Spring is back, and so is the Heritage Foundation’s Main Street Festival, presented by First Tennessee. The free popular spring celebration returns April 29-30, 2017, to downtown Franklin and is expected to draw a crowd of about 120,000 to historic Main Street for a fun-filled weekend of music, arts and crafts, food, and a children’s old-fashioned carnival.
“We’re very excited to present The Heritage Foundation’s 34th Annual Main Street Festival,” said Heritage Foundation Director of Festivals & Events Teryl O’Connor. “Main Street Festival is one of Franklin’s favorite spring traditions and we are thrilled to showcase our beautiful historic district and Main Street. We are so grateful to First Tennessee Bank for their longstanding support of The Heritage Foundation’s Main Street Festival. We would not be able to produce free street festivals in Franklin without the generous support of our sponsors.”
This year, live music will take place in three areas: The Guitar Center Stage on the Public Square, Holler & Dash Music Corner located inside the Mantra Beer Tent and the music stage on the corner of First Avenue and Main Street.
A full performance schedule is available on the Main Street Festival event page . “Backroad Anthem” will be the headliner scheduled for Saturday night on the Guitar Center Stage located on the public square at 5 p.m. On Sunday, “Worship on the Square” with featured artist Justin Owens. Worship on the Square will begin at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, April 30th on the Guitar Center Stage at the Public Square.
Photo opportunities on the Public Square give attendees a chance to capture and share spring photos. Third Avenue North will offer a kids’ zone with a variety of old-fashioned carnival games, cake walk, and a dunk tank, along with other fun activities. A children’s ferris wheel, kiddie swing, pony rides, and petting zoo are available for a small fee. The “big” kid’s attractions are available on 4th Avenue North for a small fee.
The centerpiece of Main Street Festival is the juried arts and crafts show featuring more than 150 artisans and crafters with handmade wares. Vendors will feature jewelry, pottery, furniture, woodworking, leatherwork, photography and more from First to Fifth Avenues and 3rd Avenue South. You can also cool down at the “Take-A-Break” misting tent sponsored by Lockwood Glen.
This year, more than 25 food vendors will offer an international assortment of food including original corn roast, barbeque, Greek food, Mexican cuisine, Italian ice and old fashioned soda. Make sure you look for the Johnsonville Big Taste Brats Grill located on 4th Avenue South by the beer tent. And as always, kettle corn, hot dogs, and funnel cakes will be offered. Mantra beer garden located down Fourth Avenue South will feature a variety of beer and wine selections.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association, and their missions, respectively: to protect and preserve the architectural, geographical and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of Downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.
Main Street Festival activities will run Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 30, 11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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