9 Events in August You Can’t Miss. The Last One is Absolutely Amazing!
August is a great month in Franklin, Tennessee. (And I’m not just saying that because it’s my youngest son’s birthday either!) As summer begins to draw to a close, the events in and around Downtown Franklin start to get really good!
Let’s take a look at nine of the events I think you’ll most enjoy whether you’re already planning a trip to Franklin or are still deciding on where that end of summer adventure will take you! (If you want to skip ahead, you can click here over to the events calendar and take a look at all the events happening in August!)
Here we go!
First Friday Art Scene
The first Friday of every month, known as the Art Crawl, or Art Scene is an ideal time to explore the streets of Downtown Franklin if you’ve never been before. They are abuzz with laughter, live music, art and one example after another of the good ole southern hospitality our community has grown famous for. August is special because Terisa Brenna will be featuring her work at the Visitor Center.
Williamson County Fair
No one can resist a deep-fried delicacy from the County Fair, right? Whether you’re a county fair regular or consider yourself a newbie, these 9 days of fun feature numerous attractions, entertainment, and competitive events. Tickets are only $7 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12 while kids under the age of 6 get in free.
Southern Whiskey Society
If you haven’t seen the Facebook Live video featuring Chris Thomas and myself talking about this event and why you’re going to want to be there, then follow this link and thank me later. Over 30 different southern whiskeys and food tastings from 8 of the South’s finest chef’s will be at the Factory for this one-of-a-kind experience. There are still some tickets left, but I don’t expect them to last long so act fast!
Arrington Vineyard’s Harvest Party
Admission is free to Arrington’s annual Harvest Party. And for fans of Kix Brooks, you’re in luck because he’ll be performing as well. Proceeds from this special event will benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Visit Franklin will be on-site doing some fun stuff too!
Rodeo & Juliet feat. Leigh Nash
Truth be told I’m biased when it comes to my friend Leigh Nash. You see, before I started at Visit Franklin, I worked in the music business and one of the artists I was fortunate enough to tour with was Leigh when she fronted Sixpence None the Richer. I still look back at those days years ago and think fondly of them. So having her coming to town to perform with our other good friends Rodeo & Juliet at the Franklin Theatre makes me happy. This will no doubt be a great night of live music in the heart of America’s Favorite Main Street! Don’t miss it!
Sweet Corn Festival at Lucky Ladd Farms
You may have scanned ahead already and started to notice a theme developing. The food in Franklin (especially in August) is outstanding and the Sweet Corn Festival at Lucky Ladd Farms is no exception! Bring the whole family to experience and explore this award winning 60-acre farm nestled right outside of Franklin, TN.
Raise the Roofs
The sixth-annual Friends of Franklin Parks “Raise the Roofs” event promises to be the best party of the summer, including bites from some of Franklin’s most wonderful restaurants, plenty of equestrian-themed entertainment, and a polo match to cap off the evening. We love supporting this event because all proceeds benefit Friends of Franklin Parks and the organization’s efforts to continually enhance and connect the City’s 16-park system. This year a special general admission ticket is available for $10 to watch the Polo match at the end of the end of the evening.
Music in the Meadow
Do you love the live music, the outdoors and beauty? Good. Then pack a picnic, gather friends and family, and head over to Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary for an evening of fun, friends, and live music. Arrive early to stake out the perfect picnic spot, meet Owl’s Hill’s non-releasable live owls, and go for a hike! You’ll enjoy these special nights in Franklin, Tennessee!
The Great Americana BBQ Festival
Forgive me if I hype this 2nd-year event up just a little. Last year I loved participating with some friends on a competition BBQ team and am looking forward to doing it again! Not only was it a huge success for a first-year event, but this year is looking to be even bigger and better. The festival is hosted by The Franklin BBQ Society and The Franklin Noon Rotary Club (FNRC). The FNRC has dedicated over six decades of service to its community and has distributed over two million dollars to local charities. (Reread that last sentence if you need to. It’s pretty incredible!) In addition to raising money for a great cause, this BBQ festival is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) which means the best of the best will be there producing some of the best BBQ in the South! Get ready, it’ll be delicious!