Wednesday, September 18, 2019

FDP’s Largest Harvest Festival October 5

Nearly 8,000 people are expected to attend the largest-ever Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 5 from noon to 5 p.m.! The Franklin Downtown Partnership’s 17th annual Harvest Festival will be held in downtown Franklin. In case of rain, the Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday, October 6. 

This year’s Harvest Festival will feature great entertainment, kids’ activities, artisans and crafters, fall-themed giveaways, and an expanded food court. The expanded food court will have pizza, Italian sausage and pepper, chicken, burgers, ice cream, and much more. New this year, The BLACK BOX will host an Oktoberfest during Harvest Festival featuring German food and music, as well as wine from LaCantina Winery and beer from As Built Brewing Company, Start Line Brewing Company & Shovel Town Brewery. 


Friday, September 13, 2019

Booth Spaces Sold Out

Registration for the Oct. 5 Harvest Festival has been closed because booth spaces are sold out. Booth spaces may be available at the last minute if any vendors cancel. If you would like to be added to the waitlist for the 2019 Harvest Festival, please email fdpevent@gmail.com and provide your name, business name, email, and cell number.

If you have a restaurant that would like to participate please email fdpevent@gmail.com no later than Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Harvest Festival Registration is Open

Registration for booth space at the Franklin Downtown Partnership’s 17th annual Harvest Festival is now open! The largest annual community event in downtown Franklin, the Harvest Festival will be held Saturday, October 5 from noon to 5 p.m. The event is expected to attract more than 8,000 people!

Plans for the festival are well underway and booth space is filling up fast. Visitors will enjoy local entertainers, delicious dishes from local restaurants, children’s activities, shop specials, a beer/wine tent, artwork and crafts by area artisans, and helpful information from community groups and vendors.

The event will take place on Main, West Central, Dean and Depot Streets in downtown Franklin. The Harvest Festival’s rain date is Sunday, October 6. 

Organizers expect booth spaces for this event to sell out. Booths are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. Franklin Downtown Partnership members receive booth spaces for free; non-members pay $125. Downtown businesses with store fronts must register to reserve space in front of their stores.
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REGISTER HERE


Register before the September 17 deadline. Please add a $35 late fee if you register after September 17. Registration will close on September 20. Email Scott Martin, chair of the Harvest Festival, with questions about the event.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Partnership Prepares for Harvest Festival on October 5


The Franklin Downtown Partnership is making plans for its 17th annual Harvest Festival, a family-fun community event, scheduled for Saturday, October 5.

The Harvest Festival will be held in downtown Franklin from noon to 5 p.m. on Main Street, Dean Avenue, West Central Street, and Depot Street, as well as the large parking area behind Rockland Bank. The event’s rain date is Sunday, October 6. 

Plans for the festival are well underway and booth space is filling up fast. Visitors will be treated to exciting local entertainment, delicious fall flavors from local restaurants, fun kid crafts and activities, shop specials, artwork and crafts by area artisans and helpful information from community groups and vendors. 

Organizers expect booth space for this event to sell out. Partnership members receive a booth for free; non-members pay $125. Downtown businesses must register to ensure store-front space. Booths are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. 

Register for booth spaces here before September 17. Please add a $35 late fee if you register after September 17. Registration will close on September 20. Email Scott Martin, chair of the Harvest Festival, at fdpevent@gmail.com with questions about the event.

The Partnership also welcomes businesses to help support the Harvest Festival. Visit the Sponsorship page on this website or contact the Partnership office at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com for more information about sponsorship.

Silver sponsors for the Harvest Festival are Dean Bank, Middlesex Savings Bank and Rockland Trust.

Bronze sponsors are Benchmark Senior Living at Forge Hill, the Bernon Family Branch YMCA, Chestnut Dental Associates, DCU, Glen Meadow Apartments, Keefe Insurance.

Friends sponsors are Camford Property Group, Charles River Bank, Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, LeafFilter, MyFM.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Fall Networking Breakfasts

Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or a tasty breakfast with other Franklin Downtown Partnership members at our Networking Breakfasts at the Dean College Dining Center on the first floor of the Campus Center. Upcoming Networking Breakfasts dates are:
Friday, September 20 - 8 a.m.
Friday, October 18 - 8 a.m.
Friday, November 15 - 8 a.m.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Save the Date for the Harvest Festival

The Franklin Downtown Partnership will hold the Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 5 in downtown Franklin. In case of rain, the event will take place on Sunday, October 6. 

Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for the event which will feature music, delicious foods, crafts, give-aways, sidewalk sales, and more. For the first time, there will also be beer and wine sold during the Harvest Festival.

On August 15, the Partnership will post a link to register for booth spaces online through the FDP website. Booths are free to Franklin FDP business members and $125 for non-members. Booth spaces are expected to sell-out so businesses are encouraged to sign up in August. Email questions to Event Chair Scott Martin, fdpevent@gmail.com.

“The Harvest Festival is our biggest event of the year,” said FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana. “We are looking forward to another great event that brings people into our beautiful downtown area.”


Saturday, June 22, 2019

Strawberry Stroll Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered, and attended the Strawberry Stroll on Friday night! We had an attendance of more than 4,000 people!

We especially appreciate the following who played a major role in the Strawberry Stroll!
  • Dean Bank Branch Manager Jen Hurst and staff for serving thousands of shortcakes
  • Dean College for preparing the biscuits and slicing the strawberries
  • Dean Bank and Michael Carroll for hosting Dancing on Dean
  • Strawberry Stroll Committee Chair Scott Martin
  • Strawberry Stroll Committee members Roberta Trahan, Pandora Carlucci, Bryan Taberner, Beth Simon, and Jen Hurst
  • All the volunteers that came out to help with set up and clean-up
  • Franklin DPW and Police Department
  • Laurel Katsaros from Rockland Trust and Michael Mouhanna from Fourzol, LLC Property Management for use of their parking lots

THANK YOU to the following businesses who sponsored the Strawberry Stroll!
  • Platinum sponsor: Dean Bank
  • Gold sponsor: Dean College
  • Silver sponsors: Atria-Franklin, Camford Property Group, Middlesex Savings Bank
  • Bronze sponsors: 9 Round 30 Minute Kickbox Fitness, Berry Insurance, Chestnut Dental Associates, DCU, Encore Music Academy & Recording Studios, Fenton Financial Group, Franklin Cultural District Committee, Franklin Ford, Gentle Dental, Glen Meadow Apartments, Keefe Insurance, Mosquito Mary’s, Orangetheory Fitness, Simon's Furniture
  • Friends sponsors: Beaux Regards Original Photographic Art, Feet in Motion, Franklin Central Pizza, Franklin Dental Associates, Garelick Farms, LeafFilter Gutter Protection, Renewal by Anderson, Rescom Exteriors

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Strawberry Stroll June 14

The Franklin Downtown Partnership’s annual Strawberry Stroll is scheduled in downtown Franklin on Friday, June 14 and is expected to be the largest Stroll in its 17-year history. Come to the family-fun event and enjoy live bands, sidewalk sales and activities from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Main Street and Dean Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic during the Strawberry Stroll. The rain date is Saturday, June 15.

“The Strawberry Stroll is our opportunity to invite people to come together downtown and have fun experiencing the local businesses throughout our community that are unique to this area,” said Scott Martin, president of the Franklin Downtown Partnership and event chairperson. “The mix of activities, crafters and entertainment we have for this year’s festival will make this community event special for all ages, while showcasing what shopping and dining downtown offers.”

For the first time, the FDP is inviting residents to wear straw hats to the Stroll to honor Franklin’s straw hat manufacturing history!

For the second year in a row, Dean Bank has organized Dancing on Dean, a fun dance party featuring two local bands: Matt Zajac and The Northeast Groove.

Read all the details of the Strawberry Stroll here and view the performance schedule here.



Monday, June 3, 2019

Strawberry Stroll Performance Schedule

Dean Bank Stage:
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Matt Zajac
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. - The Northeast Groove

Intermission Patio:

4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - FSPA
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Jamie Barrett
6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - FSPA
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - The Padula Brothers 

In Front of MyFM Remote Station 

5:15 p.m. - Feet in Motion (for 15 minutes)
6 p.m. - Feet in Motion (for 15 minutes)