31 Awesome Things to do this July in #FranklinTN
July is quite possibly one of the best months of the entire year. Of course, that includes Independence Day, but also being right in the middle of summer is really a sweet spot. Kids in school still have an entire month before they have to think about going back to school, shorts and flip flops are still considered the weekend uniform, and having an ice cream cone (or two) in hand at all times is not only acceptable but encouraged. All in all, it is a month simply filled with fun every day! The same is true here in Franklin, Tennessee, so here’s your guide how to best celebrate all 31 days of July.
1- Shop Southern at MADE SOUTH at The Factory at Franklin
Peruse through the booths of the finest artisans and makers throughout the South. They each descend on Franklin, Tennessee each year for the MADE SOUTH Market which is a shopping experience unlike any other. As you stock up on the best products of the south, fill your stomach with samples from some of the region’s top chefs and groove with live music the entire time as well.
2- Watch the pros in the Nashville Golf Open Final Round
The PGA TOUR’s next generation is in town for the Web.com Tour’s Nashville Golf Open. Get out to the course and see these guys tee it up because soon you’ll be seeing them walking the fairways of the big tour events.
3- Strum on a legendary guitar in the Serenite Maison pickin’ corner
Find your way to Leiper’s Fork and wander into Serenite Maison for a musicians dream. Hanging on the wall are priceless guitars, mandolins, banjos, and more that should probably be in a museum. Instead, they are hanging there waiting for you to strum. Don’t get too attached though, they aren’t for sale. They will hang on the wall at Serenite Maison forever for any and all to play.
4- Celebrate America at Franklin on the Fourth
Celebrate America’s incredible freedom on a Great American Main Street with everything you would expect from a storybook Independence Day; live music, great food, ice cream, family fun, classic cars, and of course fireworks.
5- Get two scoops from Kilwins to celebrate National Ice Cream Month
Follow your nose to Kilwins in downtown Franklin, and after watching them handmake their sweet concoctions, make your way to the ice cream counter and pile up the scoops on a waffle cone!
6- Shop your way down Main Street
7- Enlighten your creative side at First Friday Art Scene
This month’s Art Scene is spotlighting BETTER CITIES FOR PETS, and many of the artists will be featuring pet themed art. See the full lineup of art stops here.
8- Laugh so hard it hurts with the Franklin Improv All-Stars
Get an abs workout without even having to get out of your seat as you laugh out loud to the hilarious spontaneity of the Franklin Improv All-Stars.
9- Get off the beaten path for a hike at Timberland Park
10- Immerse yourself in Civil War History at Carnton, Carter House, and Lotz House
Walk the battlefields, pay a visit to the “Witness Tree,” tour the homes, and hear the stories of three families and a shared experience during the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin.
11- Savor the flammable consumables at Leiper’s Fork Distillery
The newest distillery in Williamson County has a special bit of flair, or should I say flame, on its tour. As you tour the impressive distillery operation, your tour guide will explain why whiskey is the only flammable consumable people willingly drink, with a flaming finger party trick you won’t want to miss! After seeing the distilling process, settle in for a tasting experience sure to wow you even more.
12- Find yourself mesmerized at Music City Roots
Let multi-Grammy award winner Jim Lauderdale guide you through an evening of music you’ll never forget. Join the audience for the taping of the Music City Roots national broadcast that features three musical acts, from three different genres of music, as they perform their hits before coming together at the end for a great jam session together.
13- Hop aboard the Hello Trolley for a historic Franklin tour
Hop aboard one of the newest ways to see Franklin, Tennessee with one of Hello Trolly’s historic downtown Franklin tours, or their newest tour that visits sites along the new Masters & Makers Trail.
14- Taste the “whole hog”
Dig in at the original Martin’s BBQ Joint in Nolensville. Famous for his whole hog process, owner and chef Pat Martin has perfected the process and each plate serves as proof. Don’t just take our word for it, go get a plate for yourself! (Get a side order of the Redneck Tacos too, just trust us, and you can thank us later!)
15- Sip while you stretch with Beer & Yoga at Mantra
Whether you are an experienced yogi, new to the game, or just looking for a reason to have a beer at 10 a.m., head over to Mantra Artisan Ales on Saturday mornings. After finding your inner self, select your favorite brew from the dozens of selections they have on tap and enjoy it during a tour of the brewery.
16- Visit the Owls at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary
Owl’s Hill is a nature sanctuary that houses and rehabs owls in need allows you to get up close and see some of nature’s most mysterious creatures like you’ve likely never seen them before. It also features miles of nature trails, ponds, open fields, and loads of activities for kids of all ages.
17- Captain a canoe down the Harpeth
Visit our friends at Paddle Dog Adventures for a stress-free float down the Harpeth River. They’ll handle the transportation to and from the river, all you have to do is gather your friends for a leisurely float down the river, enjoying the scenery and great swimming spots along the way.
18- Explore the two-lane road along the Natchez Trace Parkway
Roll the windows down, turn up your favorite tunes and let your hair blow in the wind as you cruise down the Natchez Trace Parkway. A 444-mile National Scenic Byway, this two-lane wonder is required by law to be beautiful so leave your cares at the on-ramp and let your sense of adventure take over.
19- Craft a masterpiece at Third Coast Clay
Let your inner craftiness come out by crafting your own masterpiece out of clay at Third Coast Clay. Don’t worry, if that brings back bad memories of a lopsided ashtray from middle school art class, Third Coast Clay also has a huge selection of pre-made creations just waiting for you to paint with your own sense of style. Once you’re done they take care of heating and treating it, and it can take its place atop your mantle three short days later!
20- Test your trivia skills on Trivia Thursday at Mill Creek Brewing Co.
Have an unhealthy amount of early 90’s pop culture knowledge you need to let out? How about those random tidbits or historical trivia your high school classmates said you’d never need? Show off your head full of knowledge, all while enjoying a brew from Mill Creek Brewing Company’s Trivia Thursdays.
21- Tap your toe to the tunes at Bluegrass Along the Harpeth Fiddlers Jamboree
Beginning on the 21st and lasting all weekend, the Bluegrass Along the Harpeth Fiddlers Jamboree fills downtown Franklin with the sounds of bluegrass. Bring your lawn chair and settle in for a while as bluegrass acts from across the region entertain with their signature sounds.
22- Feast on watermelon at Lucky Ladd Farm
Load up the kids and show off your best Watermelon Crawl at the Watermelon Festival at Lucky Ladd Farms. Free slices of watermelon will be given to the whole family, while kids can enjoy splash zones and games like seed spitting, melon toss, and of course a watermelon eating contest.
23- Spend an evening of Americana music with Rodeo & Juliet at The Franklin Theatre
You may know Marc Martel from YouTube, the band Queen sure does! He’s now the new frontman of The Queen Experience and will be in Franklin “rocking you” with hits at the monthly Rodeo & Juliet Sunday Evening Summer Music Series sure to leave you feeling like a “champion.”
24- Get lost in a book at Landmark Booksellers
If you love the smell of leather and story-filled pages, Landmark Booksellers is calling your name! This bookstore filled with classics, Tennessee authors, and new releases is sure to have a little something for everyone. The real gem of Landmark Booksellers though is the conversation you are sure to have with owners Joel and Carol Tomlin. The friendly couple is famous for their friendliness and caring. So much so their story inspired a New York Times bestseller, and later a Lifetime movie, titled The Bridge.
25- Reward your taste buds with a 100 Layer Donut from Five Daughters Bakery
Need we really say more than 100 layer donut? If you still need convincing, these confectionary wonders come in a variety of flavors that change daily.
26- Take in a sunset and a chardonnay on the hillside at Arrington Vineyard
There is hardly a site in the state of Tennessee as beautiful as a sunset over Arrington Vineyard. Gather that special someone or your group of friends and take it in with one of Arrington’s many award-winning wines in your glass. Get there early with your blanket and spread out for the day, while letting Simply Living Life deliver a picnic right to you.
27- Be blown away on open mic night at Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork
You’ll want to make a reservation for this because open mic night at Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork has become legendary. While having a plate of BBQ on a paper plate – as it should be served! – let the talent on stage blow you away. A number of acts you hear on the radio today got their start on the Puckett’s stage, and with so many superstars living nearby you never know who will pop up on stage next!
28- Throw a strike under the disco ball at King’s Bowl
Not your average bowling alley, King’s Bowl mixes bowling with gourmet food, live music, and fun for all ages. With big screens in every direction, it makes for a great place to watch your favorite team play as well.
29- Watch balloons glow at the Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival
Head out to the pond at Westhaven to see dozens of hot air balloons light up the night during a balloon glow after dusk at the Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival. Get there early though for live music, games for the kids and the opportunity to get up-close to several hot air balloons.
30- Mix muskets and music at Carnton’s Sunset Concert Series
Listen to some of the area’s most talented musicians on the lawn outside Carnton. As the music serenades the evening air, explore the historic gardens and battlefield area around Carnton that witnessed the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin.
31- Clean your plate at Amerigo’s Farm Dinner
Let chef Steven Robilo wow you with his creations, all prepared with ingredients from the Franklin Farmer’s Market during Amerigo’s Farm Dinner Series. The dinner will feature produce, meats, and cheeses from local farms and will highlight flavors of the season.