Save the Date: Awesome Adventures Await in Franklin
Each January the United States Travel Association sets aside a national Plan For Vacation Day in which people can plan out their entire year of travel. For all you Type A planners out there, this is no problem but ponder this: last year alone 52 percent of Americans left unused vacation time on the table which added up to a staggering 705 million unused vacation days! Now if your New Year’s resolution was to get more organized – and you’ve already refolded all your socks and organized your closets Marie Kondo style – might we suggest your next task. Go ahead and plan for vacation! Planning can be tough. So many possible decisions, right? Well, that’s why we are here to help. Consider this your ‘Save the Date’ for fun throughout the year in Franklin, Tennessee.
Now this isn’t like the Save the Date you get to the wedding of your sixth cousin you haven’t talked to since that one family reunion when you were kids, no, this is the one you are going to want to hang on the refrigerator and refer back to throughout the year as you keep planning for a great weekend getaway, or are even a week-long relaxation binge! Okay, on to the fun stuff.
Studio Tenn: A Tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes
March 14-17: The incredible minds behind Franklin’s premiere theater company, Studio Tenn, will be taking over the iconic stage of The Franklin Theatre for a one-of-a-kind show in tribute to one of America’s greatest entertainers – Frank Sinatra. As part of their Legacy Series, the performers of Studio Tenn will transport you back to a classic club performance from Ol’ Blue Eyes himself that’ll have you swooning.
Main Street Festival
April 27-28: Looking for an example of the quintessential southern festival? Look no further than Franklin’s Main Street Festival in late April. This long-running festival has become one of the largest weekend festivals in the southeast and draws guests from across the country to experience its classic southern hospitality, taste foods of all kinds, sip on southern classics, and of course listen to incredible live music and browse the works of incredible makers and artists from across the south.
Nashville Golf Open
May 2-9: Get up-close to the next stars of the PGA TOUR as the Web.com Tour makes its annual stop in Brentwood. Watch as the names of the future in golf compete on one of Tennessee’s toughest courses. You won’t find the crowds of a PGA TOUR event, but you will find just as much talent and even more access. Want to sit 10 feet away and watch the pros craft their games on the range? You can do that. In years past the field has included multiple PGA TOUR winners, US Amateur champs, NCAA champs and
Opening in August: Have you ever been the very first person to stay in a hotel room? Well, in August you’ll not only have that opportunity in downtown Franklin’s newest hotel but it could be one of the most lavish sleeps you ever have. You may not want to leave the posh amenities of The Harpeth, a brand new hotel from Hilton’s exclusive Curio Collection after it opens either. With the multitude of restaurants, bars, and oh that spa, we wouldn’t blame you. But right outside your door will be Main Street with its live music, shopping, and classic Southern charm.
Tennessee Renaissance Festival
Every Weekend in May: Travel back to 16th Century England where you’ll find specialty foods and drinks of the period, not to mention countless characters ready to interact with you and show off their wares ranging from silks to swords. You’ll not want to miss the live jousts or performances from renaissance musicians spreading their merriment throughout the festival. You also don’t want to miss the castle – especially you Taylor Swift fans – it’s the castle where she filmed the Love Story video!
Great Slider Showdown
June 1: Made South has a reputation for putting on some of the best events in the county and this one was a smash last year. You don’t want to miss the second installment of the Great Slider Showdown which squares off incredible chefs from across the south all trying to one-up each other for the best slider around. Rest assured this isn’t just a competition where the judges eat, there are plenty for all who attend plus cocktails from Eli Mason.
Southern Whiskey Society
August 3: Whiskey fans don’t pencil this event on your calendar, get out the biggest Sharpie you have and circle this date right away. Southern Whiskey Society has quickly become one of the hottest whiskey events in the nation with not only its unreal mix of hard to find whiskey and bourbons to try but also its mix of acclaimed chefs from across the south putting on a show as well with the creations they put on a plate throughout the night. Previous years of the Southern Whiskey Society have included the public debut of rare whiskey’s like Kentucky Owl Batch 7, pours of bourbons you can find in the wild any more, special barrel picks just for the event, and just for fun even test rides in a Tesla! With a track record like that, Batch 3 of SWS this August is sure to be one to remember.
Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
September 21-22: So the weather got in the way a little bit last year for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival but that’s OK because it will be back this September filling the Park at Harlinsdale Farm with some of the biggest names in music for the weekend. The lineup for the fifth year of the festival Rolling Stone has called the best curated in America will be announced in April, but if you want to get your early-bird tickets they are on sale now.
October 8: If you’ve ever wanted to be invited to the best neighborhood block party imaginable, consider this that invite. For Porchfest, the front porches of Franklin’s Westhaven community turn into stages featuring incredible talent. The best part is you don’t have to live in the neighborhood to attend! Wander the streets, sipping on a cocktail and sampling mouthwatering treats as some of the best singers and songwriters in the country turn their front porches into a Saturday night stage.
Leaf watching on Natchez Trace Parkway
October/November: The entire fall season in Franklin is practically designed for a soul refreshing views in every direction. The highlight of that though is without a doubt settling in for a drive along the gorgeous Natchez Trace Parkway. It is two-lanes of unobstructed views for 444 miles, and once you gaze upon the views from atop the famed double arch bridge here in Franklin you’ll know exactly why Travel + Leisure and so many others have called Franklin one of the best places in America to see the fall colors.
Battle of Franklin Illumination
November 30: It doesn’t take long once you get to Franklin to figure out it is a Civil War town. The 1864 Battle of Franklin is a major part of the town’s past and shaped much of its future. Each November, in remembrance of all the casualties suffered by both armies during the Battle of Franklin, the battlefield is filled with 10,000 luminaries and the names of each casualty are read aloud.
The Holiday’s in Franklin
Each Weekend of December: There is a festival or Christmas themed event happening each weekend of December leading up to Christmas in Franklin. From tree lighting ceremonies and parades down Main Street to the annual Dickens of a Christmas festival and classic Christmas movies at the Franklin Theatre, there is a bit of merriment to be had the entire month leading up to Jolly Ol’ St. Nick’s arrival.