While it may not feel like fall just yet, there are plenty of fall events happening soon in Franklin, TN. Read on for some of our favorites!
The Best Fall Events in Franklin, TN
With the blazing hot summer days coming to an end and fall creeping up on us it’s time to get out and enjoy the beauty of the season. Though I may be bias, I feel Franklin, TN is one of the most breath taking places to watch the seasons change. With fall in full swing and Halloween fast approaching, there is a cornucopia of events in Franklin to celebrate the change in seasons. From the classic Pumpkinfest to wandering through a corn maze, check out some of the best events below:
Gentry’s Farm located at 1974 New Highway Ninety Six West Franklin, TN 37064 is a child’s dream. The farm is open the weekends of September 29th – October 29th and features 25 acres of home grown pumpkins for picking. There is a $6 admission fee (ages 2-65) for the activity area which includes a pretend country café, farm play set, pretend farmer’s market, “I Spy” farm set, hands-on loom, Lincoln logs, horseshoes, hayrides through the historic farm, inside straw maze, friendly farm animals, grain troughs, tire swings, four acre corn field maze, and more.
Wine Down Main Street
Wine Down Main Street started in 2001 and has since become a well-known and excitedly anticipated tradition to many in Franklin. This year the tasting will take place on Friday November the 2nd. During this event adults sample wines from around the world while exploring the delightful shops along historic Main Street. This is the most unique wine tasting event in Franklin with world class wines that bring people from all over, including 20 states and many foreign countries
The Boiler Room Theater
The Boiler Room Theater is conveniently located in the heart of Franklin at The Factory, 230 Franklin Rd. building 8. This is an intimate theater which seats 120 guests in movie-theater style seats and cost $20 per ticket for all shows unless you have a season pass. The fall calendar this year has 2 very different shows running. The first, Parade, running October 5th -20th is the true story of the tragic trial and lynching of a man wrongly accused of murder. The second running October 26th – November 3rd is the well-known Rocky Horror Show. This play tells the tale of two clean-cut young people who run into trouble on their way to visit an old college professor and seek help at the freaky Frankenstein mansion.
The Pumpkinfest in Franklin is a fun event for the family. Over 65,000 people descend on the tiny town of Franklin each year to revel in the pumpkin and in the other delights offered by the state at the Pumpkinfest. Costume contests, all-day music events, arts and crafts vendors, a food and beer tent and extreme pumpkin carving all bring this festival to life. Free kids’ events, including bouncy houses, face painting, games and even an area dedicated for the preschoolers help keep this day fun for kids and adults alike.
It’s a time when residents and tourists alike can celebrate the fall season and enjoy everything that relates to pumpkins. Numerous vendors set up tents and booths to sell foods, crafts, and other handmade items.
This event is the largest festival of its kind in the town. It draws thousands of people to the streets of Franklin so that they can enjoy the fall air and the special events that take place during the day. The main events of the festival take place on Main Street, but the side streets in the area are also full of vendors and stages for entertainment, such as dancing and singing. There is a special area for kids that feature several inflatables, rides, and games.
Pony rides and face painting are also available. Most activities in this area require a ticket, but guests can purchase a wristband for unlimited time with some activities. A costume contest is held toward the end of the festival. There are categories for people and pets with prizes for each category. A food and beer tent features an abundance of pastries, fried foods, hamburgers, chicken and a variety of beer. Pumpkin carving takes place as well along with a few tours of the cemetery in Franklin in the evening after the festival.
Grave Matters Tour
Once a year, costumed reenactors portray some of the cemeteries’ most interesting people. Join us on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 7:00-9:00pm for a walk through history. We also offer guided tours Thursday evenings at 5:00pm.
Either way, you’ll meet the Carter father and son whose home is the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin. You’ll be introduced to the little-known but still fascinating two Georges, Grummond and Cuppett, who fought on opposite sides of the War, and are remembered for different reasons. Brave teenager Fannie Courtney, a Union sympathizer who tended to the Union wounded at First Presbyterian Church will tell her story (you won’t believe the rest of it).
Not all the stories are Civil War-related. You won’t want to miss the grave of Anarchy Cowles, a freed slave, or the marker of the two infant Marr sisters, whose short, tragic lives are commemorated by a broken shaft. Not to be missed is the grave of the Unknown Civil War soldier whose remains were uncovered at a Franklin construction site in 2009 and later reinterred at Rest Haven.
City Farmhouse Pop-Up Fair
The city farmhouse pop up fair, in franklin Tennessee is a vintage & antiquing extravaganza featuring 50 hand selected vendors from across the U.S. The Fair was named one of the top five events to attend in October by Southern Living, the top October event to attend in Tennessee by Garden & Gun.
Back by popular demand is the city farmhouse holiday market featuring seventy five vendors showcasing everything from antiques & vintage, holiday decor, jewelry, handmade, food and many more. The Holiday Market deemed a lifestyle shopping extravaganza is located in both Jamison & Liberty Halls at the Factory at Franklin.