The return of Gallatin’s Main Street Festival is expected to pack downtown this weekend with more than 200 vendors, live music and thousands of visitors from around the region.
The annual rain or shine event, organized by Historic Downtown Gallatin, formerly known as Greater Gallatin, will take place Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. As many as 25,000 people are expected to attend.
“This has become such a destination for people to come to each year,” Historic Downtown Gallatin Executive Director Donna Belote said about the festival’s growing popularity. “It’s a great time to just come and experience downtown and visit the different vendors and existing businesses that are down here.”
A range of arts and crafts items will be sold during the festival including handmade jewelry, clothing, yard art, interior décor, seasonal items, candles and goat soap.
A variety of food will be available to purchase in the city hall parking lot including barbeque, street tacos, pizza, meat and threes, Cajun offerings, crepes and funnel cakes. A number of beverages ranging from teas to milkshakes and snow cones will also be sold.
“All of the restaurants will be open too, and they usually stay busy,” Belote added. “We encourage people to patronize the businesses and support them. If nothing else, you can shop for something that you want and come back to look at it later.”
A kid’s area with inflatables, cotton candy and candy apples will also be returning to the city hall parking lot near West Franklin Street. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will also have a booth where parents can register their children five years or younger, to receive a free book every month if eligible.
The forecast for Saturday in Gallatin is expected to be sunny with a high temperature near 85 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Road closures for Main Street Festival will start at 6 a.m. Saturday and include Main Street from Boyers Avenue to Locust Street as well as Water Avenue from Smith Street to Prince Street. The roads will reopen once cleanup from the festival is completed sometime after 5 p.m.