1. Back to School Fair
WHAT: The 18th annual Williamson Parent Back-to-School Fair is this weekend. Get in the groove for another year of learning and fun! Discover after-school enrichment programs including dance, sports, tutoring, stuff for mom and more! There will also be live demonstrations from local businesses and other fun including a Spelling Bee!
WHEN: Saturday, Aug 19th, 10a-2p
WHERE: CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd, Franklin TN 37067
2. Raise the Roofs
WHAT: More than a dozen local restaurants will be on hand for the sixth-annual Friends of Franklin Parks “Raise the Roofs” event, an evening of equestrian-themed fun, this weekend. Among the polo match and other horse demonstrations, Nashville’s own Americana-roots favorites Boy Named Banjo will play throughout the evening. Bites from Buttermilk Sky Pie; Catering and Events by Suzette; Circa; Chuy’s; Daily Dish; Franklin Chop House; Jim ‘N Nick’s; Juice Bar Franklin; MAFIAoZA’s; Nothing Bundt Cake; Scout’s Pub; Sperry’s; Taziki’s and Yat’s Cajun Creole will delight the crowd. Lipman Brothers and the R.S. Lipman Company will provide wine, beer, and a specialty cocktail. All proceeds benefit Friends of Franklin Parks and the organization’s efforts to continually enhance and connect the City’s 16-park system.
WHEN: Saturday, Aug 19, 4:30p-7:30p
WHERE: The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN 37064
3. Eclipse Weekend Open House at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
WHAT: The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory will be open the weekend before the eclipse for self-guided tours. You may get a FREE ticket for one day.
Inside the Observatory you may explore:
-The recently restored Seyfert Telescope
-A historic collection of astronomy instruments acquired in the 1870’s for the first observatory on campus
-An interactive 3-D display of the 100 nearest and 100 brightest stars
-Our large-format Hubble image gallery
-A 1:5 scale Hubble model which was presented to Congress
-Our meteorite and tektite collection
-Plus, eclipse handouts and solar glasses will be distributed while supplies last
Available outside (weather permitting):
-The Star Chamber-a large-scale work of art you may enter and experience as if inside a camera obscura
-Woods and grassy areas for picnicking (BYOB-bring your own basket)
-Viewings through a solar telescope
Ticketing: FREE reservation online. No tickets sold at door. Click here.
Time: You may arrive and depart any time between 9:00am – 3pm. Please plan to depart before the gates close at 3pm.
Ages: Recommended for ages 8 and up.
WHEN: Saturday, Aug 19 & Sunday, Aug 20, 9a-3p
WHERE: Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Dr, Brentwood, Tennessee 37027
4. Pickin’ in the Park
WHAT: The August edition of Pickin’ in the Park takes place this weekend. The event is sponsored by the Spring Hill Parks Department. Food trucks to be available. The event features 840 Junction, Roger Green, Bright Towers, Clint Lawrence, The Southern Tiers, Aura Beta, Pickin Crows, Matthew McCloskey and Jayden Willis.
WHEN: Saturday, Aug 19, 5:30p-8p
WHERE: Harvey Park in Spring Hill, 4001 Miles Johnson Pkwy, Spring Hill, TN, 37174.
5. Naturalist Led Hike
WHAT: Enjoy a 1.5-mile hike led by a naturalist. Participants can expect to learn about our native plants and animals. Bring water and wear appropriate shoes.
WHEN: Sunday, Aug 20, 9a-11a
WHERE: Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on the Historic Natchez Trace Parkway, (south of the SR Highway 96 entrance), Franklin TN, 37067