What time does the event start?

The event starts at 7 pm; however, if you arrive early the silent auction will be open by 6 pm for guests to look through.

What time does it end?

The wine stations will be taken down at 10 pm.

Do you provide Safe Rides Home?

Yes, through our partner Sedan on Demand. They will be available at the front entrance to The Factory, adjacent to the information desk. You can also contact them to make arrangements to be dropped off at the event – call: (615) 254-4600.

What to wear?

Dress comfortably, as if you were going out to dinner at one of the Franklin area restaurants. As is the charm of Middle Tennessee – some folks will be in sequins, others in jeans. We will point out that The Factory at Franklin is concrete throughout, so perhaps those new spike heels should not be debuted at our event.

I’m attending a Vintner’s Dinner. What do I wear to that?

Most attendees for our Vintner’s Dinners are business casual to smart casual. Dress as if you were attending the restaurant on any other night with your significant other… and also know you will probably have your photo taken at some point during the night.

Do you eat first before attending the Grand Tasting?

We recommend yes, something light. Our exhibiting restaurants offer a wide array for tasting… but the majority of the items lend towards heavier and richer foods. Your stomach might thank you if you start out having enjoyed a grilled chicken sandwich or light salad.

Do you provide Designated Driver tickets?

Yes, for $35. They will receive a plate at event check in but no glass.

How much are regular tickets?

$89 in advance, $100 at the door if the event does not sell out.

I want to give tickets as a gift. Do you have paper tickets?

Yes, we do. You will need to come to Big Brothers Big Sisters offices at 1704 Charlotte Avenue in Nashville for purchase and pick up. Get directions

Do you sell tickets at the door?

Yes, if the event does not sell out in advance. Door sales are $100 each – and we accept cash and all major credit cards.

What about those people I see in special laminated credentials?

They are representatives of our many corporate sponsors of the event. Become a Sponsor

Can I bring children?

No, all attendees need to be 21 and older.

Is the event handicap accessible?

Yes, we are. Be aware that certain areas the traffic flow can become quite congested, but all areas are accessible via wheelchair.

Where do I park?

The Factory has ample parking surrounding the facility. We offered valet parking for convenience two years ago, but hardly anyone used it, so we won’t be doing that again.

Please note that if you are thinking you may use a safe ride home, parking in the east lot under the free-standing roof is the location of the Franklin Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning. Cars parked in those designated spaces will need to be moved by 2 am or they will be towed. All other parking is 24 hours.

Do you have an auction?

Yes, we do. The auction will close at 9 p.m. and be ready for check out at 9:15 pm. If you leave the event and are the winning bidder, you will be contacted the following week by event volunteers and can pick up your item at Big Brothers Big Sisters offices at 1704 Charlotte Avenue in Nashville. Get directions

Does the event have vendor booths?

Sorry, no, we don’t. We simply don’t have space to accommodate our guests, 300 wines and 30 restaurants to allow for vendors. We suggest you donate a package to our silent auction, and include brochures about your business for guests visiting that area to take with them. We are happy to display those alongside your item.

Are tickets refundable if I can’t make it?

No, sorry, they are not. This is a charitable fundraising event and refunds cannot be given.

How will I know what wines are where?

At check in you will be given an event program that lists all the wines and restaurants, and includes a map so you can navigate your taste buds.

What if I love a certain wine?

You’re in luck! All wines featured in the Franklin Wine Festival are on sale the next day at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits, 1935 Mallory Lane in Franklin. Stock up and save! Get directions

What if I want to volunteer?

It takes over 250 community volunteers to successfully execute this event each year. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us here or contact Shelby Huggins or call (615) 522-5665.

What if I want to become a Big Brother or Big Sister?

Please call us at (615) 329-9191 or fill out a volunteer inquiry on www.mentorakid.org. We always appreciate volunteer mentors!