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.
Appalachian Heritage Festival
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 14, 2018! Nearly 50 live demonstrations will be showcased and will feature the essence of life in Appalachia. You’ll see quilters, wood carvers, canoe
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 14th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 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.
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
Get ready to let the good times roll during Franklin, North Carolina’s 22nd 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.
Sweet Corn Festival Saturday, July 7th the 21st Annual Sweet Corn Festival 10:00-3:00, includes food, craft & non-profit vendors, live entertainment, trail hikes,  historic church tours, and children’s activities. We can’t wait to see you!! For more information visit Sweet Corn Festival        
Taste of Scotland in Franklin, North Carolina
Franklin’s Scottish Heritage Festival “Always Father’s Day Weekend” 14-17 June 2018
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 2018 featuring the award winning FHS Marching Panther Regiment.
Winter Wonderland in Downtown Franklin
The Town of Franklin presents … WINTER WONDERLAND Saturdays • November 24th and December 1st – 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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    April 27, 2018
  • Beer, Bluegrass & BBQ

    April 28, 2018
  • Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

    April 28, 2018

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No visit to Franklin would be complete without visiting the area waterfalls. East of Franklin, NC, on US 64 is a deep gorge created by the Cullasaja River. Three major waterfalls grace this route: Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, and Cullasaja Falls.

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No visit to Franklin would be complete without visiting the area waterfalls. East of Franklin, NC, on US 64 is a deep gorge created by the Cullasaja River. Three major waterfalls grace this route: Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, and Cullasaja Falls.



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awesome in winter too!

Didn’t you use to drive with the car under the falls? Maybe like 20 years ago.

Just down the road from my cabin....

Jerry, I’ve walked through these falls many times!! Precious memories in Franklin!!

This is very beautiful and worth the trip. The whole area around these falls is very nice.

Been there so many times I can’t count! Been there when ice sickles were hanging everywhere, and in the snow. Beautiful in the summer. It has always been a place my family had to visit!

Absolutely gorgeous falls. I enjoy going to Highlands then to Franklin via 64

Oh my word, is this Dry Falls?? We lucked up on RT 64 and enjoyed all the falls. We brought family back to view them also!

And on the drive to dry falls you can marvel at all the roadside litter along the way.

Been there but not in the winter but thanks for the great pictures

Home 😊 It never gets old.

I really enjoyed the visit to the falls for the solar eclipse on my birthday in Franklin, NC last August, beautiful!

I have been there many times! Beautiful place to visit.

Love, love, love this area! I go at last once a year. I never get tired of it!

Love it, my husband and I have been to all of them, Franklin is a beautiful place, with a great nursery for plants. Love it, everyone should visit there at least once in their lifetime.

Been there several times....BEAUTIFUL!

I just love to see waterfalls!!! I hope you both have a very relaxing time in the mountains! Enjoy!!! 😎

That was my first waterfall

I've been there a few times, one of my fav roads in NC...

Truely awesome to visit, but get someone local to drive you there. You visitors are damn dangerous on Hwy 64.

Been past Bridal Veil on motorcycle ride...pretty falls..

Been there, it is great.

I have been to all three and on my motorcycle

Beautiful waterfalls on this road. A must see.

Been their beautiful Falls, country side !! 🤗🤗😍

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The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is coming to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts - Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 PM. Featuring are more than 30 pets in the show, each one having been rescued from animal shelters and given a new "leash" on life filling the stage with skills, stunts, laughs and excitement. The Popvich Comedy Pet Theatre has been voted Las Vegas' "Entertainer of the Year" and "Best Family Show." This show is sure to raise the "roof-roof!"

www.greatmountainmusic.com/eventdetail.asp?t=i&m=4&d=28&y=2018&evt=1The most beloved family show in the world, featuring an amazing cast of house cats, dogs, parrots… even geese and mice! Critics describe the show as a unique...
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Where in Franklin is this?

Think it will be warm by 7/4?

Wow!! Is that really THIS morning?!!

Yep, front side of system was thunderstorms and tornadoes. The back side gave the mountains some snow!!

franklin mountain between murphy and franklin

Praying for AT hikers

Haha. That’s what y’all get for pranking the Easter Bunny on April 1st!

That’s where I use go visit when I was a kid my Uncle built a cottage there and where my aunt lived

Was up in Highlands last Tuesday came back Friday, beautiful

Good grief.....should be better by May...or at least hope so..

That is awesome wow

Wow... I’m in Ringgold just south of Chattanooga, and it’s snowing...

Looks like Michigan this morning 😡 where’s Spring

Just passed through on our way from Murphy. Beautiful.

Came home yesterday and just missed ite snow ...

Nice, want get a cottage there! One day 😊

Beautiful to me! Thanks for sharing.

Flurries in Iotla this morning lol

Wow....hope everyone is ok.

this is today ,any one for skying?


And your webcams are down!

Flurries in Murphy. Love this.

Yep, for sure

Snow ?? 😳

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Friday, April 13 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts - Anthem Lights at 7:30 PM. Here's a sneak peak of their talent!
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