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November 09 - January 06

Holiday Model Train Exhibit

Opening on November 9th!  Running on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through January 6th! A multi themed model railroad experience at the GSM Heritage Center featuring a Townsend/Walland landscape, a garden scale train, and a winter wonderland!

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November 09 - January 06

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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December 15

Craft Party

Give the gift of "handmade" this year at the craft party hosted at Cades Cove Cellars on Dec. 15 from 6-9 p.m. ($35 RSVP limited seating. Call Cades Cove Cellars at 865-325-9463)

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January 25 - January 26

Smoky Mountain Snowdown, A Winter Festival

Presentations and programs at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center about the families and history of the national park, celebrating the region’s cultural and natural history.

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February 15 - February 16

Sweetheart Market at Cades Cove Cellars

Cades Cove Cellars offers award-winning locally made wines with a dose of Southern character from its location in Townsend, near the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since 2014, the wines they’ve crafted have won more than 50 medals at international competitions. 

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February 17

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 01 - 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 01 - March 31

Tennessee Artists Association Exhibition

Temporary Museum Exhibits 

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March 16 - March 17

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 16, 2019. (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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March 26

Tuesdays @ Two

Dr. Aaron Astor - Issac Anderson 

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April 09

Tuesdays @ Two

Mark Davidson 

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April 11 - April 13

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 12 - April 14

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. Geri Forkner, renowned instructor, award-winning fiber artist, and our featured artist, will offer classes ranging from basic techniques to emerging electrified fiber art.

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April 13

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

Tuesdays @ Two

Jeff Hunter- Wildlife and Roadways

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April 23

Tuesdays @ Two

MaryBeth Lima - Proper Canning Techniques

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April 30

Tuesdays @ Two

Libby Weitnauer - Music of the Smoky Mountains

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May 03 - May 04

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 03 - May 04

Fiat on the Dragon Car Show

Come see all makes and models of Fiat vehicles. 

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May 04

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 04

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 05 - May 08

Vietnam 1st & 8th Infantry

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

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May 10 - May 11

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 10

Spring Concert: Acoustic Eidolon

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May 17 - May 19

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 18

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 18

Heritage Happening-Gala

The Heritage Center Guild presents the dinner and auction to raise funds for the continuing development of the Heritage Center and its extensive educational programs. Donations also are made to subsidize travel expenses for school groups who otherwise would not be able to afford to visit the Center. This year 8,000 students are expected to participate in the Center’s unique educational programs because of financial assistance from supporters of GSMHC.

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May 19

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 21 - June 22

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 21 - June 22

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 21

Summer Concert: Jesse and Nick Keen

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June 29

FreedomFest 2019

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 12 - July 14

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 19 - July 20

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 19

Summer Concert: Chris Muncey and the Narrow Way

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August 02

Summer Concert: Jerry Butler's Band

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August 03

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 09

Summer Concert: Wild Blue Yonder

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August 17

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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September 06 - September 07

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

18th Annual Taste of Blount

Ticket holders can try savory favorites from local restaurants, caterers and gourmet grocers in addition to voting for their favorite appetizer, main course, sandwich, dessert, beverage, presentation and overall winner.

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September 13 - September 14

Ford Truck Show

At Talley Ho Inn. Our Events are Designed to be more than just a show! We have organized family-friendly events, both at the showgrounds and in the area, throughout the weekend. There will be games and contests for the kids, organized sightseeing drives, and much more. There is no better way to have fun with your Bronco or Ford Truck! 865-650-0522.

 

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September 14

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 20

Fall Concert: Tennessee Sheiks

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September 27 - September 28

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 27

Fall Concert: Steve Kaufman

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September 28

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 28

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 18 - October 19

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 19

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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October 23

Halloween Spooktacular

Come join the festivities in downtown Maryville as ghosts and goblins take to the streets to have fun.

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November 01 - November 02

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 23

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 01

Townsend Christmas Parade

On the Parkway in Townsend.

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December 01

Reindeer Run

3rd Event of the 2019 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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December 05 - December 07

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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