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Annual Events & Festivals

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Photo of the crowd at Pumpkin Fest


Below is a list of annual events in Downtown Franklin and at our Parks.  For other special events, please visit our calendar webpage.

Kids Arts Festival (Pinkerton Park)

2020 event canceled

Kids Arts Festival offering stage performances, art sale, master classes, art stops, and exhibits.

Arbor Day (Pinkerton Park)

 2020 event canceled

Tree sapling give-aways, tree climbing, family activities, and environmental education.



Main Street Festival

2020 event canceled

(Fourth full weekend in April)
Franklin's favorite festival brings more than 150 arts & crafters, dozen of food vendors, two stages of live entertainment, a carnival, and a kids zone to historic downtown.

Touch-a-Truck (Jim Warren Park)

2020 event canceled

(Third Friday in May)

Public Works vehicles and many other awesome trucks to climb on and try out.




Movies in the Park

August 28

Bring a chair or pack a blanket and come to the Park for an evening movie! This free summer movie series will begin at 8PM or at sunset. Check our website or Facebook page (City of Franklin, TN) for locations and updates.

Franklin on the Fourth
2020 event canceled              

Patriotic festival in Downtown Franklin, sponsored by the Franklin Lions Club, with arts, crafts, food, and entertainment. The event concludes with an incredible fireworks display at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm.




Bluegrass Along the Harpeth
2020 event canceled

(Fourth weekend in July)
Musical festival featuring Bluegrass music, fiddling, buck dancing, crafts, food and more.



2020 event canceled

(Saturday before Halloween) 
Middle Tennessee's largest fall festival features arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, a free kids zone, circus performers, and extreme pumpkin carvers on America's favorite Main Street.

Family Day
(The Park at Harlinsdale Farm)

November 7, 2020

Free fun, farm activities and entertainment for the whole family.


Wine Down Main Street 
November 7, 2020

(First Saturday in November)
A unique wine-tasting event in historic downtown Franklin that benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin/Williamson County.



Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 4, 2020


A spectacular event featuring entertainment by local school children; musicians, performers; and Santa Claus.



Christmas Parade sponsored by Kiwanis Club

December 5, 2020

(First Saturday in December)

 The Franklin Kiwanis Christmas Parade is held annually the first Saturday in December. Winding through the streets of Historic Downtown Franklin, the parade is a community celebration of the traditions of the Christmas season.



Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt

(Eastern Flank Battlefield Park)

December 10 and 11, 2020

The grounds are sprinkled with candy canes ready to be eaten...grab your flashlight and help us hunt for the holiday treats!


Dickens of a Christmas
2020 event canceled

(Second weekend in December)
This festival will recreate the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture as the backdrop. Some 200 musicians, dancers and characters will fill the streets, including several from Charles Dickens’ stories.