Franklin, Tennessee will “Paint the Town Orange” in October

by Janean Flowe
Franklin, TN, fall festival
A fall celebration in a safe and family-friendly 2020 style

(FRANKLIN, Tenn.) – The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN, and its division the Downtown Franklin Association have partnered with Visit Franklin and City of Franklin to “Paint the Town Orange” this October in celebration of autumn in historic Franklin’s Main Street District.

Franklin will be aglow all month long with shades of orange everywhere including the Heritage Foundation’s iconic “pumpkin tree,” family-friendly fall photo backdrops and seasonal activations throughout downtown Franklin.


Paint the Town Orange banner


In making the announcement, Heritage Foundation of Williamson County CEO Bari Beasley said, “While we all miss our grand tradition of Pumpkinfest, which has become the largest fall festival in Middle Tennessee and will return bigger than ever in 2021, we’re so excited to offer a new celebration option for 2020. ‘Paint the Town Orange’ will celebrate the fall season for the entire month of October in order to avoid large crowds compressed into a one-day period. This is a safer way to promote fall in our beautiful city, provide lively and safe activations for a longer period of time and support our downtown merchants. The Foundation and Downtown Franklin Association are so excited to partner with Visit Franklin and City of Franklin to organize and bring the celebration to life for our local families as well as visitors. It’s a tremendous team collaboration, which is what our community represents.”


Each week will bring new themes, events and activities to downtown Franklin’s Main Street.

  • Week of Oct. 4: Harvesting History & Culture: Historic and cultural sites and art galleries
  • Week of Oct 11: Bountiful Brews: Octoberfest themed pub and restaurant crawls and specials
  • Week of Oct. 18: Seasonal Shopping: Retail stores and boutiques
  • Week of Oct. 25: Autumnal Treats: Restaurants, bakeries and food shops
  • Friday, Oct. 30 – Saturday, Oct. 31 – “Paint the Town Orange” weekend celebration

Beautiful Downtown Franklin will be decorated with engaging store windows, banners, fall plantings and photo ops where people can take selfies and tag #downtownfranklintn and #franklintn. Every week will include fun activities, online costume contests and special merchant promotions. For updates, visit

Click for information about the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN

(September 2020)

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