Pumpkinfest 2016

Middle Tennessee’s largest fall festival returns October 29 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. With over 65,000 people in attendance, the festival stretches along Main Street in downtown Franklin and its avenues and offers tons of festive fun for families!

What to Expect

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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.

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Costume Contests
Sponsored this year by Crescent Communities, the costume contests for both humans and pets will take place on the XFINITY Main Stage on the Public Square. Costume contest categories are ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-11, 12+, groups, and pets.

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Live Entertainment
The XFINITY Main Stage on the Public Square will feature full lineups of music and dance performances. Two smaller stages on 4th South and First and Main will feature local performing artists.


Arts and Crafts Vendors
More than 80 artists and crafts people with handmade wares will line Main Street from First to Fifth Avenues.  Don’t miss the unique shopping opportunities.

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Street Festival Food & Beer Garden
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.


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.

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Extreme Pumpkin Carving
Check out the Leiper’s Fork Carving Club as they demonstrate their carving skills with pumpkins.


Circus Entertainment Presented by Beacon Capital Management
Nashville-based professional circus group Beyond Wings will perform Halloween-themed hula hooping, juggling, and aerial arts!


Photo Ops
Be sure to bring the camera!  Photo ops will abound on the square are down Main Street!

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.

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.

Historic Franklin Book (19)
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