WEATHER INFORMATION: This is a rain or shine event. To check the weather forecast for the Franklin area, visit http://bit.ly/msfweather. Should impending weather be deemed unsafe, attendees and vendors will be notified via the City’s Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System and an inclement weather plan will take effect. Guests are asked to be aware of their surroundings.
Join us for one of the most anticipated–and popular–events of the year in Williamson County! The two-day weekend event will feature more than 200 artisans & crafters, dynamic live entertainment for all ages, a dedicated kids’ areas and an international food court.
The festivities will run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a street dance continuing until 10 p.m. Saturday night. Activities will re-open at 11 a.m. on Sunday and continue to 6 p.m.
What to Expect
The event is expected to attract more than 125,000 visitors to a full slate of family-oriented activities, non-stop musical entertainment and international flavors of more than 20 food vendors.
The centerpiece of Main Street Festival is a juried arts and crafts show featuring some 200 vendors with original and hand crafted wares. Oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, woodworking, ornamental iron, stained glass, photography, home and garden accents, birdhouses, leatherwork, and much more will be showcased on Main Street from First to Fifth Avenues.
In addition to a juried arts and crafts show, the festival offers a special area of children’s activities on Third Avenue South between City Hall and the Old Courthouse.
Off-site parking and shuttle bus service will be available at The People’s Church on Highway 96 and Harlinsdale Farm on Franklin Road, on both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, off-site parking will also be available only at Harlinsdale Farm. Shuttle service to downtown Franklin will be available for $1 per person per ride. Food, beverage, pets and non-folding strollers are not permitted on the trolleys.
Free entertainment is offered continuously on two stages: one on the Public Square and another on Fourth Avenue North! The Xfinity Stage on the Public Square will feature local bands playing a variety of genres: Indie, Country, Rock, Bluegrass, Gospel and more. Eric Heatherly and his “Goats of Kudzu” will headline a Saturday night street dance on the Public Square from 8:30 – 10 p.m. The Heritage Stage, located on Fourth Avenue North, will feature a variety of local dance groups, including the Ann Carroll School of Dance, Tommy Jackson’s Rocky Top Revue and the Nashville Ballet.
Returning this year is the very popular carnival component, located this year on Second Ave. N., on the Harpeth Square development site. Carnival activities kick off at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
A beer tent on Fourth Avenue South will feature pub-style entertainment such as karaoke and corn hole. A kids’ zone on Third Avenue South will offer a variety of inflatables, train and pony rides, a petting zoo, bungee jump, and other activities for a small fee.
No street festival is complete without food, and more than 20 food vendors will offer a tasty variety of everything from roasted corn on the cob and stuffed baked potatoes to fish tacos, Greek gyros, and Asian and Mexican cuisines. Don’t forget the Southern fare! Barbecue, burgers and hot dogs, funnel cakes, kettle corn and more will be available.
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