2021 dates announced for Pumpkinfest, Main Street Festival, Dickens of a Christmas and more

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County will host the 36th annual Dickens of a Christmas outdoor holiday festival on Dec. 11-12, 2021. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County will host the 36th annual Dickens of a Christmas outdoor holiday festival on Dec. 11-12, 2021. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County will host the 36th annual Dickens of a Christmas outdoor holiday festival on Dec. 11-12, 2021. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

After announcing that all events in 2020 would be canceled, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County announced Aug. 30 it is already working to plan events for 2021.

The nonprofit has confirmed that long-running festivals, including the Main Street Festival, Pumpkinfest and Dickens of a Christmas, will take place in person in 2021.

Foundation officials said the HFWC is also working to add virtual elements to each event, which will reach a wider audience of people.

“Before we made the hard decision to cancel all 2020 events, we explored a number of new virtual platforms and online experiential components which we are excited to incorporate in 2021 and future festivals,” HFWC CEO Bari Beasley said in an announcement. “Our hope is to not only offer the public festivals attended by hundreds of thousands of people, but also extend access to our community’s cultural celebration to people everywhere. We hope both locals, visitors, downtown merchants, entertainers, and craft vendors can get an early start on planning for 2021.”

Dates for four confirmed events are listed below.


Main Street Festival: April 24-25, 2021

Heritage Ball: Oct. 2, 2021

Pumpkinfest: Oct. 30, 2021

Dickens of a Christmas: Dec. 11-12, 2021
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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