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Pumpkinfest Returns to Franklin, TN

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Pumpkinfest Returns to Franklin, TN

Franklin, TN’s favorite celebration of fall returns October 29 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 


Presented by Bank of America, the festival stretches along Main Street and its avenues and offers tons of festive fun for families.

Check out the lineup of things-to-do at Pumpkinfest!

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.

HomeTown Pet Costume Contests

Costume contests for both humans and pets will take place on the stage on the Public Square.  More details will be coming soon!

Live Entertainment

Two stages will feature full lineups of music and dance performances.  In addition to the stage on the Public Square, this year a second stage will be located on Main Street at First Avenue, near Landmark Booksellers.  The ConSoulers will take the First Avenue stage at 4 p.m. for a two-hour street dance.  Additional stage lineups will be posted soon.

Arts and Crafts Vendors

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

Street Festival Food

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.

Chili Cook Off

The Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook Off will take place on Third Avenue North.  For more information, click here.

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.

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. For more information, click here.

Photo Ops

Be sure to bring the camera!  Photo ops will abound!


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.

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