Fall Events here in Middle Tennessee
October is the time to check out apple orchards with the smell of fresh made apple cider filling the air. Nothing better than hot cider on a cool autumn evening. Or how about hot homemade applesauce over vanilla ice cream.
If you are more of a chilly kind of person then don’t miss the The Grand Ol' Chili Cookoff in the Fork will take place on Saturday October 18th , in the field at the corner of Floyd Rd & Old Hillsboro Road in Leiper’s Fork. The event begins at 11 am and continues until 3 in the afternoon. Admission is $8 per person for chili tasting or the $25 family pack which is good for 2 adults and 2 children. Children 8 and younger attend free.
Of course what would October be in Franklin without Franklin’s favorite celebration of fall…Pumpkinfest. On October 25 the 31st annual Pumpkinfest returns to the streets of historic downtown from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, Pumpkinfest will offer a full day of free family fun along Main Street from First to Fifth Ave., and on portions of Third and Fourth Avenues. This year families can expect:
· A free children’s area on Third Ave. S. hosted by The People’s Church and featuring games, inflatables, pony and train rides, and more. The children’s area will be open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit for more information.
· A separate area of paid attractions for bigger kids on Fourth Ave. N. featuring bungee jumping, a mechanical bull, and a spider web mountain.
· Two stages offering continuous entertainment. The Bethel University Renaissance stage at City Hall will feature five performance groups from Bethel’s Renaissance program: two bluegrass bands, a Southern gospel quartet, a 15-voice group, and a 55-member choir.
· The School of Rock stage at Five Points featuring a variety of local performance schools and local acts. At 5 p.m. the stage will be turned over to a teenage Battle of the Bands, produced by The People’s Church. The winners take home a cash prize of $500. For audition information email .
· A community swing dance on the Public Square to the sounds of 5 Points Swing at 4:45 p.m. Unsure of your swing dance skills? Local dancers will warm you up with a brief dance instruction before the band strikes up.
· The Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-Off on Third Ave. N. From 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Approximately 15 teams will compete for the highest honor. A single $10 ticket purchases a 2 oz. sample from each team. Beer will be available for sale in conjunction with the Chili Cook-Off.
· An extreme pumpkin carving contest featuring the Leiper’s Fork Carving Club. The public will vote on their favorite, and after the contest the extremely-carved pumpkins will be available for purchase via a silent auction.
· An appearance by The Great Pumpkin, courtesy of our sister city, Carelton Place, Ontario, Canada. The winner of the “guess the weight” contest will take home a $50 gift certificate to Stroud’s Barbecue. Vendor booths will be open along Main Street from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
· Costume contests for people and pets. Prizes for humans will be awarded in four categories: Children ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-11, and 12+ and groups. Registration is limited to the first 40 entrants in each category and includes a $2 entry fee. will be available from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. near the Bethel University Renaissance stage at City Hall, and the competition will get underway at 2:00 p.m.
· Grave Matters: The Stories Behind the Stones. Costumed re-enactors share the true, first-person stories of some of the residents of Franklin’s two historic cemeteries between 7 and 9 p.m. $15 adults; $5 kids 7-13.
· More than a dozen food vendors selling traditional street festival favorites such as corn dogs and hot dogs, barbecue, funnel cakes and kettle corn, as well as some newer offerings including fresh bagels, gourmet coffee, fish tacos and jambalaya.
Offsite parking at both Harlinsdale Farm and The People’s Church, with trolley rides into downtown available for $1 per person each way. The trolleys will run from 9:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.; pets and strollers are not permitted on the trolleys.