Festivals in Franklin, NC

There are many opportunities to take in some family fun at one of the festivals in Franklin, NC.  Join us as we celebrate our heritage through many festivals and special events held throughout the year. Discover events and celebrations that highlight our love for everything from the Appalachian Trail, to gems, quilts, seasonal foods, agriculture, folk art, and fun. When it comes to the festivals in Franklin, NC, there’s something for everyone, in every season!

July 4th Parade in Franklin, NC
The Town of Franklin presents … An All American 4th of July! Tuesday, July 4, 2017 … 10:00am to 1:00pm Franklin’s Annual Independence Day Celebration begins with our annual 4th of July Parade at 10:00am. While you go most places to see a parade, we actually invite you to participate! Deck out in red, white
Airing of the Quilts in Franklin, NC
Make plans to join us in Franklin, North Carolina, Mother’s Day Weekend for our Annual Airing of the Quilts Festival.
Franklin Folk Festival
Presented by Town of Franklin Merchants Appalachian Heritage Festival Saturday, July 16, 2016 • 9:00am to 5:00pm Sponsored by over 30 Downtown Franklin, North Carolina Merchants …. the Appalachian Heritage Festival brings a day of free fun for all ages on Saturday, July 16, 2016 ! Nearly 50 live demonstrations will be showcased and will
April Fools Trail Days Franklin, North Carolina
As an Appalachian Trail Gateway Community, Franklin opens the town to all hikers of the Appalachian Trail as they start their journey north to Katahdin.
Franklin Folk Festival, North Carolina
“A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” in Franklin, NC. Come to the mountains of Western North Carolina and discover the Franklin Area Folk Festival! Our mission is to preserve and educate about the rich heritage of Franklin, NC and Macon County. A FREE event, this family-friendly festival features live heritage demonstrations, Appalachian crafts, old-time mountain music
Little Tennessee River Franklin, NC
The Little Tennessee River will be bombarded with ducks and hand-crafted rafts. The first ever Franklin RiverFest of 2016 is coming to Franklin this Saturday. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Franklin – Daybreak, the festival will feature several activities in an effort to raise money for local humanitarian organizations; such as CareNet, the Franklin High School Interact Club, Community Care Clinic, and many more.
Gemboree Franklin, NC
Franklin boasts some of the most well-known and most popular gemborees in the area! The Annual Macon County Gemboree features fine gemstones, jewelry, rough and cut gemstones, minerals, fossils and much more! For the gem and jewelry enthusiasts, this festival is a must.
Macon County Fair
Since 1953, features a celebration for those near and far that showcases all that the county has to offer. Plenty of things to do and see for young and old such as children's activities, entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, livestock and agricultural competitions and much, much more.
Pumpkin Fest Franklin, NC
The world famous pumpkin role, a Halloween parade down main street and a nine foot tall dragon are just a few of the things coming to Franklin for the 20th annual PumpkinFest.
Taste of Scotland in Franklin, North Carolina
The event celebrates Franklin’s Scots-Irish Heritage very appropriately as we have one of the highest concentrations of Scots-Irish decedents in the country. This is truly unique Scottish festival is far different than Highland Games. Think of it as a sampling of everything Scottish! At the Taste of Scotland you can enjoy authentic Scottish Foods, Music,
Veterans Day Franklin NC
Join the Town of Franklin as we, along with our citizens, honor the Veterans of Franklin and Macon County, North Carolina on November 11th with a parade & ceremony. Once again in 2016 featuring the award winning FHS Marching Panther Regiment. The FHS Band will march in the parade and perform a mini-concert at 10:45am.
Winter Wonderland in Downtown Franklin
The Town of Franklin presents … WINTER WONDERLAND Saturdays • November 26th and December 3rd – 5:00pm to 8:00pm The holidays are a special time for us in Franklin, North Carolina and we invite you to join with us for this most wonderful time of year during Winter Wonderland! Historic Downtown Franklin is transformed into



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Mickey Gilley will be at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on March 31 at 7:30 PM . With a stream of number-one hits, including, "Roomful of Roses," "I Overlooked and Orchid,""City Lights," "Talk to Me" and "You've Really Got a Hold On Me," Mickey Gilley's music has stood the test of time for over 40 years.

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Mickey Gilley plays and sings his famous "Roses" medley (live 2008)

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Kathy Gilliam CairnesAlways see his shows in Branson! He is a great performer!

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Mary Jane Watts MckinneyMy favorite Cd !!!

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JimnBren VaninganIn 1984 i had the honor of singing at Gilly's in Pasadena, Texas. He wasn't there but the house band invited me up when my sister in law Sandy Payne told them that they needed to hear me. After I sang the 1st song they had me do a couple more. Then the band asked me to come to Johnny Lee's club to sing the next night. Mickey was not there or Johnny Lee either so I didn't get to meet either.

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Gina Stowe CrawfordI've seen him two or three times, always a good concert.

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Linda Knight NixWould love to go. Thats not far from my aunts camper in hayesville nc

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Willina BaileySUPERB.....

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Brenda AllenWish I could be there

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Verblene FoutsSounds great 👍 would love ❤️ to be there!!

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Becky ShawAn old Eddie Arnold song.

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JimnBren VaninganIm 75 now and don't sing since we left Wisconsin in 1998.

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Pamela ClayHe will be in Bremen, Ga. April 1st.

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Helen SimpsonLove you and your music would love to meet you your fan Helen

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Deanna LundquistWould love to go.

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Tucked behind Franklin's main street, the Rathskeller is serving great coffee, draft and bottled beer from all over the nation, and delicious baked goodies! #discoverfranklinnc ... See MoreSee Less

Tucked behind Franklins main street, the Rathskeller is serving great coffee, draft and bottled beer from all over the nation, and delicious baked goodies!  #discoverfranklinnc


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