Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival

Townsend’s Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival (April 19-20) is an interactive arts event connecting the community with fiber arts activities. The festival will include fiber animal exhibitions, vendor market, classes, demonstrations of spinning, needlecrafts, dyeing, weaving, and many other fiber processes. You’ll also have the chance to participate in hands-on projects for children and adults, view local artists’ work, purchase fiber craft supplies, and get information about local fiber activities, groups, and businesses.

This year’s fiber arts festival will take place in the Townsend Visitors Center as well as at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Both are top notch facilities for the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival. You’ll find fiber arts classes and demonstrations, vendor shopping, great food, good friends and a memorable experience in each setting.

In all, this event celebrates all things Fiber Arts, beginning with the raw materials (catch the sheep herding and sheep shearing demonstrations at the festival), through the creative processes (check out the classes and non-animal demonstrations at both locations), and finally, the end product (visit a great collection of vendors who will fill your every supply and project need)!

Townsend is known as the “Peaceful side of the Smokies”, and a place that’s far different from other communities near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We hope you’ll enjoy your visit and check out what all Townsend has to offer including Townsend cabins, all the Townsend events, and some of the Townsend restaurants.

Goings on at the Townsend Visitors Center: Border Collie Sheepherding by Leigh Anne and Paul Tucker and Sheep-shearing by William Rick, plus demonstrations of weaving, spinning, and other fiber crafts.

Occurring at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Fiber classes and workshops, marketplace of vendors, demonstrations, museum exhibits of Smoky Mountain cultural history. Click here for the list of VendorsAlso, if you’re interested in participating, check out the vendor application.

Click here for the list of Classes with instructors, dates and times, descriptions, and fees. Class registration form.

At the Townsend Artisan Gallery: Exhibits of fiber arts and many other beautiful works by local artisans.

Please call 865-448-6134, 800-525-6834 for more information and schedules.
Vendors: contact Nancy at 
Instructors: contact Deborah Adams, .

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center events

Ever wonder what it was like to live in East Tennessee as far back as the 1700s and 1800s? Well, if you’re coming through Townsend, Tn, stop by the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and let them guide you through the paces of life in Smokies during those early pioneer days. From artifacts dating as far back as 5,000 years ago to early family cabins and homesteads, the center has a bit of everything.
When you’re at the center you’ll notice a wide range of exhibits, sign-ups for educational programs, demonstrations and guides that offer a similar theme – no matter the demonstration or subject, it’s a historic journey through time taking in pieces of the numerous diverse cultures of Townsend and Tuckaleechee Cove. Not only that, the center offers a yearly concert series featuring the sounds bluegrass and other regional tunes.

This year’s Fall Concert Series includes:

September 7 – Blue Mother Tupelo

September 14 – Y’uns

September 21 – Four Leaf Peat

Also in September, the center’s Rotary Storytelling Festival commences, beginning September 15. That’s followed by a cub scout family weekend September 21-22. And back by popular demand is the Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Festival ( October 6-7. So, as you can see, it’s shaping up to be a big year at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and we’re not even halfway through October yet.

 One of the year’s biggest events is the Fall Mountain Home Tour. This is set for Friday, October 19. Tickets are $65 apiece and must be paid for when ordered. Each ticket includes is a three-home tour, transportation to and from The Reserve in Townsend, a $10 voucher for lunch or dinner at one of a dozen Townsend restaurants, and free admission to the Heritage Center. The free admission pass is good for one year following the home tour.

For more information, or to order tickets to the Home Tour, call 865-448-0044, or mail a check (P. O. Box 268, Townsend, Tn, 37882) for $65 per ticket, or visit the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center office between 10 am and 4 pm during the week.

That weekend (October 20) is also marked for the Smoky Mountain Field School Fall Nature Photography Workshop. For anyone interested, they may call the Heritage Center to inquire further about the event and any other requirements.

Events rounding out the rest of year include:

October 26 – Dr. Bass Presentation & Book Signing

October 27 – Smoky Mountain Book Festival

November 10 – Veterans Day Celebration

November – Holiday Homecoming

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is open Monday – Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. The Heritage Center is located between the Townsend traffic light and the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along Highway 73.

Yearly Admission:
Adults (18-59) – $6
Seniors (60+) – $4
Children (6-17) – $4
Under 6 Free
Admission Free with Membership

(Contact us for membership application)