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Townsend Festivals and Special Events

Townsend Spring Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day - May 6 & 7, 2016
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) - May 6 & 7, 2016
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 7 & 8, 2016
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 20-21, 2016
Car Gathering and Show hosted by the Talley Ho Inn. Call for more information. 865-448-2465

Memorial Day Bear Splash (10am-4:00pm) - May 27-28, 2016
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 - July 1-2, 2016
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, 2016

Field adjacent to Highland Manor Inn.

Volkswagen Car Show - July 15-16, 2016
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 10, 2016
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

24th Annual Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day - September 23-24, 2016
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.

Blue Ribbon Country Fair - September 24, 2016
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.

Little River Railroad Days - September 24, 2016
Little River Railroad Museum, Townsend.

Nawger Knob Arts and Crafts Festival - September 24-25, 2016
A two day Arts and Crafts Fair under the trees at Nawger Knob Shopping Area. Dozens of crafts persons and booths, runs all day.

Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Festival - October 1-2, 2016
Held at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center.

Rotary Club Storytelling - October 7, 2016
Held at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center’s covered amphitheater. Bring your lawn chairs. Tickets are $5.00. Please call GSMHC for reservations and more information; 865-448-0044

Quilters Road Show - November 5, 2016
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.

Grains & Grits Festival - November 5, 2016
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

Holiday Homecoming - Heritage Center - November 19, 2016
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.

Music Schedule:
12:00 Smoky Mountain Flute Circle/ Native American
1:00 Brandywine/ Bluegrass/Country
2:00 Shape Notes singing/ Appalachian harmonizing and accapella
3:00 The Lost Mill String Band/ Jerry and Joan Paul

Townsend Christmas Parade - December 4, 2016
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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