Top 4 Unforgettable Summer Music Events in Franklin, Tennessee

This is for you: live-music lovers, entertainment enthusiasts, and those who embrace the great outdoors! Okay, admittedly, it’s also for me. I am a huge lover of live music and have been for years. I keep a diary of every artist I’ve seen perform, including a list of artists still to see. I’m happy to say that it has become a diverse and lengthy list. With that said, I’ve been keeping an eye on some great local outdoor venues in our beautiful town of Franklin, Tennessee. Read on to find some of my favorite seasonal happenings and ones you will likely wish to revisit. Then start planning your musical outings this summer!

Who’s in for some music in the vineyards? I am! I adore the beauty of Arrington Vineyards and find there is no better pairing than an idyllic setting with wine, friends, and live music. From bluegrass and jazz to my favorite, the blues, you’ll find something to your liking from talented local artists during the free Music in the Vines concert series right here in the wine country of Franklin.

I recently met with friends to explore this charming property with plenty of distinct outdoor spaces. We’re avid walkers and wholeheartedly agreed that the picturesque vineyards situated on multiple hilly acres allowed us to have a unique experience and still meet our daily step goal. After exploring, you’ll find us relaxing on a perfectly sought-out hilltop spot sipping on a wine flight, or if it’s an extra-warm day, a refreshing frosé. Don’t forget to grab some local food trucks fare, or pick up a beautiful charcuterie to go with your favorite pour while posted up at one of the many picnic tables. 

One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday evening during the summer months is to head over to Carnton with a group of friends for their Sunset Concert Series. It’s the perfect way to unwind and close out a fun-filled summer weekend. This year’s lineup includes a fan-favorite Bon Jovi tribute band and Mixtape, an 80s cover band. I’m sure you and your friends will soon be belting out the familiar tunes and having your own dance-off, full of nostalgia and epic guitar solos. Picnicking is encouraged, but if you want to forego putting together your own, you’ll find some on-site food options and specialty cocktails for sale. Last year, the mint julep was off-the-charts delicious!  

One hint: Before the music, take a stroll through the beautiful gardens and embrace the rich history of the historic property. This garden oasis is one of my favorite, magical spots for a photo op. 

Are you looking for an exciting experience and some of the best acoustic string music in town? Bluegrass Along the Harpeth Fiddlers Jamboree is sure to lift your spirits and have you stomping your feet. This annual pick-and-play bluegrass jam session spans the fourth weekend of July in the heart of downtown Franklin. I always feel like I’ve stepped into a movie during this weekend of toe-tapping fun, and while I leave the playing to the pros, consider joining in if you want to show off those picking skills. So gather your friends and family and join me for some good ol’ free live music. 

Now, let’s talk about the festival that deserves a spot on your bucket list: Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival! As you have read, music ignites my soul. If you can relate, be sure to plan on attending this two-day weekend festival on September 24-25 with incredible artists, from local legends to your favorite stars, taking the stage at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm on the outskirts of downtown Franklin. This year’s Pilgrimage lineup includes Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jon Batiste, The Avett Brothers, and so many more! I fully expect more surprise guests this year, too. (Justin Timberlake, anyone?) Be sure to enjoy the Farm to Turntable food truck area, Makers Village local artisan market, and more activations throughout the festival’s footprint to round out your experience. 

Ready to immerse yourself in the eclectic music scene that Franklin has to offer this summer? Mark your calendars, grab your tickets, and let’s do this!