FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to welcome three new events from Acklen Park Productions; Beer Bacon & Bourbon, Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival, and BRAMBLE to Franklin in 2016.

“We are thrilled to have these three events coming to Franklin,” said Ellie Westman Chin, President & CEO of the Williamson County Convention and Visitor Bureau. “Previous events from Acklen Park Productions show they know how to produce fun, inviting events and we look forward to the same with Beer, Bacon, & Bourbon, the Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival and BRAMBLE.”

The first, Beer Bacon & Bourbon will take place Saturday, March 5, at The Factory at Franklin. The Saturday evening social event will feature top local craft brewed beers, a myriad of bacon themed hor ‘doeuvres and the finest southern bourbon. It will also host a first-of-its-kind local home brew exhibition, called the “Tennessee Home Brew Exhibition,” which will give guests the opportunity to try home brewed beers from across the state of Tennessee and award a “people’s choice” winner. Tickets to Beer Bacon & Bourbon are $75 and can be purchased online at beerbaconbourbontn.com. 

Saturday, May 14, the Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place at Westhaven. This event is destined to become one of Franklin’s top family-friendly events and will provide an affordable, fun opportunity for the whole family. The Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival, running from 3-9 p.m., will include craft vendors, live music, food trucks, a KidZone and will conclude with a spectacular hot air balloon glow at dusk. General admission tickets will be $15 and VIP Experience tickets are $60. Tickets are available online at franklinballonfestival.com.

BRAMBLE, a first-of-its-kind event designed just for the Southern Gentleman will take place 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, June 4 inside The Factory at Franklin. Offering something for every guy’s taste, from outdoor equipment, exotic cars, craft beer and spirits too, sports, fashion, video games and barbecue, visitors will be able to find all things manly in the same place. General admission tickets to BRAMBLE are $25 and the VIP Experience is $50. Tickets can be purchased online at brambletn.com.

 The Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB) is the official destination marketing organization for Franklin and the unique communities of Williamson County, Tennessee. The WCCVB stimulates economic growth through the promotion of travel and tourism assets such as history, music, attractions, entertainment, the arts, and events to visitors from around the world. For information on Franklin and Williamson County, visit us on the web at VisitFranklin.com.



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