Pilgrimage, 5K, and theatre: 7 events to check out in September in Franklin, Brentwood

The Franklin Classic returns on Labor Day weekend. (Courtesy Mercy Community Healthcare)
The Franklin Classic returns on Labor Day weekend. (Courtesy Mercy Community Healthcare)

The Franklin Classic returns on Labor Day weekend. (Courtesy Mercy Community Healthcare)

Sept. 6

Run the Mercy Franklin Classic


This charity run returns to downtown Franklin for its 22nd year after holding a virtual race in 2020. Individuals can participate in a 5K, 10K, 15K or 1K Kids Fun Run. Each race will begin and end in downtown Franklin. Funds raised from the event will benefit Mercy Community Healthcare, a Franklin-based health center that offers affordable health care to individuals in Middle Tennessee. Races begin at 7-9:30 a.m. $15-$55 (registration). Public Square, Franklin. www.franklinclassic.org.

Sept. 10-12

See the premiere of 'Cinderella'



The Franklin Light Opera Company hosts its inaugural show with a production of 'Cinderella' directed by Susan Weisbarth. Tickets can be purchased online here. Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 615-786-0186, ext. 2524. www.wcpactn.com

Sept. 16-19

See a Shakespearean performance

The 33rd annual Summer Shakespeare Festival returns with two performances from the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and the Kennie Playhouse. Performances include a production of “12th Night” (Sept. 18-19) as well as August Wilson’s “Jitney” (Sept. 16-17). Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and/or blankets. Gates open at 5:15 p.m. $10 (suggested donation). Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 615-786-0186, ext. 2524. www.wcpactn.com

Sept. 20

Learn the latest on local school districts

Jason Golden, the superintendent of Williamson County Schools, and David Snowden, the superintendent of Franklin Special School District, will speak at a State of the Schools forum hosted by Williamson Inc. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $85 (Williamson Inc. members), $100 (nonmembers/guests), $1,500 (company table of 10). Williamson County Ag Expo Center, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin. 615-771-1912. williamsonchamber.com

Sept. 24

Experience the tastes of Tennessee

Hosted by nonprofit The Battle of Franklin Trust, the Bootlegger’s Bash will feature tastings from Tennessean distilleries, vineyards and breweries; a traditional Southern buffet of local cuisine; and live music provided by Rock & Roll Pianos. The event will take place at the historic Carton house, which served as a field hospital during the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin in 1864. 6-8 p.m. (tastings), 8-11 p.m. (dinner and music). $47 (tasting only), $77 (full event with open bar). Carton, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin. 615-794-0903. https://boft.org/

Sept. 25-26


Attend a music festival

Dave Matthews Band, The Black Keys, Maren Morris and other artists of various genres will perform at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival. The event will also include a comedy showcase and the Americana Music Experience, exhibits, and storytelling centered around the history of American music. Attendees are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result from within 48 hours of the first day of the festival. Volunteers for the festival are still needed, according to event organizers. Those interested can apply here. 10 a.m. (Sat.), 9:30 a.m. (Sun.). $239 (two-day general admission), $999 (two-day VIP). The Park at Harlinsdale, 239 Franklin Road, Franklin. https://pilgrimagefestival.com/

Sept. 25

Promote public safety

Brentwood families can meet first responders, tour a fire engine, experience fire safety demonstrations and more at this outdoor annual festival. 9 a.m. Free. City Park, 300 Franklin Road, Brentwood. 615-371-0170. https://www.brentwoodtn.gov

By Kasey Salisbury
After growing up in the Sugar Land, Texas, area, Kasey Salisbury graduated with a degree in journalism in 2018 from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was the copy chief at the campus newspaper, The Daily Texan. She joined the Community Impact Newspaper team as a copy editor in October 2018.
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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