Franklin in March: A Certain Cure for Wanderlust
March is my favorite time of the year, yes because winter is finally leaving and spring starts to arrive, yadda, yadda, yadda, but really because of all the basketball! If you are a hoops nut from the day you were born like I am, we've got your tournament basketball covered from Selection Sunday through the final notes of Luther Vandross' ever famous rendition of One Shining Moment. Check out these great spots to watch your team in the Big Dance! If March is the month you celebrate your Irish heritage - or just feel Irish for a day - McCreary's Irish Pub on Main Street is the spot for you this St. Patrick's Day.
I know that basketball and green beer isn't the end all, be all for everyone, thankfully there are plenty of other incredible things going on this March around Franklin too. Here are a few I can't wait to check out!
Masonic Hall Tours
The oldest building in Franklin, Tennessee - the Franklin Masonic Hall - is often shrouded in mystery because of the secretive nature of the Masons is open to the public for Hard Hat History Tours to explore spaces inside the hall that have never before seen by the public. Fridays and Saturdays during March, you will have the opportunity to explore the unique construction methods used on the building which of course included 19th Century Freemasonry, view Civil War graffiti left on the walls during the 1864 Battle of Franklin, and the spot where President Andrew Jackson met with the Chickasaw Indian tribe in the only meeting between a sitting US President and Indian tribe leaders.
Taste of Williamson
Skip breakfast, start fasting a day earlier, or whatever you have to do in order to save room for this Taste of Williamson experience! Over 40 restaurants from around Franklin and Williamson County will take over the CoolSprings Galleria for a night where ticket holders can meet the chefs while sipping on a favorite beverage and sampling the savory local favorite creations. The event is also the kickoff to Restaurant Week in Williamson County so as you taste your favorites make note and you can make plans to hit them all the following week as well.
Mark Saturday, March 9, as the day you get filled with inspiration. The Gumption Conference - put on by our good friends at MADE SOUTH - has the sole purpose of fostering creativity and hospitality in the American South. What this means is lots of cool southerners who are doing really cools stuff to make the world a better place are going to share stories about how they are using food, drink, music, storytelling, poetry, woodworking, photography, and even spray paint to positively impact the future of the American South. Many of them, like the chefs and distillers especially, will also have much of their creations on hand for sampling too.
If you are a whiskey and bourbon fan and have studied up on how to 'bourbon' your way through Franklin, you'll know exactly what Whiskey Warmer is and why you need to snag tickets ASAP! Distillers and representatives from some of the most recognizable bourbon and whiskey brands in the country - including our very own H Clark Distillery and Leiper's Fork Distillery - will be on hand for this annual event. Cozy up for samples of not just incredible whiskey and bourbon but also great local foods from some of Franklin's top chefs and restaurants.
Experience it all with the family
You don't have to visit Franklin for just one specific event in March, the emergence of spring is reason enough to load the whole family up for a fun-filled weekend. There are too many ways for a family to enjoy Franklin to list them all here, so we'll just let the Dufilho family share the fun and adventure they had on a weekend getaway to Franklin!