Williamson Weekend: Labor Day Edition

Williamson Weekend

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1.Franklin Art Scene

Fri, Sept 2nd, 6pm
Downtown Franklin

The Franklin Art Scene will celebrate its fifth anniversary Friday, September 2 by offering attendees the opportunity to participate in a large paint by number exhibit, depicting a local scene, in addition to showcasing an array of talented artists — working with mediums ranging from watercolor to glass — at participating downtown locations.

At 6 p.m., the night will kick off at Gallery 202 where Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, Franklin Art Scene founder Kelly Harwood and local artist Michael D’amico will unveil September’s paint by number exhibit to the public. Guests will have the chance to contribute to the 38 by 80 inch canvas, using supplies donated by Jerry’s Artarama in Nashville, in honor of the free event’s five-year anniversary.

Read more here.

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Fork Fest

2. Fork Fest

Sat, Sept 3rd, 7pm
Leiper’s Fork Lawnchair Theatre, 4144 Old Hillsboro Rd, Franklin

The community of Leiper’s Fork is bringing their third annual Fork Fest to Williamson County once again for an evening of music, food and fun in Historic Leiper’s Fork on Saturday, September 3.

This free Labor Day weekend event will feature rock/soul artists Jim Oblon at 7:00 p.m. and The Greyhounds at 8:00 p.m. It will take place at the Leiper’s Fork Lawnchair Theatre, 4144 Old Hillsboro Rd.

Read more here.

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hot air balloon

3. Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival

Sun, Sept 4th, 4p-9p
Percy Warner Park

On Sunday, September 4, Matt Lowney Productions, along with presenting partners, Friends of Warner Parks and Bellevue Harpeth Chamber of Commerce will present the annual Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival at Percy Warner Park.

After a wildly successful first year, the tradition is back! The event will be 4:00pm to 9:00pm and include a 200-car classic car show, over 50 arts and crafts vendors and LIVE music. The event will also feature a KidZone (inflatables), food truck alley, and a VIP tent. The night will conclude with a spectacular hot air balloon glow.

Online discount tickets are $12 for general admission and can be purchased at musiccityballoonfestival.com. Kids 5 and under are FREE. VIP Tickets are available for $60 which includes VIP parking, 2 beer tokens, and all you can eat BBQ in a covered tent area.

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Franklin Classic

4. Franklin Classic

Mon, Sept 5, 7am
Downtown Franklin

Every Labor Day, runners, joggers and walkers hit the streets of beautiful downtown Franklin for the Franklin Classic, a 10k, 5k and 1k Fun Run. The event is hosted by and benefits Mercy Community Healthcare.

Mercy Community Healthcare is known for it’s accessible, affordable, compassionate, whole-person care. No one is turned away because of their inability to pay. Mercy must raise over $1 million a year to cover their costs of serving uninsured patients. You can help them reach this goal by participating in the 38th Annual Franklin Classic, Monday, Sept 5th.

Register online here or you can register at the event, registration opens at 5:45am. The 10K begins at 7am, the 5K begins at 8am and the 1K Fun Run begins at 9:30am. Newly added this year, kids in the 1k will receive a bib and timer chip. Learn more about what’s new for 2016 here.

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music in the grove5. Music in the Grove

Mon, Sept 5, 4p-7p
East Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 9000 Concord Road, Brentwood

What do shade and Soul, picnics and pianos, juggling and Jazz and good vibes and Gospel all have in common? They are all part of a free concert and family festival open to all: Music in the Grove at East Brentwood Presbyterian Church. Families are invited to bring blankets or chairs and enjoy a variety of talented musicians and entertainers from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 5. There will also be family-friendly activities including a Kids’ Zone and food trucks will add to the fun.

The diverse acts, performing on the church’s sprawling, tree-filled 10-acre lawn, include gospel/rock artist Jason Eskridge, juggling group Playing with Air, soul singer Maureen Murphy, along with piano virtuoso Nate Strasser and his band. East Brentwood Presbyterian Church is conveniently located at the corner of Concord Road and Wilson Pike at 9000 Concord Rd. Free parking will be available onsite.

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