Public Outreach/Special Events

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4th of July Downtown Performance Dickens of a Christmas

Annual Events or Festivals in the City of Franklin

The City of Franklin is well known for its annual special events like the Main Street Festival, Fourth of July Celebration, Pumpkinfest, and Dickens of A Christmas. Hundreds of special events are held across the City every year. The process starts with an events permit application [PDF]. From there, you will need to appear before the special events committee comprised of a representative from every City Department. The Special Events Committee works with the applicant and makes recommendations or conditions for approval. Events that are under 200 attendees or participants are approved by the City Administrator’s Office. Events that are over 200 are presented to Franklin’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen at a work session meeting for discussion. The event will then go before the Board for approval, denial, or approval with changes.

Special events held on City property (or public right-of-way) REQUIRE a Special Event permit.  It’s important to plan early, AT LEAST 90 DAYS prior to an event. Applicants will also be responsible for paying for any City personnel needed during the course of the event.

Event Permit [PDF].

Film Permit

A film permit [PDF] is required for all filming conducted on public property. Applicants may also be responsible for paying for any City personnel needed during the course of the event.


Public Outreach Specialist: Monique McCullough, 615.550.6606

Parks Events

Parks Department: 615-794-2103

More information about park rentals and sports.

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