Nashville April 17, 2017
7 Ethnic Festivals In Nashville That Will Wow You In The Best Way Possible
These seven ethnic festivals are spread throughout the end of summer, and each one of them serves to exhume a stunning culture hidden within the strong current of Tennessee’s southern scope. Visit one, visit them all, find yourself a stunning weekend that’s a perfect ode to your heritage. It’s not ALL southern down here, you know.
1. Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival - June
This 2-day festival every June is put on by the Jefferson United Merchants Partnership and is a celebration of the historic Jefferson Street community and its art, music, and food. The 2017 edition is currently scheduled for June 17th.
2. Nashville Greek Festival - September
The Nashville Greek Festival is a weekend-long celebration of all things Greek. Put on by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church every year since 1987, this festival is a community staple featuring Greek food, dancers, the beautiful Holy Trinity building and grounds, and other local vendors.
3. African Street Festival - September
With the 2017 edition of this festival scheduled in September, The African Street Festival will be celebrating their 35th consecutive celebration of African and African American culture, food, and music. Geared towards the whole family, this festival also provides free parking and free admission.
4. Dragon Boat Festival - September
Held every September, the Dragon Boat Festival is a great way to celebrate both some Chinese culture and some local Nashville culture. The day features a dragon boat race on the Cumberland in the heart of downtown Nashville. We recommend watching from the Pedestrian Bridge or the riverfront steps off of 1st Avenue.
5. Oktoberfest - October
The second largest Oktoberfest celebration in America, this event takes over the entire neighborhood of Germantown every October. There's a bratwurst eating contest, a beer slide, live music (including multiple karaoke stages), and the annual Wiener Dog races, not to mention the blocks and blocks of vendors selling art, crafts, food and beer.
6. NAIA Pow Wow - October
2017 marks the 36th year of the Annual Indian Education Pow Wow and Fall Festival presented by the Native American Indian Association (NAIA) of Tennessee. The weekend honors and celebrates the rich culture and heritage of Tennessee's Native Americans, including the nearly 20,000 that still call Tennessee their home. Come for traditional food, arts & crafts, storytelling, and cultural demonstrations.
7. Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival at Centennial Park - October
This free festival is hosted the first weekend of October and features dance, music, and demonstrations from many of the various ethnic communities that call Nashville home. There are activities for all ages, but this festival is set apart in that it features various nonprofits that support the featured communities around the world.
How many will you check off your list in 2017? No worries, you can chat about it over some of the best mimosas in Nashville.