Thousands of music lovers gathered Sept. 25-26 at Franklin's Park at Harlinsdale Farm to celebrate a return of live music and to mark the festival's return following the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival returned to Franklin after being canceled in 2020 with a full lineup of big-name and local bands as well as family-friendly acts and educational exhibits.

The festival was one of the few large-scale music festivals to take place this year, following the cancelation of both CMA Fest and Bonnaroo. The event was also one of the largest to be held in Williamson County since 2019. While masks were not required, attendees were required to show proof of vaccination or of a negative COVID-19 test.

Acts included The Black Keys, Maren Morris, Dave Matthews Band, Black Pumas, Valerie June and dozens more.

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