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.

RESERVING MEMORIAL PARK

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

RESERVING THE GAZEBO ON THE SQUARE
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)

REQUESTING STREET CLOSURES

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

July 4th Parade Franklin North Carolina

July 4th Parade & Celebration • July 4, 2022

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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.

July 4th Fireworks Franklin NC

Fireworks Over Franklin • July 4, 2022

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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!

Pumpkin Fest 5K Fun Run

PumpkinFest 5k & Fun Run • October 22, 2022

Get your day started early with the PumpkinFest 5K & Fun / Run Walk beginning at 8:00am on Saturday, October 22nd!

This scenic run hosted by the Rotary Satellite Club of Franklin along the Little Tennessee River of Franklin, NC at the most scenic time of the year. The run course is mostly flat, out and back course. Proceeds benefit various non profits in Macon County.

» CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

Pumpkin Fest Franklin North Carolina

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.

Monster Mash 2022 Franklin NC

Monster Mash 2022 • Saturday, October 29th

The Streets of Franklin Heritage Association will partner with Franklin Fire & Recue's Boo Bash and Pharoah's of WNC Trunk or Treet to provide a safe evening of trick or treating in Downtown Franklin.

Hours for the event are from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. So bring all your little trick or treaters to enjoy this safe and fun family event!

Monster Mash Movie Night featuring Disney's Hocus Pocus

Monster Mash MOVIE NIGHT • Saturday, October 29th

The Town of Franklin in partnership with Ruby Cinemas presents Monster Mash Movie Night, Saturday, October 29th beginning at 7:00 pm.

Monster Mash Movie Night will feature a FREE movie under the stars in the lower level parking area of Franklin Town Hall at 95 East Main Street. So bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy this free family event.

Ruby Cinemas will be screening the 1993 Comedy and cult classic, "Disney's Hocus Pocus". The movie is rated PG. Ruby Cinemas will also offer concessions for sale.

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Veterans Parade & Ceremony • Friday, November 11th

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Due to the expected inclement weather from the remnants of Hurricane Nicole, the Veterans Day Program & Ceremony will be moved to the Franklin High School Fine Arts Center. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. this Friday, November 11th.

There will be no parade.

All veterans and the general public are invited to attend the program and ceremony.

If you cannot attend, the event will be broadcast live on 104.9 FM WFSC Radio. The Veterans Day planning committee appreciates your understanding.

Cold Turkey 5K For Special Olympics

Cold turkey 5K • Thanksgiving Day!

Gobble! Gobble! Join in Franklin, NC's Annual Cold Turkey 5K & Little Turkeys FUN! Run/Walk on November 24, 2022 THANKSGIVING DAY!!!!!! (100 Panther Drive Franklin, NC). This is a benefit to support Franklin's Special Olympics.

*** T-Shirt and Bib pickup will be held from 4:30pm to 6:30pm on Wednesday the 23rd (100 Panther Dr. Franklin, NC High School) and the morning of the race starting at 7:00am.

Race day registration/Race packet pickup begins at 7:00AM:
Little Turkeys FUN! Run/Walk starts at 8:30AM
Cold Turkey 5K starts at 9:00AM

Cold Turkey 5K: Race Entry Fee is: BEFORE 10/31 $15.00. From 11/01 until 11/24 $20.00
RACE DAY ENTRY FEE: $30.00

Little Turkeys FUN! Run/Walk (All Ages): Entry Fee is $15.00

The first 200 5K PRE-REGISTERED ONLINE RACERS/20 Little Turkeys FUN! Run/Walk (All Ages) WILL RECEIVE AN EVENT SHIRT (Event shirts are LIMITED on race day)

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Winter Wonderland Night One • Saturday, November 26th

November 26 Schedule

5:00 to 8:00 pm - Free Carriage Rides
5:00 to 8:00 pm - Meet Santa as he roams the streets of Franklin
5:00 to 8:00 pm - Select Downtown Merchants will offer "living window" displays and free refreshments
6:30 pm - The White Sisters - Sounds of the Season at the Gazebo on the Square
7:00 pm - Tree Lighting Ceremony
7:15 pm - Merchant Sponsored Candlelight Service

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

December 3 Schedule

5:00 to 8:00 pm - Free Carriage Rides
5:00 to 8:00 pm - Meet Santa as he roams the streets of Franklin
5:00 to 8:00 pm - Select Downtown Merchants will offer "living window" displays and free refreshments

Winter Wonderland's second night is held the following Saturday 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!

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