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March 01 - March 31

Foothills Quilt Guild Exhibit

View the finest quilts during this month-long show produced by area quilters at the Townsend Visitor Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pwy, Townsend TN 37822)

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March 09

Tuesdays @ Two

Join Tennessee's Overmountain Men with Gordon Sisk, David and Jane Doan, Pearl, Tom Vaughn, Steve Ricker, and Dalton Wade for Tuesdays @ Two. This event is streamed on the Heritage Center website rather than having in-person meetings. Click the link below for access information.

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March 13 - March 14

The Pistol Ultra Run

With races ranging from the half marathon to the ultra-crazy 100 miler, there’s something for everyone. There’s even the super crazy Double Barrel option for those who want to do both the 50K/50 miler, the 100K/50 miler, or the absolutely insane 100 miler/50 miler distances back-to-back!

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March 27

Foraging for your Cocktails

Explore the wonder of the woods as you collect unique garnishes for your cocktail. Drinks provided by Green Meadow Wine & Spirits. Adventure begins at Little Arrow led by Josh Lowans of Salubrious Farm.

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April 04

Easter Egg Hunt

Hop around Little Arrow to find hidden eggs and prizes!

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April 10

Book Signing with Lin and J.L. Stepp

Come and meet best-selling regional authors Lin and J.L. Stepp on April 10, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Townsend Visitor Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pwy, Townsend TN 37822). J.L. and Lin will be signing their new regional guidebooks Discovering Tennessee State Parks and Exploring South Carolina State Parks, along with their hiking guide The Afternoon Hiker

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April 10

Spring Sprint 5K Road Race & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk

This is the first event of the 2021 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running and is a 5K (3.1 mile) road race and 1-mile fun run/walk in Alcoa. A portion of the proceeds benefit Blount County’s Area 15 Special Olympics.

 

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April 13

Tuesdays @ Two

Join Emily Burgess for a pottery demonstration for Tuesdays @ Two. This event is streamed on the Heritage Center website rather than having in-person meetings. Click the link below for access information.

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April 17

Wild Trout Paradise

The Smoky Mountains have some of the best trout streams east of the Rockies. This national park has over 1,000 miles of trout streams and is home to legions of wild rainbow, brown, and brook trout. Led by R&R Fly Fishing, they will outline and discuss the best tackle, methods, and flies to fish these beautiful and productive streams.

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April 21 - April 24

Bronco Super Celebration

Join the largest gathering of Broncos in the entire country at Talley Ho Inn in Townsend! All years welcome, 1966-96. Scenic drives everyday! Bronco Vendors, Bronco Olympics. Kicks off Wednesday. Multiple rides every day, Food Trucks , Show & Shine. 

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April 30 - May 01

2nd Annual Great Smoky Mountain Food Truck Festival

Serving up a foodie experience with curated menus from food trucks across the region at Little Arrow Outdoor Resort in Townsend, TN!

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May 01

Paws In The Park

Come be a part of the 2nd annual “Paws in the Park” dog festival that will be located in the PetSafe Pistol Creek Dog Park area in Maryville.  Dog owners with friendly dogs or those that just love dogs in general are welcome to attend.  Activities will include a Dog Talent Show, Blount County K-9 demonstration, photo booth, grooming and pet massages, pet supply and adoption vendors, and more.

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May 07 - May 08

Townsend Spring Heritage & Bluegrass Festival

The Townsend Spring Festival features bluegrass and mountain music, arts and crafts booths, wildflower walks, demonstrations of Appalachian skills, traditional food including BBQ, ice cream, and cast iron cooking. Event is held at the Townsend Visitor Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pwy, Townsend TN 37822)

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May 08

Little River Railroad Days

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company is a non-profit corporation founded in 1982 to preserve the heritage of the the Little River Lumber Company and the Little River Railroad. We operate a museum in Townsend, Tennessee, collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of these companies, and of the people in this region.

Townsend was the site of the sawmill, and headquarters of this operation, which logged huge portions of what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, from 1901 until 1939.

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May 08

Tennessee Pottery Festival

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

Tuesdays @ Two

Join Michael Ensor for a blacksmith demonstration for Tuesdays @ Two. This event is streamed on the Heritage Center website rather than having in-person meetings. Click the link below for access information.

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May 15 - May 16

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.

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May 16 - May 19

Vietnam 1st & 8th Infantry

Members and family of the Vietnam 1st & 8th Infantry are invited to this reunion.

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May 22

Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Festival

The single most important event of the 2021 calendar year. Don’t stop BELIEVIN’! This first-ever event will feature Bigfoot competitions and oral history, live music, vendors, and food trucks. You won't wanna miss this! Crafter Application. Food Vendor Application.

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June 05

Book Signing with Greg Monroe

“Keokee the Cherokee Boy," written by Greg Monroe, is a captivating story of a young Cherokee boy and his many adventures that inspire lessons in him. Get your copy of this book signed by by the author at the Townsend Visitor Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pwy, Townsend TN 37822)

June 08

Tuesdays @ Two

Join James Bordwine for the Art of Salt Making for Tuesdays @ Two. This event is streamed on the Heritage Center website rather than having in-person meetings. Click the link below for access information.

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June 09 - June 12

National T-Bucket Alliance

The 2020 T-Bucket Nationals will take place at the Talley Ho Inn. T-Bucket fanatics prefer big engines, huge rear tires, and lots of fancy paint and chrome. 

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June 25 - June 26

Summer on Broadway

Enjoy summer weekend in downtown Maryville with Dock Dogs, music, food, muscle cars and Hops in the Hills craft beer festival. Crafter Application. Food Vendor Application

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July 16 - July 17

Volkswagen Car Show

Knox Volks Motor Club has moved from the pavement to the green, green grass of Townsend, Tennessee for the show. Yep, that's right. No HOT pavement! Not for show cars, not for vendors and not for our visitors!

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.Summer Jam will be filled with two-days of planned events and giveaways. 

 

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August 21

GSM 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. Crafter Application. Food Vendor Application

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September 10 - September 11

Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon

This event is produced by Vacation Races 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 17 - September 18

Hudson Essex Terraplane Car Show

Come relax and enjoy the breathtaking Smoky Mountains in Townsend TN! The Talley Ho Inn hosts many car and motorcycle clubs throughout the year, and offer a great venue for our group.  Events include cookout at the meet, Friday night Bonfire, swap meet, driving tour, Low Country Boil, and Orphan car show on Saturday.  

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September 30 - October 02

British Car Show

Blount British Cars, Ltd. has become a leader in the East Tennessee area by hosting a British Car gathering on the grounds of the Talley Ho Inn in Townsend, Tennessee. The Gathering has been open to all British cars and motorcycles.

Motorcars have ranged from a 1932 Morris sedan and a 1935 MG Airline Coupe to 1950s, 1960s and newer models of MG, Triumph, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Minis and Sunbeams. We have also had De Loreans and an Amphicar.

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