27 Ways To Make Summer Awesome in Franklin!
Summer’s here. There’s no doubt about that. And if you’re a parent like me, it’s a new game of what are we going to do today!
The good news is in Franklin, Tennessee there’s never a shortage of fun and often free events for the entire family to experience.
Technically, there’s fun to be had every single day of summer in Williamson County, but for this post, I picked 27 I think you’ll enjoy.
Let’s get started!
June 21 – Westhaven Farmers Market
Who doesn’t love a Farmer’s Market? Franklin’s got several good ones, the newest of which is at Westhaven. And if you’ve never experienced the community of Westhaven, it just may captivate your imagination enough to have you telling everyone you know about the beauty of Franklin, Tennessee! (Which we wouldn’t mind at all!)
June 24 – Paw & Pint at Mill Creek Brewing Co.
Mill Creek is one of our favorites. Not only are they locally headquartered and brewed right here in Williamson County but they are also a part of the newly launch Masters & Makers Trail. You’ll love their space and not too mention the beer is fantastic!
June 25 – Sunset Concert Series at Carnton
Here in Franklin, we pride ourselves on our live music scene and the Americana vibe saturating every one of our great events. The Sunset Concert Series at Carnton is no exception. Pack up your chairs, take a picnic if you like and enjoy a great time with friends and neighbors.
June 26 – Nashville Golf Open
In its second year, the Nashville Golf Open hosted at the Nashville Golf & Athletic Club in Brentwood, Tennessee is a great tournament to see many of the future up and coming superstars that’ll be playing on the PGA TOUR. If you’re a golf fan, then this is a must-see in Williamson County!
June 27 – Farm Dinner Series at Amerigo
Farm to table. That’s right. That’s what Chef Stephen at Amerigo is all about. He’s told me one of his favorite things is exploring the Farmer’s Market in Franklin and then planning these meals and wowing his guests with what the best local ingredients. If you’re not already a foodie, then beware because Chef Stephen just may make a convert out of you.
July 1 – Cars & Coffee
My Saturday mornings are always fueled by coffee but every Saturday morning at AMC Thoroughbred 20 in Franklin, you can get a taste of some of the coolest and rarest cars around. In fact, the first Saturday, this one to be specific is a special “exotic” edition. Be sure to bring a camera though; you’ll want to snap a couple of photos to pin up in the garage.
July 4 – Franklin on the Fourth
One of the many traditions in Franklin, Tennessee is Franklin on the Fourth. The Franklin Lions Club presents this great festival, and it’s always a fun event for the whole family. Between the parade, live music, petting zoo and the inflatables this festival is the perfect small time experience to mark the halfway point of the summer.
July 7 – Franklin Art Scene
The Franklin Art Scene has grown over the years to become yet another one of Franklin’s great traditions. Started by our very own Kelly Harwood of Gallery 202, the Franklin Art Scene continues to attract hundreds to Downtown Franklin on the first Friday of each month. The Visitor Center on Fourth and Main is a stop on the crawl and always has an incredible artist for you to meet and get to know as well. When the weather cooperates, you can’t beat a Friday night Art Crawl in Downtown Franklin!
July 11 – Berry Farms Farmers Market
The Berry Farms Farmers Market is another one of local favorites. The unique thing about this market is it’s a producer-only market, which means everything you’ll find is either homegrown or handmade.
July 15 – Pickin’ in the Park in Spring Hill
I’ve already mentioned the great live music in and around Franklin, Tennessee, and Pickin’ in the Park is another great opportunity to experience it firsthand. Spring Hill is located just south of Franklin and another great thriving community in Williamson County.
July 22 – Bluegrass Along the Harpeth
Bluegrass along the Harpeth is one of those events you leave feeling like the weight of the world has just been lifted off your back. It’s so fun to listen to great music, see smiling faces, meet strangers and feel like you’ve known one another for years. That’s part of the Americana vibe embedded into the culture of Franklin, Tennessee!
July 24 – Music in the Meadow at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary
Have you ever been to a nature sanctuary? If not, then make plans to explore Owl’s Hill. Pack yourself a picnic and bring some friends, you’ll enjoy this natural beauty in the heart of Williamson County.
July 29 – Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival
Watch the video. It tells the story best. Sure there may be bigger balloon festivals around the world, but this one is special. Don’t believe me? Again, just watch the video and then invite some friends!
August 4 – Williamson County Fair
The Williamson County Fair is exactly what you’d want it to be, namely the perfect balance of deep fried Oreos mixed with fun and cotton candy. Seriously, friends, I can still remember the first time my oldest son braved his fear and climbed onto the Ferris wheel with me. Circling round and round, you just can’t beat that view of the Franklin! Enjoy this one for sure!
August 5 – Corn Bash at the Nolensville Farmers Market
This featured event at another one of our Farmers Markets will be fun and features a guest chef. Wonder who that’ll be?
August 12 – Franklin Improv All Stars
The Franklin Improv All Stars are going into their second year being hosted at the Factory in Downtown Franklin. You’ll enjoy it and may just walk away with some sore abs from laughing so hard.
August 13 – Rodeo & Juliet Sunday Summer Music Series feat Leigh Nash
Rodeo & Juliet are dear friends of Visit Franklin, and their Summer Music Series is shaping up to be amazing. This one featuring Sixpence None The Richer’s Leigh Nash will no doubt be a fantastic evening in Franklin, Tennessee. You’d do well to get tickets early for this one. It’ll sell out.
August 19 – Watermelon Festival at the Franklin Farmers Market
Mmmmm nothing better in summer than a good ole fashion Watermelon Festival right?
August 21 – Eclipse in Nashville
Rumors are over 205k people will descinded upon Middle Tennessee this year to get a glimpse of the total solar eclipse. We’ve even planned our own viewing party here at Visit Franklin. So you may want to secure your plans now so to not miss out on the fun!
August 26 – Great Americana BBQ Festival
Last year I participated on a BBQ team competing in several different categories at the Great Americana BBQ Festival. Not only was the event a HUGE success last year, but year two is shaping up to be bigger and better. It’s a bbq lover’s candy land for sure. Plus there are some great activities for the kids and the whole family to enjoy. Save the date!
September 4 – Run in the Franklin Classic
The Franklin Classic benefiting Mercy Community Healthcare is one of my favorite races through Downtown Franklin. Not only does it benefit a great organization, Mercy Community Healthcare, but it’s also one of the most popular races in Middle Tennessee. This year will mark the 39th anniversary of the race. Start training soon!
September 7 – Wine Love Dinner at Frothy Monkey
Wine. ✅ Great food. ✅ These dinners at Frothy Monkey, a local Franklin favorite, are always a treat. This may not work for the whole family, but by this time of the year, let’s be honest, a date night is most certainly in order!
September 9 – Vintage Base Ball Tournament
I’ve been a baseball fan for as long as I can remember. I love anytime I get to go to a Nashville Sounds game or any Major League ballpark, so when the Franklin Farriers came to Carnton, I was excited. Now Vintage Base Ball is slightly different but still an incredible experience for the whole family. The photo above says it all!
September 10 – The Sunday Market
We agree we love small business and we love the incredible artisans and makers bringing their gifts to the world, right? Well, The Sunday Market is where you can find many of them. Don’t miss it!
September 20 – Corn Maze at Lucky Ladd Farms
Mark your calendars for any time the Corn Maze at Lucky Ladd Farms is available. It’s an instant family favorite. One that you’ll want to adopt as a new tradition!
September 22 – Rest up for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
Ok technically, Pilgrimage isn’t exactly in the summer, but who’s really counting that sort of stuff anyways. Pilgrimage, in its third year, has quickly become the cornerstone event at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennessee. This year’s lineup featuring Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, and dozens of others is amazing and unfortunately, if you don’t already have tickets, you’d better act fact because there are only a few left!
So there you have it! Of course, this list isn’t even close to a complete listing of everything I love about summers in Franklin, Tennessee, but it should keep you and your family having fun all summer long!
Feel free to leave me a comment in the comments below about what you’d add or share your experience at any of the things listed above. I’d love to hear it!