Outdoor concerts, festivals and more: 10 events coming to Franklin, Brentwood this summer

Main Street Festival happens each summer along historic Main Street in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. (Courtesy Visit Franklin)
Main Street Festival happens each summer along historic Main Street in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. (Courtesy Visit Franklin)

Main Street Festival happens each summer along historic Main Street in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. (Courtesy Visit Franklin)

As coronavirus restrictions lessen throughout the region, local organizations have announced several events that will return this summer.

Movie in the park

May 21

The city of Franklin hosts a movie night at Pinkerton Park. Residents are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to sit on during the movie, and concessions will be available for purchase. May’s movie will be the 2017 Pixar film “Cars 3.” Movie in the Park events will be held once a month during the summer. Free (admission). 8 p.m. 405 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin. 615-791-3217. www.franklintn.gov.

Bourbon & Bubbles

May 22

iHeartMedia hosts this inaugural event for adults ages 21 and older at The Farm at Harlinsdale Park with live music as well as wine and spirits tastings. A portion of proceeds will benefit Friends of Franklin Parks, according to event organizers. 5-9 p.m. $25-$150. 236 Franklin Road, Franklin. Find event information here.

Brentwood Summer Concert Series

June 6

The city of Brentwood’s concert series returns with a performance from the Bicho Brothers. Food trucks will be on site and guests can bring blankets and chairs to sit on. See the full line-up for this year’s series here. 6-8 p.m. Free (admission). Crockett Park, 1500 Volunteer Parkway, Brentwood. 615-371-0060. www.brentwoodtn.gov.

Juneteenth Celebration

June 18-20

The Franklin Justice & Equity Coalition has partnered with the Battle of Franklin Trust, Fuller Story and the city of Franklin to host the inaugural Juneteenth Gala at Carnton, a festival in the Public Square in downtown Franklin and a Sunday worship service at Strong Tower Bible Church. Juneteenth celebrates the day on June 19, 1865, when all previously enslaved Black people in Texas were freed following the Emancipation Proclamation. Times and locations vary. Free (admission to festival and worship service); $100 (per person for gala). fjecwilco.org.

Carnton Sunset Concert Series

June 27

The Battle of Franklin Trust kicks off its annual concert series the Franklin historic home Carnton with a performance from Rubiks Groove. Food and drinks can be purchased at the event, or guests can bring their own. 6-8 p.m. (gates open at 4 p.m.). $12-$15 (adults), $5.50-$8 (children). 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin. 615-794-0903. www.boft.org.

Independence Day Celebration

July 4

The city of Franklin’s 4th of July celebration returns to The Farm at Harlinsdale Park with live music and a fireworks show sponsored by the city. 6 p.m. Free (admission). 239 Franklin Road, Franklin. 615-791-3217. www.franklintn.gov.

Red, White and Boom Celebration

July 4

The city of Brentwood hosts this annual Independence Day event featuring fireworks, food trucks and live music from Tim Akers and the Smoking Section. 7 p.m. (fireworks begin at 9 p.m., with a post-fireworks music performance). Free (admission). Crockett Park, 1500 Volunteer Parkway, Brentwood. 615-371-0060. www.brentwoodtn.gov.

Main Street Festival

July 17-18

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County hosts this annual event celebrating shopping and history in downtown Franklin. The event will feature food, shopping, entertainment and activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (both days). Free (admission). Main Street, 106 Third Ave. N., Franklin. www.williamsonheritage.org.

Franklin Pride

July 31

The inaugural Franklin Pride event, which was rescheduled from 2020, will take place at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm and will feature crafts, vendors, food trucks, live music and performances from drag queens and more. Franklin Pride is an outreach group from PFLAG-Franklin with coordination from the Tennessee Equality Project. Tickets are free. However, donations to support local nonprofits will be accepted. 1 p.m. 239 Franklin Road, Franklin. www.franklinpridetn.com.

Williamson County Fair

Aug. 6-14

The county fair will return with in-person events this year, following virtual offerings in 2020. Crowd favorites, including the Piccolo Zoppe Circus, Jurassic Kingdom, Robocars and the XPogo Stunt Team, are set to return, and officials are expected to announce more information about agricultural and livestock events later this year. County officials have announced they will implement a clear bag policy for guests this year. 615-794-4386. www.williamsoncountyfair.org.
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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