The Main Street Festival returns to downtown July 17-18 for in-person events

The event, expected to attract more than 85,000 attendees, will feature more than 200 vendors as well as food, shopping and entertainment.

Times and location

The festival will be located in downtown Franklin around the Public Square and surrounding streets. Events will run from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Representatives from the city of Franklin and the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County will host an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. on July 17 to kick off the festival with a ribbon cutting and acrobatic performances.

Special attractions

The Main Street Festival will feature more than 30 food vendors, a beer garden presented by Bavarian Bierhaus and a whiskey lounge from Leiper's Fork Distillery.

A KidZone will also be on site with games and activities.

The festival will also feature a PetZone, sponsored by Mars Petcare, with a photo area, adoptable pets from the Williamson County Animal Center and an an enclosed pet park.

A number of downtown retailers, including Philanthropy, Heart & Hands, Twine, Carmichael Capital, Gin-O, Hester & Cook, Heirloom Shop, The Author Tent, Kilwins, Living Franklin, Rock Paper Scissors, Vinnie & Louise, Heylee B., Landmark Booksellers, Jondie, Mimi & Dottie, Generations Church, Finnleys, and State Farm will also be operating booths, offering specials and holding giveaways during the event in front of decorated storefronts.

Road closures and parking

Residents can expect to see road closures in the Public Square and surrounding streets during event hours.

Free parking is available at the city's parking garages on 2nd and 4th avenues as well as in paid lots throughout downtown.

Attendees can also opt to use shuttle services provided by the Franklin Transit Authority. Shuttles will run from The Park at Harlinsdale Farm and Church of the City on Saturday and The Park at Harlinsdale Farm on Sunday. Shuttle rides are $1 per person each way.

See more about the festival here.