It’s officially fall in Williamson County, and we have the Top 10 Must Attend Events for you and your family this October and November.  

Franklin Wine Festival

Friday, October 16, 

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Factory at Franklin

Tickets: $89 in advance (ends at 10/15 at Noon), $100 at the door

Choose from over 300 international and domestic wines paired with food from 30 Middle Tenn. restaurants for the ultimate Grand Tasting at the Franklin Wine Festival presented by Cool Springs Wine and Spirits and supported by Nissan.  This is the fall event for foodies and wine connoisseurs. Proceeds raised go to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.  To purchase tickets and learn more visit franklinwinefestival.com.

Grand Ol' Chili Cookoff

Saturday, October 17, from 

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

In the field on the corner of Floyd Road and Old Hillsboro Road in Leiper’s Fork

Admission: Ages 9 and up $8.  

Children 8 and younger are free. 

Family pack: $25 includes 4 tickets (2 adult tickets and 2 youth tickets)

Spend Saturday, October 17, in the Fork at the 14th annual Grand Ol’ Chili Cookoff supporting Friends of the Fork, Inc.  Taste various homemade chili recipes and enjoy musical talent by The Austin Brothers, Heavy Drunk, Bishop Gunn & Johnny Mac and the Heart Attacks. It’s going to be a rooting, tooting good time! There will also be a Kids Zone, a mechanical bull, giveaways, funnel cakes, fresh lemonade, snow cones, cotton candy, and more.  Chili winning awards will be announced at 3:00 p.m. To learn more about this event, visit www.grandolchilicookoff.com

Barktoberfest™

Saturday, October 17, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin

Free admission and free parking

We are calling all dog lovers to the 7th annual Barktoberfest™ hosted by Nashville Paw Magazine in partnership with The City of Franklin Parks to The Park at Harlinsdale Farm on Saturday, October 17, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Dress your precious pooch in his/her Halloween costume, wear your costume, too and enter to win a Howl-O-Ween contest.   It is $10 per entry for a costume contest.  Over $2,000 of prizes will be awarded.  Contests include the Dog + Human costume contest, Dog Costume contest, and Kids costume contest for ages 12 and younger.  Musical performances will include Emily Earle and Eight O’ Five Jive.  There will be a pet adoption fair, 40 plus vendor booths, food trucks, and special activities for dogs.  For more information, visit www.tnbarktoberfest.com.

Pumpkinfest

Saturday, October 24, 

from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Historic Downtown Franklin

Pumpkinfest is a favorite local tradition and it returns to Main Street in downtown Franklin for its 32nd year.  Presented by Hyundai of Cool Springs, the event hosts a Kids’ Zone with pony rides, bouncy house, face painting, pet costume contests, two stages with live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, ghost stories at night and more.  In addition, Franklin Tomorrow will host its Chili Cook Off, and there are several delicious chili options to try.  Franklin’s sister city, Carleton Place, Canada will provide a huge pumpkin.  Event goers are encouraged to stop by, view the Great Pumpkin and guess its weight for a chance to win a special prize.  To learn more visit historicfranklin.com.    

Jazzmania

Saturday, October 24, from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 

Liberty Hall in the Factory at Franklin 

Tickets: $150

You are invited to the Jazz Party of the Year!  Join Nashville Jazz Workshop with Beegie Adair for a night to remember.  Denis Solee will direct a special 10-piece ensemble including Jeff Steinberg, Christina Watson, and Rod McGaha.  Sargent’s Fine Catering and Lipman Brothers will feature delicious food, wine, beer, and a signature cocktail.  Guests will also enjoy a fabulous live and silent auction.  Proceeds raised from this event will allow the Nashville Jazz Workshop to provide classes, performances, and community outreach activities for all ages.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 615-242-5299 or visiting nashvillejazz.org

25th Annual 

Holiday Craft Show and Kris Kringle Kar Klassic

Saturday, October 31, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 1, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Williamson County Ag Expo Arena

Admission: $2 (13 and up) 

Check off holiday shopping on your “To-Do List” early this year, and join the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department for the 25th Annual Holiday Craft Show and Kris Kringle Kar Klassic.  Shoppers will be able to browse through over 140 vendor booths.  There will also be over 80 vintage, custom modified vehicles to see.  On Sunday, Santa will be available for photos, and the Williamson County Community Band will perform at 2:00 p.m.  To learn more visit www.wcparksandrec.com or call (615) 790-5719, ext. 2028.

Blue & Gray Days

Friday, November 6, beginning at 12:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 7, 

beginning at 8:00 a.m.

The Carter house and Carnton Plantation

Admission:  House Tour Tickets: adults $15, seniors $12, and children (ages 6-12) $8.  Tickets for children under 6 are free.  Grounds Only Tickets: $5.

 Take a step back in time at The Carter House and Carnton Plantation for a living history event with re-enactors, historians, camp sites and live demonstrations.  Guests will meet interesting historical figures while walking through Civil War soldiers’ camp and experience hands on what it was like during 1864.  The Battle of Franklin Trust will host a special time for school groups to visit on Friday, November 6, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  The event opens to the general public at 12:30 p.m. with the last home tour beginning at 4:00 p.m.  On Saturday, November 7, both homes will open at 8:00 a.m. and will close at 5:00pm. The last guided house tour will begin at 4:00 p.m.  Blue and Gray Day events will end at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. For additional details or to make field trip reservations, please contact Angell Wallace at (615) 794-0903 or angell@boft.org.

Wine Down Main Street

Saturday, November 7, from 7:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m.

Admission: $85 - Currently tickets are on sale for $75.  Price is subject to change.

Stroll down Historic Franklin's Main Street and step in and out of shops while you enjoy tasting 170 plus wines, eating delicious bites from over 30 regional restaurants, and hearing live music on the square at the 15th Annual Wine Down Main Street. All of the proceeds from this event will benefit the nearly 3,000 Middle Tennessee youth served locally at seven Boys & Girls Clubs in Davidson and Williamson Counties.  To purchase tickets and learn more visit winedownmainstreet.com.

American Girl Fashion Show

Saturday, November 14, with shows at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 

Liberty Hall in the Factory at Franklin

Admission: $40

Put on your party dress and bring Molly, Felicity, Samantha or whoever your favorite American Girl doll may be and join other moms, daughters, sisters and families for the 4th Annual American Girl Fashion Show hosted by and benefiting Mercy Community Healthcare. Enjoy delicious refresh

ments, enter to win fabulous prizes, and learn how clothing has evolved to reflect history, culture and girls’ styles. Table can seat up to 10 guests.  Group seating can be accommodated to online ticket purchases made in one order.  There are also special Birthday Party packages.  

To purchase tickets and learn more visit 

www.AmericanGirlFashionShowFranklin.org.

Battle of Franklin Annual Illumination

Monday, November 30, at dusk

Historic Carnton Plantation

On Monday, November 30, at dusk The Battle of Franklin Trust will light 10,000 luminaries on Carnton’s lawn at dusk.  These luminaries represent causalities from the Battle of Franklin. To learn more visit boft.org.

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