Franklin Main Street Festival set April 28-29
Franklin, TN – Downtown Franklin’s 29th annual Main Street Festival is April 28-29, featuring more than 200 artisans & crafters, two stages, two carnivals and a couple dozen food trucks to round out a full weekend of fun on one of America’s favorite Main Streets.
Hours for the free street festival are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, with the Fourth Avenue Street Dance continuing until 10 p.m., and all activities re-opening noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The area of the festival is Main Street from First Avenue to Fifth Avenue, and including portions of Third and Fourth Avenues with a carnival on N. Margin Street.
Presented by First Tennessee and produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and the Downtown Franklin Association, the weekend event is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors.
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 10 p.m.; only the Harlinsdale site will operate on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
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.
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 in a new location on Third Avenue North between the Public Square and Bridge Street.
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.
Free entertainment is offered continuously in three areas—the First Tennessee Stage on the Public Square, the Heritage Stage on Fourth Avenue North and with a disc jockey in the Beer/Wine Garden on Fourth Avenue South.
Saturday, April 28
4th Ave Stage
10 a.m. – Kristin Butke School of Irish Dance
11 a.m. – Freedom Elementary “Hot Shots” Jump Rope Team
11:30 a.m. – Moore Elementary “Eagle Jump Force” Jump Rope Team
Noon – Oak View Jump Rope Team
1 p.m. – O’Brien Irish Dance Academy
2 p.m. – Kelsey Muse
3 p.m. – Williamson County Fair Showcase
3:30 p.m. – Tommy Jackson’s Rocky Top Revue
5 p.m. – Peter Pandemic
6:30 p.m. – 10 Most Wanted
8:30 – 10 p.m.- Make Me Smile
First Tennessee Stage
9:30 a.m. – B. W. & Company, Dixieland Strollers
9:50 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting
10 a.m. – Ann Carroll School of Dance
11:30 – Columbia State Community College showcase
Noon – Centennial High School Chorus
1p.m. – In Motion Dance Company
2 p.m. – Franklin School of Performing Arts
3 p.m. – Williamson County Community Band
4:45 p.m. Hinckley Brothers
11 a.m. – 10 p.m. D.J. Entertainment
Sunday, April 29
First Tennessee Stage
Noon – Calling Glory
2:00 – Anthony Burnhouser
4:00 – Sugar Lime Blues
4th Avenue North Stage
12:30 – Vizcaya
2:30 – Roux du Bayou
4:30 – Reggae Infinity
Noon – 6 p.m. D.J. Entertainment