Franklin, NC Events Calendar

Incorporated 1855

Reserving Town Facilities & Requesting Street Closures


The Town of Franklin, NC receives many requests to reserve Memorial Park and the Gazebo on the Square for special events.

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To reserve the Gazebo on the Square click here to » Download Gazebo Reservation Form (PDF Format)

Some events require street closures. All street closings must be presented to the Town Council for approval. All requests must be submitted to the Town Manager one week prior to the scheduled Town Council meeting. The Franklin Town Council meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Boardroom located at 95 East Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

To request a road closure for a special event click here to » Download Road Closure Request Form (PDF Format)

Upcoming 2018 Events

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Pickin' on the Square

May 26 to October 13, 2018 - Pickin' on the Square returns to Downtown Franklin. This free event is held each Saturday Night (weather permitting) and features live entertainment each week. Bring your lawn chair for a great evening of family entertainment during Pickin' on the Square. Come early and enjoy one of our great restaurants. Food vendors also available.

2018 SCHEDULE

May 26 - The J.W. Band (Country)

June
02 - The Upbeats (Variety/Rock)
09 - The Seeds of Faith with Curtis Blackwell & Conrad Hefner & Friends (Variety)
16 - NO PICKIN' - Taste of Scotland Festival
23 - Michael Reno Harrell (Singer/Storyteller)
30 - Tugalo Holler (Bluegrass)

July
07 - The Remnants (Oldies, Motown)
14 - Frogtown (Bluegrass)
21 - Elderly Brothers (Beach/Oldies)
28 - The Clydes (Young Bluegrass)

August
04 - Paradise '56 (Blues, Reggae, Rhythm & Blues)
11 - Golden Harvest (Bluegrass)
18 -The Ram Cats (Fantastic Blues)
25 - TBA

September
01 - Hurricane Creek (Variety)
08 - Charlie Horse (Texas Swing/ Variety)
15 - Carribean Cowboys (Buffet/Variety)
22 - Rick Morris (Blast From the Past)
29 - Curtis Blackwell & The Dixie Bluegrass Boys

October
06 - Blueridge (Southern Gospel)
13 - TBA

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FIRST FRIDAY MOVIES

Join the Town of Franklin in conjunction with Ruby Cinemas for our First Friday Movie series! Held, weather permitting, outdoors in the lower level parking lot of Town Hall. These family friendly movies provide a great evening out under the stars to enjoy a FREE movie with family and friends. Again, there is no admission and concessions will be available for sale. You'll see our 2018 schedule below along with showtimes for each First Friday Movie.
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June 01 - The Wizard of Oz - 8:30 pm
July 06 - Despicable Me 3 - 8:30 pm
August 03 - Back to the Future - 8:15 pm
September 07 - Paddington 2 - 7:45 pm
October 05 - Hocus Pocus - 7:00 pm

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Franklin's All American 4th of July

Franklin's Annual Independence Day Celebration begins with our annual 4th of July Parade at 10:00am. While you go most places to see a parade, we actually invite you to participate! Deck out in red, white and blue and walk or drive down Main Street. NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To join in, just be in the lower level of Franklin Town Hall for lineup beginning at 9:30 am. The route will take the parade down Main Street to Entegra Bank to disband.

Following the parade the Town has several great contests planned including Little Mr. & Miss Firecracker Contest at 10:30am. This contest is open to ages 3 to 6 and is judged on patriotic costume and one question. No registration is required. The Patriotic Pet Contest follows at 11:00am. Deck your pets out in red, white, and blue for this fun contest!
Other events include a FREE Kids Zone with inflatables and enjoy Free Watermelon & Popcorn (as long as it lasts). Activities conclude at 12 Noon.

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Public Safety Day for Kids - Back to School Event

Public Safety Day for Kids is a back to school event hosted by the Franklin Police Department along with Franklin Fire & Rescue. Along with safety education and free giveaways for kids, many displays will help parents as well including a hot car demo.

Those attending can also enjoy a FREE hotdog meal, K9 meet & greet, bounce houses, extraction demo, fire trucks, police cars, EMS vehicles and more. Public Safety Day for Kids will be held on Saturday, july 28 from 10:00am to 1:00pm in Downtown Franklin on the Square and is absolutely free.

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22nd annnual Pumpkinfest!

Get ready to let the good times roll during Franklin, North Carolina's 22nd Annual PumpkinFest! This street festival and celebration of Autumn is pure familiy fun! Children and adults alike will have a blast taking part in traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities during Western North Carolina's premiere autumn festival.

PumpkinFest rolls into action on Saturday, October 20th and Historic Downtown Franklin, North Carolina is full tilt with everything pumpkin. Bring your pumpkin (or purchase one downtown) and sign up early for the World Famous Pumpkin Roll. The Costume Parade and Contest is another highlight of the day as well as the Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest. And don't miss out on more than 80 vendors including mountain arts & crafts along with great food! There is always live entertainment including roving street performers. PumpkinFest runs from 9am to 4pm and is held rain or shine.

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Veterans Parade & Ceremony

Join the Town of Franklin as we, along with our citizens, honor Veterans on November 11th with a parade & ceremony. Once again in 2018 featuring the award winning FHS Marching Panther Regiment.

The parade will leave the lower level of Franklin Town Hall at 10:30 am and travel to the Gazebo on the Square for the ceremony. Special banners, carried by the Boy Scouts, lead each group of Veterans along the parade route according to the war or time period of service. Lineup begins at 10:00am for Veterans that wish to participate.

The Veterans Ceremony begins at 11:00am and is always very moving. It features a guest speaker along with a wreath laying ceremony and the playing of Taps. Come, bring the entire family and show your appreciation of these men and women who have served. We also encourage you to show your patriotic pride by dressing in red, white and blue!

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Winter Wonderland Night One

The holidays are a special time for us in Franklin, North Carolina and we invite you to join with us for this most wonderful time of year as Historic Downtown Franklin is transformed into a "Winter Wonderland" featuring: living window displays of Christmas & the Holidays, live sounds of the season outdoors at the downtown gazebo and inside stores, FREE wagon rides (weather permitting), refreshments, hot cider, great sales from downtown merchants and much more.

Winter Wonderland coincides with Small Business Saturday® founded by American Express®. Plus, we will hold our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7:00pm on the Square! Remember, our Downtown Merchants are open late during Winter Wonderland with great gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list! Winter Wonderland is held rain or shine. Schedule subject to change.

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Winter Wonderland NIGHT TWO

The holidays are a special time for us in Franklin, North Carolina and we invite you to join with us for this most wonderful time of year as Historic Downtown Franklin is transformed into a "Winter Wonderland" featuring: living window displays of Christmas & the Holidays, live sounds of the season outdoors at the downtown gazebo and inside stores, FREE wagon rides (weather permitting), refreshments, hot cider, great sales from downtown merchants and much more.

Winter Wonderland coincides with Small Business Saturday® founded by American Express®. Plus, we will hold our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7:00pm on the Square! Remember, our Downtown Merchants are open late during Winter Wonderland with great gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list! Winter Wonderland is held rain or shine. Schedule subject to change.