Sunday, August 22, 2021

Harvest Festival Registration is Open

If you are a Franklin Downtown Partnership member and have paid your 2021 membership, you can receive a free booth space. Non-members of the FDP will pay $125, with the exception of food vendors. Non-member food vendors will incur a separate fee and need to contact the FDP office prior to registering. 

Booth spaces are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and we expect to sell out of booth spaces this year.

Businesses on Main Street need to contact the FDP office if they plan to participate so committee members can reserve their space. Remember: ALL businesses and restaurants need to register online in order to secure a space.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact the FDP office.

SPONSORS NEEDED: If you would like to be a sponsor of the Harvest Festival, please contact the FDP office.

Scott Martin is the Harvest Festival Chair. Chris Peterson is the Harvest Festival Vendor Relations Coordinator. If you have questions, contact Chris at

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Attention Restaurant Owners & Food Service Providers

All food vendors at the Oct. 2 Harvest Festival need a temporary food permit. The fee is waived so there will be no cost for the permit. Complete this form for the permit. 

Please fill out by September 5, 2021.

Monday, August 16, 2021

18th Annual Harvest Festival Preparations in Full Gear

The Franklin Downtown Partnership has scheduled its 18th annual Harvest Festival, a family-fun community event, on Saturday, October 2.

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 3. 

Visitors to the Harvest Festival will enjoy local entertainment, delicious foods from local restaurants, fun kid crafts and activities, shop specials, artwork and crafts by area artisans and helpful information from community groups and vendors. Dancing on Dean will feature live music from two popular local bands: Ben Gardner’s Boat and The Driftwoods. 

Organizers expect booth spaces 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. You can find the registration link at Email Chris Petersen, vendor coordinator, at with questions about booth spaces. Scott Martin, president of the FDP, is once again chairing the Harvest Festival.

The Partnership welcomes business owners to help support the Harvest Festival while gaining publicity for their businesses with sponsorships. Please email the FDP office at to become a sponsor. 

Many businesses are helping make the Harvest Festival possible by sponsoring it. Thank you to platinum sponsors Dean Bank, Mosquito Mary's and RI Motorsports and Detail; silver sponsors Bissanti Real Estate Appraisals & Consulting, Glen Meadows Apartments, Hockomock YMCA, Liberty Tax, Middlesex Savings Bank, Rockland Trust & The Enclave of Franklin; and bronze sponsors: Arcadia Dental of Franklin, Beaux Regards Photographic Art, Camford Property Group, Chestnut Dental Associates, D.G. Ranieri Real Estate, Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, Edward Jones - Kevin L. Johnson, Fenton Financial Group, Keefe Insurance, La Cantina Winery, LeafFilter North, Mint Dental of Franklin, MyFM 101.3, Nerds to Go, and Senate President Karen E. Spilka.

Franklin Downtown Partnership Unveils Flower Alley

The Franklin Downtown Partnership (FDP) unveiled its finished Flower Alley between 15 and 17 East Central St. this week. The unveiling comes after months of planning by the FDP and mural paintings by five Franklin Art Association members.

The floral-centered murals that line the alley will comprise one of approximately 25 stops along Franklin’s Ladybug Trail. The Ladybug Trail will feature ladybug sculptures, as well as murals, to help promote economic development in downtown Franklin. 

"Eventually, visitors will walk along the trail using a digital map and view signage

detailing the history of Franklin," FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana said. “The FDP believes economic development projects like this encourage people to walk around the area and enjoy the art, historical sites, and the many wonderful businesses and restaurants in our downtown.”

Read more here.

Signs By Cam employees, FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana, mural artists and members of the Ferrara family gathered at the unveiling of Flower Alley

 Ferrara sisters Anna and Giannina with a mural created by AnneMarie Tracey

FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana and artists Amy Adams and Peg Munson