Take some time to enjoy the attractions in your own backyard.
The hottest days of the year have arrived. With school out and the newness of summer wearing off, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut of sitting at home all day. But Franklin is full of life during the summer, so why not get out and take advantage of it? If you’re running out of ideas, we’ve got just the thing.
FRANKLIN ON THE FOURTH
If you’ve ever been driving around at the last minute in search of fireworks or something fun to do on Independence Day, that search ends now. Every year, the Franklin Lions Club hosts Franklin on the Fourth in the downtown area. The party starts in the morning and lasts until late in the evening, so round up the whole family and celebrate our nation’s freedom in small-town style.
MASTERS AND MAKERS TRAIL
For an adult-friendly night out, hit the road on the brand new Masters & Makers Trail. Take the scenic route to enjoy some of the best wine, beer, and spirits that Middle Tennessee has to offer. The stops on the Masters & Makers Trail span more than 70 miles, and the Trail includes Mill Creek Brewery, Mantra Artisan Ales, H Clark Distillery, Leiper’s Fork Distillery, and Arrington Vineyards.
FRANKLIN ART SCENE
Nashville may be the Music City, but there are plenty of other art forms around here, too. Venture into downtown Franklin on the first Friday of every month to see top-notch work from artists from here in town and throughout the region. You can walk from place to place, or catch a free trolley ride from 6 to 9 p.m.
FRANKLIN IMPROVE ALL-STARS
On the second Saturday of each month, the Franklin Improv All-Stars put on a gut-busting performance at the Factory’s Little Brick Theatre. Bring the whole family, make it a date night, or have a girls’ night out while you laugh away the stress of another busy week. The entire show is made up on the spot, and you’ll be impressed with the quick wit of Franklin’s finest improv comedians.
BLUEGRASS ALONG THE HARPETH
Sometimes we all need a hefty dose of local culture and old-fashioned foot-tappin’ music. The Bluegrass Along the Harpeth Festival provides just that, July 21-22 in downtown Franklin. With local vendors and that old-timey spirit in the air, you’re sure to find something for every member of the family. Admission is free.
FRANKLIN HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
This event in the Westhaven community boasts a beer tent, a kids’ zone, a VIP tent and food trucks. As the sun sets, the balloons are lit for the dazzling Hot Air Balloon Glow. There’s nothing quite like the sight of the colorful balloons against the dusky sky. The July 29 event has partnered with the American Cancer Society. Tickets are available online.
MOVIES AND STORY TIME AT THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Prevent the dreaded, “I’m bored!” with a trip to the library! All branches of the Williamson County Public Library host kid-friendly events throughout the summer, from movie screenings to interactive workshops. Events vary by branch, so check the calendar online to see what’s happening close to you.
WATERMELON FESTIVAL AT LUCKY LADD FARMS
Does any experience better capture the summer spirit than eating watermelon on a hot, sunny day? Lucky Ladd Farms hosts a day in honor of this warm-weather staple every year. Guests can enjoy a slice of watermelon, or watch some of the hilarious contests throughout the day ((have you ever seen someone use their nose to push a watermelon across a field?). Outside of the Watermelon Festival, Lucky Ladd Farms is a great place to spend an entire day. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy outdoor trails, a petting zoo and more.
CARNTON PLANTATION AND THE CARTER HOUSE
You’ve probably driven by Carnton Plantation and the Carter House before, or been there for field trips or galas. But have you ever taken an actual tour without a large group? You’ll learn about the Battle of Franklin, which is largely considered “the last great battle of the American Civil War.” As you walk through the houses and gardens, you’ll soak in the sights and sounds of Middle Tennessee’s unique heritage. If evening fun is more your style, be sure to check out Resurrection: A Journey Tribute on July 30. Enjoy live music on the Plantation lawn as a part of the Sunset Concert Series.