The shuttle service will help alleviate traffic and parking downtown during the event, which attracts thousands to Downtown Franklin. Free parking is available at Harlinsdale Park on Franklin Road and at the Peoples’ Church on Murfreesboro Road on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
On Sunday, April 29, just Harlinsdale Park will be open for parking noon to 6 p.m. Frankin Transit Authority will run trolleys and shuttles into the festival on a continuous route from these park-and-ride lots for $1 for adults and 50-cents for children and seniors. The Harlinsdale Park route will drop off and pick up passengers on 1st Avenue South while the Peoples’ Church route will drop off and pick up at 4th Avenue South. Both stops put passengers right at the entrances to the event.
The Franklin Main Street Festival presented by First Tennessee features more than 200 artisans & crafters, two stages, two carnivals and a couple dozen food trucks to round out a full weekend of entertainment.
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.
Produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and the Downtown Franklin Association, the weekend event is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors to a full slate of family-oriented activities, non-stop musical entertainment and international flavors of more than 25 food vendors.
Other major sponsors include Chrysler/Dodge, Williamson Medical Center, Verizon, Publix Super Markets, The Grove, and The City of Franklin, with supporting sponsors Fox 17, Clear Channel Radio, The Tennessean/Williamson A.M., BlueSky Journeys, Yelp, Schroeder Chiropractic, Hammerstahl, Summerwinds Resorts, and FranklinIs.
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. Free entertainment is offered continuously on three stages—the First Tennessee Stage on the Public Square, the Heritage Stage on Fourth Avenue North and the Beer/Wine Garden on Fourth Avenue South.
There will also be a full-scale, traditional carnival at North Margin Street and Second Avenue North–the site of the future City of Franklin Bicentennial Park. 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 26-29. 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 located in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn., exit No. 65 from I-65, three miles west to the Public Square.
For more information, see www.historicfranklin.com or call 615-591-8500.