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Top 7 Festivals in Franklin, Pennsylvania

Franklin, Pennsylvania is home to great shops, restaurants, architecture, historic sites, and outdoor recreational opportunities. So there are always things to do in Franklin, but on some days there is even MORE to do. Franklin is home to several fantastic festivals and events throughout the year; in fact the city’s tagline is “Always Eventful.”

These are a few of our favorites:

Franklin On Ice – Sunday, February 6, 2021 – Fountain Park

Bundle up for an art show like no other as Fountain Park is adorned with ice sculptures! From delicate and fragile to bold and fun; it’s not just the cold that will take your breath away. Don’t miss the soup and chili cook-off where local restaurants battle it out for the coveted Golden Spoon Award! 

Our Franklin Food Tour visits a few establishments that have won the Golden Spoon – including the reigning champion!

Ice sculpture of a dragon in Fountain Park in Franklin, Pennsylvania - near the Venango County Courthouse

May Garden Mart – Saturday & Sunday, May 1 & 2, 2021 – Fountain Park

Welcome spring and get your garden ready on the first Saturday and Sunday in May. Pick up plants and garden supplies in Fountain Park to create your own oasis back home.

Spring in Fountain Park in Franklin, Pennsylvania

Blues and Barbecue – Saturday & Sunday, June 19 & 20, 2021 – Downtown Parks

Come to Fountain and Bandstand Parks in Franklin for a weekend of Blues, Brews, and BBQ! Listen to world renown blues artists as you enjoy Franklin-famous barbecue and locally brewed beer.

Taste of Franklin – Sunday, August 8, 2021 – Fountain Park

We know how hard it is to choose a Franklin restaurant for lunch. On the first Sunday in August, you don’t have to choose just one! Taste of Franklin offers small bites from area restaurants, delis, and caterers. Plus there is a motorcycle cruise-in and the finals of the Taste of Talent Vocal Competition which runs throughout July.

Looking to get a taste of Franklin on a different date? Check out the Franklin Food Tour.

Rock in River Fest – Saturday, August 21, 2021 – Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park in Franklin is located at the confluence of French Creek and the Allegheny River. It is home to the Pennsylvania Stone Skipping Championship. Watch amateurs and professionals, including a Guinness World Record holder, compete in this unique event. Plus there is food, boat rides, and rock decorating. 

Learn about the importance of the confluence of French Creek and the Allegheny River on a Franklin Food Tour.

Applefest – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 1, 2, 3, 2021 – Throughout Franklin

Applefest is Franklin’s flagship festival and one of Western Pennsylvania’s premiere events. It is three days full of food, free entertainment, craft vendors, tours, and children’s activities. There is a 5k race on Saturday and a classic car show on Sunday. And it is all set against the breathtaking autumn foliage of the Allegheny River valley.

Take a Franklin Food Tour to find out why Franklin is home to Applefest.

Light-Up Night – Saturday, November 20, 2021 – Throughout Franklin

Welcome the holiday season (and Santa!) to Franklin. Downtown Franklin looks like it could be the setting of a Hallmark holiday movie with its Christmas Tree Extravaganza, Electric Lights Parade, and fireworks display. Give yourself the first gift of the season, the gift of celebration in Downtown Franklin.

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Always check the Franklin Events Website or Facebook Page for the most up to date information about festivals happening in Franklin, Pennsylvania.

Coming into town for one of the festivals or exploring Franklin on another date? Consider booking a Franklin Food Tour with A Bite of History. These tours combine tastings at multiple local restaurants with the history of Franklin at several points of interest into a 3 hour experience on Fridays and Saturdays. Tours reveal why Franklin is home to Applefest, the importance of the French Creek and Allegheny River confluence, and much more! Click HERE for information and availability.

People walking during a A Bite Of History Franklin Food Tour

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