In YOUR Backyard: Make the Pilgrimage

Sep 06, 2022 at 10:17 am by RMGadmin

YOUR Guide to the 2022 Pilgrimage Festival

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is gearing up for its eighth year at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm this September 24th and 25th. The wide-ranging event is a celebration of arts and culture featuring dozens of diverse musical acts performed across five stages. Founded by Better Than Ezra singer and Franklin residents Kevin Griffin, W. Brandt Wood and Michael Whelan, Pilgrimage is dedicated to supporting local creators of all kinds, including chefs, artisans, jewelers, brewers and more. Beyond music, Pilgrimage Festival features historic music cities sharing their stories. 
Committed to making a year-round impact and being a driving force in bringing tourism to Williamson County, the festival has a direct partnership with the Recording Academy’s nonprofit MusiCares. They will be donating a portion of every ticket sale to help members of the music community in need and Friends of Franklin Parks, which leads fundraising and preservation efforts at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm. Additional nonprofit partners include community organizations: The Heritage Foundation, High Hopes Development Center, BrightStone, GraceWorks Ministries and Mercy Community Healthcare.  
Plan your Saturday and Sunday to #MakeThePilgrimage with our Pilgrimage guide and highlights not to miss. To learn more about the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival and purchase tickets, go to 


At the Americana Music Triangle Experience, the South’s most historic music cities will gather under the big top to tell amazing stories of their formative music heritage. Under a backdrop created by American Pickers and Antique Archaeology there are relics, church pews, a historic photo wall, exhibits, farm tables and more depicting the living history of American Music and one-of-a-kind stops along the Gold Record Road. 
The festival marketplace featuring a curated cast of southern makers: local artisans; jewelers; tinkerers; and craftsman selling their wares in the tradition of a small town market. 
The South’s best food truck park located in the South Paddock boasting a huge horseshoe of sixteen of middle Tennessee’s best food trucks. There are shaded picnic tables at center court, and of course, Grillix, our blow up DJ working the vinyl grill with his own unique tasty-techno selections. Farm-to-Turntable also features a full bar run with all festival libations represented, plus some unique to “The Table.”
This now famous area entertains kids of all ages and boasts singing pirates, a pirate play ship, a series of interactive craft workshops and the Mare Barn Theater with puppet shows, kids participation-based activities and more. 
This barn is the most historic piece of architecture at Harlinsdale Farm and beloved home of Midnight Sun and other famed horses is the Art Barn. For our weekend, the Art Barn serves as the festival art gallery with dozens of artists hanging works for your enjoyment and for sale.
A beer lover’s dream, located under a giant tent and featuring eight of the Asheville, North Carolina-based Wicked Weed Brewing’s most popular and seasonal beers, plus several local and regional brews on draft. Guests can get their sip on while catching the NCAA and Nation Football League (NFL) programming on the LED screens all weekend long.
The Pilgrimage Community Village showcases local organizations whose mission is to nurture, invest and develop opportunities for need-based citizens and to support education, parks and healthy ecosystems in the county. 
Over forty local and regional restaurants and cafes – featuring everything from oyster po-boys, wood fired pizza and thai rice bowls to specialty coffees, juice bars and smoothie counters. 
Pilgrimage offers a range of specialty drinks, frozen concoctions, craft beers, spirits and wines. Also located throughout the festival are plenty of water and misting stations, soft drinks and non-alcoholic specialties to suit every festival goer’s thirst.
In the event of an emergency, please follow the directions of Pilgrimage Festival staff and listen for stage announcements.
There is a Lost Child Station at the main Information Booth on the Festival Grounds. Information booths are shown on our attendee map.
There are two medical tents located inside the festival grounds. Please refer to your attendee map to familiarize yourself with these locations. Medical tents are marked with red flags and can be easily identified on-site. Do not hesitate to visit our medical tents if you experience any health problems. Stay hydrated!

Patrons will be allowed exit and re-entry privileges. Entrance into the entertainment area is controlled by security, festival and ticketing personnel. All entrants must wear a valid event wristband. All entrants are subject to a pat down, wanding and bag search upon entering the entertainment area. Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival reserves the right to search all people and property to ensure the security of all attendees. Patrons must scan their wristband when exiting the festival if they wish to re-enter that same day.