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

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

*This outdoor festival is a rain or shine event. There is NO rain date. So, if it rains, come out in your poncho and rain boots! We will have a tent covering the stage area for contests. However, in the case of severe storms (thunder and lightning), the event may have to be called for the safety of everyone involved. Should that call have to be made at any time, we will post updates to our Facebook Page immediately at to let you know that we have canceled. Due to the size and expense of this event, we are not able to reschedule for any weather beyond our control.

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

Free event parking and shuttle bus at adjacent Westhaven Golf Club at 4000 Golf Club Lane 37064. (From New Hwy 96, turn onto Stonewater Blvd and follow signs and parking staff.)
Handicapped parking available on site at Animalia (must have handicapped decal). Follow signs for both parking areas and see map below.

We are excited that Barktoberfest 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 $4,600 in fabulous costume prizes! Festival admission is FREE for the whole family! $10 cash per entry for our Dog Costume Contest and Dog + Human Costume Contest.

12:00 - 2:00   Enjoy 40+ vendors, food trucks and activities
  2:00 - 2:45   Live Music: Eight O' Five Jive
  3:00 - 3:45   Live Music: Allison Veltz
  4:00 - 5:00   Howl-O-Ween Costume Contests w/ $3,000+ in Prizes!

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
Bark Raving Mad
Baxter, Bailey + Co.
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners
Cat Shoppe + Dog Store, The
Doodads for Dinky Dogs
Farm at Natchez Trace, The
Fresh Canine
Good Dog Kennel Free Retreat
Greymont Kennel
Happy Retales Pet Supply
Haute Dogge Grooming Parlor
Home Run Pet Care
Home Town Pet
Luv My Leash
Michelle Conner Photography
Middle Tennessee Pet Resource Center
Miss Kitty's Bed + Bath
My Second Home Pet Resort
My Veggie Chef
Nashville Holistic Pet
Nashville Paw Magazine
Nashville Pet Emergency
Nashville Pet Products
Natural Balance Pet Food
Natural Health Massage Therapy
Nature's Select Pet Food
Pam Johnson-Bennett, Cat Behaviorist
People For Animals
Pet Community Center
Pet Must Haves Warehouse
Pup Portraits by Art Growden
Renewal by Anderson
Sabra Dog Training
Scooby Shades
Stella + Dot, Representative Kathy Chaney
Stevn Dutton Art
Sunny's Biskits
Tennessee Veterinary Dentistry
Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection
Tidy Paws Pet Waste Removal
Value Vet 


Agape Animal Rescue
Bonaparte's Retreat
Dogs Deserve Better
Metro Nashville Animal Care + Control
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


8 Lavendar Lane and Riverwood Mansion
The Ascent
Big Willie's Action Sports
Team Green and Lightning 100
The Crag
Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
Dogspeak 101
The Farm at Natchez Trace
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Greymont Kennel
Hometown Pet
Hot Yoga Plus
Loft Salon
My Second Home Pet Resort
Nashville Holistic Pet
Nashville Paw Magazine
Natural Health Massage Therapy
Pet Must Haves Warehouse
Rosepepper Cantina
Sabra Dog Training
See Spot Eat
Stella and Dot
Sunny's Biskits
Sweet Things
Thistle Farms
The Wild Cow
Willow Pilates
Yellow House Salon



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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