Festivals

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
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 and blue and walk or drive down Main Street.
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.
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.
Mountain High BBQ
KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Cookoff for Backyard and Professional teams.  BBQ vendors will be on the premises to sell great tasting BBQ.  Food vendors, crafters, cooking demonstrations and a car show will round out the exciting features of the festival.
Franklin Folk Festival, North Carolina
The 15th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm at Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center, 51 Cowee School Drive, Franklin, NC. Celebrating all things Appalachian, this family-friendly festival features live heritage demonstrations,
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.
Appalachian Heritage Festival
Sponsored by over 30 Downtown Franklin, North Carolina Merchants …. the Hometown Heritage Festival brings a day of free fun for all ages on Saturday, July 20,2019! Nearly 50 live demonstrations will be showcased and will feature the essence of life in Appalachia. You’ll see quilters, wood carvers, canoe builders
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.
Pickin' on the Square
Come to Downtown Franklin to enjoy an evening of FREE entertainment at the Gazebo on the Square. Each Saturday night you’ll enjoy a variety of entertainment (weather permitting). Be sure to bring your lawn chair. Come early and enjoy one of our great restaurants. Food vendors also available.
Pumpkin Fest Franklin, NC
Get ready to let the good times roll during Franklin, North Carolina’s 23rd Annual PumpkinFest! This street festival and celebration of Autumn is pure familiy fun! Children and adults alike will have a blast taking part in traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities during Western North Carolina’s premiere autumn festival.
Taste of Scotland in Franklin, North Carolina
Franklin’s Scottish Heritage Festival “Always Father’s Day Weekend” 13-16, June 2019
Veterans Day Franklin NC
Join the Town of Franklin as we, along with our citizens, honor Veterans on November 11th with a parade & ceremony. Once again in 2019 featuring the award winning FHS Marching Panther Regiment.
Winter Wonderland in Downtown Franklin
The Town of Franklin presents … WINTER WONDERLAND Saturdays • November 30th and December 7th – 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 as Historic Downtown Franklin

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