Approximately 78,000 people live in Franklin. In 2017 the U.S. Census ranked Franklin as the 8th fastest growing city in the Nation. The Cool Springs area is a business, dining and shopping hub with many Fortune 500 companies located here. Business Week Magazine named Franklin one of the Top 50 Cities to Start a Small Business.
No matter the time of year, there is always something happening in Franklin. Incredible events like the Main Street Festival in April, one of the largest events in the Southeast. The festival regularly draws 100,000 attendees for a fun-filled weekend of music, arts & crafts, food & children’s activities. The event is highlighted with events such as the Little Miss Main Street Pageant, Photo Challenge Scavenger Hunt and areas like the Bavarian Bierhaus Beer Garden and the MARS Petcare Bark Lounge.
The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is a multi-genre music festival featuring some of today’s best local & national touring artists in the beautiful setting of Harlinsdale Farm. The region’s best food trucks & craft beer makers are also on display as well as numerous local artists & artisans creating an all-encompassing festival experience. The 2019 lineup includes acts such as Foo Fighters, The Killers, and Keith Urban and takes place September 22nd & 23rd.
Finally, if you haven’t checked out the Dickens of Christmas in December, you are missing out on one of the most entertaining (free) events for the whole family. The festival transports you to the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture as the backdrop. Some 200 musicians, dancers and characters will fill the streets, including several from Charles Dickens’s stories. Expect to see and interact with the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children.
These are are just a few examples of the kind of entertainment you can expect in Williamson County’s most popular city.
Festivals not your thing? Check out the Farmer’s Market at The Factory each Saturday from 8am – 1pm during the summer season(May-Oct.) and 9am – Noon during the winter season (Nov-April). Or maybe take a stroll down Main Street and visit local shops like Finnleys, Landmark Booksellers, or POSH.
For more information on events happening throughout the year, check out VisitFranklin.com.
Franklin is home to over 900 restaurants and cafe’s, but who has the best mix of food and environment for your next meal?
There are 2 places in the downtown square area that really stick out to me.
First up is Ruby Sunshine. Enjoy a unique New Orleans inspired menu full of flavor and incredible cocktails that perfectly pair. With locally themed items such as the Nashville ‘Hot’ Catfish Benedict and ‘Goo Goo’ Cluster Pancakes, you are sure to find something sweet or spicy that will satisfy your palate. Try my personal favorite, Cinnamon French Toast Batons!
Next up, 55 South. Just down Main Street from Ruby Sunshine, this Williamson County staple is open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Inspired by Interstate 55, which runs from Memphis, through the Mississippi delta down to New Orleans, you can find a wide range of tastes from the cities the road touches. Classic southern dishes like Chicken & Waffles, Biscuits & Gravy and Seafood Gumbo adorn this eclectic menu along with their own take on favorites like their Killer Breakfast tacos. My personal favorite is the Cinnamon Roll Pain Perdu “Lost Bread”… I guess I have a thing for Cinnamon French Toast-like dishes.
Located inside The Factory, you’ll find a “fresh and innovative taco shop with a Tennessee twist” called Mojo’s Tacos. Their most popular choice is the 2 tacos + chips combo with choice fillings such as Carnitas, Hot Chicken, Brisket and Baja Fish. Wash it all down with one of their signature Mojito’s or Sangria and top the meal off with your choice of a refreshing Paletas. Try my favorite, the Fried Chicken on a ‘Puffy’ style taco.
If you are looking for a night out with great food and music, look no further than GRAY’S on Main. Located just off the town square on Main Street, GRAY’s is housed in a historic Victorian building built in 1876. The menu features local flavors such as their Milk Braised Pork Chop and Cauliflower Steak. Pair either with mouthwatering sides like Smoked Gouda Grits and Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes for a culinary delight you can only get in the South. Try my personal favorite, The Heritage Fried Chicken.
Oh and GRAY’s doesn’t stop there. On the weekends and select week nights, enjoy the sound of local musicians performing in their live music venue located on the 2nd floor. Keep your eyes peeled as this is known to be a favorite hangout spot for many country and pop stars who call Williamson County home.