Nashville is one of the most dog friendly cities you will find and the annual Barktober Fest is just one of the many reasons why. About two miles from the downtown Franklin square, the festival was held next to the scenic Westhaven community. We parked across the street in a pasture, where I think the highlight of the day for Max may have been investigating the large cow patties.
The Festival, which was sponsored by the Nashville Paw had a large turnout with many of the dogs strutting in their Halloween costumes. Like the recent Nashville Dog Day Festival at Centennial Park, Barktoberfest had live music, food trucks and vendors. They also had an adoption center set up where Max found a buddy and tried his best to get us to bring home one of his fellow wiener dogs.
We didn’t participate in the costume contest this year, but there were plenty of unique and entertaining outfits vying for the $3000 in total prize money. It is definitely a fun event to bring the kids to and see all the different costumes the pups are sporting.
After the festival, we decided to walk around Westhaven for a little while to view all the different styles of homes. If you haven’t been out there, it really is a neat mixed-use community with retail and restaurants as well. We ended up settling at Ching Asian Bistro, which was perfect for Max, because they had plenty of seating outside. We ordered chicken skewers and a HUGE plate of chicken fried rice, both of which were excellent.
Overall, it was a great afternoon with music, great food and a very worn out Max.