Event Information

Main Street Festival 2019 - Heritage Foundation, Franklin TN

300 Public Square
Franklin, Tennessee (South)

Phone: 615-591-8500
Event Dates: 4/27/19 - 4/28/19
Application Deadline: 2/20/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application fee): $30.00


Event Summary
Main Street Festival produced by the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, 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 36th anniversary in 2019 and is expected to attract 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 2019, 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 27 and 28, 2019. It is a rain or shine event

Show Schedule
Friday, April 26 (SETUP ONLY)
Registration 8 pm - 10 pm
Setup: 9 pm - midnight

Saturday, April 27
Registration: 5 am - 8 am
Setup: 5 am - 9 am
Arts and crafts open: 10 am - 7 pm
Children's area open: 10 am - 6 pm

Sunday, April 29
All areas open: 11 am - 5 pm
Tear down: 5 pm - 7 pm

A mobile app for iOS and Android devices will be avialble and heavily promoted for the 2019 Main Street Festival. All accepted vendors will be listed in the app along with links to business websites and social media pages (if such information is provided by applicant).

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 / Waitlist letters will be emailed out March 1, 2019

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: $325 - $475 (see Booth Information Section for more details)
Electrical hookup: $75

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 am Saturday until 8 pm 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 am 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 February. Booth fees will be payable after notice of acceptance.

Booth fee payment deadline: 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
Fees for the 2019 Main Street Festival will be assessed based on location. Premium locations will be avilable for an increased fee and may be purchased on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Public Square, Inner Circle (Booths C1-C20) - $475
  • Main Street, Between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue (Booths 58-97) - $475
  • Main Street, All Other Locations (Booths 1-57, 98-145) - $395
  • 3rd Avenue South (Booths 300-340) - $325

Booth spaces are 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.

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

Setup will be available beginning at 9:00 pm 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 8:30 am Saturday.  Vendors will have from 5 - 7 pm to tear down at the conclusion of the show.  All vehicles must be off the street by 7 pm Sunday.
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