Music Fans Make Their Franklin Pilgrimage 10

Crowds flocked to The Park at 
Harlinsdale for the annual 
Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival.

The Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival took over The Park at Harlinsdale near downtown Franklin, September 23-24. Once again, the two-day, family-friendly festival was sold out, thanks to a stellar lineup that featured headliners Justin Timberlake and Eddie Vedder – and more food trucks and arts & crafts vendors than you could count.

It may have been the first weekend of fall but the festival was met with weather conditions that were more typical of midsummer. Festivalgoers still packed each stage and then, between acts, sought popsicles and shelter form the sun in any bit of shade that could be found.

After producing the 2016 festival, Justin Timberlake returned this year as the Saturday night headlining act. JT and the Tennessee Kids took the stage shortly after 8 p.m. and spent the next 90 minutes putting on a show that no one would forget. JT brought out Chris and Morgane Stapleton to perform several songs towards the end of the set, including their rendition of “Tennessee Whiskey.” A native Memphian, Timberlake made sure to express his love for his adopted hometown of Franklin several times and received a huge applause each time.

Sunday’s headliner, Eddie Vedder, closed out the weekend with a passionate performance that would not have been complete without him sharing his thoughts on the state of the world.

The festival brought out the best from artists such as Nikki Lane, Gary Clark Jr., Walk the Moon, The Avett Brothers, Muddy Magnolias, Fitz and the Tantrums, Mavis Staples, Ryan Adams and The Revivalists.