Townsend Happenings

Heritage Happening-Gala

MAY 19 – MAY 20

A fun event for everyone. Come out and enjoy the Heritage Happening-Gala May 19th and 20th at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center.

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.

 

Tour De Blount

MAY 19

The Townsend Visitors Center will be the location for the 2018 Tour de Blount. Once again, four routes with similar mileages will be offered. A post-ride meal will be provided, and at the request of many cyclists, beer will be offered at the finish. Riders will be able to rehash the highs and lows of their rides while enjoying a cold brew. A challenging ride as riders embark “The Wall” a 6 mile climb on Montvale Road which takes riders up the Western Side of the Foothills Parkway.  Our hope is to add local music, as well as food and bike vendors to our event. Please visit the Tour De Blount website for additional information.

New Midland Plaza Spring Arts and Crafts Fair

May 11 – May 13
May 11 at 9:00 AM to May 13 at 4:00 PM EDT

New Midland Plaza Spring Arts and Crafts Fair! A day of fun for everyone. Make sure to stop by for a day of crafts, ranging from candles and jewelry to paintings and kid-friendly archery bows!

New Midland Arts Festival

 

 

British Car Show at The Talley Ho Inn.

May 11th-12th 2018

Owners of British vehicles from around the USA come together to celebrate British and European cars and motorcycles. A popular event for car enthusiasts who come from all over the country to attend. Make sure to check it out May 11th and 12th. Read more about the British Car show here. Car show

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.

Located at 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882.

For a list of the the festivals events please check below.

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 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.

Little River Railroad Days

May 5, 2018

Come on out to the Little River Railroad Museum on May 5th 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.

Please take a minute to look at the Little River Railroad website to learn more about the rich history of our great community.

 

Tennessee Pottery Festival

May 5, 2018

Don’t miss the second year of the Tennessee Pottery Festival Saturday May 5th from 10 A.M.-4 P.M. The festival will be held at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend and features some of the nation’s finest potters. Love pottery? Make sure to join in a day of fun with an opportunity to take home some great pieces.  Learn about the different styles from the experts as they discuss their own techniques. Don’t miss out.

 

Townsend Artisan Guild Gallery Spring Sale and Reception

May 6th, 2018

Join the Townsend Artisan Guild Gallery for a spring sale and reception from 1:30-5 p.m. 

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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.

Located at 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882.

For a list of the the festivals events please check below.

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 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.

Little River Railroad Days

May 5, 2018

Come on out to the Little River Railroad Museum on May 5th 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.

Please take a minute to look at the Little River Railroad website to learn more about the rich history of our great community.

 

Tennessee Pottery Festival

May 5, 2018

Don’t miss the second year of the Tennessee Pottery Festival Saturday May 5th from 10 A.M.-4 P.M. The festival will be held at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend and features some of the nation’s finest potters. Love pottery? Make sure to join in a day of fun with an opportunity to take home some great pieces.  Learn about the different styles from the experts as they discuss their own techniques. Don’t miss out.

 

Townsend Artisan Guild Gallery Spring Sale and Reception

May 6th, 2018

Join the Townsend Artisan Guild Gallery for a spring sale and reception from 1:30-5 p.m. 

Townsend in the Smokies Spring Festival

Family event/something for everyone from arts and crafts, Appalachian demonstrations, bluegrass music, storytelling, food, antique tractor and engine show, barbecue vendors. Young Pickers Talent Contest Saturday morning. Promotes the heritage and culture of the area.

Be sure to experience lot of fun festival in the beautiful spring time in Townsend Tennessee!

 

Founders Festival

April 15, 2018 – Learn how the logging and railroad operations changed the community forever. Hear music from the early 1900’s. Eat food cooked like our forefathers would have prepared. Hear stories from the loggers. Watch the logging competition to be held at the Townsend Visitors Center. The University of Tennessee Forestry Department and other southern schools, colleges, universities will be seeing who can chop, saw, and run a log the best!  Visit the Founders Festival website to learn more about this fun event.

The Bronco Car Show

April 18, 2018 – April 21,2018
Townsend, Tennessee

The largest Bronco car show in the country!

Townsend Winter Beerfest

Great event every year and this year was a blast for all who attended. Please check back on date of event in 2019 and remember you can get your tickets online at the beer fest website. To learn more visit – Tennessee Winter Beerfest.

Smoky Mountain Crawl

The Smoky Mountain Crawl is America’s premier small bore motorcycle event. What does that mean? These are not big Harley-Davidson, Honda, or Indian street cruisers. They are smaller bikes. Without getting technical, it means that Townsend, Tennessee is about the be the home base for about 600 small bore motorcycles for three days.

The Smoky Mountain Crawl is held each year in Townsend. Hundreds of small bore motorcycle owners gather for three days of fun, riding, and hanging out. If you have a small bore motorcycle and think you may enjoy meeting new people, riding through the mountains, and showing off your bike, this may be the event for you.

This year, Tremont Lodge in Townsend is hosting the event. Reservations must be made directly with the property.

  • Come see how much fun a winter weekend can be! Call us now for reservations.
  • Plan your trip to the Smoky Mountains today! Enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast to get your day started. CALL NOW. We do have some vacancies.
  • Later when spring comes, explore the nearby attractions that include Tuckaleechee Caverns, fishing in Little River, hiking on the many trails in the National Park, golfing at Laurel Valley Country Club here in Townsend, or at one of the many other golf courses in the Blount County area. If bicycling is your passion, you can ride the bike trail in Townsend the full 9.6 miles as many times as you want and also access many of the back roads that are perfect for cycling. Horseback riding is a popular activity in the Smoky Mountains area and there are a couple of horse riding stables available in Townsend. Come visit and ride the trails.
  • If shopping is your “thing” you can shop till you drop in the craft stores here or the Outlet Malls in Pigeon Forge. Check out our Area Activities page for more things going on.