Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Returns to Franklin Sept 23 & 24

by Preshias Harris / 248 days ago / Comments

The LumineersThe Black Crowes, Zach Bryan and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats headlining

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is gearing up for another two-day event in late September.  The annual Festival returns to The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, TN on September 23 & 24, 2023.

The music alone would be a good enough reason to attend.  However, the event is a celebration of arts and culture featuring dozens of diverse musical acts performing across multiple stages as well as local artisans, chefs and brewers offering food, drinks, shopping and more.

The Lumineers and The Black Crowes will headline the festival on Saturday while Zach Bryan and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats top the bill on Sunday.

The Saturday lineup also features The Head and the Heart, Yola, Hailey Whitters, Michael Rix, Better Than Ezra, Peter One, Boy Named Banjo, James Bay, Butch Walker, The Watson Twins, Bones Owens, Tash Neal, Hippies and Cowboys and People on the Porch. See the full lineup here. 

On Sunday 9/24, the event will also include Ashley McBryde, Margo Price, Ian Munsick, Luke Grimes, The War and Treaty, Patrick Droney, Charlie Worsham, Madeline Edwards, Tigirlily Gold, Troubadour Blue, Shain Shapiro and Down Home Church. Find details on each of the acts at Festival’s official website.

In addition to two days of music, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival will feature the following attractions:

Americana Music Triangle Experience: Under a backdrop created by American Pickers and Antique Archaeology there are relics, church pews, a historic photo wall, exhibits, farm tables and more depicting the living history of American Music and one-of-a-kind stops along the Gold Record Road.

Makers Village: Makers Village is the festival marketplace featuring a curated cast of southern makers: local artisans; jewelers; tinkerers; craftsman and more selling their wares in the tradition of a small town market. The Makers Village allows the festival goer to slow down and enjoy an authentic taste of southern culture.

Farm-To-Turntable: located in the South Paddock will be a huge horseshoe of 16 of Nashville and Franklin’s best food trucks. There are shaded picnic tables at center court, a full bar and of course, Grillix, the blowup DJ working the vinyl grill with his own unique tasty-techno selections.

Lil’ Pilgrims Family Stage: Grammy Winner Ralph Covert of Ralph’s World as MC and curator. This now famous area entertains kids of all ages and boasts singing pirates, a pirate play ship, a series of interactive craft workshops and the Mare Barn Theater with puppet shows, kids participation-based activities and more. Kids under 7 get in free to Pilgrimage with an accompanying, ticket holding parent.

Craft Beer Hall: A beer lover’s dream, located under a giant tent and featuring eight of the Asheville, NC-based Wicked Weed Brewing’s most popular and seasonal beers, plus several local and regional brews on draft.

Community Village: The Pilgrimage Community Village showcases the partner organizations whose mission it is to nurture, invest and develop opportunities for need-based citizens and to support education, parks and healthy ecosystems in Williamson County.

Pilgrimage Cuisine: Over 40 local and regional restaurants and cafes - features everything from oyster po-boys, wood fired pizza and Thai rice bowls to specialty coffees, juice bars and smoothie counters, located throughout the festival.

Pilgrimage Beverages and Libations: Pilgrimage’s beverage offerings include the best spirits, brews and wines served by seasoned bartenders who use only the best ingredients.

Pilgrimage Atmosphere: Pilgrimage is a living, breathing canvas that transforms Harlinsdale Farm into a music mecca that the Pilgrim can expect to find, if not enlightenment, the perfect backdrop for experiencing great music.

Visit the Festival’s official website for tickets, info about parking, health and safety, more details about each of the acts booked to appear and much more. Find Festival updates at their Facebook page and Instagram.


About Preshias Harris

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Preshias Harris is a music journalist who has interviewed everyone from Alabama to ZZ Top for articles and stories published in numerous music magazines. She is the author of longest-running monthly country music column in America and authored The College of Songology™ 101: The Singer/Songwriter’s ‘Need To Know’ Reference Handbook. As a music career development consultant with special emphasis on emerging and aspiring artists and songwriters, she focuses on ‘chasing the dream’ while understanding the realities of the music industry. She maintains a writers’ room on Music Row – named The Sangtuary – for her clients and their co-writers. She is a member of ASCAP (as a publisher), BMI, The Country Music Association (CMA), The Recording Academy, The National Association of Talent Directors (NATD) and a life member of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).

You can find out more about Preshias at https://www.collegeofsongology.com and find her blog at www.nashvillemusicline.com