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Barktoberfest: A Costumed Fall Festival for Dogs & their People!

Saturday, October 11, 2014
12:00 - 5:00PM

Animalia Health + Wellness
1973 New Hwy 96 W.
Franklin, TN 37064

FREE PARKING + SHUTTLE at Westhaven (adjacent to Animalia)! Follow signs and volunteers. See event map below.

We are excited that our Barktoberfest event won #3 Best Festival in The Tennessean's 2013 Toast of Music City Awards

Our biggest event of the year, Barktoberfest is Middle Tennessee's original costume-friendly fall festival dedicated to dogs and their people!  Barktoberfest welcomes over 3,000 guests to enjoy live music, local food trucks, a pet adoption fair and 40+ vendor booths. Of course, the most popular part of the event is our Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest, where pets and people compete to win over $3,000 in fabulous costume prizes! (Contest entry fee is $10 cash per contest in our Dog Costume Contest and Dog/People Costume Contest.) General event admission is FREE for the whole family!

OUR MUSICAL GUESTS include the fabulous swing/blues band, Eight O' Five Jive, as well as singer/songwriter Allison Veltz, who was featured in our recent article here.

VENDOR SPACE is now available! View and download our Vendor Application here.

BELOW: Check out our video from last year's Barktoberfest, then join us this year for the festive fun!

We'd like to offer a very special thanks to our Barktoberfest 2014 sponsors for making this community festival possible!






Grilled Cheeserie, The
Hoss Loaded Burgers
Music City Pie Company
Pita Pit, The
Retro Sno
See Spot Eat: Doggie Bakery Truck


Allenhill Pharmacy
Animal House Vet Clinic
Axle Bites
Baxter, Bailey + Co.
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners
Cat Shoppe + Dog Store, The
Farm at Natchez Trace, The
Greymont Kennel
Happy Retales Pet Supply
Home Run Pet Care
Liberty Mutual Agent Scott Thissen
Luv My Leash
Miss Kitty's Bed + Bath
My Second Home Pet Resort
My Veggie Chef
Nashville Holistic Pet
Nashville Pet Emergency
Natural Balance Pet Food
Natural Health Massage Therapy
Nature's Select Pet Food
Pam Johnson-Bennett, Cat Behaviorist
People For Animals
Pet Community Center
Pup Portraits by Art Growden
Sabra Dog Training
Scooby Shades
Stella + Dot, Representative Kathy Chaney
Stevn Dutton Art
Tennessee Veterinary Dentistry
Value Vet 


Agape Animal Rescue
Bonaparte's Retreat
Dogs Deserve Better
Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue
Middle Tennessee German Shepherd Rescue
Rutherford County PAWS
SPCA of Tennessee
Southern Cross Boston Terrier Rescue
Tennessee Death Row Dogs
Williamson County Animal Control


Check out photos from our 2013 event:

Thanks to the estimated 3,000 guests and dogs, and to all the sponsors, vendors, food trucks, musicians and volunteers who made our 5th annual Barktoberfest our biggest and best yet! Check out all the fun in our media galleries below.


Click here to view the pics from our fall photo booth

Click here to view our event photo gallery

Check out our Instagram feed @nashvillepaw and search hashtag #nashvillepawbarktoberfest for more photos from the festival



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