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.



Please Note: The rental of Memorial Park is suspended until the end of October 2020 pending the Governor's Executive Orders. . Festivals and Events at the Gazebo are suspended due to the Governor's Executive Orders. However, if anyone wishes to have a parade, demonstration, or rally they need to contact Chief Harrell at the Franklin Police Department.

To Reserve Memorial Park » Click Here (you will be redirected to a special page)

Reservations must be received a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to reserve date

To Reserve the Gazebo on the Square » Click Here (you will be redirected to a special page)


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 • SEE NOTES BELOW


Due to COVID-19 restrictions in the State of North Carolina, Pickin' on the Square is postponed until further notice

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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The Town of Franklin Presents - Fireworks Over Franklin

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Town of Franklin, NC will be unable to hold its Annual Independence Day Parade and associated events.

However, this year we are proud to present a special July 4th fireworks display beginning at 9:30 pm on Highlands Road across from the Shops at Riverwalk, formerly East Franklin Shopping Center. Fireworks Over Franklin will feature hundreds of aerial fireworks plus a 250 shell grand finale! This is a PARK & WATCH EVENT. Visit our Special Events Website for additional information.


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6th Annual Hometown Heritage Festival • Saturday, July 18th

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the 6th Annual Hometown Heritage Festival has been cancelled.

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2nd Annual Hometown Fall Market Day • Saturday, September 05th

Sponsored by over 30 Downtown Franklin, North Carolina Merchants ... Hometown Fall Market Day is in its second year. Hometown Fall Market Day will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm along Main Street as well as Iotla & Phillips Streets and the Gazebo on the Square area of Downtown Franklin.

Hometown Market Day features handmade and homemade crafts and products. You'll also discover small businesses that might not have a store front and other businesses around Macon County and Franklin, NC that will be showcasing their business . All Main Street Businesses will have tents in front of their stores selling there merchandise as well. And there will also be a section for non-profits.

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24th annual Pumpkinfest! • CANCELLED

With the Covid -19 pandemic continuing to evolve unpredictably and in accordance with state guidance on large gatherings, the Town of Franklin, NC has made the very difficult decision to cancel the 24th Annual PumpkinFest that was scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2020.

The Franklin Town Council along with other local and state officials have concluded there is too much risk at this time to hold a festival of this size. PumpkinFest is Franklin's largest festival bringing over 8,000 people to downtown Franklin each year. The safety and health of our guests, vendors, partners, and staff are always our first priority and the Town of Franklin felt this was the responsible decision to make.


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Veterans Parade & Ceremony • November 11th

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 • November 28th

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 • December 5th

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 :-).