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FESTIVALS

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.

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.

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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.

pumpkin fest franklin ncPUMPKINFEST 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, NorthCarolina. Town hill is transformed into an old-fashioned holiday atmosphere as the streets and "windows come alive" with living scenes from Franklin's past.
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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.

MUSEUMS

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.

HIKING

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.

dry falls franklin ncWATERFALLS

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.

GOLF

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

DINING

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.


2014 FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  • Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts - Franklin, NC's 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts. With the main focus on family entertainment, the Smoky Mountain Center is a great place to come and enjoy a good time with all that Franklin has to offer. Call 866-273-4615 or visit www.greatmountainmusic.com for ticket availability.



  • March 28 & 29 - Franklin's April Fools Trail Days -Come join in this celebration of the Appalachian Trail
    • Friday & Saturday Night - Sapphire Inn - 5:00 to 9:00pm- Waldroop Band, Talent Contest, Food
    • Saturday –Downtown Franklin `- Workshops, speakers, and more

  • May 11 – “Airing of the Quilts” - Mothers Day weekend - Springtime meant that it was time for spring cleaning and the "Airing of the Quilts" and other bed linens. On Saturday May 10, 2014 (Mother's Day weekend), we'll honor this tradition with a "Quilt Airing" of our own here in Macon County. Downtown Franklin will be alive with quilts and have a special celebration from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Also explore the Macon County Quilt Trail.

  • June 13 &14 – Taste of Scotland Weekend - This celebration of the area's Scottish heritage features an amazing line up of activities. Enjoy Fun, Food, Fashion, Music, Dancers, Games, Clans, Border Collie Demonstrations, Crafters, Contiunous Entertainment and Culture for the whole family! 9:00am to 5:00pm.

  • July 4 - 4th of July Parade in Historic Downtown Franklin 10:00am until 1:00pm. Parade begins at 10:00am.

  • July 4 - 4th of July Fireworks in the Park - U.S. 441 South of Franklin at the Macon County Recreation Park.

  • July 19 – 11th Annual Franklin Folk Festival - A celebration of Appalachian heritage in Downtown Franklin. Living exhibits of authentic mountain living, food, arts & crats, entertainment and more. Call 828-524-2516 ext. 304 for details.

  • July 24 to 27 - 49th Annual Macon County Gemboree - One of the oldest gem & mineral shows in the Southeast featuring fine jewelry, rough & cut gems, minerals, supplies and more. Call 866-372-5546 for additional information. Macon County Community Building, U.S. 441 South.

  • August 8 & 9 - 6th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show - This two-day event is an Official NC State Championship and features authentic, mouth-watering BBQ, live entertainment, a car show, crafters and a tastin’ tent. Call 866-372-5546 for additional information. Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center U.S. 441 South.

  • October 24 & 25- 18th Annual PumpkinFest

    • October 24 - Hayrides from Shops at River Walk from 3pm - 6pm, After School treats for the kids from 3pm - 5pm.

    • October 25 - Street festival along Main Street with crafters, Famous Pumpkin Roll, Live Music all day, Pie Eating Contest, Games, Costume Contest and Parade along with Food. 9:00am to 4:00pm. Call 828-524-2516 for more information. Come join the festivities.

  • October 17 to 19 - 25th Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree - The mountains are ablaze with more than fall color with this gem & mineral show featuring fine jewelry, rough & cut gems, minerals, supplies and more. Call 866-372-5546 for additional information. Macon County Community Building, U.S. 441 South.

  • November 11 - Veteran's Parade - Downtown Franklin 11 AM. Contact 828-524-2516 for more information.

  • November 28 - Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Service on the Square in Downtown &music. Contact 828-524-2516.

  • November 29 - Cookies with Santa - 10am to 1pm - Franklin Town Hall - Bring your kids to this free event to meet Santa and have cookies. Letters to Santa can also be written.

  • November 30 - Annual Franklin Christmas Parade - 3:00pm - Downtown Franklin

  • December 5 & 12 - Winter Wonderland - Franklin's Holiday Festival - Historic downtown Franklin will be changed into a Winter Wonderland. The event will be one night only from 5:00 to 9:00pm. Live music, Santa Claus, wagon rides. Contact 828-524-2516 for more information.