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.


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)


2022 Schedule of Events*

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

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Pickin' on the Square • SEE NOTES BELOW

PLEASE NOTE: Subject to COVID-19 Restrictions.

NEW SCHEDULE FOR 2022! Pickin' on the Square returns to Downtown Franklin with a modified, bi-weekly schedule. This free event is begins every other Saturday evening at 6 o'clock (weather permitting) featuring 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.

» Pickin' on the Square 2022 Schedule

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Fireworks Over Franklin • July 4, 2022


The Town of Franklin is pleased to announce "Fireworks Over Franklin" will return in 2022! "Fireworks Over Franklin" will again be held on Highlands Road across from the Shops at Riverwalk, formerly the East Franklin Shopping Center. This is a park & watch event. The show begins at 9:30 p.m.

We are pleased to again this year work with Hale Artificier, Inc. of Lexington, North Carolina which will be designing an all-new show for 2022! The fireworks display will feature all aerial shells, hundreds of them soaring into the skies over Franklin. The show will conclude with a spectacular grand finale.

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Hometown Heritage Festival • July 16, 2022

Presented by the Downtown Franklin Merchants, the "Annual Hometown Heritage Festival" is scheduled on Saturday, July 16th.

The Hometown Heritage event brings people from all over the US. We have a sound stage, live music, demonstrators, quilters and much more!

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26th annual Pumpkinfest! • October 22, 2022

Get ready to let the good times roll during Franklin, North Carolina's 26th 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 as well as the Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest. 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 • Friday, November 11th


10:30am - Parade (Line-up at 10:00 am in the lower level parking lot of Franklin Town Hall)

11:00am - Veterans Ceremony (Gazebo on the Square)

Join the Town of Franklin as we, along with our citizens, honor Veterans on Friday, November 11th with a parade & ceremony. Once again in 2022 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 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 in the lower level parking lot of Franklin Town Hall.

The Veterans Ceremony begins at 11:00am and is always very moving featuring special music, speakers 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 26th

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 3RD

Winter Wonderland's second night is held the following Saturday and Downtown Franklin is filled with holiday cheer! We will have complete details posted in the coming months so check back with us!