2023 / 2024 Events Calendar

Franklin, North Carolina

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.


To Reserve Memorial Park » Click Here (you will be redirected to a special page)

Reservations must be received a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to reserve date

To Reserve the Gazebo on the Square » Click Here (you will be redirected to a special page)


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 6:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Boardroom located at 95 East Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


2023 / 2024 Franklin NC Events Calendar

* Please note that this listing is incomplete and will be updated as information becomes available for event schedules.

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Ruby Drop • December 31, 2023 • 9:00pm & Midnight

The 10th Annual Ruby Drop will bring in the New Year once again this year in downtown Franklin hosted by Motor Company Grill and Crabtree General Store.

This year there will be two Ruby Drops ... one at 9:00 p.m. and one at Midnight to officially welcome 2024.

There will also be free carriage rides, live music from the V8's and much more on the square in downtown Franklin.

» Download Ruby Drop 2023 Flyer

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Pickin' on the Square • SEE NOTES BELOW

Held on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays Mid-May through Mid-October (weather permitting)

For over three decades the Town of Franklin, NC has hosted this FREE event at the Gazebo on the Square in Downtown Franklin from mid-May through mid-October. This year's Pickin' on the Square will be held beginning at 6:00 p.m. the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at the Gazebo on the Square in Downtown Franklin. 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.

The 2024 Pickin' on the Square Schedule will posted in the coming months.

July 4th Parade Franklin North Carolina

July 4th Parade & Celebration • Thursday, July 4, 2024

The Town of Franklin, North Carolina invites you to join with us for our Independence Day Parade & Celebration on Tuesday, July 4th beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Franklin hosts one of the few July 4th parades that visitors and locals alike can actually participate in!

If you would like to be part of the parade, be in the lower parking lot of Town Hall at 10:30am for lineup. Entrants can walk, drive or ride and are encouraged to don red, white, and blue. The same applies for pets. THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE! Just come join in the fun!

The Parade will travel down Main Street and disband at First Citizens Bank.

Following the parade, the Town of Franklin we will be serving free cold watermelon as long as it lasts!

It is a great day of family fun! We'll be posting more details of the 2024 event as they become available.


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Fireworks Over Franklin • Thursday, July 4, 2024

The Town of Franklin is pleased to announce that "Fireworks Over Franklin" will return in 2024. This is a park & watch event. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, weather permitting. (Rain Date / TBA).

Fireworks Over Franklin this year will be all new and even more spectacular. We'll be posting complete information in the coming months.

Presented by the Town of Franklin.

Pumpkin Fest Franklin North Carolina

28th annual Pumpkinfest! • October 19, 2024

Get ready to let the good times roll during Franklin, North Carolina's 28th Annual PumpkinFest! PumpkinFest rolls into action at 9:00am 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. And don't miss out on nearly 80 vendors including mountain arts & crafts along with great food! Don't miss our annual special attractions and more!  PumpkinFest runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm and is held  rain or shine  in Franklin, NC.


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Veterans Parade & Ceremony • Thursday, November 11th

Join the Town of Franklin as we, along with our citizens, honor Veterans on Saturday, November 11th with a parade & ceremony.

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 lead each group of Veterans along the parade route according to the war or time period of service.  Parade 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 • Saturday, November 30th

Join with the Town of Franklin, North Carolina for this most wonderful time of year as Historic Downtown Franklin is transformed into a "Winter Wonderland" featuring: enhanced holiday decor, live sounds of the season outdoors at the downtown gazebo and inside stores, great sales from downtown merchants and much more! Plus, you can meet and take your photo with Santa!

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.


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Winter Wonderland NIGHT TWO • Saturday, December 7th

The second night of Winter Wonderland is held the first Saturday in December and Downtown Franklin is filled with holiday cheer! In addition to Santa and free carriage rides, several downtown merchants will have "living window" displays and offer free refreshments!