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September 25, 2023

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Pilgrimage Festival to Introduce a New Kids Area

Pilgrimage Festival, scheduled for Sept. 23-24 at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, is introducing the Franklin Fun Farm with family-friendly activities.

This year’s Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival will include a Franklin Fun Farm kids area for all to enjoy throughout the festival weekend.

With more than 10 different activities to choose from, The Franklin Fun Farm has something for everyone. Older kids can head to the Electric Lounge w/ Music Mixing Lab & Oculus VR to experiment with. DJ mixing stations and virtual reality games are included. Small kids can enjoy interactive instrument fun and a craft at the Bach to Rock tent. The E-sports Gaming Center and EIC STEM Experience — from the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center — provides fun for the whole family. Featuring EIC’s new state-of-the-art gaming e-sports Cyber Trailer, the center boasts 20 individual stations with multiple game options.

The Fun Farm Performance Tent is packed with performances from local youth bands, aerialists and balancing acts. In addition, kids can enjoy a bubble party and magic show. The fun starts at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with the full schedule here. On Sunday only, stop by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Musical Instrument Petting Zoo to play and learn about instruments.

For little ones, the Giant Maze and Knockerball Arena are a go-to. Want a break? Stop by Book Nook & Craft Corner for a FREE copy of Dolly Parton’s new book, Billy the Kid Makes it Big. Moms who need a pause can visit the Mom’s Retreat equipped with changing tables, rocking chairs, fans and a toddler play area.

While Franklin Fun Farm introduces tons of shiny new activities, traditional festival favorites like face painting, snow cones, cotton candy and kettle corn will be available, too.

For a full list of the magic beyond the music at the Pilgrimage Franklin Fun Farm kids area, visit

About the 2023 Pilgrimage Festival

On September 23 & 24, the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival takes over The Park at Harlinsdale Farm (239 Franklin Road) in Franklin. Now in its ninth year, this year’s headliners include The Lumineers, Zach Bryan, The Black Crowes and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.  In addition, a bevy of other performers will take the stage each day.



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.