Historic downtown Franklin, Tennessee, came alive once again this past weekend as the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County proudly presented the 40th Annual Main Street Festival. This year’s event, presented by First Horizon, welcomed more than 128,000 visitors from near and far, marking yet another magnificent year in festival attendance.

True to its reputation, Main Street Festival offered a delightful blend of arts, culture, entertainment, and culinary delights, celebrating 40 years of this beloved tradition for families and individuals alike. From eclectic arts and crafts vendors, to mouthwatering food trucks and drink options, there was something to captivate every attendee’s senses.

“Its exciting to witness the community spirit that unfolded over these incredible two days,” said Tyrus Sturgis, Chief Engagement Officer at the Heritage Foundation. “This milestone celebration is a reminder of what makes Franklin and Williamson County so special.”

Over 150 Arts & Crafts vendors lined the streets, showcasing their unique creations and handcrafted treasures, providing ample opportunities for attendees to find that perfect souvenir or gift to take home. Meanwhile, an array of more than 30 Food & Beverage vendors ensured that no one went hungry, serving up a diverse selection of culinary delights to satisfy every palate.

Entertainment took center stage throughout the festival, with both Main Stage (sponsored by Nissan) and Acoustic Stage (sponsored by Grayline) hosting talented performers who delighted the crowds with their music and artistry. From lively musical acts to captivating dance performances, there was never a dull moment at Main Street Festival.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival was Spring Street (sponsored by the Nashville Predators.) This fun festival activation let attendees experience all sorts of interactive arts and activities! From painting the streets vibrant colors to engaging photo opportunities, this was an opportunity unlike any other for all to tap into their creative side.

The Franklin Theatre opened their doors to the public during the festival! All weekend long, attendees had the opportunity to cool off from the sun with a full slate of cartoons showing at “The Jewel of Main Street.” Exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the theater were also offered to visitors and locals alike!

Main Street Festival wouldn’t have been the same without the presence of our furry four-legged friends! Petzone (sponsored by Petsense by Tractor Supply) was a smashing success featuring a super-sized bark park, refresh station, treats, toys, and more! 

Jayme Smith, Director of Event Management at the Heritage Foundation, paused for a moment to reflect on the weekend as the final day of the festival wrapped up. 

“That moment reminded me of visiting the arts and crafts festival every year in my hometown,” said Smith. “I am hopeful that other families are creating similar memories that they will cherish for years to come.”

As the sun set on another successful Main Street Festival, attendees departed with hearts full of memories and a renewed sense of community spirit. With its blend of tradition, creativity, and community, Main Street Festival continues to hold a special place in the hearts of all who attend, reaffirming Williamson County’s status as a premier destination in the Southeast. Here’s to another 40 years of celebrating the best of what our charming town has to offer!