In YOUR Backyard: Pumpkinfest

Oct 13, 2021 at 02:24 pm by RMGadmin

Beloved Autumn Event Returns to Historic Downtown Franklin

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 36th annual Pumpkinfest, presented by FirstBank, will return to downtown Franklin on Saturday, October 30th, from 10am - 7pm. As the largest fall festival in middle Tennessee, Pumpkinfest attracts more than 65,000 visitors of all ages to Main Street. 

“Pumpkinfest is one of the most highly anticipated events in Williamson County and is hosted by the Downtown Franklin Association, a division of the Heritage Foundation,” said Heritage Foundation CEO Bari Beasley. “The original purpose for Pumpkinfest thirty-six years ago was to create a community-enriching, family-friendly celebration of the fall season in the heart of downtown Franklin while providing a boost to businesses in the area. Community support has grown over the years, and the Heritage Foundation’s three festivals continue to positively impact the region, as evidenced by the 2021 Main Street Festival’s estimated $4.2 million economic impact.” 

Pumpkinfest attracts families to enjoy a full day of autumn-inspired food and drink, children’s activities, live music, costume contests for pets and families, outstanding arts and crafts and talented extreme pumpkin carvers who always draw a crowd. 

Additional Pumpkinfest activities include: 
  • Live entertainment
  • Kids Zone presented by Grace Chapel featuring carnival games, giant inflatables, rock walls, and more!
  • Trick-or-treating around the festival
  • Arts and crafts vendors
  • Food trucks and street food vendors
  • Costume contests: 
  • People costume contests and parade 
  • Pet costume contest 
  • Downtown Franklin Rotary chili cook-off with Beer and Whiskey Garden featuring Leiper’s Fork Distillery 
  • Autumn Alley, which will have:
  • Old fashioned games
  • Guess the weight of the “Great Pumpkin”
  • Extreme pumpkin carving
  • Photo opportunities around the square   

Sister Cities of Franklin and Williamson County brings the “Great Pumpkin” each year to Pumpkinfest. The massive pumpkin is a contribution from the Sister City in Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada. Take photos with the “Great Pumpkin” and try to guess the weight! 

It will be a day full of fall fun, so get your costumes out and head over to Pumpkinfest. For more information, visit events.