Events

In Franklin and Nashville, every season of the year offers a multitude of events, and most attractions are also open year round. We've listed some of the highlights of the events in Franklin and also the attractions available in Nashville, but this is not an exhaustive list of events by any means. There are too many to catalog so be sure to check the links on the right side of this page.

Franklin — 2016 Events and Attractions

(listed in order of occurrence)

Arrington Vineyards

Music in the Vines
Jazz in our Courtyard and Bluegrass in the Barn
April through October 2016.
Recurring weekly on Friday and Saturday from 4pm - 8pm, and Sunday 2pm - 6pm

Jazz Only
November 2016
Recurring Saturday and Sunday, 2pm - 6pm
Free Admission
Learn More. . .

Wine Tasting
Daily (7 days a week)

Cigar Night
Enjoy live music and highly rated cigars paired with award-winning wines!
Dates and times to be announced
Free Admission

Carter House or Carnton Plantation

Tours Daily, Mon. - Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission Prices:
      Adults: $15.00
      Children 6 – 12: $8.00
      Children under 6: free
      Grounds tour only: $5.00
      Combination ticket for Carter House, Carnton Plantation, and Lotz House: $60.00

March Brew Fest

May 7, 2016, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Main Street, Franklin

Historic Downtown Franklin celebrates St. Patrick's Day with the Franklin Main Street Brew Fest! Ticket holders can taste more than 40 beers and a sampling of Irish whiskey in the Main Street shops. Main Street is closed to vehicle traffic, but free and open to pedestrian traffic with most shops and restaurants open throughout the event. On Fourth Avenue, look for Irish-themed festival food including fish and chips, roasted corn and potatoes, Irish stew and kettle corn.

Main Street Festival

April 23 - April 24, 2016 (recurring daily)
Saturday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm; Sun. 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm
Main Street, Franklin
Admission: Free

Main Street Festival is Franklin's signature annual event that brings more than 200 artisans & crafters, three stages with continuous free entertainment, and international flavors of more than 20 food vendors. The event is expected to attract more than 130,000 visitors.

 

Franklin Farmer’s Market

Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: 230 Franklin Rd. (behind The Factory)

The Franklin Farmers Market is a non-profit agricultural organization that works to keep Tennessee’s beautiful farmlands green and growing. The market gives local family farms a reliable venue to sell what they grow or produce, and it gives the public easy access to healthy, locally grown fresh food. All vegetables and fruits; meats, dairy and herbs come from Middle Tennessee farms to the market.

Tennessee Renaissance Festival

May 7, 2016 - May 29, 2016 and Memorial Day
Recurring weekly on Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Castle Gwynn, 2124 New Castle Road, Triune, TN 37014

Lively medieval festival featuring minstrels, gallants, armored knights, and jousting comes alive with the bustle of a Renaissance Marketplace with the taste of specialty foods and the wares of over 60 skilled artisans.

Vintage Base Ball Game (Yes, it was two words in the 1860's.)

2016 Game Dates: April 10, May 15, July 24, Aug. 21, Sept. 10 - 11 (tournament)
Home Field: Carnton Plantation
Times: TBA
Free Admission

After nearly 150 years, a Civil War–era style of baseball will once again be played in Tennessee. Franklin's vintage "base ball" team is called the "Franklin Farriers," which translates to the "Franklin blacksmiths."

Franklin Rodeo

Parade: May 14, 2016, noon
Rodeo: May 19 - 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Williamson County Ag Expo Park
Tickets: $10 - $20 per night

Top cowboys and cowgirls compete on some of the best livestock in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Events Include: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, mutton busting, calf scramble, barrel racing and bull riding.

Nashville Classic Horse Show

June 1 - June 5, 2016
Location: Brownland Farm, 1155 Hillsboro Road, Franklin

One of 10 "AA" ranked equestrian events.

 

Town & Country Tour of Homes

Times and ticket prices to be announced

Carnton Sunset Concert Series

June 26, July 31, Aug. 28
Location: Carnton Plantation
Time: The gates open at 4:30 P.M. and the music lasts from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased either in advance or at the door.

Family-friendly outdoor music event with performances by acclaimed artist. Guests are welcome to pack picnic dinners or take advantage of on-site food and beverage vendors.

 

Franklin on the Fourth

July 4, 10 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Public Square in Downtown Franklin
Patriotic celebration with arts, crafts, food, and entertainment.
Free Admission

 

Bluegrass Along the Harpeth

Dates and times to be announced.
Public Square in Downtown Franklin
Free Admission

Musical festival on Franklin's Town Square showcasing Bluegrass band competition. Also featuring mandolin, flat-top guitar, dulcimer, banjo, junior and senior fiddle, old time banjo, junior freestyle clog and buck-dancing, beginner musician, beginner freestyle clogging, old-time string band, old-time singing, bluegrass bands, and adult flat-foot buck-dancing.

Williamson County Fair

Daily from August 5 - 13
Location: Williamson County Ag Expo Park.
Times vary daily.

Traditional fair fun including exhibits of all kinds, children’s activities, live entertainment, historic village, the Midway and more!

 

Franklin Jazz Festival

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all, 2016 (Exact dates to be announced)

Gentry's Farm - Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

October 2016
Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sun. 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Mon (in Oct) 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Address: 1974 New Highway 96 West, Franklin TN 37064
Phone: (615) 794-4368
Admission: $7 per person (Ages 2-65) Cash or local checks only.

Four-acre cornfield maze, hayrides, nature trail, grain trough barn, hands-on-barn, tire swings, log cabin, chickens, goats, cows & more!

 

Pumpkinfest

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Downtown Franklin
Free Admission

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ood, crafts, costume contests, music, chili cookoff, pumpkin carving, great family fun.

Blue & Gray Days

Saturday, November 4, 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 5, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Carnton Plantation

The Battle of Franklin Re-enactment draws hundreds of school children and adult spectators every year. Hosted by both The Carter House and Carnton Plantation, guests will meet Civil War re-enactors and get hands on experience with cloths, trades, and weapons of the past.    

Attractions in Nashville, TN

These attractions are open year round:

Grand Ole Opry

Friday and Saturday Shows at 7:00 pm (and 9:30 pm on select Saturdays)
Tuesday Shows, 7:00 pm

The show that made country music famous features the new stars, superstars, and legends of country music in each performance.

Live Music Venues

In addition to the Grand Ole Opry, check out the Wildhorse Saloon, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Roberts Western World, and the Bluebird Cafe.

Country Music Hall of Fame

Open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
General Admission:
Adult: $22.00
Youth (Ages 6-17): $14.00
Child (Ages 5 and under): Free
Studio B Adult: $15.00
Studio B Youth: $12.00
Combination tickets are also available

Dynamic exhibits, live performances, public programs, Museum Store, on-site dining

Tours

Stars' Homes, Nashville Nights, Southern Plantations, NashTrash

General Jackson Showboat Cruises

Midday Cruise Tickets
      Adults (Ages 12 & above): $58.42 plus tax
      Juniors (Ages 4 - 11): $36.78 plus tax
Dinner Cruise Tickets
      Adults (Ages 12 & above): Tier 1: $90.67 plus tax; Tier 2: $83.68 plus tax
      Tier 1: $59.73 plus tax; Tier 2: $56.85 plus tax

Lunch and dinner cruises with live music and shows.

Ryman Auditorium

Shows and backstage tours

The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson’s residence)

Open daily
April 1 - October 15, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
October 16 - March 31, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Admission Prices:
      Adults: $19.00
      Seniors (over 62): $16.00
      Students (13 - 18): $14.00
      Children 6 - 12: $9.00
      Active Military and Children under 6: free

General admission includes the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center (with a 22-minute introductory film on Andrew Jackson and the Hermitage mansion, exhibits on Jackson and The Hermitage, and the Hermitage Museum Store); the Hermitage mansion (with costumed historical interpreters stationed throughout the house tell you about Jackson, his family, and his home and answer any questions you have); and self-guided tours of the Hermitage grounds (including the Hermitage garden, several out buildings, and Jackson’s tomb). All paths are well marked with directional and interpretive signage.

Belle Meade Plantation

Tours start at 9:30 am Monday-Saturday and 11:30 am on Sundays
Last tour starts daily at 4:00 pm.
Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Admission:
      Adults: $16.00
      Seniors (65+): $14.00
      Student (Ages 13-18): $10.00
      Youth (Ages 6-12): $8.00
      Child (5 and under): Free
      Grounds Only: $10.00
      Family Rate: $45.00 (includes 2 adults and up to 4 youth ages 6-18)

Ticket price includes a tour led by a trained and costumed guide through the plantation’s beautiful Greek-Revival mansion; access to Belle Meade’s many other historic buildings on the plantation grounds including a dairy, horse stable, carriage house, mausoleum, gardens, and a log cabin; and a free wine tasting at the winery. Visit the gift-shop or dine at the on-site restaurant, Harding House.

Fontanel Mansion and Farm

Monday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tours given on the hour
Admission:
      Adults: $22
      Seniors (60 +): $20
      Youth (6-15 years old): $12
      Kids (6 and under): Free
      Active Military (with ID): Free
      Active Military Spouses (with ID): Half Off
      Retired Military: $20
      Students and Educators: $20
      AAA discount 15%

Fontanel Mansion is a 27,000 square foot log home on 136 acres formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell. Nashville's only country music mansion tour, the Mansion gives visitors a sneak peek into the lives of country music greats by providing a truly interactive experience.

Nashville Zoo

January 1 - March 8, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
March 9 - October 14, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

October 15 - December 31, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission:
      Adults and Teens: $15
      Seniors (65+): $13
      Children (2 - 12): $10
      Children Under 2: Free
      Parking: $5 per vehicle
      $1 off for military personnel (with military ID) and everyone in their party

Animal shows, keeper talks, historic Grassmere home, jungle gym for kids, carousel, Wilderness Express Train.

Adventure Science Center

Open Daily, Monday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday, Noon - 5:00 pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
General Admission (does not include Planetarium, Laser Show, or BlueMax):
      Adults/Teens: $12
      Youth (2-12): $10
      Toddler (under 2): Free
      Seniors (65+): $10
      Military with ID: $11
      Military Youth (2-12): $9
      TN Teacher with ID: Free
      College Student with ID: $11

Adventure Science Center creates opportunities for children to learn and have fun. New exhibits and activities offered regularly. Venues in addition to general admission are the Planetarium, laser shows, and BlueMax (a jet pilot experience).

Horse Drawn Carriage Tours

15 - 20 minute carriage tours of downtown Nashville

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Open Daily
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday and Friday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day
Admission:
      Adults: $10.00
      College Students with ID: $7.00
      Seniors (65 and older): $7.00
      Active Military (with current military ID): $7.00

The Frist was formerly the Nashville downtown post office and is a prominent Nashville architectural treasure from the Art Deco period. Exhibits, tours, lectures, films, live music, gift shop, and restaurant.

Cheekwood Arts and Garden

Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Closed Monday, except for Memorial Day and Labor Day
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day
Admission Prices:
      Adults: $12
      Seniors (65 +): $10
      College Students with ID: $5
      Youth (3 - 17): $5
      Children 2 and Under: Free
      50% military discount with ID
      Parking: $3 per car

Botanical gardens, sculpture trails, museum, art exhibits, restaurant, garden shows and lectures.

The Parthenon Replica

Open Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission:
      Adults: $6.00
      Children (4-17): $4.00
      Seniors (over 62): $4.00

The full-scale Parthenon replica, originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, is the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon, just as it was in ancient Greece.

The Parthenon also serves as the city of Nashville's art museum. The focus of the Parthenon's permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists donated by James M. Cowan. Additional gallery spaces provide a venue for a variety of temporary shows and exhibits.

Union Station

A restored 19th-century railroad station with soaring Victorian architecture, ornate wood carvings, and exquisite Italian marble

Lane Motor Museum

Open Daily except Tuesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Close on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day
Admission Prices:
      Adults (18-64): $9
      Seniors (65+): $6
      Youth (6-17): $3
      Under Age 5: Free

Largest collection of European cars and motorcycles in the U. S. Over 330 antique cars and motorcycles.

 

 

 

 

Links to Events and Attractions

Historic Franklin

Arrington Vineyards

Carnton Plantation

Carter House

Franklin Farmer's Market

Renaissance Fair

Leiper's Fork

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Nashville

Grand Ole Opry

Country Music Hall of Fame

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Cheekwood Arts and Garden

Gray Line Tours

NashTrash Tours

General Jackson

Ryman Auditorium

The Hermitage

Belle Meade Plantation

Fontanel Mansion and Farm

Nashville Zoo

Adventure Science Museum

Carriage Rides

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Cheekwood Arts and Gardens

Parthenon

Lane Motor Museum

CMA Fan Fair Tickets