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Townsend Festivals and Special Events

Townsend Spring Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day - May
Bluegrass music (concerts and jam sessions), clogging, arts and crafts, BBQ and other vendors, Appalachian skills demonstrations, storytelling, and wildflower walks. Parking on the premises is $8 a day. Alternatively, FREE shuttle service is available to take people between stops at the Townsend Visitor's Center, Trillium Cove, Little River Railroad and Lumber Co. and Museum, Heritage Center.
Location: Townsend Visitors Center, 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway


Townsend Spring Festival, Appalachian Bear Rescue (10am-4:30pm)
Join Appalachian Bear Rescue at the Trillium Cove Shopping Village to celebrate the 2016 Townsend Spring Festival. Musicians, local artists, food and games will provide lots of entertainment for everyone! Appalachian Bear Rescue will offer educational classes, a guided hike, as well as information about our cubs. For more information and to sign up for classes, visit www.appalachianbearrescue.org


Nawger Knob Arts and Crafts Festival - May
A two day Arts and Crafts Fair under the trees at Nawger Knob Shopping Area. Dozens of crafts persons and booths, runs all day.


Studebaker Car Show - May
Car Gathering and Show hosted by the Talley Ho Inn. Call for more information. 865-448-2465


Memorial Day Bear Splash (10am-4:00pm)
Join Appalachian Bear Rescue for a cold bottle of water at the Townsend IGA to learn more about ABR's mission and to support its cubs!


Independence Day Bear Splash *Friday: 1pm-5pm, Saturday: 10am-4pm
Join Appalachian Bear Rescue for a cold bottle of water at the Townsend IGA to learn more about ABR's mission and to support its cubs!


4th of July Celebration and Fireworks
- July 4

Field adjacent to Highland Manor Inn.


Volkswagen Car Show - July
Summer Jam will feature a huge display of air- and water-cooled Volkswagens vying for tops in their vehicle category, bicycle show, new and used parts vendors, swap meet vendors, children’s activities, and games.


Great Smoky Mountain Marathon - September 8, 2017
The course for the Great Smoky Mountains Half is a beautiful run through the woods just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The course begins near Heritage High School in the Hubbard Community outside Maryville and ends in Townsend, just under a mile from the National Park boundary. The finish line is at the visitors center in Townsend with beautiful views of the mountains. 619-567-9191
greatsmokymountainshalfmarathon.com


Music of the Mountains: Good Thyme Ceilidh Band, 7pm
- September 8, 2017

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org



Tuesdays @ Two: Ralph Martin, Over Mountain Victory Trail - September 19, 2017

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org


Tuesdays @ Two: Tom Wright, Lincoln Reenactor - September 26, 2017

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org


Fall Concert Series: Steve Kaufman, 7pm - September 29, 2017

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org


Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day - September 29-30, 2017
A celebration of mountain and Appalachian arts and crafts. Features demonstrations, bluegrass and mountain music, an antique tractor and engine show, storytelling, children’s activities, crafts by local artisans, basketry, spinning, weaving, sorghum molasses, apple butter making, lye soap, beekeeping, and blacksmithing. 9 am-10 pm daily. Events are held at Townsend Visitors Center & Cades Cove.

Sept. 29
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sept. 30
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
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FREE Townsend Shuttle
Don’t forget to hop on the FREE shuttle that takes you around Townsend.

Buses, donated from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, will run from the Heritage Center to Jeepism to Trillium Cove to Little River Railroad Museum to Cades Cove Cellars to Apple Valley to the Townsend Visitors Center and back to the Heritage Center.

One bus runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a second from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., both days.

The last bus will leave the Townsend Visitor Center at 6 p.m. and returns to the Heritage Center, on both Friday and Saturday.


Blue Ribbon Country Fair - September 30, 2017
Held at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, the fair is in its ninth year. This annual celebration of the old-fashioned county fair features competition, games, music, historic demonstrations, and more.
www.gsmheritagecenter.org



Tuesdays @ Two: Jim Renfro, Air Quality in the Smokies - October 3, 2017
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org



Fall Concert Series: Early Morning String Dusters, 7pm - October 6, 2017
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org



Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Festival - October 7-8, 2016
Held at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center.

www.gsmheritagecenter.org


Tuesdays @ Two: Anne Van Curen. Grandma Gatewood - October 10, 2017
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org



Tuesdays @ Two: Mike Clemmer, The Story of Dulicmer - October 17, 2017
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org



Tuesdays @ Two: Will Kinton, History of Fort Loundon - October 24, 2017
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org



Tuesdays @ Two: Will Kinton, History of Fort Loundon - October 24, 2017
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org



​Music in the the Middle - October 27, 2017
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org



Tuesdays @ Two: Will Kinton, History of Fort Loundon - October 24, 2017
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org



Quilters Road Show - October 28, 2017
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend will showcase unique quilts and patterns for quilt enthusiasts and curious visitors, experts will be on-hand to answer questions about patterns and history of quilts, and demonstrations will be given to show how to construct your very own unique quilt.



Tuesdays @ Two: Mike Miller, The Elkmont Story
- October 31, 2017
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org



Fall Home Tour
- November 5, 2017
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org



Grains & Grits Festival - November 4, 2017
The Townsend Grains and Grits Festival is a festival of southern spirits and gourmet grub. Experience thriving crafts spirit and gourmet food community while discovering some of the region's legendary distillers and blenders taking place in The Peaceful Side of the Smokies. Phone: 865-983-2241.
Admission: www.grainsandgritsfest.com for ticket purchases



Tuesdays @ Two: Veteran’s Program - November 7, 2017
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
www.gsmheritagecenter.org



Holiday Homecoming - Heritage Center - November 18, 2017
Celebrate harvest, home, and the holidays with live music throughout the day, kids’ crafts, basket weaving demonstrations, Santa, and more! Fun activities for the kids: Make old fashioned Christmas tree ornaments to hang on your tree, learn how baskets are made, and best of all visit with Santa Claus! Live music in the auditorium will be provided by local musicians. FREE admission.



Townsend Christmas Parade - December 3, 2017
On the Parkway in Townsend.

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Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;. Psalm 30:11


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