Franklin’s favorite celebration of fall returns October 29 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The festival stretches along Main Street and its avenues and offers tons of festive fun for families.
What to Expect
Church of the City Kids’ Zone
Third Avenue South will be transformed into a full block of free children’s activities from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting, games, a dedicated preschool area, and much more will keep the small fry entertained for hours.
Costume contests for both humans and pets will take place on the Heritage Stage on the Public Square. Costume contest categories are ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-11, 12+, groups, and pets.
Two stages will feature full lineups of music and dance performances.
Arts and Crafts Vendors
More than 80 artists and crafts people with handmade wares will line Main Street from Second to Fifth Avenues. Don’t miss the unique shopping opportunities.
Street Festival Food
Old favorites like corn dogs, funnel cakes, fried catfish, and chicken tenders will join some newer offerings in two dedicated food zones: around the Public Square, and on Fourth Avenue South.
Chili Cook Off
The Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook Off will take place on Third Avenue North. For more information, click here.
The Great Pumpkin
Franklin’s Sister City, Carleton Place, Canada, is again growing our Great Pumpkin. Stop by its location on the Public Square and guess its weight for a chance at a fabulous prize.
Extreme Pumpkin Carving
Check out the Leiper’s Fork Carving Club as they demonstrate their carving skills with pumpkins.
Nashville-based circus group Beyond Wings will perform Halloween-themed aerial arts!
Grave Matters: The Stories Behind the Stones
After dark, Franklin’s historic cemeteries will come to life with first-person stories of some of the folks buried there. The cemetery tours will run from 7 – 9 p.m. For more information or tickets, click here.
Be sure to bring the camera! Photo ops will abound!
In addition to the parking in and around the downtown area, parking and shuttle service will be available from Church of the City and Harlinsdale Farm for $1 per person each way. No pets, non-folding strollers, or food or drink except bottled water is allowed on the trolleys.
Producing Pumpkinfest is just one of the many activities of The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County. Since 1967 the non-profit group has been dedicated to protecting and preserving Williamson County’s historic, architectural and geographic resources; in short, saving the places that matter.