Franklin Main Street Festival

Franklin’s Main Street Festival  

Main Street Festival

Downtown Franklin’s 29th annual Main Street Festival returns April 28 and 29. The two-day weekend event will feature more than 200 artisans & crafters, three stages, two carnivals and an international food court.

The free street festival will begin on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Fourth Avenue Street Dance will continue until 10 p.m. Saturday night. Activities will re-open Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Main Street Festival is presented by First Tennessee and produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and the Downtown Franklin Association.

WHAT TO EXPECT
The event is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors to a full slate of family-oriented activities, non-stop musical entertainment and international flavors of more than 20 food vendors.

Handmade work to be exhibited includes original oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, woodworking, ornamental iron, stained glass, photography, home and garden accents, birdhouses, leatherwork, and much more.

In addition to a juried arts and crafts show with more than 200 entries, the festival offers a special area of children’s activities on Third Avenue South between City Hall and the Old Courthouse.

ENTERTAINMENT
Free entertainment is offered continuously on three stages—the First Tennessee Stage on the Public Square, the Heritage Stage on Fourth Avenue North and the Beer/Wine Garden Stage on Fourth Avenue South. Click here for the entertainment schedule.

There will also be a full-scale, traditional carnival at North Margin Street and Second Avenue North–the site of the future City of Franklin Bicentennial Park. The carnival opens earlier than the festival on Thursday and goes through Sunday.

Carnival hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28 through May 1. Thursday nights and all day Sunday are “wristband” days at the carnival, during which a $20 wristband offers unlimited access to the rides.

FOOD
Three food areas offer a tasty variety of everything from roast corn on the cob and stuffed baked potatoes, Polish sausage, Greek gyros, and Asian and Mexican cuisines. Southern fare includes barbeque, burgers and hotdogs, smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes, kettle corn and more.

TRANSPORTATION
To help manage traffic, a new feature of the event is a shuttle service offered by the Franklin Transit Authority, with free parking at Harlinsdale Park on Franklin Road and at The People’s Church on Murfreesboro Road. Shuttle rides to the event are $1 for adults and 50 cents for children and seniors. Both sites will operate on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; only the Harlinsdale site will operate on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

SPONSORS
Major sponsors include: Chrysler/Dodge, Williamson Medical Center, Verizon, Publix Super Markets, The Grove, and The City of Franklin, with supporting sponsors Fox 17, Clear Channel Radio, The Tennessean/Williamson A.M., BlueSky Journeys, Yelp, Schroeder Chiropractic, Hammerstahl, Summerwinds Resorts, and FranklinIs.

The Main Street Festival is produced by The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association. Proceeds from the event go towards the mission of each organization, respectively: to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of Downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

The Main Street Festival is located in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn., exit No. 65 from I-65, three miles west to the Public Square.

For sponsorship information, contact [masked]

For food vendor or arts/crafts vendor info, contact [masked]

School and community groups that would like to perform, contact [masked]

Professional bands, please apply through www.tneventinfo.com

For more information, see www.historicfranklin.com or call[masked]-8500.

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  • Keith W.

    It is completly dry now, and the people are pouring in.

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Switching to tomorrow - hoping it will be a bit drier!

    April 27, 2013

  • Elaine

    Sunday it is! I have taken my name off of today's list and rsvp'ed for tomorrow. Looking forward to it!

    April 27, 2013

  • KATE

    Sunday - will be the day!

    April 27, 2013

  • Greg H. M.

    Will be there late or whatever depending on the weather, ha :)

    April 27, 2013

  • Judy R.

    if you guys do sunday. i might go.

    April 26, 2013

  • Leah M.

    An hourly forecast for Saturday won't be available/remotely accurate until tomorrow, so I will make a decision that's right for me at that time and let everyone know. I'm leaning toward Sunday though because if the weather. But if the weather allows I'd rather go Saturday. Only because I have house stuff to do on Sunday, it's easier for me to stay motivated if I am working on it continuously. If I break to go to Franklin, I'm useless when I get back home cause I've list my zest! Is that just me?

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Only because of weather, and Sunday doesn't work...I'm looking forward to my first event soon though! ;-)

    April 26, 2013

  • Leah

    Depending on the weather...

    April 26, 2013

  • stephen w.

    almost a walk across the street--Sunday noon, weather permitting (?) weather reminds me of a cross btwn London & the PI since my return here--I've become accustomed to 'desert climes' over the years! will look (1st) in/on the patio area

    April 26, 2013

  • Leah M.

    I posted a Sunday version starting at the Pig at noon for anyone who wants to hang with me. (If no one Meets me there I will realize how sad and unpopular I really am!) :-(

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you there !! Where are we meeting?

    April 26, 2013

    • Leah M.

      We're not really meeting as a group, most are arranging their own grouplets. I will be going on Sunday, meeting at the Bunganut Pig at noon for anyone who wants to hang with me.

      April 26, 2013

  • Leah M.

    Looks like Sunday will be better than Saturday for sure! Anyone up for meeting at the Pig at noon on Sunday? I will add a second meeting event. We can walk to the festivities from there.

    April 26, 2013

  • Michael J. E.

    Too cold, too wet

    April 25, 2013

  • Judy R.

    Change of plans .

    April 25, 2013

  • Mike K.

    I vote for Sunday.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Karen P

    I vote Sunday but can do Sat afternoon too.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • KATE

    Sunday does look like a better day or Saturday afternoon possibly.

    April 25, 2013

  • KATE

    Sunday does look like a better day or Saturday afternoon possibly.

    April 25, 2013

  • Elaine

    It is looking like Sunday would be a better day. Let me know when you will be going Leah. I would like to join your group.

    April 25, 2013

  • Leah M.

    Hello all.. think about how you want to organize this. I learned at Brewfest that I cannot keep a group together once the eating and drinking begins! We are known for not having "clicks" but in a case like this, it's best to have little pods of peeps that will meet and hang together. I will leave it to you guys to form your pods! If you are podless or feeling unpoddy, let me know and you can join by pod.

    1 · March 27, 2013

    • Leah M.

      I wanted to go mid day- but I think it will depend on the weather- I want to go during the time it's NOT RAINING! I am made of sugar and will melt in the rain.

      1 · April 25, 2013

    • Leah M.

      Sunday does look like a WAY better day to go!

      April 25, 2013

  • Bonnie

    I think I'm going to the Strawberry Patch Barn Sale in Hartsville on Saturday and will do the Main Street Festival on Sunday.

    April 24, 2013

  • K J

    I can't be at the festival until 1 pm and may not see any of you in the crowd ----- Hmmm.

    April 24, 2013

    • Jenny S.

      I am also getting there late.

      April 24, 2013

  • Greg H. M.

    Hey, alright, will have to send a few people my number as I will not be able to get there until the afternoon as my Volleyball Teams are playing in Spring Hill :(, so, I will be late and usually like to go early, ha :). See Yall soon :)

    April 22, 2013

  • Stacy C.

    Looking forward to this!

    April 22, 2013

  • Bob T.

    I have to cancel out of this one. Must work on house in Columbia I'm going to sell.

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first event since I've joined - can't WAIT!!!!

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Always a fun event...

    April 21, 2013

  • Sheila

    The Chill Band is playing Saturday night!

    April 19, 2013

  • mark

    I have to go to Cincinnati.

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great fun...

    April 15, 2013

  • KATE

    Live in Franklin and look forward to it!

    April 14, 2013

  • ME

    Looking forward to this one for a Plethera of reasons, CAN"T WAIT!!!

    April 2, 2013

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