International Festivals in Nashville

by Sami

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There are even more international festivals in Nashville in September and I received an email from a colleague of mine at Lipscomb University that summed it up so well, I wanted to share it with you.

Our family went to the Greek festival last weekend and not only was it a GORGEOUS night (in the 50’s!), our kids – while initially hesitant – enjoyed witnessing a culture other than their own, trying new food (especially the desserts) and browsing the artisan booths.

Greek Fest Nashville Kariss Russian Nesting Dolls

Here is the email I received from Charlie McVey:
Your passport to the world starts at the end of this short week in a big way in the Middle Tennessee area with at least 4 international cultural festivals this coming weekend . . . and additional multicultural events occurring over the next 8 weekends.

I’ll keep you posted at the beginning of each week so that you can experience and enjoy cultures from Africa, Greece, Germany, Scotland, Ireland as well as Native America.

If any of you learn of additional international events in our area, please pass them on to me so we can inform the campus.

International Festivals in Nashville September 3-5, 2016:

East Park  Adm: FREE / PKG: FREE
September 3-5: Gates Open @ 11am
700 Woodland St / 37206

The Tennessee Volksfest arose several years ago to bring an ‘authentic German Oktoberfest’ back to Nashville (the ‘Germantown Oktoberfest’ has been expanded into a wonderful fall festival with a bit of German culture still involved, but does not represent what one would experience in München). The all-ages event will start at 11 a.m. each day and admission is free.

International Festivals in Nashville September 9-11, 2016:

1. Greek Festival (29th Annual)
Fri-Sat-Sun / 9-10-11 SEP 2016
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Adm: $3 / Pkg: FREE
4905 Franklin Pike / 37220 Fri 10 am – 9 pm / Sat 10 am – 9 pm / Sun 8 am – 6 pm
(615) 333 – 1047

2. Italian Festival of Lights (6th annual)
Fri-Sat-Sun / 9-10-11 SEP 2016
St. Pius X School
Adm: FREE / Pkg: $7-car Fri 5 pm – 10 pm
2750 Tucker Road / 37218 Sat 10 am – 10 pm
(615) 686-2874 /
Sun 11 am – 6 pm

3.Middle Tennessee Highland Games
Sat / Sept 10
only Sat 9 am – 5 pm
The Hermitage
Adm: $15  / $7 children / Pkg. FREE / 4580 Rachel’s Lane / 37076
615-889-2941 /

International Festivals in Nashville September 16-18, 2016:

1. African Street Festival   (34th annual)
Fri-16th 6-8pm /  Sat-17th 11 am-9pm / Sun-18th 11 am-9pm
Hadley Park – 1037 28th Ave. No. / 37208
There is no more colorful festival than the African Street Fair
— the cuisine, culture, crafts, clothing available illuminating
the entire African continent — not to be missed!

Looking forward to the weekend after next —
the Mt. Juliet Powwow Native American Cultural Festival .

Nashville International Festival Details:

Music City Irish Festival
on Demonbreun
Admin: Free
March 12th / 11am-11pm
Nashville and Ireland will come together to celebrate the holiday that makes the whole world want to be Irish for a day.

Herr McVey’s Picks o’ the Week:

With so many opportunities this weekend, I would suggest in particular:

* the Greek Festival for Friday evening or Sunday afternoon,
(close, inexpensive and very authentic!)
* the Middle TN Highland Games which only occurs on Saturday
(a vital resurrection of this Scottish festival for our area)

. . the VOLKSFEST can wait will be on also the next weekend (18-19-20 SEP 15),
plus there are two more German Oktoberfests coming up in October.

To have peoples of other countries celebrating among us their customs, costumes, crafts and culinary specialties over these next few weekends gives us a fleeting opportunity to learn, share and form relationships. Don’t miss out! Enjoy!!

(Next Weekend . . . 33rd African Street Festival in Hadley Park)

(. . . 1860s Civilian Living History Reenactment at Buchanan Log House/Donelson)

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