Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival announces the Vanderbilt Health Lil’ Pilgrims Family Stage lineup as well as new additions and interactive activities that continue to cater to the entire family.
The performers taking the stage for the third annual festival on September 23 and 24, 2017 in Franklin include GRAMMY-nominated Ralph’s World, Red Yarn, Steve Elci, Tom Mason & The Blue Buccaneers, Michael Dardant, Taft Brown (Saturday only), Little Miss Ann (Sunday only), special guest The Texas Gentlemen (Saturday only) and more.
New to the festival this year is The Mom Spot by Baby + Co that will provide a private nursing/changing lounge for moms. Creating a fun and safe experience is of the upmost importance so Pilgrimage will be providing wristbands for all kids to wear with their parent’s phone number. The Lil’ Pilgrim’s area has expanded the activities stage, now called The Mare Barn Theater, to include sessions in kid improv, up close puppet and magic shows and a songwriting workshop for children.
Additionally, the arts and crafts area has collaborated with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts this year to include a special activity in the children’s area. Kids will get to create sound bracelets that are inspired by the sound suits of visual artist Nick Cave, who will also have an exhibition on display at the Frist Center this fall. Materials include bells, pony beads, and glow-in-the-dark elements. The wearable artworks will produce sound when children dance and glow in the final hours of the festival after sunset. And Remember: Kids 10 and under get in FREE when accompanied by an adult GA Ticket.
In between play times at Lil’ Pilgrims area with the kids, parents can take advantage of all the festival has to offer. The two unforgettable days of music, art and culture will be filled with memorable performances by Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples and more. Not to mention the region’s best food and drink as well as numerous local artists and artisans will be on display creating an all-encompassing festival experience for the entire family.
The festival also supports the local community and continues to drive tourism dollars to Williamson County and the Pilgrimage Foundation, the festival’s non-profit arm. A portion of each ticket sale will benefit the City of Franklin and Friends of Franklin Parks. In addition, a portion of ticket sales will also benefit MusiCares, a nonprofit organization that was established by The Recording Academy® to provide a wide range of emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources to members of the music community.