciting events that cater to our four-legged companions. Whether you're a local or just passing through, there's no shortage of ways to enjoy the season with your furry companion. Make sure to mark your calendars, grab your leashes, and get ready for a tail-wagging good time!
1. Halloween Pooch Party at Cheekwood
Date: October 21st & 22nd, 2023
Location: Cheekwood Estate and Gardens
Kick off the fall season with a visit to a Halloween Pooch Party at Cheekwood. This annual event transforms the stunning Cheekwood Estate into a dog-friendly haven. With a dog costume contests, live music, lots of photo opportunities and an array of food trucks, it's a day of festivities for you and your canine companion.
2. Pool Pooch Party at Nashville Shores
Date: Saturday, Sep 23, 11 AM – 4 PM
Location: Nashville Shores
Get ready for a special day when our furry friends take center stage at Nashville Shores, and it's all for a heartwarming cause — benefiting New Leash on Life.
Picture your pup basking in the sun, playing in the pool, floating down the lazy river, and enjoying the splash pad. It's a water-filled adventure tailored just for them. This is more than just a day out; it's a unique opportunity for your four-legged companion to have a blast in the water.
Photo source: Nashville Humane Association
3. NHA’s Dog Day presented by Mars Petcare
Date: October 21, 2023 | 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Centennial Park
Come celebrate all things canine at the annual Dog Day event hosted by Nashville Humane on Saturday, September 16, 2023. This family-friendly day features a Tito's Doggie Fun Zone, Kids Zone with games and inflatables, costume contests for your furry friends, live music, food trucks, and a vendor village. Don't miss the Beverage Garden with beer and Tito's cocktails. All proceeds from Dog Day support the shelter pets at Nashville Humane. Bring your dog and the whole family for a day of four-legged fun!
4. Pups & Pints Howl-oween
Date: October 28, 2023 | 12 – 4 PM
Location: The Yard at OneC1ty
Get into the Halloween spirit with your furry friend at Pups & Pints HOWL-oween on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at oneC1TY. Dress up your dog in their best costume for a chance to win prizes in the costume contest. This free event will have local vendors, food trucks, beer tastings, lawn games, and adoptable pets. Enjoy craft beer, Tincup cocktails, and tasty eats from local food trucks. Proceeds from the bar will go to the Nashville Humane Association. Bring your pup out for a day of Halloween fun while supporting a great cause!
5. Nashville Oktoberfest
Dates: October 5-8
Location: Bi-Centennial Mall
Get ready for a celebration of German culture and tradition at Oktoberfest at the Longest Running Southeast Party Consecutive Since 1980. This exciting event has activities the whole family can enjoy. Savor authentic German cuisine from local restaurants and vendors. Sip on world-class German beer. Shop arts and crafts from local vendors. Tap your toes to live German music. Cheer on the adorable dachshunds in the Dachshund Derby race and strutt your mutt in the pup parade. Work up an appetite by joining runners in the 2nd largest 5K race in Tennessee. With delicious food, great beer, music, shopping, races, and more, Oktoberfest has something fun for everyone! Come out for a few days packed with German food, music, events and culture.