Kix Brooks Live at

Arrington Vineyards

Saturday, Aug. 10

7 p.m.

Legendary country music artist Kix Brooks plays a free concert on the hillside at Arrington Vineyards Saturday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. as part of the Vineyards’ annual Harvest Party. Gates open at 11 a.m. Let the fun, food and wine begin. The event benefits Monroe Carol Jr. Children’s Hospital. Preferred seating is available for $30 per person. Parking is $10 per vehicle. There’s plenty of food and wine available for purchase.

Eighth Annual Raise the Roofs

Saturday, Aug. 17,

The Park at Harlinsdale

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The event, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, will incorporate more of the Park at Harlinsdale campus than in recent years and include a buffet dinner along with traditional elements, such as the polo match held in the Tractor Supply Co. Arena. Patrons can expect plenty of great food, drink and cheer, live music and an after party beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $125 per person, and all proceeds benefit Friends of Franklin Parks and the organization’s efforts to continually enhance and connect the City’s incredible park system.

Tickets are available online now at www.friendsoffranklinparks.org. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible. For sponsorship information and other details, please contact Friends of Franklin Parks Executive Director Torrey Barnhill at tbarnhill@friendsoffranklinparks.org or by phone at (615) 674-5388.

Flavor of Franklin

Friday, Aug. 23, The Park at Harlinsdale

Come Friday evening to stroll through the Park at Harlinsdale as the Great Americana Barbecue sets up for the competition on Saturday, Aug. 24. Enjoy food from 30 area restaurants, have a drink and visit with the guys and gals preparing for the Kansas City Barbecue sanctioned cook off. Friday tickets are $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event. Ticket price includes two drink tickets. Libations will be available for purchase for those 21 and older. www.greatamericanbbqfestival.com.

Great Americana Barbecue

Saturday, Aug. 24, The Park at Harlinsdale

It’s all about the Q. Competitors come from “around here” and from as far away as Texas. They’re big on Q out there. All competitors are serious about their barbecue; prize money is $ 15,000. Not only is there finger licking great barbecue, the festival includes live music and a terrific children’s area. This Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned event is huge. The festival is presented by the Franklin Noon Rotary. General admission tickets are $5; children under 12 are admitted without cost. VIP parking is $15 if you want to be up close and personal from the get -go. A bourbon tasting is $35 per person. The star of the day may be the Big Idaho Potato Truck. No kidding.

Chukkers for Charity

Saturday, Sept. 7

Riverview Farm, Franklin

In its 23rd year, Nissan’s Chukkers for charity offers an afternoon of world class polo on the sprawling Franklin farm belonging to Lee Ann and Orrin Ingram. This year’s theme, “Divots & Downton”, will celebrate the historical English drama Downton Abbey.

In addition to a spellbinding polo match, the event also includes a vintage car parade, a silent auction and cabana (tailgaters) decorating competition. To date, this annual event has raised $3.3 million for the Rochelle Center and for Saddle Up! Gates open at 1 p.m. for tailgaters and 2 p.m. for patrons. The polo match begins at 3 p.m. Following the match, patrons will be treated to a sumptuous dinner beginning at 5:15 p.m. Tailgaters may bring their own food and drink. Everyone is encouraged to dress a la Downton Abbey. For more information, call (615) 794-1150, ext. 320. Keep calm and carry on.

Mercy Community Healthcare

Franklin Classic

Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day

Lace up your sneakers and join thousands of walkers, runners and viewers as the Franklin Classic takes off. Join the 5K, 10K, 15K or 1k Children’s Fun Run. This family event stresses fitness for kids and adults. SilverSneakers by Tivity Health is the presenting sponsor. Come participate or watch as folks literally run to raise money for Mercy Healthcare which provides health care to children’s and adults, insured or uninsured.

Pilgrimage Music

and Cultural Festival

Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22

The Park at Harlinsdale, Franklin

This is the big one. THE music festival. The headliner is none other than Keith Urban. A slew of other big names will perform on six stages for the two-day festival. The diverse lineup has something for everyone, kid to adult. Beyond the music is Makers Village Pilgrimage Festival featuring local authentic Southern makers, artisans and craftsmen. Browse and buy from these talented folks. This two-day family friendly event will be populated by 18 local food trucks, dozens of local and regional restaurants, bars, a craft beer hall and of course, the nonstop music.

You won’t go hungry or thirsty. Plus, shaded spots offer a respite from September sun and temps. The Festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. You’ll be out in time to dine in Franklin downtown restaurants or get the kids in bed. Two-day adult passes are $210 and $235. Saturday general admission is $130 and $145; the same for Sunday. And there’s all kinds of special VIP experiences, at a higher price. Check out the Pilgrimage Music Festival website for more pricing info, the daily lineups and other important details. The festival is rain or shine. Last year it was rain. This year should be shine. 

High Hopes & Hops

Monday, Sept. 23

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

High Hopes & Hops returns Monday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Clementine in Nashville to celebrate the organization and raise funds for its continuing work. Enjoy local craft beer, delicious bites and a silent auction. It’s a short trip to Nashville, but it goes a long way to support High Hopes

Bootleggers Bash

Friday, Sept. 27

Historic Carnton Plantation

6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

It’s legal. The Feds won’t crash the party. The Bash is an evening celebrating the rich history of moonshine making and bootlegging in Williamson County, as well as all things Southern, from whiskeys to made-from-scratch food. Set in Carnton’s gorgeous garden, the trees will be shining with twinkling lights. A magical setting. There’s even a lively band. Early bird pricing extends until July 31. Visit the website at boft.org/bootleggers-bash for details. The event is fun and a fundraiser for The Battle of Franklin Trust.

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