Franklin gears up for 1st-ever Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

Pilgrimage Festival
Courtesy: Pilgrimage Festival

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – Franklin is gearing up for this weekend’s first-ever Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival.

Producer Brandt Wood told News 2 the festival’s inspiration comes from the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

The two-day, family-friendly event at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm will include four stages, including a kids’ stage, and 50 performers. Willie Nelson will be headlining the event.

Pilgrimage Festival
Courtesy: Pilgrimage Festival

Eric Stuckey with the City of Franklin said the festival, being held Sept. 26 and 27, will appeal to everyone, from 9-years-old to 90.

“It’s a great opportunity to show off and use Harlinsdale in a new way, a little different way, but also tie in to the great amenities that people enjoy every day in downtown Franklin,” he explained.

Wood added, “The first year festival is going to be something that if you missed it, you missed making a piece of history,” said Wood.

Next week’s festival will bring some temporary changes to traffic patterns in part of Franklin next weekend.

During both days of the festival:

    • Southbound traffic only will be permitted from Harpeth Industrial Court to First Avenue;
    •  The northbound lane will be reserved for pedestrians, bicycles, and festival shuttle service;
    • Two-way traffic flow will remain from Harpeth Industrial Court to Mack Hatcher but will be shifted slightly to accommodate pedestrian traffic along part of the route;
    • The roadway will open to regular travel patterns Sunday night at approximately 10 p.m.

Franklin police will direct traffic along Franklin Road and will assist those residents who need to exit or enter their driveways or affected streets. To view a map of the traffic changes, click here.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 7:30 on both Saturday and Sunday. Around 10,000 people are expected to attend.

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*The video above states Steven Tyler is the headliner. The story below is correct; Willie Nelson will be headlining the event.*

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