Presented by First Tennessee Bank, Main Street Festival is back with several new elements
FRANKLIN, TN – The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 36th Annual Main Street Festival, Presented by First Tennessee Bank will take place Saturday, April 27, 2019 – Sunday, April 28, 2019. One of the of the largest events in the Southeast, the festival is expected to draw a crowd of about 100,000 for a fun-filled weekend of music, arts and crafts, food and children’s activities.
“Main Street Festival is one of the most anticipated events in Williamson County,” said Bari Beasley, CEO of the Heritage Foundation. “Being our longest running festivals, there is a cultural heritage tied to Main Street Festival that brings people back year after year.”
Guests can experience new additions to the festival such as the Bavarian Bierhaus Beer Garden, Leiper’s Fork Distillery Whiskey Lounge, Little Miss & Mister Main Street Pageant, sponsored by Sweet CeCe’s and a Bark Lounge, sponsored by MARS Petcare.
The Bark Lounge, sponsored by MARS Petcare, is a pet friendly feature that will include a shaded water station and resting area, pet adoptions, pet portraits and more. The 1st Annual Little Miss & Mister Main Street Pageant, sponsored by Sweet CeCe’s, will take place on Saturday morning of Main Street Festival this year. The pageant is open to boys and girls ages 5-12 years old. Find more information about the pageant at https://williamsonheritage.org/mainstreetpageant.
Additional Main Street Festival activities include:
- Heritage Foundation VIP Member Lounge, sponsored by Efficiency Home Improvements Windows & Doors
- More than 200 Arts & Crafts and Food Vendors
- Live entertainment
- Sweet Tea Trio to play Guitar Center Main Stage on Saturday at 3 p.m.
- NASH FM’s Afternoon Artist Showcases on Sunday at the Guitar Center Main Stage will feature performances by Carly Moffa, Nalani and headliner, Dawn Beyer.
- GSRM Acoustic Corner Stage will feature acoustic performances
- Kids’ Zone, sponsored by Stride Rite
- The festival has many fun things for kids including train rides, face painting, trampolines, recording booth, bungee rides, plus all-day family friendly entertainment.
Another new addition to the festival this year is the Heritage Foundation’s Heritage Classroom Hands-On History Experience. Kids can join our Heritage Classroom Educator, Jaryn Abdallah, and Jr. Heritage Foundation members for a fun hands-on experience of building a simulated log cabin.
“This a great opportunity to learn about how first settlers in Franklin and Middle Tennessee would have built their homes and created the first communities,” said Liz Hall, Director of Festivals. “We have been looking for ways to include missional elements into our festivals, and the Heritage Classroom is the perfect fit to provide engaging education to festival goers.”
This year, there will also be a new mobile app to help visitors maximize their experience and easily locate different activities. Soon, the app will be available to download from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
36th Annual Main Street Festival Sponsors and key supporters include:
- Presented by: First Tennessee Bank
- In Partnership with: City of Franklin
- Partner-Level Sponsors: Frost Brown Todd, The Heritage at Brentwood and Williamson Medical Center
- Bark Lounge Sponsor: MARS Petcare
- Little Miss & Mister Main Street Pageant Sponsor: Sweet CeCe’s
- Main Stage Sponsor: Guitar Center
- Afternoon Artist Showcase Partner: NASH FM 103.3
- Acoustic Corner Stage Sponsor: GSRM Law
- VIP Member Lounge Sponsor: Efficiency Home Improvements Windows & Doors
- Beer Garden Partner: Bavarian Bierhaus
- Whiskey Lounge Partner: Leiper’s Fork Distillery
- Media Partners: JACKfm, Hippie Radio 94.5 and NASH FM 3
Since 1967, the 501(c)3 non-profit Heritage Foundation has been producing iconic street festivals in downtown Franklin, TN, initially as a means of economic vitality for the developing community and now as a way to preserve and share our local cultural heritage. The Heritage Foundation is dedicated to protecting and preserving Williamson County’s historic, architectural and geographic resources; in short, saving the places that matter. Learn more about the Foundation’s mission: https://williamsonheritage.org/aboutus
About the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN
Since 1967, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN has been dedicated to protecting and preserving Williamson County’s architectural, geographic and cultural heritage and promoting the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. Notable projects include The Franklin Theatre, Roper’s Knob, parts of the Franklin battlefield and the Old, Old Jail. The Foundation brings county history to about 3,000 public, private and homeschooled children each year through the Heritage Classroom program and walking tours of downtown Franklin. Events and festivals produced by the Heritage Foundation such as Main Street Festival, the Heritage Ball, Pumpkinfest and Dickens of a Christmas bring hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors to the county each year. The Heritage Foundation owns and operates The Franklin Theatre and the Downtown Franklin Association, the area’s nationally accredited Main Street Program through the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information about the Heritage Foundation, visit https://williamsonheritage.org.