MAIN STREET FESTIVAL 2015
Downtown Franklin’s 32nd annual Main Street Festival will return April 25-26, 2015!
Historic downtown Franklin will celebrate all things spring when the 32nd annual Main Street Festival returns April 25-26. The free street festival is expected to draw a crowd of more than 125,000 for a weekend full of music, arts and crafts, food, children’s activities, and more.
The festivities will run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a street dance continuing until 10 p.m. Saturday night. Activities will re-open at 11 a.m. on Sunday and continue to 6 p.m.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The event is expected to attract more than 125,000 visitors to a full slate of family-oriented activities, non-stop musical entertainment and international flavors from more than 20 food vendors.
The centerpiece of Main Street Festival is a juried arts and crafts show featuring some 200 vendors with original and hand crafted wares. Oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, woodworking, ornamental iron, stained glass, photography, home and garden accents, birdhouses, leatherwork, and much more will be showcased on Main Street from First to Fifth Avenues.
Free entertainment is offered continuously on two stages: one on the Public Square and another on Fourth Avenue North. The full line up will be released later, but both up-and-comers and longstanding favorites will entertain the crowd. A beer tent on Fourth Avenue South will feature pub-style entertainment such as karaoke and corn hole. A kids’ zone on Third Avenue South will offer a variety of inflatables, train and pony rides, a petting zoo, bungee jump, and other activities for a small fee.
No street festival is complete without food, and more than 20 food vendors will offer a tasty variety of everything from roasted corn on the cob and stuffed baked potatoes to fish tacos, Greek gyros, and Asian and Mexican cuisines. Don’t forget the Southern fare! Barbecue, burgers and hot dogs, funnel cakes, kettle corn and more will be available.
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
The free public parking garages in downtown Franklin will be open during the event. In addition, shuttle buses will provide transportation from off-site parking lots. More details will be posted later.
The Main Street Festival is located in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn., exit No. 65. From I-65, head three miles west to the Public Square.
For sponsorship information, contact kdial at historicfranklin dot com.
The application process for arts and crafts vendors has already closed.
Food vendors may download a food vendor application here. Please note that we are primarily interested in new and unique food offerings and our needs for kettle corn, hot dogs and corn dogs, Greek food, roasted corn, barbecue, funnel cakes, and lemonade are already met.
To apply for performance opportunities at Main Street Festival, complete this online application. For entertainment-related questions, contact kdial at historicfranklin dot com.
The Main Street Festival is produced by The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association. Proceeds from the event go towards the mission of each organization, respectively: 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.For more information, see www.historicfranklin.com or call 615-591-8500.