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Calendar of Events: Aug. 1

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Jessica Craven will perform at Franklin Road Apparel during Art Scene.

Franklin Art Scene

Friday, 6-9 p.m.

Downtown Franklin

Downtown Franklin is turned into an arts center once a month with local artists showcasing their unique talents in a free-to-attend event.

The Franklin Art Scene invites lovers of the arts to stop by all participating locations during the evening’s arts crawl. The Art Scene trolley will be available for free rides throughout the event. 

For information on the Franklin Art Scene, a full list of artists and a map of all featured locations, visit www.franklinartscene.org.

Williamson County Fair

Friday-Aug. 10

Williamson County Ag Expo Park

The Williamson County Fair is celebrating 15 years with loads of new entertainment options on tap.

Featuring various attractions and exhibits and nightly entertainment, the fair has grown each summer and continues to be a beacon for agricultural education in Williamson County.

Daily admission specials, including various opportunities for free gate admission, will be available throughout the fair’s nine-day run. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.williamsoncountyfair.org.

‘Matilda the Musical’

Friday-Aug. 11

Franklin Theatre

The first regional production of “Matilda the Musical,” Time Magazine’s Show of the Year, is coming to Franklin as part of the Act Too Players professional company. 

Tickets, which run from $20 to $49, are available at www.franklintheatre.com or by calling the box office at 615-538-2076.

Boots & Jeans, BBQ & Beans

Aug. 9, 6 p.m.

The Factory at Franklin

Politics will combine with barbecue and live music, including a special guest, for Sen. Jack Johnson’s 13th annual Boots & Jeans, BBQ & Beans.

Joining Johnson (R-Franklin) at his annual event will be U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida). Food from Martin’s BBQ will be served while live music plays through the night.

Tickets are available for $50 at johnsonfortennessee.com.

‘Cheaper by the Dozen’

Aug. 9-10

Williamson County Performing Arts Center

The first production by Straight to the Stars, the newest addition to the Williamson County Parks & Recreation Department’s family of award-winning youth theater options, will be “Cheaper by the Dozen,” a delightful family comedy. 

Performances will begin at 7 both nights at the performing arts center at Academy Park, at 112 Everbright Ave. in Franklin. 

Tickets are $10 each and are available online. Go to https://academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com and then click on “Tickets and Events."

Rock ’n’ Raid for Sean Block Party

Aug. 10, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Wheeler’s Raid Distillery, Nolensville

The Sean Karl Foundation recently announced a brand-new fundraising event to benefit pediatric cancer research.   

The Rock ’n’ Raid for Sean Block Party will offer a fun evening out, with music by Next Door Boys, food trucks, a corn hole tournament and even a Life of Bourbon tasting and tour.

General entry tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Extra purchase options are available at seankarlfoundation.org/events

Black Expo & Youth Fair

Aug. 16-17

Hilton Franklin Cool Springs and Johnson Elementary School

The African American Heritage Society of Williamson County will host the second annual Black Expo & Youth Fair, a two-day celebration with a networking mixer.

This free weekend of events and activities will showcase products and services from local organizations and minority-owned businesses as well as exciting exhibits, performers, youth sports and food.

The mixer is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs. The expo and fair will start at 10 a.m. on Aug. 17 and be at Johnson Elementary School.

Register for the event at Eventbrite.com. Vendor registrationis at aahsblackexporegistration.eventbrite.com.

‘Mamma Mia!’

Aug. 16-Sept. 8

Jamison Theater at The Factory at Franklin

Studio Tenn is kicking off its 10th anniversary season with the ABBA-music-filled hit “Mamma Mia!” at Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin. 

Tickets and more information are available online at studiotenn.com/mamma-mia or by calling 615-541-8200.

Five Points Swing Band show and lesson

Aug. 25, 2 p.m.

Williamson County Performing Arts Center

Five Points Swing Band will get the crowd in the dancing mood once again at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center with another great show. 

Champion Ballroom Center will start off the event at 2 p.m. with a free dance lesson. Then, attendees will have a chance to show off their new dance moves when the swing band takes the stage at 3 p.m.  

Though not required, 1940s attire is admired. There will be a prize for best dressed. Tickets are $10 and are available at academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com. Individuals must purchase a ticket to the concert to attend the dance class. 

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