18th Annual A Vintage Affair
April 18 – 20
A Vintage Affair spans three evenings with a different and unique experience each night, raising money for women’s and children’s charities in Williamson County – raising more than $1.5 million in donations to date.
This year’s event kicks off with the Meet the Vintner Dinner on Wednesday, April 18 at Sperry’s in Cool Springs. This intimate event features a five-course meal and carefully selected wine pairings. Dinner service begins at 7 p.m. and the attire is business formal (black tie optional).
On Thursday, April 19, supporters are encouraged to bring their 10-gallon hat and boots to Green’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork for an evening filled with all things country – locally renowned BBQ, toe-tapping live music – and of course, one-of-a-kind wine, bourbon, beer and cigars to keep the good times rolling.
The main event is staged in Liberty Hall at the Factory at Franklin and if you can only make it to one of the events, this is the one. A VIP pre-party ushers in the fun at 5:30 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m. There will be a silent auction, wine auction, live auction as well as numerous food, wine and bourbon tastings.
To purchase your tickets to one or all AVA events, avintageaffair.org
Franklin’s Arbor Day
Saturday, April 21; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
at Pinkerton Park
You are invited to join the Franklin Tree Commission and the City of Franklin Parks Department for an Arbor Day adventure. With rock wall climbing, tree climbing, food trucks, wood carvings, booths featuring local community organizations, free hot dogs and tree saplings and more from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Pinkerton Park. It will be quite the family event. For more information, visit, franklintn.gov/parks.
Main Street Festival
Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29
in Historic Downtown Franklin
The beloved free spring celebration is returning to downtown Franklin for the 35th annual Main Street Festival presented by First Tennessee.
This year, live music will take place in two areas: The Guitar Center Stage on the Public Square and the Music Corner inside the beer tent on 4th Avenue South. Third Avenue will be transformed into an all-access Kids’ Area with a variety of games, pony rides and kid attractions. The centerpiece of Main Street Festival is the juried arts and crafts show featuring more than 150 artisans and crafters with handmade wares. And no street festival is complete without food! More than 20 vendors will offer an international assortment of food including original corn roast, barbecue, burgers and hot dogs, Greek food, Mexican cuisine, Italian ice and old fashioned soda located at three food courts: Third Avenue North, Fourth Avenue South and the Public Square.
Offsite parking will be available at Church of the City and Harlinsdale Farm on Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and at Harlinsdale Farm on Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Shuttle will service each location for $1 each way/each person. Food, drink, pets and non-folding strollers are not allowed on the shuttle. Visit historicfranklin.com to learn more.
Animalia Treat Tasting and Tea Party Saturday, April 28; 2 – 5 p.m.
at Animalia Health and Wellness
Animalia Health and Wellness and Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue will host their annual Treat Tasting and Tea Party where attendance by dogs and children are encouraged! Let your dog enjoy a great buffet of healthy treats and snacks while their human can learn about proper canine nutrition. Children will enjoy an old fashioned Mad Hatter tea party and croquet on the lawn. Dress up encouraged. Lovely snacks and beverages for humans as well, with a cake cutting at 4 p.m. And this year, they will have the most ginormous game of musical chairs with all the crazy chairs they’ve gathered over the years at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/animalia.wellness.
Voices for Children
Thursday, May 3; 6-9 p.m.
The Barn at Sycamore Farms
Join Williamson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) for its annual “Voices for Children” fundraiser, its largest event of the year. The evening will be hosted at the Barn at Sycamore Farms and will include delicious hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dinner as well as a silent and live auction – all to benefit the abused and neglected children that CASA serves in our community. Tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased at williamsoncountycasa.org.
Eat the Street
Friday, May 4; 5 – 10 p.m. Bicentennial Park
Eat the Street, Franklin’s food truck-themed fundraiser, returns for its seventh run on May 4. Since 2012, area food trucks have gathered to serve hundreds of enthusiastic diners, and to support the 21st District Recover Court (previously known as 21st Drug Court).
The annual event takes place at the City of Franklin’s Bicentennial Park, located at Hillsboro Road and 3rd Avenue North. In addition to 40 food vendors lining the streets, there will be live music and plenty of family fun. Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets for picnic style dining. Look for a spot near the stage. For more information visit, www.facebook.com/EatTheStreetFest
Stables & Silks Kentucky Derby Party
Saturday, May 5, 4-8 p.m.
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm
Two local civic groups, Women of Williamson (WOW) and Downtown Franklin Rotary Club (DFR), are joining forces to host the 10th annual Stables & Silks Kentucky Derby Party presented by Raymond James at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities.
Partygoers will enjoy live Run for the Roses coverage; enjoy great Derby fare, specialty Derby drinks, beer and wine under and equestrian-themed tent. To complete the evening, kick up your heels to the popular Pink Cadillac Band. Derby attire is suggested; there will be several fun Derby-themed contests throughout the event. Tickets, which include food and beverages, are $100 per person and can be purchased at stablesandsilks.com.
Vanderbilt Health Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival
Saturday, May 5; 4 – 8:30 p.m. at Westhaven
Up, up and away, watch beautiful hot air balloons launch from Westhaven on Saturday, May 5, at the Vanderbilt Health Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival benefiting the American Cancer Society. Thethird annual event is from 4 – 8:30 p.m. and there will be live music, a kids’ zone, VIP tent, beer tent, food trucks, craft vendors and a spectacular hot air balloon glow at dusk by the community lake. General admission is $15, and VIP admission is $50. Ticket sales are limited to 5,000 people so act quickly. To learn more visit franklinballoonfestival.com.
69th Annual Franklin Rodeo
May 17, 18 and 19
Williamson County Ag Expo Park
The 69th annual Franklin Rodeo, the oldest and largest rodeo in Tennessee, will provide serious competition for the PRCA circuit and a myriad of activities beyond spectating from the stands – a true experience.
Seven PRCA events are featured each night including bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, barrel racing and bull riding, along with two fun events just for kids – mutton bustin’ and the calf scramble.
Come hungry because there are plenty of food options, from concessions to Cowboy Café, Snack Alley and the Sweet Shop – everything from a sit-down supper to strawberry shortcake.
In addition to the main event, the Franklin Noon Rotarians also invite you to join them for “A Down-in-the-Dirt Rodeo Kick-Off Party” on Wednesday, May 16th from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park. This is a free event that allows you to experience the cowboy’s point of view of rodeo life with a whole lot of fun thrown in, including live music by Skyelor Anderson Band, line dancing, pony rides and a mechanical bull.
Another perennial favorite is the Franklin Rodeo parade, hosted at noon on Saturday, May 12 in downtown Franklin. The parade is equine-filled, but also includes a variety of floats as well as scout troops, church groups and marching bands.
Visit franklinrodeo.com for more information.