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

CLICK HERE FOR CRAFTER APPLICATION (Closes March 13).

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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.


CRAFT VENDORS

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FOOD VENDORS

 

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ON-SITE DEMONSTRATORS

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

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FEATURED AUTHOR

Roy Oliver - "The Last Man From Tremont"


OTHER ACTIVITIES

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


OTHER TOWNSEND ACTIVITIES

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 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 | 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.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
May 2
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Dr., Townsend
(865) 448-0044 | www.gsmheritagecenter.org

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is first and foremost a museum; a museum whose mission is to preserve, interpret and share the history an culture of the diverse peoples and Native American who have inhabited the Southern Appalachians including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and offers exhibitions and programs for educational and cultural enrichment.

Seasonal Info

 

BAND SCHEDULE

Friday, May 1
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Saturday, May 2
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(All bands and times subject to change without notice.)

Scenic

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.

History

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.

Wildlife

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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