Summer events are back in Williamson County.
From live music events to the Franklin Main Street festival, there are plenty of good times to be had locally in June, July and August. See below for just some of the fun.
Brentwood Summer Concert Series, Fourth of July celebration
June 20, July 4 and 25
Brentwood’s Summer Concert Series at Crockett Park will be on June 20 and July 4 and 25. Also, for the first time in 31 years, a different band will entertain at the Fourth of July celebration.
Sixwire and the Brentwood based band, Sales Tax, will perform on June 20. On July 4, Tim Akers and the Smoking Section will move in for the Kadillacs, who performed at the Brentwood July Fourth celebration at Crockett Park every year since 1987. Rubik’s Groove will round out the series on July 25.
All summer concerts — except for the July 4 celebration — will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. The Fourth of July event will start at 7 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m.
Food trucks will be at all concerts one hour before the concert begins. For a complete list of which food trucks are booked, visit www.brentwoodtn.gov/summerconcerts.
Juneteenth celebration in Franklin
Juneteenth is on Saturday, June 19, and events are scheduled all weekend in Franklin.
Festivities will begin Friday night, June 18, with the inaugural FJEC Juneteenth Gala held at Carnton’s Fleming House. Volunteers will be honored for their work with the FJEC and in the community, and attire is formal black and white evening wear. Tickets are $100.
Local leaders will kick off the FJEC celebration June 19 with remarks on Franklin’s Town Square at 10 a.m. Food vendors, live music and a kid’s zone will be available, running until 4 p.m.
The African American Heritage Society’s festival will go from noon to 3 p.m. at Pinkerton Park. At 12:30 p.m., a historic marker will be unveiled at the park.
Also, on June 19, vehicular traffic through Town Square will shut down, as the Franklin Justice and Equity Coalition will hold a festival to commemorate the day.
On Sunday, June 20, Pastor Chris Williamson of Strong Tower Bible Church will hold a Juneteenth Sunday worship service, which can be attended in person or streamed online at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, visit the African American Heritage Society and Franklin Justice and Equity Coalition Facebook pages.
The 18th annual Blackberry Jam will have limited capacity at Boyd Mill Farm on June 26.
Headlining this year’s event, scheduled from 5-8:30 p.m., is R&B artist Kyshona, and she’ll be joined by fellow musical acts Giri Peters, Carole and Dale, and Jason Ringenberg.
Proceeds from Blackberry Jam go to Franklin’s Hard Bargain Association. Tickets will be offered online in June, and walk-up availability will be updated hourly during the event.
Sunset Concert Series
June 27 and July 25
This year’s Battle of Franklin Trust Sunset Concert Series at Carnton includes fan-favorite musical acts Rubiks Groove on Sunday, June 27, and Resurrection: A Journey Tribute on Sunday, July 25.
Event gates will open at 4 p.m., and concerts will take place from 6-8 p.m. Guests may bring chairs, blankets and picnics. Food and beverage, including alcohol, will be permitted, and food trucks will be on site.
Advance tickets for June 27 are $10.50 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 6-15, and $15 at the gate. Advance tickets for July 25 are $15.50 for adults and $5.50 for children, and $20 at the gate. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Carnton or Carter House, as well as online at www.boft.org.
For more information, contact Hannah Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (615) 905-0687.
Sunday Supper Series
June 27 and July 25
The Sunday Supper Series, presented by the Franklin Food & Wine Festival, features a unique, five-course culinary experience at 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails in Franklin’s Harpeth Hotel.
Each Sunday Supper is limited to 100 guests and will feature guest chefs of Cheetie Kumar of Garland in Raleigh, North Carolina; David Bancroft of Acre in Auburn, Alabama; and Joshua Walker of Xiao Bao Biscuit in Charleston, South Carolina.
Tickets are $149 for supper only and $189 for supper with beverage pairings. Purchase tickets online at tickettailor.com.
July & August
Franklin on the Fourth
The Franklin Lions Club is bringing back its annual Franklin on the Fourth celebration after a one-year hiatus.
The annual celebration will be around the downtown square starting at 11 a.m., and live music will start at noon and continue until 8 p.m. Afterwards, fireworks will be fired from The Park at Harlinsdale Farm.
Live music lineups are being finalized.
For more information or to get involved with the Franklin Lions Club, contact Betty Parker at 615-476-1831 or franklinlionsclub.com.
Main Street Festival
Previously scheduled for April 24-25, the Heritage Foundation will hold its 37th annual Franklin Main Street Festival in downtown Franklin on July 17-18.
The event, opening at 10 a.m. July 17, is expected to attract 85,000-plus visitors, according to the Downtown Franklin Association. It usually includes more than 200 high-quality arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, great food and fun for the entire family.
Bluegrass Along the Harpeth
Bluegrass Along the Harpeth will return July 23 and 24 to downtown Franklin, with proceeds benefitting the Williamson County Cultural Arts Commission.
The historic backdrop on Town Square will provide the perfect place for a weekend of free music in honor of Franklin's own Grand Ole Opry stars Sam and Kirk McGee.
Friday night will include some of the best bluegrass bands around for a relaxing evening and end to the work week. On Saturday, some of the best musicians found anywhere will compete in individual instrument and band contests.
In addition to all of the music, there will be food and craft vendors.
For more information, visit the festival’s website, bluegrassalongtheharpeth.com.
Williamson County Fair
The Williamson County Fair will be held Friday, Aug. 6 through Saturday, Aug. 14 at the Williamson County AgExpo Park.
The 2021 Fair will feature daily entertainment, with the return of favorites like the Piccolo Zoppe Circus, Jurassic Kingdom, Robocars and the XPogo Stunt Team. The popular Children’s Barnyard is also set to return.
The Competitive Events Premium Catalog is available online only this year with details for entries in categories such as Agriculture, Creative Arts, Culinary Arts, Cultural Arts, Livestock, Youth and the Fairest of the Fair Pageant. To learn more or to get involved, go to www.williamsoncountyfair.org.
10th Anniversary Friends of Franklin Parks Raise the Roofs
After the global pandemic caused Friends of Franklin Parks’ annual “Raise the Roofs” fundraiser to be a drive-through event last year, the organization is set to hold the 10th Annual edition of the summer’s best party in its full form on August 21st at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm.
Lisa and Bob Ravener, along with Jennifer and Jamey Parker, will bring their unique expertise and perspectives to the event as the 2021 Chairs.
A twilight polo event on Friday, August 20th will kick off the celebration, with the main event to be held on Saturday, August 21st from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stay tuned for ticket details in the coming weeks. For sponsorship information and other details, please contact FOFP Executive Director Torrey Barnhill at email@example.com or by phone at (615) 674-5388.