Townsend Spring Festival

Bluegrass music highlights the festival

May 1-2, 2020

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy genuine bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food, and Spring festivities for the entire family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center.

7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882

Applications for crafters and food vendors are closed.

Premier Sponsors

Silver Sponsors
Big Meadow Family Campground
Great Smoky Mountains Association

Jammer's Tent Sponsor
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

No Pets

Daily Schedule

May 1
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: Noon-10 p.m.

May 2
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Parking is $10 per day or $15 for two-day pass. Proceeds benefit the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department.
Parking passes may be purchased at the Townsend Visitor Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend), the Maryville Welcome Center (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) or at the parking gate on event days.

FREE Townsend Shuttle
Don’t forget to hop on the FREE shuttle that takes you around Townsend.

Buses, donated from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, will run from the Heritage Center to Little Arrow to Trillium Cove to Little River Railroad Museum to Cades Cove Cellars to Apple Valley to the Townsend Visitors Center and back to the Heritage Center.

One bus runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a second from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., both days.

The last bus will leave the Townsend Visitor Center at 6 p.m. and returns to the Heritage Center, on both Friday and Saturday.


Smoky Mountain Art by Suzanne Saltzman-Brown “Turtle Man’s Girl” - Suzanne Saltzman-Brown -- Canvas Art - Turtle Man pictures to autograph.

Turtle Man - appearance on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m-1 p..m

MoJo Bee Co. - Jeff Radar -- local honey.

Lonnie McMillan -- Muzzle loading guns, turkey callers and knives.

Knotty Gecko Handcrafts - Denise Burchfield -- Modern twist to a traditional knot. Handtied bracelet, mug handles, key chains & paracord.

Bella Bear Embroidery - Sherry Craig -- Dog items: collars, leashes and bandanas. Metal pieces.

William Menyas -- African soapstone & wood carvings

Brandon White -- Sterling silver nature & music inspired jewelry. Handpainted, dyed cotton, silk clothing & scarves.

G2 Woodworks - Gary Kufel -- Handmade porch swings, benches & outdoor furniture.

Leona Jones -- Quilts, table runners and more.

Bear Wood Shop - Robert Yates & Jeana Maddux -- Wood crafts, American flags, farmhouse signs, toys, novelty signs, door hangers, etc.

East Tennessee Soap Works - Phil & Sunny Tune -- Artisan bath and body products, made in small batches, cold process soaps, solid shampoo bars and bath bombs.

Dragonfly Essentials - Traci White -- Handmade bath, body and candle to include soap, lotions, sugar scrubs, bath bombs, poo spray, milk bath, and pure soy wax wooden wick candles.

Black Bear’s Den Soap, LLC - Michele A. Teller -- Soap made with honey.

Deertrail Designz - Daniel Keller -- Handmade wood furniture, décor and much more with an industrial metal finish.

Rural Roads Candle Destinations and Appalachian Clay Memories - Stephanie Williams & Lee McKinney -- Candles and clay houses.

Mama Lucy’s Mountain Ways - Crystal Wilson -- Herbs, herb teas, salves, tinctures.

Gigi’s Bags - Ginny Dockery -- Handmade, knitted, crocheted and felted handbags, shawls, hats, girl’s dresses, wool landscapes and flowers.

Natural Affinity Soap - Denisea Mann -- Handcrafted herbal & essential oil products, omega pain balm/spray, natural bug repellent, poison ivy products, dog soap & spray, essential oils, 9 Thieves’ products.

Gentry Family Farm - Barbara Gentry -- Small dairy goat farm in Maryville, goats are hand milked twice a day and milk is turned into goat lotion, body wash, and liquid hand soap.

Little House Ind. - Joseph Dinwiddie -- KY Stick chairs, carpenter bee traps, tobacco stick crafts, wood bird feeders and houses, wine bottle holder.

Sunnyside Crafts - Laura Luallen -- Retro/vintage/fun kitchen textiles (aprons, dishtowels, etc.) bottlecap magnets, hand-sewn/embroidered pillows/cosmetic bags, hand-made pincushions.

Winfred Whitehead -- Scroll saw dog puzzles, states, religions sayings and kids puzzles.

Bill’s Log Cabin Lamps - Bill & Mary Fannin -- Log cabin lamps.

Emily Burgess -- Handmade functional pottery, designed for comfort and drawing inspiration from nature.

Village Artworks - Cori Coley -- Handcrafted sterling jewelry.

Jenny Watherford -- Handpainted baskets, signs, furniture.

Lyn & Paul Tomczak -- Decorative art painting on various surfaces, wood canvas and gourds, acrylic medium.

Perry’s Woodcraft - Herbert Perry -- Wood pens, wood toy trucks, wood designs, wood tic-tac-toe boards.

Raven’s Moon Jewelry - Peggy & Sharyn Taylor -- Wire wrapped and strung natural stones.

Marcia M. Shelly -- Paintings & prints, images reproduced on placemats, napkins, coasters, gift cards, goblets.

Garden to Gourmet Goodness - Brenda Anderson & Janet Earl -- Handmade small batch jams using old-fashioned recipes with a modern twist. Blackberry chambord, habanero apricot and old-fashioned strawberry.

Hudson & Harper Designs - Brittany Ginn -- Handmade jewelry from leather, gemstones, wire and repurposed materials.

Dandy Candy - Yvonne Hawxhurst -- Homemade prepackaged carmels.

Cherie Dozier -- Functional stoneware pottery, mugs, bowls, pitchers.

Rick Kratz Photography - Rick Kratz -- Wildlife and scenic photography.

Billy & Dina Cooper -- Reclaimed wood craft, barnwood, coat racks, bowls, serving trays, cutting board.

JTF Jewelry - Judy & Ed Fritts -- Handmade jewelry.

Metal & Stones - Meredith & RJ Clark -- Handcrafted copper & natural stone jewelry.

Maxine Falls -- Paintings, windows, oil paintings, saws, slates, etc.

Authors Guild of TN - Danielle Asher -- Group of published authors in a variety of genres.

2 Girls & A Cricket - Trissie Foister -- Shirts, bags, hats and decals.

Bob & Sally Spista -- Handwoven baskets, walker caddies, wreaths, ponchos, and few wood crafts.

Don & Lynn’s Creations - Don & Lynn Strong -- Handmade wind chimes, jewelry made from silver plate flatware, flags made from tobacco sticks and coat hangers made from barn wood.

The Vinyl Villains Decals - Crissy Swaney -- Handmade quilts, hand embroidered quilts, custom made egg holders, aprons, flour sack towels.

Tammie Stiles -- Handmade soaps, bath bombs, lotions, salt scrubs, etc.

Against The Grain - Sabrina Queener -- Country and farm décor painted furniture, welcome flower pot holders and rustic items.


Knights of Columbus/Foothills Smokers -- Single tray/family sized smoked pork ribs, pulled smoked pork, smoked chicken quarters, drinks, chips, beans and slaw.

William Foods -- Gyros, kabobs, crab cakes, grilled chicken salad, greek salad.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream -- Freshly made hand scooped ice cream with variety of flavors in cups and waffle cones.

Allison Concessions -- Funnel cake, baked potato, belly buster potato, tornado fries, mule burger, polish sausage, Philly steak, hand cut french fries, corn dog, lemonade & tea.

Mattie Moox the Coffee Camper -- Espresso based beverages (frappes, mochas, latte, etc.), 100% fruit smoothies, award winning chai tea, fruit teas.

Kenny’s Smokehouse -- Turkey legs, Philly cheese steak, smoke sausage, chicken fingers, chicken wings, fish, shrimp, ribbon fries, funnel cake, lemonade, tea and Coke products.

Toby’s Kettle Korn -- Kettle Korn, pork rinds, lemonade, Coke and water.

Stanley’s Produce & Bakery -- Fried pies, breads, cookies, water, coffee, drinks, pumpkin rolls, strawberry shortcake, strawberries.

Steele’s Concessions -- Bloom’n onions, Celtic fries, krazy fries, sweet potato fries, funnel cake and lemonade.

Gary Gray Concessions -- Shaved ice, soda pop.

B&B BarBQ -- Hawg trough, chicken boat, BBQ sandwiches (chicken or pork), veggie burger, baked beans, green beans, mac n’ cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, chips, cookie, drinks.


Cornmeal Making – Ronald & Angel Fowler

Farm Equipment – Phil Cox

Antique Tractor Club – Jimmy Pierce

White Oak Shingle Making – Sam White

Apple & Peach Butter Making – David Raper

EXHIBIT ROOM (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Rug Hooking – Carol McBride

Quilting & Sewing Demonstration

Wood Carving Demonstration

Art/Painting – Aurora Harrison Bull


Roy Oliver - "The Last Man From Tremont"


Appalachian Bear Rescue – Lisa Philippen

Bible Aires Baptist Church

Cades Cove Preservation Association – Meet descendants of Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains Institute of Tremont

CHARM (CHilhowee ARea Ministries) presents a demonstration of the heritage of religion in the mountains. You can walk inside a miniature church, look at old photos, and hear stories about the olden days in local churches. There will also be many children’s games and activities.

Picking throughout the Grounds - Dedicated tents for Jammers


Trillium Cove
117 Painted Trillium Way, Townsend

Trillium Cove provides visitors a unique shopping experience, at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Intertwining walkways meander through the Appalachian style village, offering cabin rentals & real estate, if you’re in the market to relax and enjoy panoramic mountain views.

We are conveniently located on Hwy. 321 and the Townsend foot and bike paths whether by car, bicycle, or on foot, we invite you to visit Trillium Cove ...”Townsend’s Downtown.”

Old Timers Day, Cades Cove
May 4

Celebrate the heritage and culture of Cades Cove with the Cades Cove Preservation Association at Old Timers Day at the Cable Mill visitors center. Former residents will speak of growing up and living in this historic valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park while musicians play historic mountain music around the lawn at the Mill area. The CCPA will also have historic exhibits and photographs of homesteads that populated the valley.

Railroad Days at Little River Railroad & Lumber Co. Museum
May 3 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), May 4 (1-5 p.m.)
7747 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend
865.448.2211 |

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company is a non-profit corporation founded in 1982 to preserve the heritage of 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.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
May 4
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Dr., Townsend
(865) 448-0044 |

In its third year, the Tennessee Pottery Festival will be held on the grounds of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend on Saturday, May 4 from 10 A.M.-4 P.M. Featuring a selection 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.  Admission is $5. Children 5 and under are free. 

Seasonal Info



Friday, May 3
11:30 TBA
12:00 p.m. - Wayne Wright Review
12:30 p.m. - Spur Of The Moment Band
1:00 p.m. - Harley and The Boys
1:30 p.m. - Grandview Pickers
2:00 p.m. - Dinner Break
3:00 p.m. - Blackberry Jam
3:30 p.m. - Carolina Bluegrass
4:00 p.m. - Appalachian Grass
4:30 p.m. - Blackberry Jam
5:00 p.m. - Rail Riders
5:30 p.m. - Mike Clemmer
5:45 p.m. - Gravel Road
6:15 p.m. - Wilson Family
6:45 p.m. - Raven Welch and Crew
7:15 p.m. - Grandview Pickers
7:45 p.m. - Steve Jordan Band
8:15 p.m. - Foothills Express
8:45 p.m. - Jones Brothers Band
9:15 p.m. - Carolina Bluegrass

Saturday, May 4
11:30 a.m. - Muleskinner
12:00 p.m. - Blue Streaks
12:30 p.m. - Steve Jordan Band
1:00 p.m. - Blackberry Jam
1:30 p.m. - Grandview Pickers
2:00 p.m. - Dinner Break
3:00 p.m. - Rail Riders
3:30 p.m. - Blackberry Jam
4:00 p.m. - Appalachian Grass
4:30 p.m. - Brushfire
5:00 p.m. - Foothills Express
5:30 p.m. - Mike Clemmer
5:45 p.m. - Grandview Pickers
6:15 p.m. - Steve Jordan Band
6:45 p.m. - Bill Proffit And Company
7:15 p.m. - Square Dance
7:45 p.m. - Rail Riders
8:15 p.m. - Jones Brothers Band
8:45 p.m. - Wilson Family
9:15 p.m. - Carolina Bluegrass

(All bands and times subject to change without notice.)


Cades Cove Loop

The Cades Cove Loop is a scenic, 11-mile drive with a backdrop of the mountain peaks and its lush, rolling greens. The loop is a one-way, one-lane paved road; be prepared to stop frequently, and the loop takes approximately two to four hours to complete. Nevertheless, the slow pace makes it easy to enjoy the mountain landscapes, wildflower meadows and diverse wildlife. When traveling the scenic loop road, plan to get out and visit the restored buildings, the Visitor Center, and the ample photo spots.


Historic Buildings

For hundreds of years, Cherokee Native Americans hunted in Cades Cove. The first Europeans settled in the cover between 1818 and 182, and by 1830, the population expanded to 271 residents. Scattered along the loop are three churches, a working grist mill, barns, log houses, and many other faithfully restored eighteenth and nineteenth-century structures. Pick up a tour booklet for information about the buildings you'll see in the cove and the people who lived here.


Enjoying Wildlife at a Leisurely Pace

Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is the most visited part of this National Park, and offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are also possible.


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