Community Calendar: Week of Oct. 17

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Millers Thrillers

Now through Nov. 2

Columbia

Fall brings Halloween and ever-popular excursions to haunted houses, but Millers Thrillers, celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, is more than just a walk of fear and excitement. 

Millers Thrillers boasts a haunted woods as well as a zombie paintball hayride and entertainment zone, just five minutes west of Spring Hill in Columbia. It is open 7-11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October and 7-10 p.m. and Nov. 1-2.

For information, visit www.millersthrillers.net.

The Musical Theatre Experience Program presents ‘Annie Kids’

Friday-Saturday

College Grove Artsitorium, College Grove

The Artsitorium, at 8601 Horton Highway in College Grove, will host performances of “Annie Kids” at 7 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. 

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning musical, “Annie Kids” features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. 

Tickets are $7 and available at www.wcparksandrec.com.

Franklin Wine Festival

Oct. 25, 7-10 p.m.

The Factory at Franklin

This 15th annual event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. 

Choose from more than 300 world-class vintages paired with offerings from 30 top local restaurants, creating a one-of-a-kind evening. 

Presented by Cool Springs Wine and Spirits and supported by Nissan, this is the fall event for foodies will include live entertainment, a diverse silent auction, tasting lounges, a fun photo booth and a unique fundraising competition, the King and Queen of the Vines. 

Tickets are $89 in advance and $100 at the door. To purchase tickets and learn more visit franklinwinefestival.com.

Pumpkinfest

Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Downtown Franklin

The Heritage Foundation’s 36 annual Pumpkinfest, presented by Jackson National Life Insurance Company, is Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival. 

With over 65,000 people in attendance, the festival stretches along Main Street in downtown Franklin and its avenues and offers tons of festive fun for families. To learn more, visit williamsonheritage.org

Downtown Franklin Rotary Chili Cookoff

Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-2p.m. 

Downtown Franklin during Pumpkinfest 

The Downtown Franklin Rotary is excited to bring back its third annual chili cookoff. 

Local teams will participate for bragging rights and trophies, and a ticket will get you a taste of chili from all participating teams and a chance to vote for your favorite. 

Beverages are available for purchase, and TVs will be set up on-site so you can follow your favorite football team. All proceeds go to the Downtown Franklin Rotary Club charities.

Grave Matters

Oct. 26, 7-9 p.m.

Franklin’s historic cemeteries

After dark, Franklin’s historic cemeteries will come to life with “Grave Matters: The Stories Behind the Stones” with tours and first-person stories of some of the folks buried there. For more information or tickets, visit. www.franklinonfoot.com.

Family Day at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm

Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Park at Harlinsdale Farm

This event includes a petting zoo, inflatable zone, fall festival, face painting, hay rides, food trucks, horse demonstrations, crafts, pony rides, miniature train rides and more. 

Wine Down Main Street

Nov. 2, 7-10 p.m.

Downtown Franklin

Mark your calendars, call your friends and book the babysitter. Lipman Brothers, Nashville’s oldest and largest distributor of wine and spirits, is the official wine sponsor for this event. 

This unique wine tasting will include more than 30 shops playing host to wines from around the world. Participants taste wines, shop and sample food from area restaurants — all while listening to great live music. 

Proceeds for this event benefit the more than 4,000 local youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee.

This is a 21-and-over event. For more information and to purchase tickets, which are $75, $125 for VIP and $200 for Premium VIP, visit winedownmainstreet.com.

Blue & Gray Days

Nov. 7-9 

Carter House and Carnton

Blue & Gray Days draws hundreds of spectators every year to Carter House and Carnton in Franklin. 

Guests will meet Civil War re-enactors and get hands-on experience with clothes, trades and weapons of the past. This living history experience is the perfect field trip and great for families. House tour tickets are $12 or $8 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Grounds-only tickets are $10.

Vvisit www.boft.org or call 615-794-0903. 

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