The Heritage Foundation's Pumpkinfest to Return to Downtown Franklin October 30

Sponsored by FirstBank, the largest Fall festival in Middle Tennessee draws more than 65,000 to Main Street District.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN 36th annual PumpkinFest™ presented by FirstBank will return to downtown Franklin on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 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 of course, our 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

Sponsors and key supporters include presenting sponsor FirstBank, Grace Chapel, Leiper’s Fork Distillery, All American Gutter, Genesis of Cool Springs, Hyundai of Cool Springs, Gutter Helmet, Leaf Filter, Leaf Guard, Lipscomb University, My Second Home, Nissan of Cool Springs, National Dance Clubs Franklin, Parks Realty, Power, T-Mobile. Media partners include: Fox 17, CW58, MyTV30, Mix 92.9 FM, 96.3 JACK FM, 97.1 K-Love, Scene, Williamson Source, Williamson Herald, Southern Exposure Magazine, and Your Williamson. For more information visit™.


Since 1967, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County has been dedicated to preserving Williamson County’s architectural, geographic and cultural heritage as well as promoting the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. Notable projects include The Franklin Theatre, Roper’s Knob, parts of the Franklin battlefield and the Old, Old Jail. The Foundation brings county history to about 3,000 school children each year through the Heritage Classroom program as well as walking tours of downtown Franklin. Events and festivals produced by the Heritage Foundation such as Main Street Festival, the Heritage Ball, PumpkinFest™ and Dickens of a Christmas bring hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors to downtown Franklin each year. The Heritage Foundation owns and operates The Franklin Theatre, the Downtown Franklin Association, and the organization’s newest division and current restoration project, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens. For more information about the Heritage Foundation, visit