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Pilgrimage Festival Shares Lil’ Pilgrims Lineup

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival welcomes you to bring your Lil’ Pilgrims this September 25 & 26, as the family-friendly two-day event returns for its seventh year at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, TN.Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

Hosted by GRAMMY-nominated children’s musician Ralph Covert, the Lil’ Pilgrims Family Stage features a wide range of for-the-kids talent including Covert’s acclaimed Ralph’s WorldThe Farmer & AdeleDRUMinSYNCTom Mason and the Blue BuccaneersMichael Dardant aka “Magic Mike, School of Rock NashvilleLil’ Pilgrims Hootenanny, plus the Rocky Top Revue square dancers. Boasting dual stages in the Lil’ Pilgrims Village, the Mare Barn Theatre complements the main stage, showcasing fun-filled activities for all ages with music, magic, and puppet shows, plus yoga and martial arts classes. There’s also an arts and crafts section, as well as a face-painting booth on-site.

“I connected with Ralph Covert back in 2015 at another music festival, and I remember listening intently to a brilliant idea he had – how a kids village at a music festival would rock. That’s all I needed to hear,” recalls event co-producer W. Brandt Wood. “Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival committed in our first year to build an interactive area where a kid’s love of music is celebrated and families have a place to enjoy the event together. Meeting Ralph, and of course watching him perform, is transcendent for kids of all ages. He was nominated for a GRAMMY for his work and it’s obvious why – he connects in a soulful, fun way – and surrounds himself with artists who together make Lil’ Pilgrims a ‘must-see element of Pilgrimage.’ Now everyone wants to hang out at our Lil’ Pilgrims Village!”

There will be a private changing and nursing station located in the Lil’ Pilgrims Village for parents to utilize. Children 10 years old and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult GA ticket holder, and children 2 years old and under are admitted to VIP areas FREE when accompanied by an adult VIP ticket holder. Tier 2-priced two-day GA tickets are currently on sale for $209, and two-day VIP passes for $999. Available at, a layaway plan option is offered as well, to lock in passes and spread the purchase across multiple payments.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival will serve up 50+ acts across five stages with Dave Matthews Band, The Black Keys, Maren Morris and Cage The Elephant amping up as headliners. The celebration of art, culture, and diverse music donates a portion of every ticket sale to help members of the music community in need through its direct partnership with the Recording Academy’s nonprofit MusiCares, in addition to Friends of Franklin Parks for capital projects at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The 200-acre property will also support local favorites with a curated VIP Village – 70 booths stocked with handcrafted works, wares, and wearables; 35 local restaurants and cafes serving their most popular dishes; the Farm to Turntable Food Truck Park – 16 of the area’s best food trucks; and a Craft Beer Hall that’s complete with an array of libations like craft beers, local whiskeys, hard seltzers, specialty drinks, and frozen treats, plus games on the big screens.

Produced by Better Than Ezra frontman and Franklin resident Kevin Griffin, alongside Wood and Michael Whelan, Griffin is next set to host a Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival-themed Power Hour on Lightning 100 at 1 p.m. CT on August 18 and September 15. Tune in here, as he’ll give away a pair of tickets during each show.

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.