Franklin, NC Events Calendar

Incorporated 1855

Reserving Town Facilities & Requesting Street Closures

The Town of Franklin, NC receives many requests to reserve Memorial Park and the Gazebo on the Square for special events.

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To reserve the Gazebo on the Square click here to » Download Gazebo Reservation Form (PDF Format)

Some events require street closures. All street closings must be presented to the Town Council for approval. All requests must be submitted to the Town Manager one week prior to the scheduled Town Council meeting. The Franklin Town Council meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Boardroom located at 95 East Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

To request a road closure for a special event click here to » Download Road Closure Request Form (PDF Format)


Upcoming 2020 Events

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Pickin' on the Square • Begins Late May through October

Pickin' on the Square returns to Downtown Franklin. This free event is held each Saturday Night (weather permitting) and features live entertainment each week. Bring your lawn chair for a great evening of family entertainment during Pickin' on the Square. Come early and enjoy one of our great restaurants. Food vendors also available.

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Airing of the Quilts • May 9, 2020

Sponsored by over 30 Downtown Franklin, North Carolina Merchants the Airing of the Quilts is an outdoor quilt show that showcases this timeless piece of our Appalachian heritage. See quilts displayed all throughout Historic Downtown Franklin as businesses and homeowners will be hanging quilts from their store fronts and porches that will create an unbelievable burst of spring color throughout the Town of Franklin, NC.


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First Friday Movies • June Thru October 2020

First Friday Movies are presented by the Town of Franklin in conjunction with Ruby Cinemas. This FREE family event is held in the lower level parking lot at Town Hall at 95 East Main Street in Downtown Franklin. Movies are held weather permitting at dark. Come early, bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a fun evening unders the starts in Downtown Franklin, NC.

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Taste of Scotland Festival • Father's Day Weekend

A day of Scottish Fun, Food, Fashion, Music, Highland Games, Clans, Border Collie Demonstrations, Crafters, Cherokee and Re-enactor Demonstrations, Seminars, and Culture for the whole family! Other events are planned around the festival as well and can you learn more by clicking the link below. Held annually on Father's Day Weekend.


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Franklin's All-American 4th of July Celebration

Franklin's Annual Independence Day Celebration begins with our annual 4th of July Parade at 10:00am. While you go most places to see a parade, we actually invite you to participate! Deck out in red, white and blue and walk or drive down Main Street. NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To join in, just be in the lower level of Franklin Town Hall for lineup beginning at 9:30 am. The event also features contests for kids and much more!


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Appalachian Heritage Festival

Sponsored by over 30 Downtown Franklin, North Carolina Merchants .... the Appalachian Heritage Festival brings a day of free fun for all ages on Saturday, July 18, 2020! Nearly 50 live demonstrations will be showcased and will feature the essence of life in Appalachia. You'll see quilters, wood carvers, canoe builders and even a live, working gem mining flume. They will all be setup on the sidewalks and in front of businesses giving everyone easy access to them. Many other events are planned as well. Plus with it being a celebration of Appalachia, you'll be hearing a lot of music from guitar to dulcimer, banjo and more!


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24th annual Pumpkinfest!

Get ready to let the good times roll during Franklin, North Carolina's 24th Annual PumpkinFest! This street festival and celebration of Autumn is pure family fun! Children and adults alike will have a blast taking part in traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities during Western North Carolina's premier autumn festival.

PumpkinFest rolls into action on Saturday, October 17th and Historic Downtown Franklin, North Carolina is full tilt with everything pumpkin. Bring your pumpkin (or purchase one downtown) and sign up early for the World Famous Pumpkin Roll. The Costume Parade and Contest is another highlight of the day as well as the Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest. And don't miss out on more than 80 vendors including mountain arts & crafts along with great food! There is always live entertainment including roving street performers. PumpkinFest runs from 9am to 4pm and is held rain or shine.


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Veterans Parade & Ceremony

Join the Town of Franklin as we, along with our citizens, honor Veterans on Wednesday, November 11th with a parade & ceremony. Once again in 2020 featuring the award winning FHS Marching Panther Regiment.

The parade will leave the lower level of Franklin Town Hall at 10:30 am and travel to the Gazebo on the Square for the ceremony. Special banners, carried by the Boy Scouts, lead each group of Veterans along the parade route according to the war or time period of service.  Lineup for the parade begins at 10:00am for Veterans that wish to participate.

The Veterans Ceremony begins at 11:00am and is always very moving. It features a guest speaker along with a wreath laying ceremony and the playing of Taps. Come, bring the entire family and show your appreciation of these men and women who have served. We also encourage you to show your patriotic pride by dressing in red, white and blue!


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Winter Wonderland Night One

Join with us for this most wonderful time of year as Historic Downtown Franklin is transformed into a "Winter Wonderland" featuring: living window displays of Christmas & the Holidays, live sounds of the season outdoors at the downtown gazebo and inside stores, FREE carriage rides, miniature train rides, refreshments, hot cider, great sales from downtown merchants and much more! You can also meet and take your photo with Santa!

Winter Wonderland coincides with Small Business Saturday® founded by American Express®. Plus, we will hold our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7:00pm on the Square! Remember, our Downtown Merchants are open late during Winter Wonderland with great gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list! Winter Wonderland is held rain or shine.


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Winter Wonderland NIGHT TWO

You'll find there's no holiday quite like a mountain holiday in Franklin, NC , so bring the family and enjoy all the music, lights, fun and holiday cheer during night two of Winter Wonderland in Historic Franklin, North Carolina. Enjoy FREE carriage rides in an elegant carriage drawn by a white Percheron over 18 hands tall. Also enjoy FREE wagon rides and miniature train rides. Santa will also be there! Winter Wonderland is held rain or shine but subject to snow :-).