Nashville Dog Day Festival! | Kids Out and About Nashville

Nashville Dog Day Festival!

It’s the 2018 Dog Day Festival and on Saturday, September 15, the Parthenon Lawn at Centennial Park goes to the dogs! Join thousands of Nashvillians and their furry companions for a day jam packed with four-legged fun. Dog Day Festival, Nashville’s longest running dog festival, is a celebration of everything pup and all proceeds go to benefit the Nashville Humane Association. Bring your pooches and participate in activities such as a costume contest, pupper parade, training classes, demonstrations, contests and pet portraits, or enjoy the children’s area and various demonstrations. There will be a low-cost Microchip Clinic, food trucks, door prizes, fun zones, live entertainment/music and so much more! The festival also serves as a wonderful opportunity to meet wonderful and adoptable shelter dogs who are ready to find their forever homes!

The Festival is Saturday, September 16th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

$5 Admission/Donation at the Gate
(Kids 10 & Under Free!) 

Check out all of the PAWSOME activities we have to offer for the WHOLE family! 


$5 donation to enter each contest!

11:30AM  Paw-ject Runway Competition  

1:00PM  Cutest Puppy Contest

1:45PM  Pups Got Talent / Best Trick Contest

2:15PM  Sweetest Senior Contest

2:45PM  Costume Contest


*Contests will be held on the Main Stage, register

online here or sign up at our Contest Registration

Tent during the festival!

*Contests will be judged by our panel of celebrity judges.

*Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place

winners for ALL contests! 

(Check back here for updates to contest schedule.)



These games and activities will be ongoing all day

in the Doggie Fun Zone!

  • Musical Chairs
  • Pup Bowling
  • Simon Says
  • Doggie Arts & Crafts
  • Agility Course
  • Paw-dicures
  • Bone Bar
  • Puppy Pools
  • Photo Booth
  • Fall Photo sessions with professional Pet Photographer 
  • Ask The Expert sessions
  • and much, much more! 



These games and activities will be ongoing all day in the Kids Zone! 

  • Carnival Games & Win Prizes!
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course & Games
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Photos with NHA Mascots, Fluffy & Rover
  • Corn Sandbox
  • Face Painting
  • Zero Gravity Moon Bounce
  • and much, much more!



11:00AM  Police Dog Demonstration

12:30PM  Training & Agility Demonstration


Join us as we celebrate Teddy's Wagon's 10th Birthday!!     

Nashville Humane's mobile adoption will be on-site ALL DAY with adoptable dogs from our shelter!  Stop and by, take a tour of the wagon, and take home a new family member! 


213 Oceola Avenue
Nashville, TN, 37209
United States


(615) 352-1010
Contact name: 
The event has already taken a place at this date: 
10 am - 4 pm; times for events and activities varies, see below