Townsend, TN 2012 Calendar of Events

2012 Townsend Events and Festivals:

January – March: Attend classes on rug hooking, basketry, pottery, sewing, flat-picking guitar, among others. Townsend, Tn classes and workshops

February 2 – 5: Townsend’s Winter Heritage Festival in the Smokies is an event celebrating the human history, natural beauty, and cultural traditions of Townsend, Cades Cove, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Guests can enjoy a variety of presentations, storytelling, music, walks, exhibits, and tours—at the Visitors Center, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tremont, and other businesses and organizations around Townsend. Townsend Winter Heritage Festival

March 16 – 17:  Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival is hosted by the Townsend Artisan Guild, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, and the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau. This interactive fiber arts event connects the community with fiber arts activities.  The festival will include Border collie sheep-herding, sheep-shearing, classes and workshops, arts exhibitions, educational demonstrations of fiber processes, spinning, weaving, needlecrafts, dyeing, hands-on projects with children and adults, Fiber Arts Market and more.

April 7:  Herb and Wildflower Day, 9:00am—3:00pm. A tribute to the beauty and fascination of wildflowers, ferns, trees, and herbs.  Visit with expert botanists, photographers, and naturalists.  Buy locally grown plants, delicious baked goods, and fine hand-made pottery.  Take a short walk in the woods or a longer exploration of a special place. Townsend Herb and Wildflower Day

April – December: The public are welcome to view the Arts and Crafts Exhibits and Demonstrations in the Visitor Center Exhibit Room.  Visit with and buy directly from talented, local artists.  Townsend Arts & Crafts Exhibits and Demos

May 4 & 5:  20th Annual Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timers Day.  A heaping helping of your favorite bluegrass music, a Young Pickers Talent Contest, arts and crafts, Appalachian skills, wildflower walks and garden tours, storytelling, BBQ and other good food at the town’s annual Spring Festival and Old Timers Day. Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timers Day

May 18 – 20: Trout Fest. If you’re an avid fly fisher, or just into fishing, Trout Fest is like Sundance is to movie enthusiasts. That is, it’s a must see. It’s an annual fly fishing exposition and fund-raiser for Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department in Townsend, TN.  Sponsored by the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  Fly fishing demonstrations and seminars by experts are given daily.  Music, children’s activities, exhibits, and food are provided on the grounds.  TroutFest


Townsend's Scottish Heritage Festival & Games is always a popular yearly event.

May 18 – 20: Smoky Mountain Highland Games.  A celebration of Scottish Heritage at the foot of the Smoky Mountains with traditional games, a gathering of the clans, Scottish dance, music, and athletic contests.  Smoky Mountain Highland Games

June 2:  Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival.  Enjoy the work of skilled artisans and see pottery being made at this juried show with 40 booths.  There will be hands-on demonstrations by the featured a guest potter, plus special firings by Joe Frank McKee, hand building by Hugh Bailey, 30 potters booths, Children’s Tent with Carol Ware, music, and good food.  Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival

September 28 & 29: 20th Anual Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day.  The fall version of Townsend’s spring classic featuring some of your favorite bluegrass music, clogging, arts and crafts, sorghum molasses making and other Appalachian skills, artisan demonstrations, family activities, and good food.  Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day

For more information about each of the Townsend events and festivals contact Jeanie Hilten at the Townsend Visitors Center at 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.

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