Puppet Festival

June 17 – June 19

The Nashville International Puppet Festival is a vibrant, weekend-long cultural festival celebrating the joy of storytelling through puppetry arts across cultures, continents and generations.  The fourth Nashville International Puppet Festival will occur Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19, 2016 and is free and open to the public. 

For three days, highly acclaimed international, domestic and local puppet troupes will transform Nashville’s downtown library and Church Street Park into a magical and mesmerizing showcase.  Troupes from Argentina, Belgium, Italy, Japan and Russia will perform alongside more than 10 local and domestic troupes for audiences totaling more than 25,000 children and adults. Phillip Huber, an Emmy award-winning master puppeteer known for his work in “Being John Malkovich” and Disney’s “Oz, the Great and Powerful”, will also participate.

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The bustling city center and beautiful downtown library will be transformed into a colorful, family-friendly carnival atmosphere abuzz with live music, games and crafts. Festival attendees can exercise their own creativity through puppet making and other family-friendly craft activities and street performers and musical acts like The Wannabeatles, Coal Train Railroad, Rachel Sumner and Mr. Steve the Music Man will keep the entertainment going between performances.

And the fun does not stop there! The Festival’s signature puppet parade will take place Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., and will be complete with a band, floats, artists, musicians, dragons, larger-than-life marionettes and community participants.

The Nashville International Puppet Festival will not only delight audiences for three days, but also raise awareness for the Library and the incredible scope of family-friendly cultural programs and events it offers throughout the year – all for free.

We hope to see you there!