Like most great ideas, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival was inspired by friendship, history, and the desire to create a meaningful experience. Two years ago, Musician and Franklin, TN resident Kevin Griffin was on a September morning jog through The Park at Harlinsdale, a century-old horse farm recently purchased by the City of Franklin. Kevin was so taken by the rolling hills, natural amphitheaters, and breathtaking vistas of the 230-acre farm, he envisioned it as a natural fit for a music festival venue. Considering Franklin’s place, Kevin wanted people to understand the beauty and rustic quality of Middle Tennessee in the fall, and with the blessing of the City, began to dream up a music festival to do it justice.
Partnered with lifelong buddies W. Brandt Wood and Michael Whelan, the trio aspired to highlight the diversity and community spirit of the New Orleans Jazz Fest, tailoring the best elements to Franklin– a richly historic town just 20 minutes south of Nashville. Like Jazz Fest, Pilgrimage will take place during the day, and offer a diverse yet renowned lineup of rock and roll, alt-country, bluegrass, jazz, indie, gospel and more. The festival will boast “Pilgri-mashups,” pairing artists together for special one-time collaborations on stage. The Lil' Pilgrims Stage will be more than a kids’ play area; it will feature a line-up of renowned children's musicians, to inspire, engage and entertain kids and adults alike.
Carefully selected local and regional wine, beer and spirit offerings will be on display. At the Bazaar, local restaurants, antique dealers, artisans and craftsmen will showcase their wares and fares. W hen performances wrap, guests can conveniently head back into the heart of downtown Franklin, within walking distance from the Park at Harlinsdale, to imbibe the best of the town’s restaurants, shops, and great weekend lineup of nighttime shows.
Ultimately, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival invites folks of all ages on a journey to experience a myriad of musical styles, a bevy of food and beverages, and the rich regional spirit of Franklin, TN.
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Experience one-time artist pairings that mix artists, genres, sounds and content in one-time-only stage performances unique to us and only at Pilgrimage.
Discover and experience local and regional restaurants, antique dealers, artisans and craftsmen.
Kids programming includes award-winning entertainers on the Lil' Pilgrims Stage, plus activities and craft making.