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The Heritage Foundation’s 34th Annual Pumpkinfest Features Old Favorites and New Traditions

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The Heritage Foundation’s 34th Annual Pumpkinfest Features Old Favorites and New Traditions


Pumpkinfest Returns to Downtown Franklin, TN’s Main Street, Oct. 28th


Franklin, TN—Franklin’s rite of fall is returning to Downtown Main Street on Saturday, October 28th with an all-day celebration that brings free and festive fun for a variety of ages and groups.

The Heritage Foundation’s 34th Annual Pumpkinfest, held in the community’s historic core, attracts tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Franklin each year. Presenting Sponsor, Bank of America, along with event coordination by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, are the true reason why this community event happens. The festivities will stretch along Main Street and its connecting avenues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

 “Thanks to Bank of America and our other generous sponsors, we are able to bring back old favorites and offer some new, exciting attractions too,” said Teryl O’Connor, Director of Festivals and Events. “Our festival partnership with Bank of America aligned perfectly. Both Pumpkinfest and Bank of America have a mission to be family friendly, and serve the community’s best interests.”

 In addition to the dozens of artisan vendors and two stages of live entertainment, attendees can expect to enjoy some of the festival’s favorite traditions for the 2017 event – including a costume contest sponsored by Lockwood Glen, the Church of the City’s Kids’ Zone, the Leiper’s Fork Extreme Pumpkin Carvers, and the Great Pumpkin will again be making an appearance after a long journey from Carleton Place, Canada (Franklin’s Sister City).  

Other activities and details in this year’s Pumpkinfest schedule include:

  • Third Avenue North will be transformed with bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting, kids carnival rides, games and much more for the Church of the City Kids’ Zone from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Come play mini golf on Fourth Avenue North
  • Downtown Franklin Rotary will host a Chili Cook off located in the Landmark Booksellers parking lot. A Beer tent and Live Music will be ongoing until 5:00pm.
  • Photo stations will feature Halloween and fall-themed settings for you to snap a family pic or selfie. Follow us on Instagram @HistoricFranklin to see how your photo can win prizes
  • Guitar Center Stage located on the Public Square will feature full lineups of music and dance performances with “Adairs Run” as our Headliner performing at 5:00pm. Giveaways will happen at the Guitar Center Stage throughout the day.
  • A beer tent sponsored by Mantra Artesian Ales will be located on Second Avenue North from the hours of Noon – 5:00pm. Beacon Capital Management Music Corner located inside the beer tent featuring great local acoustic artists. A full artist schedule will be available on our website soon. This is an all age’s area.
  • The Costume Contest, sponsored by Lockwood Glen, will take place on the Guitar Center Stage at the Public Square at 1:30 p.m. The Pet Costume Contest, sponsored by Three Dog Bakery will take place directly after on the same stage. Visit to view the age groups.
  • More than 125 independent artisan booths with handmade wares will line Main Street from First to Fifth Avenue.  
  • Festival fare like hot dogs, funnel cakes, kettle corn, fried catfish, hamburgers and fried Oreos along with a variety of food trucks will join fresh offerings throughout the festival.
  • After dark, Franklin’s historic cemeteries will come to life with first-person stories of some of the folks buried there. For more information, go to

In addition to parking in and around the downtown area, a parking and shuttle service for Pumpkinfest attendees will be available from Church of the City and Harlinsdale Farm for $1 per person each way.  

For more information about The Heritage Foundation’s 34th Annual Pumpkinfest and event details, go to

In addition to Pumpkinfest, the Heritage Foundation–in conjunction with the Downtown Franklin Association–produces seven event series and festivals each year to attract visitors to downtown Franklin, and to promote the benefits of historic preservation.

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. For more information, call (615) 591-8500.

For more inquiries on this event, please contact Teryl O’Connor at