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January 24 - January 25

Winter Heritage Festival

The Cades Cove Preservation Association in conjunction with the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center are proud to present the 2020 Winter Heritage Festival. Join us January 24-25 for a Free series of presentations by the Cades Cove Preservation Association located in the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center’s Auditorium. 

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February 15

Tennessee Winter Beer Fest

The Tennessee Winter Beer Fest began as an idea in 2011 from Maryville resident Mike Adams. He simply wanted to put on a beer festival. Through conversations with several friends a board was formed and a charity identified to benefit from the event, New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center. 

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March 03 - March 31

Foothills Quilters 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.

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March 21 - March 22

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 21, 2020. (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 04

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 16 - April 18

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 24 - April 25

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. 

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May 01 - May 02

Townsend 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. 

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May 02

Paws in the Park (Dog Park event)

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, Dog Parade, Blount County K-9 demonstration, photo booth, grooming and pet massages, pet supply and adoption vendors, and more. 

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May 02

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. 

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May 03 - May 06

Vietnam 1st & 8th Infantry

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

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May 08 - May 09

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 09

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 16 - May 17

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

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 17

Highland Half Marathon & Scot Trot 5k

The fifth 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 17th and will end on May 19th around 4 pm.

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June 06

Duck Pond Fishing Derby for Kids

The derby is held for Ages 3–15 to encourage the sport of fishing for kids. No fishing license is required on event day. Trophy for the Overall Event Champion for the “Largest Fish” caught, as well as the “Most Fish” caught.

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June 19 - June 20

Summer On Broadway

Come to the Peaceful Side of the Smokies in Blount County for Summer on Broadway June 21-22, a series of outdoor events to celebrate the region and season. The weekend combines barbecue, beer, classic cars and more into an all-encompassing destination event designed to bring locals and visitors alike together for a celebration of the season.

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June 19 - June 20

Hops In The Hills

This yearly craft beer festival will celebrate the science and agriculture of the region, showcasing the area's finest artisan brews. Beer, food and music enthusiasts alike will gather to enjoy the celebration. Saturday’s main event is a brew festival from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a full schedule of events.

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June 27

FreedomFest 2020

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 29, 2019 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, 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 10 - July 12

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 15 - July 19

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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July 18


50 antique cars including: 1917 Overland Touring Car, 1966 Corvair Convertible, 1956 Ford Parklane Station Wagon, 1948 Buick Super Sedan, 1959 Rambler Rebel V8, 1940 Plymouth Sedan, 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe (Moonshine Car), 1954 Buick Skylark, 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible and more. Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Dr., Townsend. Presented by the East Tennessee Region Antique Automobile Club of America. Food available on site for purchase. Classic Car Films shown throughout the day. Door Prizes.

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August 08

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 15

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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August 28

Storytelling: Tall Tales of Tennessee

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center presents a storytelling series entitled "Tall Tales of Tennessee" featuring three different storytellers on August 30 at 6 p.m.

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September 11 - September 12

Great Smoky Mountain 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 12

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 13

Gotta Tri Kids Triathlon

Bring your “Tiny Tot” (Ages 3-6) or “True Trooper” (Ages 7-9) for a fun afternoon of kid-friendly triathlon activities!  Event course is modified for age group levels, with each group having their own course.  Participants will run, bike, and get wet as they make their way to the finish line where everyone receives a medal.  Distances for each age group are as follows:   Bike Ride: 1/4 Mile for Ages 3-6 and 1/2 Mile for Ages 7-9, Run/Walk: 200 Yards for Ages 3-6 and 1/2 Mile for Ages 7-9. 

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September 25 - September 26

Townsend 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.

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September 26

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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September 26

Blue Ribbon Country Fair

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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October 17

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 17

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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November 06 - January 03

Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit

Temporary Museum Exhibits (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)


Sponsored by Blount Partnership, East Tennessee Foundation and Richardson Construction 

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November 07

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 21

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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December 03 - December 05

House of Santa Mouse

The Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild annual member craft show has grown into the largest and most-recognized annual craft show of our local area.  Over 50 Guild members participate and sell their items during this 3-day event. Event held at Fairview United Methodist Church, 2508 Old Niles Ferry Rd, Maryville.

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December 06

Townsend Christmas Parade

On the Parkway in Townsend. Line up is at 1 p.m. with the parade beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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December 06

Reindeer Run

3rd Event of the 2020 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running   1st Event Spring Sprint  2nd Event Scholars Run  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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