GALLERY: Thousands flock to Franklin for 2021 Pilgrimage festival

Thousands attended the return of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin on Sept. 25-26. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Thousands attended the return of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin on Sept. 25-26. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Thousands attended the return of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin on Sept. 25-26. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Major acts included Tennessee-based artist Valerie June, who performed on the Midnight Sun stage.
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Festival-goers were required to show proof of vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test.
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Natalie Madigan (center) performed Sept. 25 on the Shady Grove stage.
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The festival also included educational and Americana exhibits.
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The event also featured food trucks from local eateries, such as The Grilled Cheeserie.
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A beer hall was also on-site.
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Several food trucks were also available.
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The festival also included educational and Americana exhibits.
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Thousands attended the return of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin Sept. on 25-26.
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The festival also included educational and Americana exhibits.
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Thousands attended the return of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin on Sept. 25-26.
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Thousands attended the return of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin on Sept. 25-26.
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Thousands attended the return of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin on Sept. 25-26.
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Major acts included Tennessee-based artist Valerie June, who performed on the Midnight Sun stage.
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Thousands attended the return of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin on Sept. 25-26.
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Thousands attended the return of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin on Sept. 25-26.
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Thousands attended the return of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin on Sept. 25-26.
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.

Click through the gallery above to see more from the festival.


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