Whether you are someone who enjoys travel, but who likes to do more “local” things rather than tourist things, or you are a local seeking something to do in the area in which you live, it helps to be a “planner.” You know, that sort of person who goes online and looks at calendars of events to see if anything fun or unique is scheduled in the area. If you have plans for visiting the Smokies this year, or you live on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies in Blount County, your planning tendencies will pay off in 2019!
The Calendar of Events for The Smokies
It is fair to say that there is always something to see or do during a visit or at almost any time in the Smokies. After all, the entire landscape is full of potential hikes, walks, sightseeing, photo excursions and scenic drives. If you are bored, just hop in the car and look for a beautiful spot to explore, enjoy a picnic and so on.
Yet, the Blount County area is also a very active community with some of the nicest festivals and celebrations around. Because it is the more “peaceful” part of the region, you will find that almost all of the events have a more intimate, small town feel. Rather than forging through crowds of thousands at a festival or celebration, you’ll instead find hundreds of locals and fellow travelers. This turns almost every activity into a chance to make new friends and really savor the entire experience.
And just what sort of experiences are happening this year? Here is a nice sampling of the big events in the first part of the year, noted by Blount Partnership and the Chamber of Commerce in their Calendar of Events for 2019 (which is updated often):
- January 25 & 26: Smoky Mountain Snowdown Winter Festival at the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
- February 15 & 16: Sweetheart Market at Cades Cove Cellars in Townsend – offers local wine and more
- February 16: Tennessee Winter Beer Fest at the Carriage House Restaurant in Townsend
- March 1 – 31: Foothills Quilters Guild Exhibit at the Townsend Visitors Center
- March 16 & 17: The Pistol Ultra Run along the Alcoa-Maryville Greenway with multiple events for both runners and walkers of all levels.
- April 11-13: Bronco Truck Show with more than 200 vehicles
- April 12 – 14: The Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
- May 3 & 4: Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timers Day at the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department grounds
- May 4: Little River Railroad Days at the Little River Railroad Museum
- May 4: Tennessee Potter Festival at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
- May 10 & 11: British Car Show at the Talley Ho Inn in Townsend
- May 18 & 19: Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games at Maryville College
- May 18: The Tour De Blount, a challenging bike race in Townsend
- May 18: The Heritage Happening Gala to benefit the Heritage Center
- May 19: The Highland Half Marathon & Scot Trot 5k at Maryville College
This list is just through the end of May; all of the summer, fall and winter events are still waiting to be enjoyed. With the natural beauty, major attractions and ongoing events, there is much to do in Blount County, especially if you plan ahead!
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