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Franklin Main Street Festival set for this weekend

Downtown Franklin’s 30th annual Main Street Festival is April 27-28, featuring more than 200 artisans and crafters, two stages, two carnivals and a couple dozen food trucks to round out a full weekend of fun on Franklin’s Main Street.

Hours for the free street festival are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, with the Fourth Avenue Street Dance continuing until 10 p.m., and all activities re-opening noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The area of the festival is Main Street from First Avenue to Fifth Avenue, and including portions of Third and Fourth Avenues with a carnival on First Avenue South on what is known locally as the silo property.

Organizers say the weekend event could draw more than 100,000 visitors.

To help manage traffic, a shuttle service offered by the Franklin Transit Authority, with free parking at Harlinsdale Park on Franklin Road and at The People’s Church on Murfreesboro Road. Shuttle rides to the event are $1 for adults and 50 cents for children and seniors. Both sites will operate on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; only the Harlinsdale site will operate on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Handmade work to be exhibited includes original oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, woodworking, ornamental iron, stained glass, photography, home and garden accents, birdhouses, leatherwork and much more.

In addition to a juried arts and crafts show with more than 200 entries, the festival offers a special area of children's activities on Third Avenue North between the Public Square and Bridge Street.

There will also be a fullscale, traditional carnival at First Avenue South, relocated this year due to construction. The carnival opens earlier than the festival on Thursday and goes through Sunday.

Carnival hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 25-28.. Thursday nights and all day Sunday are “wristband” days at the carnival, during which a $20 wristband offers unlimited access to the rides.

The Main Street Festival is produced by The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and it division, the Downtown Franklin Association. Proceeds from the event are used to fulfi ll the mission of the organization, which is to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

Parking and Shuttle Information

Park your car and hop aboard the Franklin Transit Main Street Shuttle this weekend. One-way rides are just $1. On Saturday, the shuttle service will run from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Park at either The Park at Harlinsdale Farm on Franklin Road (across from The Factory at Franklin), or at The Peoples Church located at 828 Murfreesboro Road and catch the Transit Shuttle.

On Sunday, the shuttle service will run from noon to 7 p.m. to and from The Park at Harlinsdale Farm on Franklin Road.

The Franklin Transit Main Street Shuttle is operated by the Franklin Transit Authority. For more information about Franklin’s public transit service visit: or call 615-628-0263.

Posted on: 4/25/2013


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