Feile Franklin Festival
Locals and visitors alike flocked to Historic Downtown Franklin, TN for the fourth annual Féile Franklin, St. Patrick’s Festival on Saturday, 10 of March.
Hosted by the Heritage Foundation, Féile Franklin sold out of 1,200 tickets. All of the proceeds go to Historic Downtown Franklin. Féile Franklin was frothing with horse drawn carriage rides, Irish dancers, Irish music and 19 different beer and ale tasting sites.
During the day, families enjoyed riding in horse drawn carriages and watching Celtic and Irish dancing. From Noon till 8PM, the dance stage was an ongoing source of entertainment. There was even a leprechaun spotted walking around downtown!
In the evening, Franklin locals came out to sip on various beers and ales.Throughout downtown, 19 different stations were set up within local vendor’s stores with two to four different beer choices at each station. Walking in and out of the tasting stations, beer tasters were greeted with the Irish music flowing from the corner of fourth and Main street.
Beginning four years ago as a way to raise money for the Downtown Franklin Association and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it is a lively Celtic Festival. It is special that it is an Irish celebration, because of the heritage of Franklin. According to Darryl McCreary, event founder,
“Middle Tennessee was founded by Irish and Scots, and there’s a lot of heritage here people don’t know about.”
This is an event open for youth and adults of all ages. Be sure to mark your calendars for it next year.
To view pictures from the event, click here!