Annual events scheduled for 2021
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Destinations W H I L E D I S T A N C I N G Although many local venues may have changed policies due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are a number of local venues residents can enjoy while practicing safe social distancing from other visitors. Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail History buffs can hike a portion of the 450-mile trail once traveled by settlers, American Indians and enslaved persons. A 20-mile portion of the trail, known as the Highland Rim section, is managed by the National Park Service. The Park at Harlinsdale Farm This 200-acre park is home to a historic horse farm as well as hiking trails, a dog park, a 5K track and a catch-and-release fishing pond. The city of Franklin Park is open from dawn to dusk daily. Marcella Vivrette Smith Park Named for the family of Marcella and Reese Smith, this 400-acre park features six miles of hiking trails, a playground, multipurpose athletic fields and the historic Ravenswood Mansion, which was built in 1825.
Williamson County saw a large number of events canceled in 2020 as local and state leaders cautioned against large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, many organizers are hoping to bring events back in 2021. While all events included were confirmed as of press time, dates are subject to change as well as cancellations.
APRIL 24 AND 25
SEPTEMBER 25 AND 26
a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. 6 p.m.-midnight. Ticket pricing TBD. 1368 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin. www.williamsonheritage.org 30 PUMPKINFEST Williamson County’s annual fall festival returns with food, vendors and family-friendly live entertainment. The event will be held along Franklin’s Main Street, centered around a traditional pumpkin display. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free (admission). Downtown Franklin. www.williamsonheritage.org DECEMBER 11 AND 12 DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS Franklin’s annual holiday festival celebrating the Christmas season with a Dickensian theme, held in downtown Franklin, features roughly 200 musicians, dancers and characters from the classic work of Charles Dickens, such as “A Christmas Carol” and “Oliver Twist.” 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.). Free (admission). Downtown Franklin. www.williamsonheritage.org
MAIN STREET FESTIVAL 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. AUGUST 06 THROUGH 14 WILLIAMSON COUNTY FAIR Planning is already underway for the county’s annual fair, which was held virtually in 2020. The event is slated to include rides, food, agricultural contests and live entertainment. Hours and ticket pricing TBD. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin. 615-794-4386. www.williamsoncountyfair.org
CULTURAL FESTIVAL Event organizers announced 2021 dates for the annual music festival last September following the cancellation of the 2020 festival. The event will feature multiple stages with live music as well as food trucks and a Maker’s Village with goods from local artisans. Music lineups are expected to be announced later this year. Hours and ticket pricing TBD. The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, Franklin. https://pilgrimagefestival.com OCTOBER 02 HERITAGE BALL The annual Heritage Ball, hosted by the Williamson Heritage Foundation, is one of the longest-running events in Williamson County. The black-tie event raises funding for the foundation’s future preservation projects. The event, to be held at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, will be the 47th Heritage Ball and feature
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