Event Information

Main Street Festival 2018 Franklin

300 Public Square
Franklin, Tennessee (South)

Phone: 615-591-8500 ext. 112
Event Dates: 4/28/18 - 4/29/18
Application Deadline: 1/9/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Heritage Foundation is the preservation and conservation society of Williamson County.  For 50 years, this organization has set the vision for Downtown Franklin then, partnered with the city and private organizations to revitalize and preserve Downtown Franklin. 
Among our jewels are the Franklin Theatre and the Old, Old Jail which has become the Big House for Historic Preservation.  Not only does the Heritage Foundation save the places that matter, but our award-winning street festivals, Main Street Festival, Pumpkinfest and Dickens of a Christmas, provide tens of thousands of families all day fun at no charge.  

Main Street Festival is Franklin, TN's annual spring celebration featuring more than 200 high-quality arts and crafts vendors, superb entertainment, great food, and fun for the entire family. Consistently listed among the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, Main Street Festival will be celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018 and is expected to attract some 100,000+ visitors.

The Heritage Foundation is recognized by the IRS and State of Tennessee as a tax exempt organization under IRS Code section 501(c)(3). All proceeds are used to produce Main Street Festival and to support our mission of Historic Preservation, Community and Education.


General Information
Main Street Festival is an outdoor arts and crafts show and entertainment festival taking place primarily along five blocks of Main Street in historic downtown Franklin, TN. In 2018, we expect to invite about 200 artists and craftspeople to participate.

Please note:  We are not exclusively a fine arts show.  While we do have a fine arts category we accept artists and craftspeople with merchandise at a variety of price points.  We find that vendors with items priced into the several hundred dollar range do well.

Main Street Festival will take place on April 28 and 29 2018, rain or shine.

Show Schedule
Friday, April 27
Registration 8 - 10 p.m.
Setup: Beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 28
Registration: 5 - 8 a.m.
Setup: 5 - 9 a.m.
Arts and crafts open: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Children's area open: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 29
All areas open: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tear down: 5 - 7 p.m.

Jury Standards
Main Street Festival selects approx. 200 artists and craftspeople to participate through a blind jury process which begins after the application deadline.  We are seeking artists and craftspeople who create original work.  All work must be original in design and executed by the applicant. No kits, flea market items or items made with commercially purchased molds will be accepted. Items may be rejected if they appear to be mass-produced. Nothing will be permitted in your booth that has not been juried, and we may ask that such items be removed. The jury reserves the right to limit the number of vendors in any given category.

Acceptance to a previous festival is no guarantee of acceptance at future festivals. 

Booth Information
Booth spaces measure 10 feet deep from the curb into the street and 12 feet wide. If your merchandise will not fit into this space you must purchase an additional space, extra space is limited. Each merchant must supply a weighted, freestanding tent of any color. Tents must be weighted and cannot be staked into the pavement. We recommend 40 lbs. per tent leg.  No overstock merchandise may be stored on sidewalks.  Sidewalks must stay clear for pedestrians and emergency personnel.

We will do our best to accommodate requests for particular booth spaces, but cannot guarantee them from year to year. Corner booths are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cost an additional $75. Electricity is available at $75 per 110 hookup, electrical connections are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must bring your own 100 ft. outdoor-rated extension cord. Generators are not permitted. No more than 10 amps per circuit will be available.

Booth Fees
Non-refundable Application fee:  $30
Booth fee: $315 for first space
Two Booth fee: $630 
Corner space: $75
Electrical hookup: $75

10'x10' space: $500                  10'x25' space:  $1,250
10'x15' space: $750                  10'x35' space:  $1,500
10'x20' space: $995

110 Electrical Connection:  $100 each   220 Electrical Connection:  $200 each

We promote this festival extensively and encourage you to send us photos and information about yourself and your work for use in our publicity. We reserve the right to use entry photos for promotion unless you request otherwise.

Police foot patrol is provided from 6 a.m. Saturday until 8 p.m. Sunday. However, artists and craftspeople exhibit at their own risk. The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, the Downtown Franklin Association, the City of Franklin, and event organizers and sponsors assume no responsibility for loss or damage to work, or liability for any transaction, accident or act of nature during the festival. Vendors who are concerned about the safety of their merchandise overnight are free to remove it from their booth after 7 p.m. on Saturday and return it before 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Vendor parking is located two blocks North of the Public Square, parking pass provided.  

Acceptance and Cancellations
Applicants will receive notice of acceptance or non-acceptance via email in late January. Booth fees will be payable after notice of acceptance.

Booth fee payment deadline: March 1
Last date to cancel and receive a 50% refund: April 1
No refunds after April 1

Failure to respond by booth payment deadline will result in the invitation being withdrawn and an alternate being invited instead.  


All vendors must supply their own freestanding tent of any color, weighted to withstand wind.  Tents may not be staked into the pavement.

No amplified sound is permitted to be coming from any booth.

We reseve the right to ask vendors to remove from their booths any items that have not been through the jury process or that appear to be mass produced.

Sales Tax
Artist are responsible for collecting, reporting, and paying all required state and local sales taxes.  Tennessee sales tax is 9.25%.


Booth Information
Booth spaces rent for $315 and measure 12' wide and 10' deep from the curb into the street. If your booth will exceed the standard size you must purchase an additional booth for an additional $315 (double booth = double fee x2).

Tents are mandatory. They must be freestanding and cannot be staked into the pavement. They must be weighted to withstand wind, and we recommend 40 lbs. of weight per tent leg.

Electricity is available for $75 per 10-amp hookup, and no more than 10 amps per circuit will be available. You must supply your own 100 ft., outdoor-rated extension cords. Generators are not permitted. 
Food Vendors/Trucks:  please see pricing information under General Information.

Setup will be available beginning at 8:30 p.m. the evening before the show. Vendors will be able to pull up to their booths to load in and tear down. All vehicles must be off the street by 8:30a.m. Saturday.  Vendors will have from 5 - 7 p.m. to tear down at the conclusion of the show.  All vehicles must be off the street by 7 p.m. Sunday.