Day Trip Six

Townsend Spring Festival

Townsend Spring Festival

Festivals are on going any time of year in Townsend, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Maryville, Tennessee. On the Gracehill Bed and Breakfast Calendar of Events, I have listed in detail hundreds of events happening in the area, although it would be questionable whether something was an event, show or a festival! I’ve listed what I consider the obvious festivals or fairs here from May through December 2016.

Friday, May 6, 2016- Saturday, May 7th,  Spring Festival held at the Townsend Visitors Center 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. Begins at 10AM, Parking $8, no pets, more info at 865-448-6134.  Old Timers Day is in Cades Cove. The same weekend Townsend also has the Nawger Nobs Arts and Crafts Fair on the 7th and 8th and Little River Railroad Days on the 7th.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016- Sunday, May 22, Wilderness Wildlife Week at the Pigeon Forge LeConte Center. Wilderness Wildlife Week has a variety of programs for different interests and all ages, ranging from programs specifically for the youngsters to guided hikes for the more adventurous folks. The programs will be offered from around 8:00 AM until around 7:30 PM daily.

Saturday, May 21st, 2016- Sunday, May 22, Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival held at Maryville College, 502 E Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN. Info at 865-777-1059 or

Friday, June 24, 2016- Saturday, June 25,  BBQ Bash, Founder’s Square on Broadway, Maryville, (865) 329-9030. Prize money totaling $7000.00. The 2016 BBQ Bash is a barbecue cook-off created by the Leadership Blount Class of 2007. Inaugural Hops in the Hills, yearly craft beer festival in conjunction with Summer on Broadway and the State Championship BBQ cook off contest. 865-983-2241.  Ticketed event.

Saturday, June 25th, 2016, Freedomfest at Springbrook Park, Alcoa, TN from 6PM to 11PM at the Alcoa Duck Pond.  Musical performers, fireworks.  865-380-4700.  Complete listing at go to events and then the date.

Monday, July 4th, 2016, Fireworks in Townsend and Gatlinburg.  The Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta on the Pigeon River in downtown Gatlinburg.  Festivities at 10AM, race begins at noon.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016, for five days, ending Sunday, August 28, all day long, Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival, Gatlinburg, TN. 130 acts of seasoned and novice songwriters and musicians.  Register for workshops. (865) 604-9066.

Friday, August 26, 2016 to Sunday, August 28, Native American Music and Cultural Festival at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, TN. Fri, 7PM, Concerts, Sat, 10AM to 8PM, Sun, 12 to 5PM, Admission $5 per concert, $10 for 1 day pass, $15 for a weekend pass.

Thursday, September 1, 2016, 6PM to 8PM, Taste of Blount, Theater in the Park in Maryville, TN by the old court house.  THIS IS MY FAVORITE FESTIVAL!!  15th anniversary. See you there… Tickets call the Blount Chamber at 865-983-2241 or at the gate.

Monday, September 5, 2016, for six days, ending Saturday, September 10, all day long: Sevier County Fair, Sevierville, TN. (865) 453-0770.

Friday, September 23, 2016 Saturday, September 24th. Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day, all day long, (800) 525-6834. Visitor Center, Townsend, TN and Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In the same area Railroad Days are happening at the Little River Railroad Museum in Townsend..

Saturday, September 24, 2016- one day, all day: Blue Ribbon Country Fair, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Townsend, TN. 865-448-0044.  Great county fair, wide range of opportunities.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 to Sunday, September 25th– two days, all day long, Nawger Nob Arts and Crafts Show, Townsend, TN.

Saturday, October 1, 2016 to Sunday, October 2, all day long, Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Festival at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend, TN. 865-448-0044.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 through Sunday, October 23 all day long: Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, Gatlinburg, TN. (865) 436-7479 Tentative hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Music shows are scheduled at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. daily, 12 and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Entertainment is included in the admission cost. Group rates are available. For more information, call 865-436-7479 or visit website. 200 Booths.

Saturday, October 22, 2016, Maryville College Arts and Crafts Fair.

Saturday, November 5, 2016, Quilters Road Show and Second Annual Showcase sponsored by the Friends of the Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library. Enjoy the handcrafted works of regional artisans!  Home decor, accessories, fabrics and more will be available for purchase from 10am – 4pm.  865-448-0044

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, one day, 5PM to 8PM: Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cook off, Gatlinburg, TN

Monday, November 28, 2016 to Sunday, December 4, seven days, all day.  Great Smoky Christmas Arts and Crafts Show, Gatlinburg Convention Center.