Townsend Spring Festival

Bluegrass music highlights the festival

May 4-5, 2018

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 is closed.

Premier Sponsor

Silver Sponsors
Big Meadow Family Campground
Wood-N-Strings Dulcimer Shop

Friends Sponsors
The Chocolate Bar

Jammer’s Tent Sponsor
Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing

No Pets

Daily Schedule

May 4 
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: Noon-10 p.m.

May 5
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 Jeepism 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.




Cornmeal Making – Ronald & Angel Fowler

Farm Equipment – Phil Cox

White Oak Shingle Making – Sam White

Smoky Mountain Raptor Center - Learn about and view live rescued birds of prey found in East Tennessee

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

Rug Hooking – Carol McBride

Pottery – Carol Ware

Quilting – Ila Mae Morton and Dorothy Belcher

Art/Painting – Aurora Harrison Bull


Appalachian Bear Rescue

Cades Cove Carvings

Keep Blount Beautiful

Cades Cove Preservation Association - Meet descendants of Cades Cove

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 ...so whether by car, bicycle, or on foot, we invite you to visit Trillium Cove ...”Townsend’s Downtown.”

Old Timers Day, Cades Cove
May 5
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 4 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), May 5 (1-5 p.m.)
7747 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend
865.448.2211 | www.littleriverrailroad.org
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.

Nawger Nob Arts & Crafts Fair
May 5-6 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
7321 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend
865-448-6350 | www.woodcarvers.com
Arts and crafts fair under the trees at Nawger Knob shopping area. Dozens of crafts persons and booths, runs all day.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
May 5
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Dr., Townsend
(865) 448-0044 | www.gsmheritagecenter.org
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center plays host to the Tennessee Pottery Festival on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5. Children 5 and under are free.

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.

Seasonal Info


Friday, May 4
11:30 a.m. --- Timberwinds
12:00 p.m. --- Harley and The Boy’s
12:40 p.m. --- High Point Quartet
1:25 p.m. --- Grandview Pickers
2:10 p.m. --- Bluegrass Friends
2:40 p.m. --- Blackberry Jam
3:20 p.m. --- Appalachian Grass
4:00 p.m. --- Brushfire
4:35 p.m. --- Harley and The Boy’s
5:10 p.m. --- Sowder and Williams
5:55 p.m. --- Mike Clemmer
6:10 p.m. --- Blackberry Jam
6:50 p.m. --- Gravel Road and Company
7:20 p.m. --- Grandview Pickers
7:50 p.m. --- Rail Riders
8:20 p.m. --- Foothills Express
8:50 p.m. --- Steve Jordan Band
9:20 p.m. --- Close Out Band

Saturday, May 5
11:30 a.m. --- High Point Quartet
12:00 p.m. --- Blue Streaks
12:30 p.m. --- Grandview Pickers
1:00 p.m. --- Muleskinners
1:30 p.m. --- Carolina Bluegrass
2:00 p.m. --- Brushfire
2:30 p.m. --- Foothills Express
3:00 p.m. --- Appalachian Grass
3:30 p.m. --- Grandview Pickers
4:10 p.m. --- Blackberry Jam
4:50 p.m. --- Steve Jordan Band
5:20 p.m. --- Brushfire
5:55 p.m. --- Mike Clemmer
6:10 p.m. --- Blackberry Jam
6:50 p.m. --- Gravel Road and Company
7:30 p.m. --- Appalachian Drive
8:10 p.m. --- Square Dance
8:50 p.m. --- Rail Riders
9:25 p.m. --- Close Out Band

(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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