Feile Franklin, TN
A Celtic Festival in Downtown Franklin, TN!
Saturday, March 8 there will be a FREE Celtic Street Festival from Noon till 6:00 pm. Then from 6:00 pm – 9:00pm, there will be a ticketed Beer tasting in local shops. The day and night will be full of Celtic music, surrey rides and festival food.
Feile Franklin Irish Beer/Whiskey Tasting Tickets are on sale now! Buy your tickets that night at the intersection of 4th & Main and sample specialty beers/whiskeys in 20 fun shops along Main Street. Join us for a wee bit of fun in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tennessee!
To see pictures of last year’s Feile Franklin, click here!
Historic Downtown Franklin, Tennessee celebrates St. Patrick’s Day early on Saturday, March 8, with Féile Franklin – A Celtic festival on historic Main Street. Streets will be closed to traffic and filled with Irish music, dance, food, spirits and fun. It’s a free street festival from noon to 6 p.m. with a ticketed beer tasting in the Main Street area shops from 6 to 9 p.m.
Tickets for the tasting event that evening are available for $30 in advance or $35 at the gate at 4th Avenue and Main Street. Specialty beers will be sampled in about 20 Main Street locations. For advance tickets, go to www.historicfranklin.com.
Féile Franklin caps off a day of activity on March 8, which starts at 12 p.m. and includes Irish dance and music performances on Main Street, special Celtic vendors and festival foods. Main Street will be closed for the two blocks between the Public Square and Five Points that day. The street will be filled with roasted potatoes, fried potatoes, turkey legs, roasted corn, Irish stew, roasted pork, fish and chips and all things Irish.
Throughout the day, there are two stages of continuous dance and music:
Dance schedule (Stage at Five Points with additional dancers on the Public Square):
12:00 noon – Nashville Irish Step Dancers
12:45 p.m. – Scottish Highland Dancers
1:15 p.m. – The Kristin Butke School
1:45 p.m. – TREBLE AT THE SQUARE – dancers performing around the square in unison on multiple small stages
2:15 p.m. – Damhsa Onorach
3:00 p.m. – Gabrielle Lynam School of Irish Dance, County Laois Ireland
3:30 p.m. – Scottish Highland Dancers
4:00 p.m. – The Kristin Butke School
4:30 p.m. – Scott Ellis
Music schedule (Stage at Fourth Avenue North in front of Franklin Mercantile)
11:45 a.m. – Gretchen’s Priest’s Students from Fiddle & Pick
12:45 p.m. – Nosey Flynn
2:00 p.m. – Plaidgrass
3:15 p.m. – Keltic Kudzu
4:30 p.m. – Kula & Troen
5:45 p.m. – Slip Jig
7:00 p.m. – Willis Family
8:15 – 9:45 p.m. – Rogues
Additional activities include surrey rides around downtown Franklin, a Festival of Nations at O’More College of Design, Celtic-themed arts & crafts on the Public Square, children’s activities (including a petting zoo, ponies and rock climbing wall), leprechauns, street performers, and more!
Starting at 6 p.m., special imported beers and Irish whiskeys will be sampled at 20 shops and restaurants along Main Street. Ticket holders will check in at the intersection of 4th Avenue and Main Street to get their special tasting glasses, a map to the tasting sites, and a description of the beers and Irish whiskey to sample.
Tickets are $30 per person in advance and are available at The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County; Landmark Booksellers, Faye Snodgrass Gallery, Mellow Mushroom, Philanthropy, Redo Home & Rug, McCreary’s Irish Pub, What’s In Store, Puckett’s Restaurant or on the website www.historicfranklin.com or at www.FranklinIs.com.
All proceeds will go to Downtown Franklin Association for promotion and continued revitalization of the historic district, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and designated by the National Trust as a Great American Main Street.
For information on site, come by the headquarters tent at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Main Street. Tasting tickets will be available there during the event if not sold out in advance. For more information, call 615-591-8500.
Féile Franklin is sponsored by Downtown Franklin Association, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, the City of Franklin, McCreary’s Irish Pub, R.S. Lipman Co., DET Distributing, Ajax Turner, Selkin Laser Center and Lightning 100.