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Pumpkinfest | Franklin Events

October is just a skip and a hop away… which means one of Franklin‘s annual festivals, -Pumpkinfest, is right around the corner!

This year’s festivities are set to go down on Saturday, Oct. 27 on Main Street and the surrounding streets. The 29th Annual Pumpkinfest will feature more than 75 arts and crafts vendors, a children’s activity area on 3rd Ave. S., Five Points stage, Sister Cities’ Great Pumpkin, Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-Off and much more.

The street festival of Pumpkinfest is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Franklin’s Main Street from First  to Fifth Avenues. The fun continues until 9 p.m. on Main Street from 4th to 5th Avenues, with children’s activities and booths closing at 6 p.m.

Other activities include:

  • The Taste of the South tent on 4th Ave. S. invites the public is invited to taste the best in local cuisine and spirits throughout Pumpkinfest.
  • The Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-off on 3rd Ave. S.  from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on  (Tickets to taste chili from local organizations and restaurants will be available for $8)
  • Fall and holiday arts and crafts around the Public Square from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many vendors will be displaying hand-crafted items perfect for fall and the holidays.
  • Cemetery Tours from 7 to 9 p.m. Participants will walk from tombstone to tombstone at the historic Resthaven cemetery on North Margin Street, hearing from costumed re-enactors about the people who are buried in certain graves. Tickets are $15 per person for adults, $5 for children, but the activity is not recommended for children under 6. Tickets are available from and at the Heritage Foundation. Participants should bring a flashlight and wear close-toe shoes.
  • Costume Contest starts at 3 p.m. at the Five Points stage. It’s $1 for each entry and categories are pets, children ages 0-5, ages 6-13 and 14+. Enter at the headquarters tent on the Public Square between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Be sure to check out Franklin’s Pumpkinfest on Saturday, Oct. 27. It will be fun for the whole family! Visit for more information.

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