Get Global at the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival This Saturday



Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival returns to Centennial Park this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. As always, there's a little something for everyone and as always, admission to the festival and all the entertainment is free. But be sure to bring cash to pick up handmade and imported items from the world market vendors as well as for food. You know the food's the main attraction for me.

The food vendors page on the website hasn't been updated, but many of the vendors from last year (see the list) will be back. The festival's diverse food lineup provides a great opportunity to try a little of a lot of different cuisines. If you're a little shy about trying new foods, there will still be plenty of fair-style vendors (snow cones and pretzels) and purveyors of local favorites (hot chicken and barbecue). I'll probably be hovering around the South American vendors, while my husband will probably stick with his favorites from Africa (he loves that curried goat). New this year, the beer garden will be separate from Musicians Corner and will feature beers from all over the world, including Germany and Japan.

There are multiple stages for live entertainment, featuring musicians and dancers. Entertainment will also coincide with Musicians Corner, which starts at 2 p.m. this week and will showcase the diversity of Nashville's music and entertainment scene. Check out the schedule of performances here.

Aside from food and entertainment, there are tons of activities for children of all ages at the festival. The children's area will have special live entertainment as well as hands-on projects and activities from the Home Depot, the Frist Center, Metro Parks' Musical "Petting Zoo" (featuring a variety of instruments) and Mr. Bond, The Science Guy. There's also going to be a special section devoted to the interest of teens. And everyone can learn a little more about each represented country in the Global Village.

And be sure to catch the parade, which starts at noon at the Parthenon.

Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival

Saturday, Oct. 5
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Centennial Park
2500 West End Ave.
Admission: free
Free parking options here.

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