Franklin is home to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, a world class entertainment venue that brings in popular artists across many genres of music, Broadway Productions, and more. Dine at one of Franklin’s many fine restaurants beforehand and it’s a full evening of food and entertainment. You can purchase tickets to all of the shows at the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce & Welcome Center. Visit our Local Restaurants Page for ideas on where to grab dinner. If you’re visiting on a weekend, the weekly free concert series, Pickin’ on the Square happens every Saturday night from Memorial Day through Mid-October with live music, food vendors, and lots of visitors and locals enjoying a fun night with friends and family.


There’s always something happening on the weekends here in Franklin. The Chamber of Commerce's Calendar of Events is a great place to find local festivals like Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show, Gem Shows, The Taste of Scotland Festival, Appalachian Heritage Festival, Franklin Folk Festival, Westside Merchants Block Party, and more.


Visit the Franklin Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning from 8 am to 12 noon on Palmer Street downtown is a great place to get ahold of locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as freshly baked goods, fresh cut meats, flowers and more. Grab some fresh goodies to take on a picnic or if you want to cook fresh, then the Farmer’s Market is your first stop. If you’re looking for someone else to do the cooking, be sure to grab a copy of our visitor guide to explore the many palate pleasing spots to eat like a local. Work up a hearty appetite as you embark on a shopping adventure that will take you all around the Franklin area. Let your mood set your destination, whether you’re out for some fun antiquing, or maybe you’re in the market for some fresh new clothing, art work, jewelry, or some outdoor active wear. Stop by one or both of our Craft Breweries, The Lazy Hiker Brewing Co. on the west end of Main Street and Currahee Brewing Co. on the east end of downtown Franklin. Many times, you can catch food trucks there cooking up some fresh eats along with entertainment on the weekends all year long.


Many folks in our local community like to get outside and get involved. So that means a lot more than just taking a hike or going for a bike ride. Many local organizations will have fund raising events or fun activities planned for kids and families too, to get together for a good cause. Whether it be a 5K Fun Run or a donation collection – there’s lots to get out and experience. Then of course, you HAVE to get on a hiking trail or take a waterfall journey that will take you to places of natural beauty and wonder or sift for treasure at one of our area gem mines.