Franklin's rich mountain and cultural heritage is celebrated with festival throughout the year.
April Fools Trail Days celebrates Franklin's ties to the Appalachian Trail. As an official Gateway Community, this festival features live entertainment, workshops, outdoor related vendors and much more. This year's event will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012.
Held each year on the Saturday before Mother's Day Weekend in May, Airing of the Quilts celebrates a rite of spring as hundreds of colorful quilts line the streets and countryside around Historic Franklin, North Carolina.
Sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and funded in part by the Franklin Main Street Program, the Franklin Folk Festival is a two-day celebration of our mountain way of life. From milking cows to shingle splitting to quilting, visitors will have the opportunity to experience what mountain life was like when Franklin was first established over 150 years ago.
PUMPKINFEST During this celebration of the autumn harvest, you can take part in some traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities.
It features the infamous "Punkin Roll" down Phillips Street, costume contests, parade, and more.
Winter Wonderland is held the first Friday following Thanksgiving, in downtown Franklin, North Carolina. Town hill is transformed into an old-fashioned holiday atmosphere as the streets and "windows come alive" with living scenes from Franklin's past.
THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND FRANKLIN, NC
There's never a lack of anything to do in the Franklin, North Carolina area. Below is a sampling of life in Franklin throughout the year.
SMOKY MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
This is the area's newest state-of-the-art entertainment venue. Opening in July 2009 the theatre will feature great stars including the Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Daniels, broadway style productions, and more! Click on the title above to visit their site.
GEM MINING / GEM MINES
Franklin has been long known as the "Gem Capital of the World" and you can spend many fun days looking for ruby, sapphire and other native stones to the Franklin, NC area. Most mines are open Spring, Sumer and Fall. Below is a list of mines and links to their websites where available.
Franklin is home to not just one but four great museums that showcase our heritage. Click on any of the links below to be taken to their websites.
PICKIN' ON THE SQUARE
Sponsored by the Town of Franklin, this FREE outdoor event is held each Saturday evening Memorial Day Weekend through October. Pickin on the Square is held outdoors on the square in downtown Franklin and features a variety of music from mountain music to rock, square dancing, and much more.
Franklin, North Carolina is situated just minutes from the world famous Appalachian Trail. The AT brings thousands of hikers to our area each year to explore the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Nantahala National Forest. The lesser know but just a beautiful Bartram Trail also runs near Franklin and in Highlands, North Carolina as well.
The Franklin area is home to many breathtaking waterfalls. Just minutes from downtown you can literally walk behind the 75 foot cascade of Dry Falls, see the elegant Bridal Veil Falls, and view the roaring 250ft Cullsaja Falls.
The Franklin and Highlands, North Carolina area is home to plenty of great golf from challenging nine holers to championship courses. Here is a listing of golf courses open to the public in the Franklin, NC area. There are also more than a dozen members only world caliber golf courses in the area.
Franklin Golf Course
High Hampton Inn & Country Club - Cashiers, North Carolina
Highlands Golf & Country Club
Mill Creek Country Club - Franklin, North Carolina
Whether you want some fast or an elegant dinner try one of the Franklin area's great eateries. Enjoy home cooking where the locals go, Sunset Restaurant or the Normandy. Caffe REL and Yahti's offer more upscale cuisine. You can also enjoy great BBQ at Fat Buddies or catch the game on more than a dozen flat screen TVs at Mulligan's Sports Bar & Grille.