Article by Matt Blount


Held the first Friday of every month, the Franklin Art Crawl offers opportunities to connect with local artists, survey their work and enjoy an evening strolling through unique businesses in historic Downtown Franklin. It’s like an open-air, five-block art gallery to explore, with free trolley rides. And it’s become one of Williamson County’s favorite events, celebrating creativity and community.    


During the Art Crawl, participating downtown businesses stay open late and feature art from local visual artists. Watercolors, oils, pastels and acrylics present a tapestry of beauty in shop store windows. Sculptures reshape the landscape of consumer displays.


Friends, neighbors and visitors stroll down sidewalks sharing laughter and collecting stories with a glass of wine. Sound undulates from the crescendo of spontaneous parties and live music at several venues to peaceful conversations over bistro tables.


Dusk arrives, and like oversized glitter falling through a spotlight, downtown lights show off details of our historic architecture. Floating through this storybook village you’ll discover a wide variety of food, art and fashion. The quaintness of Franklin’s downtown evokes a bygone era that invites everyone to participate in a public display of southern hospitality.


The Franklin Art Crawl is organized by the Arts Council of Williamson County, which helps connect the community to the arts. To learn more about the Art Crawl, how you can support the arts, or join as a local artist visit
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Photo cred: Visit Franklin