5 Things You Shoudn’t Miss at Pilgrimage Festival

Ready or not – Pilgrimage Festival is this weekend! This is the one time of year where thousands come to the picturesque Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin to listen to live music for two days.

With so many activities, performances, and food options. make sure to download the Pilgrimage app for Apple here and Google Play here.  In the app, you can select your favorite artists, create a daily schedule, receive messages from the festival about updates, and see a list of food vendors and makers.

With so much to do and see, we put together our list of top five things you don’t want to miss.

1. Knob Creek Bourbon

Knob Creek Bourbon

Stop by and visit Knob Creek Bourbon, the Kentucky-based bourbon company has partnered with Green Egg. On Saturday morning, you can stop by their tent and meet food blogger Southern Fatty (Phillip Fryman) where he will be serving sliders infused with Knob Creek Bourbon. We were invited to a sampling this week of the specialty cocktails offered which will be ‘Who, Blackberry Jambalam’ made with Knob Creek Bourbon, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, blackberry jam, and fresh egg white. Two other offerings include Bless Your Heart and The Grand Toucan.

2. Americana Triangle

Looking for a place to cool off? Go visit the big tent where the Americana Triangle is located. With a stage that resembles an old General Store front porch, they will have performances by local band Bishop Gunn and storytelling. Don’t miss the chance to learn more about the history of the Americana Triangle as you stroll through the tent.

3. Makers Village

Project 615
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Stop by the Makers Village to shop a curated collection of local vendors. We are big fans of the Project 615 shirts. Currently, you can find a whole selection of football focused shirts. Another local favorite – Tye Dye Mary with her colorful one of a kind garments.

4. Music

valerie june

Yes, we are excited about the headliners, but here are a few other artists to add to your schedule.

Valerie June –  The Tennessee native’s soulful voice burst onto the music scene in 2013. And here’s an interesting fact – her father, a music promoter, helped to promote one of Prince’s first tours.

The Struts – Before even releasing their first album, U.K.-bred four-piece The Struts opened for The Rolling Stones in front of a crowd of 80,000 in Paris, got hand-picked by Mötley Crüe to serve as the supporting act for their four last-ever performances.

Jillian Jacqueline – Big Loud Records’ Jillian Jacqueline is taking the music scene by storm with her effortlessly raw vocals and new-school, no-holds-barred storytelling. Jacqueline just released latest single with Keith Urban “If I Were You” and if only Urban was in town to perform at Pilgrimage.

Elle King – Frank and fearless, tender and rowdy, Elle King’s debut album, “LOVE STUFF” marks the true arrival of the young singer/songwriter/guitarist/banjoist as a pop force to be reckoned with. King was recently featured on Dierk’s Bentley’s “Different for Girls” and it looks like Bentley is in town on Saturday when King performs, so maybe we will see the duet in person.

Josh Headley – With the release of his highly anticipated debut album Mr. Jukebox via Third Man Records, Joshua Hedley will embrace the role he was born to play: this generation’s classic country champion.

Keb Mo – It all took off for Keb’ Mo’ in 1994 with the self-titled release under his newly coined Keb’ Mo’ moniker, and over the years, he has proven that he is a musical force that defies typical genre label.

5. Visit Mare Barn for a Laugh

Cousin Cajun Mike

Comedian Cousin Cajun Mike (Michael Dardant) will be performing in the Mare Barn on both Saturday and Sunday during Pilgrimage Festival. With a Louisana accent, the improv comedian brings his own spicy flavor of funny with a unique twist. Mike has been featured in over 20 commercials, films, and network shows like NCIS. He’s also the Jesuit High School’s Coach for the Improv Team for the last five years.