Pumpkinfest in Franklin: What’s new for the 35th year of the annual fall festival


Pumpkinfest in Franklin: What’s new for the 35th year of the annual fall festival

By BROOKE WANSER

Now that temperatures are beginning to drop, fall will be felt in full swing next weekend as Pumpkinfest takes over Main Street on Saturday, October 27.

Over 65,000 visitors and residents are expected to attend the annual event, which is billed as Middle Tennessee’s largest fall festival.

Though the classic aspects, like arts and crafts, festival food, and costumes remain the same each year, the Heritage Foundation and Downtown Franklin Association have some new tricks up their sleeve for the Hallo-weekend haunt.

New features

In partnership with Mantra Artisan Ales, two beer gardens will be available at this year’s festival for those 21 and up. Wristbands can be purchased from one of four stations at the festival.

A VIP Lounge will be available to Heritage Foundation Members who support the organization’s mission of “saving places that matter” in the county. The space will offer refreshments and snacks, as well as a place to hang out.

This year, parents will be able to register their children for the costume contest in advance online. Click here to find the button to register.

All costume contest participants will parade around the square at 11 a.m. before gathering on the Guitar Center Main Stage.

All the details

Long-range weather forecasts show a high of 61 degrees and a 60 percent chance of rain, though it’s too far out to say for sure.

Parking in and around downtown Franklin will be available, but visitors can also park at Church of the City and Harlinsdale Farm and get shuttled in for $1 per person, each way. No pets, non-folding strollers or food and drink other than water will be allowed on the shuttle.

Here’s what you can expect to find at the festival:

  • Live entertainment
  • Arts and crafts vendors from 1st to 5th Avenue
  • Street festival food
  • Church of the City kids zone
  • Trick or treating
  • Downtown Franklin Rotary’s Chili Cook Off, parking lot next to Landmark Booksellers
  • Guess the weight of the Great Pumpkin to win a prize.
  • Leiper’s Fork Carving Club
  • Pet costume contest
  • Photo booths and opportunities
  • Volunteer opportunities

Here’s the festival schedule:

9:45 a.m.: Welcome and ribbon cutting at the Guitar Center Main Stage

10 a.m.: Festival officially opens

10 – 10:45 a.m.: Costume contest check-in and on-site registration

10 – 11 a.m.: Dance performances at the Guitar Center Main Stage

10:15 a.m.: Musical performance at the 2nd Avenue Stage

10:50 a.m.: Line up for the costume contest parade

11 a.m. – noon: People costume contest at the Guitar Center Main Stage

11:15 a.m.: Musical performance at the 2nd Avenue Stage

Noon – 1 p.m.: Dance performances at the Guitar Center Main Stage

12:15 p.m.: Musical performance at the 2nd Avenue Stage

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Pet costume contest, presented by MARS Petcare at the Guitar Center Main Stage

1:15 p.m.: Musical performance at the 2nd Avenue Stage

1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Musical performances at the Guitar Center Main Stage

2:15 p.m.: Musical performance at the 2nd Avenue Stage

3:15 p.m.: Musical performance at the 2nd Avenue Stage

4 p.m. – 5:30 pm: People on the Porch performance at the Guitar Center Main Stage

4:15 p.m.: Musical performance at the 2nd Avenue Stage

6 p.m.: Festival officially ends

For more details, visit the Heritage Foundation’s event page here.

About The Author

Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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