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December 15

Ken Justice @ The Townsend Visitors Center

Come on out to the Townsend Visitors Center and enjoy local woodcrafts by Ken Justice. 

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December 16

Theresa Godfrey @ The Townsend Visitors Center

Come out to the Townsend Visitors Center and enjoy local handmade Knit & Crochet items from Theresa Godfrey. 

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January 26 - January 28

Smoky Mountain Snowdown

The Snowdown festival features Appalachian music events including Singers and Songwriters in the round, various live performances, Dulcimer classes and banjo picking –  just a few of the many events slated for this weekend!

Enjoy authentic, regional food and beverage offerings all weekend.  The Snowdown lineup includes cast iron cooking classes, Sunday church breakfasts, a chili cook off competition, plus food and wine pairing dinners, beer pairings, bourbon tastings and chocolate making all to enjoy throughout the festival.

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February 10 - February 11

Cades Cove Cellars Sweetheart Market

Come on out to Cades Cove Cellars and enjoy an open market with local wears for your Valenine sweetheart or yourself! 

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March 01 - March 29

Foothills Quilt Guild Exhibit

The very best quilts from the Foothills Quilters Guild will be on exhibit at the Townsend Visitors Center. Free and open to the public.

March 17 - March 18

The Pistol Ultra Run

This will be held on the Alcoa-Maryville Greenway, Tennessee (Knoxville’s McGee Tyson airport is just a couple miles from the start.)  The 50K starts at 7:55 AM and the 100K/100 Miler start at 8 AM Saturday morning, March 17, 2018. (Times are Eastern Daylight Savings Time.) The 50 Miler starts at 8 PM Saturday evening. The mini Pistol 10 Miler starts at 7:55 AM Sunday morning and the 1 mile Family Fun Run/Walk at 8 AM Sunday. All races end 30 hours later (18 hours for the 50 Miler, 6 hours for the 10 Miler) at 2 PM Sunday. The last official 100 mile finisher wins the coveted Slowest Draw Award!

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April 07 - April 08

Spring Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Show

Enjoy the Spring Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Show at the Foothills Mall in Maryville.

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April 14

Spring Sprint 5K

This run, which is the first leg of the Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running, is a 5K.

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April 14

Townsend Founders' Day Festival

The daylong festival will take place at several locations around Townsend and will focus on bringing visitors into the town’s past and engaging them with opportunities to learn and participate.

The festival will feature the mountain town’s history with a unique walking tour from a starting point at the Little River Railroad Museum on the banks of the Little River. The festival will also incorporate woodworking demonstrations and local food offerings.

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April 18 - April 21

Bronco Truck Show

Smoky Mountain Cruises, Show & Shine, Vendors, Trophies & Raffle, Famous & Celebrity Trucks, Kid's Games. Over 200 trucks last year!

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April 20 - April 22

Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival

The Festival will focus on the “sheep to shawl” concept – transforming fleece into finished goods and art pieces. Join us to explore your creativity, enhance your skills and to pursue interests in the fiber arts. Vendors will offer demonstrations in addition to selling supplies, tools, hand-spun and hand-dyed yarn, and finished goods.

Register to learn basic skills and advanced techniques in classes. Geri Forkner, renowned instructor, award-winning fiber artist, and our featured artist, will offer classes ranging from basic techniques to emerging electrified fiber art.

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April 27 - April 29

Velo View Bike Tours

Our goal on this Tennessee bike tour is to showcase that special beauty with three gorgeous rides (including the Foothills Parkway and Cades Cove), each providing stunning scenery and really fun curvy roads! We’ve also chosen the quiet side of the Park for our rides, staying well clear of overcrowded tourist destinations like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Using the peaceful setting of the Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend, Tennessee as our home base, we’ll discover firsthand and from the seat of our bikes what it is that makes the Smokies such a popular destination.

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May 04 - May 05

Spring Festival and Old Timers Day

Blue grass music (concerts & jam sessions), clogging , arts and crafts, BBQ and other vendors, Appalachian skills demonstrations, storytelling and wildflower walks.  Parking on premises cost benefits Townsend Volunteer Fire Department. Alternatively, FREE shuttle service is available to take people between stops through out Townsend, starting and ending at the Townsend Visitor's Center. 

May 05 - May 06

Nawger Nob Arts & Crafts Festival

Two Day Arts and Crafts Fair under the trees at Nawger Knob Shopping Area. Dozens of crafts persons and booths, runs all day.

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May 05

Little River Railroad Days

Come on out to the Little River Railroad Museum and celebrate the Little River Railroad Days!  Activities will center around what it was like way back when.  There will be blacksmiths, old rail cars, a steam engine and of course - the museum telling the story of the beginning of Townsend with he lumber company and the railroad. 

May 05

Tennessee Pottery Festival

In its second year, the Tennessee Pottery Festival will be held on the grounds of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend on Saturday, May 5th from 10 A.M.-4 P.M. Featuring a some of the nation’s finest potters, this festival offers the opportunity to view and purchase different styles of pottery and other goods made of clay.   Clay Art connoisseurs and novices are invited to enjoy the pieces of art in the historic village at the Heritage Center.  This is a perfect time to learn from and discuss different styles and forms of pottery with the expert potters. The Tennessee Pottery Festival is a unique opportunity to find the perfect piece of custom clay art for your home. Whether it is for decoration or function, this festival will have something for everyone at a wide range of price of art as unique as the state of Tennessee.

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May 11 - May 13

New Midland Plaza Arts & Craft Festival

The New Midland Plaza Spring Arts and Crafts Fair will host more than 60 artisans, as well as food vendors, face painting, and balloons.  Admission is free. 

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May 11 - May 12

British Car Show

Owners of British vehicles from around America gather at the Talley Ho Inn to celebrate British and European cars and motorcycles. The British Car Gathering is popular among car enthusiasts, who travel from as far away as Michigan to show off their cars.

If you don’t own one of these spectacular British cars, you are welcome to walk around and enjoy looking at these rare and well maintained cars and motorcycles.

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May 18 - May 20

Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games

Welcome to the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games at Maryville College, East Tennessee's premier celebration of Scottish culture and history. Originally founded in 1981 as the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games, we are one of the oldest Scottish Festivals in the country. In 2010, we established a new home in the City of Maryville on the grounds of historic Maryville College, home of "The Scots". You don't have to be Scottish in order to enjoy this unique Festival! Our location in the foothills of The Great Smoky Mountains is the perfect backdrop for you and your family to get a wee glimpse of Scotland -and to discover and appreciate the rich traditions and history of the Scottish and Scots-Irish settlers of our area. 

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May 18 - May 19

Studebaker Car Show

The annual Studebaker Car Gathering in Townsend, Tennessee is hosted by the Talley Ho Inn. Relive the days of yesteryear at this classic Studebaker get together. You don’t have to own a Studebaker to enjoy these cars.

If you are in the area, come on by, have a look, and visit with the car owners. The Studebaker Car Gathering is a great fit for the peaceful side of the Smokies where you can hang out and talk about cars.

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May 19

Tour De Blount

The 78 mile route is literally the pinnacle and high point of the Tour de Blount and is the most advanced route. We affectionately call it “The Wall Route” and it includes our “Conquer the Wall” challenge. “The Wall” is a 6 mile climb on Montvale Road which takes riders up the Western Side of the Foothills Parkway. The climb allows riders to measure themselves as the road climbs and becomes a 13-14% climb during the last 1.5 mile. Riders will be greeted by bell-ringers, photographers, and a well-deserved rest stop at the top.

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May 20

Heritage Happening-Gala

The Heritage Center Guild presents the dinner and auction to raise funds for the continuing development of the Heritage Center and its extensive educational programs. Donations also are made to subsidize travel expenses for school groups who otherwise would not be able to afford to visit the Center. This year 8,000 students are expected to participate in the Center’s unique educational programs because of financial assistance from supporters of GSMHC.

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May 20

Highland Half Marathon & Scot Trot 5k

The fourth annual half marathon at Maryville College is in conjunction with the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and games. The route leaves the campus and works its way down and back on the Maryville green-way. Race participants will receive a pass to attend the festival. Half marathoners will receive a race shirt and a finisher's medal. Awards to overall and all age group winners. Bring the non-runners too! There's plenty to do at the festival while they're waiting for the runners to return. The Scottish Festival begins on May 18th and will end on May 20th around 4 pm.

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May 27

Spring Taste of Art & Wine

Locally created art, locally crafted wine. Come taste them both.

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June 08

Smoky Mountain Crawl

Intended to be a gathering of like-minded deviants, the SMC appeals to the dedicated Ruckus Nation and growing Grom contingent, providing an avenue for comradery and fantastic riding during the weekend.

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June 22 - June 23

Summer On Broadway & The Big BBQ Bash

Come to the Peaceful Side of the Smokies in Blount County for Summer on Broadway June 22-23, a series of outdoor events to celebrate the region and season.

June 23

Hops In The Hills

Our festival showcases the area's finest brews. Join the gathering of artisans who take pride in their craft and who want to share their beer with you.

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June 30

FreedomFest 2018

“The 40th annual City of Alcoa FreedomFest is a free public event held the last Saturday in June. The popular early celebration of Independence Day event is hosted by the City of Alcoa event is held at the City of Alcoa Duck Pond on Springbrook Road. Held this year on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., attendees can enjoy a variety of food vendors; children's activities including face painting, a climbing wall and a variety of inflatables; military exhibits, and live entertainment. 
  
For more information, visit the City of Alcoa’s website at http://www.cityofalcoa-tn.gov/freedomfest or contact the City of Alcoa at 380-4787.”

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July 04

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks

The good folks in Townsend, Tennessee invite you to their 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks show at the Highland Manor Inn and Conference Center.

Admission is free. For more information please call (865) 448-6886.

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July 13 - July 15

Smoky Mountain Classic

This year’s “Smoky” will feature the top-ranked teams in the United States. Comparable to football’s Super Bowl, basketball’s Final Four, and baseball’s World Series, the Smoky Mountain Classic is considered the premier softball tournament in the country. The tournament is sponsored by Louisville Slugger, The Daily Times, Blount Partnership and Hang Rite Athletics.

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July 20 - July 21

Volkswagen Car Show

Knox Volks Motor Club. Knoxville's premier Volkswagen Club with a membership made up of a wide range of ages and abilities with an emphasis on VW knowledge and education, family and fun. Come out for a weekend of fun and cool cars.

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August 04

Scholars Run 5K

Remember, the Scholars Run is part of the Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running, and you need to complete all three races (Spring Sprint, Scholars Run and Reindeer Run) to be eligible for cash awards and a special gift. 

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August 18

Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival

Join us for a summertime spectacle, when several professional balloonist light up the evening sky with a beautiful balloon glow. The sky will be filled with a spectrum of color like never before, against a backdrop of a breathtaking Tennessee sunset.

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September 07 - September 08

Great Smoky Mountain Half Marathon

This event is produced by Vacation Races and is the 7th race of the 2018 season in the National Park Half Marathon Series. The course runs immediately outside of the National Park in Blount County Tennessee. Most of the pre- and post-race activities will be held in Townsend, TN. The race course includes beautiful scenery and panoramic views.

Come. Not to achieve your personal best time, but to have the best time of your life.

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September 13 - September 15

Ford Truck Show

Talley Ho Inn. Open to all generations and years of Ford trucks and Broncos. Family-friendly events,
both at the show grounds and in the area. Games and contests for the kids, organized sightseeing
drives, and much more. 865-650-0522.

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September 13

17th Annual Taste of Blount

Ticket holders can try savory favorites from local restaurants, caterers and gourmet grocers in addition to voting for their favorite appetizer, main course, sandwich, dessert, beverage, presentation and overall winner.

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September 14 - September 16

Velo View Bike Tours

Our goal on this Tennessee bike tour is to showcase that special beauty with three gorgeous rides (including the Foothills Parkway and Cades Cove), each providing stunning scenery and really fun curvy roads! We’ve also chosen the quiet side of the Park for our rides, staying well clear of overcrowded tourist destinations like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Using the peaceful setting of the Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend, Tennessee as our home base, we’ll discover firsthand and from the seat of our bikes what it is that makes the Smokies such a popular destination.

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September 16

Dancing Bear Bike Bash

 The event offers something for experienced riders as well as families and beginners. We will post more information about the bicycle bash as the event date nears. Call us at 1.800.369.0111 ext. 1 for more information.

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September 21 - September 22

CAM Cabin Crafts Annual Fall Festival

Come out and enjoy the Annual Fall Festival at CAM Cabin Crafts Annual Fall Festival September 21st-22nd 2018.

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September 28 - September 29

Fall Festival and Old Timers Day

The Fall Festival and Old Timers day at the Townsend Visitors Center celebrates the traditional music, crafts, Appalachian skills, and heritage of Townsend, East Tennessee, and the Great Smoky Mountains.  Featured activities are bluegrass music concerts, clogging, jam sessions on the porch, demonstrations of cornmeal making, blacksmithing, apple butter, basketry, weaving, spinning, and quilting.  Arts and crafts booths include woodworking, pottery, jewelry, hand-sewing, and painting.  There is an antique tractor show and guest storytellers share tales of the mountains.

September 29 - September 30

Nawger Nob Arts & Crafts Festival

Two Day Arts and Crafts Fair under the trees at Nawger Knob Shopping Area. Dozens of crafts persons and booths, runs all day.

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September 29

Blue Ribbon Country Fair

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center will celebrate the 12th Annual Blue Ribbon Country Fair on Saturday, September 29th.

Celebrating 12 years of Blue Ribbon Traditions

Show off your finest in Competitive Exhibits; Poultry * Vegetables *Produce * Canning * Baked Goods * Honey Show * Woodworking * Floral Design and Horticulture * Photography  & Student Art:

Best of Show ribbons and cash prizes awarded in all divisions

Participate in various contests that include Hog Calling, Rooster Crowing – ‘Crow Like a Rooster’, the Lodge Ladies Skillet Throw or even Catch the Greased Pig!

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September 29

Little River Railroad Days

Activities will center around what it was like way back when. There will be blacksmiths, old rail cars, a steam engine, and of course – the museum telling the story of the beginning of Townsend with the lumber company and the railroad.

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October 26 - October 28

Maryville College Homecoming

The weekend included something for everyone: the Harvest Crafts Festival and Bake Sale, athletic events, Homecoming parade, Decade Bash, children's activities, tailgates, reunions, Homecoming Choir performance and awards ceremonies.

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October 26

Music in the Middle: Story Telling Evening

An evening of storytelling and music that will delight families of all ages.

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October 27

Maryville College Arts and Crafts Fair

Join us for the annual Harvest Craft Festival & Bake Sale hosted by the Blount County Alumni Association.  All proceeds from booth rental and bake sale go toward scholarships for MC students graduating from a Blount County school (including Maryville City, Aloca and Blount County Schools).

Come browse the hand-crafted items and get your holiday shopping done early!

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October 28

Fall Taste of Art and Wine

Locally created art, locally crafted wine. Come taste them both.

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November 03

Townsend Grains and Grits Festival

The Townsend Grains and Grits Festival is a festival of southern spirits and gourmet grub.  We have created a unique opportunity for you to experience our thriving craft spirits and gourmet food community, while discovering some oft he region's legendary distillers and blenders, taking place in the Peaceful Side of the Smokies.

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November 17

Holiday Homecoming

Come and celebrate harvest, home, and the holidays with live music throughout the day, kids’ crafts, candy making demonstrations, Santa, and more!

Fun activities for the kids:  Make old fashioned Christmas tree ornaments to hang on your tree, learn how candy is made, and best of all visit with Santa Claus!

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November 29 - December 01

House of Santa Mouse

December 02

Townsend Christmas Parade

On the Parkway in Townsend.

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December 02

Reindeer Run

3rd Event of the 2017 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running   1st Event Spring Sprint April 8   2nd Event Scholars Run August 5   Those participating in ALL THREE events will be eligible for Triple Crown cash awards, door prizes and a special memento. If you are unable to participate in ALL THREE events, you still have a chance at winning the great Triple Crown door prizes worth a minimum of $100 each if you participate in the Reindeer Run and at least one of the other two

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