This 21st annual event consists of the Spring Sprint (April 13), the Scholars Run (August 3), and the Reindeer Run (December 8). To be eligible for the Triple Crown cash awards and a special memento, participants must compete in all three races.
Make sure to Register for all 3 races of the Triple Crown prior to the Spring Sprint and receive a $5 discount off the entry fee of each event. To register, go to the parks and rec website.
This event is a 5K (3.1-miles) road race and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk and is the second event of the Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running. The race begins and ends on the Maryville College campus. Individual and team competition will take place.
Special awards will be given to the Overall and Masters winners, the top three finishers in each age division, and to the top three teams in the 5K. All Fun Run/Walk participants will receive a ribbon.
The 10th annual Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival, presented by the Townsend Artisan Guild and the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guild, will be Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, 9am-5pm, and Sunday April 14, 10-4pm. Admission is free and open to general public.
Make sure to sign up for the very popular classes on the website. Don’t wait to long as they will fill quick. For registration visit the Artisans Guild website and sign up.
The Festival focuses on the “sheep to shawl” concept, and visitors will see the transformation of fleece into finished goods and art pieces. The Second Annual Fashion Show will offer an opportunity for vendors, instructors, and participants to model their artistic creations.
Smoky Mountain Snowdown, A Winter Festival
JANUARY 25 – JANUARY 26
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. Located in the Townsend, TN, great weather and beautiful views. For more information please visit the GSMH website.
Winter Woody Plant Identification
Sat, January 26, 8:30am – 2:00pm
The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, is offering this program for anyone that is interested in further developing their naturalist skills. Learn how to identify trees and shrubs in the wintertime. The Smokies are a great place to explore and learn. For more information please visit the Great Smoky Mountains Institute website.
Townsend Christmas Parade
December 2nd 2:30
Hosted by T & T Tree Service
Get ready for a fun day in Townsend as we have our annual Townsend Christmas Parade. the Parade will start at IGA at 2:30 and end at Nawger Nob.
Make sure to get there early to claim a good spot. Check out some great floats with candy and other goodies. Bring the family and tell your friends!
This 20th annual event consists of the Spring Sprint (April 14), the Scholars Run (August 4), and the Reindeer Run (December 2).
A fun event for all ages and levels. Come out and join in or support your runner. T-Shirts and prizes for the place winners. A great way to bring in the Holiday Season
Check-In/Day of Race Registration and Packet Pick Up: 12:30 – 2:00 PM 5K Run 2:00 PM 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk 2:45 PM
For more information check out the Parks and Rec website.
Holiday Model Train Exhibit
NOVEMBER 09 – JANUARY 06
Don’t miss out on the Holiday Model Train Exhibit at the GSM Heritage Center. Opening on November 9th and Running on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through January 6th!
The event will feature a Townsend/Walland landscape, a garden scale train, and a winter wonderland! For more information visit The GSM website.
Ornaments of Joy 2018 to benefit Appalachian Bear Rescue
Ornaments of Joy 2018 to benefit Appalachian Bear Rescue at Vienna Coffee House (212 College St., Maryville) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join for a day of music, Vienna Coffeehouse coffee & food, and ornaments galore at the Ornaments of Joy event that benefits ABR Cubs! You can bid on hand-painted ornaments by ABR staff and other people that are special to ABR. Visit the ABR website for more information.
Music in the Middle: Story Telling Evening
Join in for an evening of storytelling and music that will delight families of all ages.
Tennessee Tales: Story Telling Festival: A trio of Storytellers kicks off this festival on Friday, October 26th at 6pm, followed by a day full of family friendly storytelling workshops, music, and crafts, concluded with trick or treating through the grounds of the Heritage Center. Sponsored by Tennessee Arts Commission and Blount Partnership. Trick or Treating, storytelling, puppets and more.
For More Information check out the GSM Heritage website.
3rd Annual Fun Bearly 5K Run/Walk
Make sure to Join Appalachian Bear Rescue for this fun 5K Run/Walk on October 27, 2018 at 10am, and support our bears.
The event will start and end at ABR’s Visitor and Education Center at Trillium Cove Shopping Center. There is a free free Pancake Breakfast for runners after the event.
Wear your ABR 5K shirt, or dress up in your Halloween Costume! There will be a prize for the best dressed runner!
This will be a fun, family-friendly event!! Visit the Appalachian Bear Rescue website for all information:
Great Smoky Mountains Fall Photo Tours and Workshops
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
When: October 20-24, 2018
Where: Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Vicinity Tour begins and ends in Townsend, TN.
Fall Foliage Instructional Photo Tours and Workshops
Do you love photography and looking to enhance your skills. Join Slonina Photography for a photo tour or workshop to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the surrounding areas.
A one of a kind experience, this incredible biodiversity makes this one of the top areas in the country for nature photography.
The learning environment is truly unique as you get personalized one on one attention, critiques, and photography advice. Both in the field and in the classroom. I want to make sure you get the best shots while we are on location.
The trip is not a difficult one at all and is for all fitness levels.
Transportation: Transportation is provided from hotel to field locations in our comfortable van.
Lodging for this event will be at The Highland Manor Inn and Conference Center (800) 213-9462
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont Homecoming Celebration
Get out and celebrate Tremont’s Homecoming Celebration on October 14th. Enjoy a great time in Great Smoky Mountains National Park fall weather. Crisp, cool air, campfires, friends and family as you enjoy a all that the season of lovely autumn has.
Join us for this great annual event and enjoy dinner, live music and nature walks. For more information visit the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont website.
Maryville College Homecoming
OCTOBER 26 – OCTOBER 28
Make sure to join in for the fun at the Maryville College Homecoming.
Its a weekend that’s sure to have something for everyone. On the list of events is the Harvest Crafts Festival and Bake Sale, athletic events, Homecoming parade, Decade Bash, children’s activities, tailgates, reunions, Homecoming Choir performance and awards ceremonies.
Don’t miss out on great weather and a lot of fun. For more information check out the Maryville College website.
Townsend Heritage Festival
September 28-29, 2018
A fun day for the whole family! Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the atmosphere, good people real bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food, and Fall festivities for the all ages at the Townsend Visitor’s Center.
7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882
Don’t miss out on the FREE Townsend Shuttle
hop on for FREE and tour Townsend.
For more information and a complete schedule please visit the events page for Explore Townsend
Blue Ribbon Country Fair
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is celebrating the 12th Annual Blue Ribbon Country Fair.
Join us and compete in fun contests throughout the day hog calling rooster crowing and catching a greased pig.
Poultry, Produce, Canning, Baked Goods, Honey, Woodworking and Floral Design are just some of the exhibits that will be on display. For more information please visit the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.
Corinne Coley and Bill Saltz at the Townsend Visitor Center
AUGUST 20 – AUGUST 25
The Townsend Visitors Center will be host to Corinne Coley with an exhibit room of handmade jewelry and Bill Saltz with a display of art and hiking sticks. Make sure to stop by.
Maxine Falls and Norma Tosh at the Townsend Visitor Center
AUGUST 27 – AUGUST 29
The Townsend Visitors Center will host Maxine Falls and Norma Tosh’s as they have a wonderful exhibit of homemade jewelry, art and miscellaneous crafts. If you love arts and crafts you don’t want to miss out.
Scholars Run 5K
The Scholars Run will be staged Saturday, August 4, 2018 – Physical Education Building on the Maryville College Campus.
This is the 2nd Event of the 2018. Those participating in ALL THREE events will be eligible for Triple Crown cash awards, door prizes and a special memento.
THE COURSE: 5K Course includes area city streets. Split times will be provided at each mile. The 1 Mile Fun Walk/Run is situated entirely on the Maryville College campus. There will be awards, prizes and T-Shirts for all participants.
Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival
Don’t miss the Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival. If you enjoy colors and beautiful backdrops this event is for you. The sky will be filled with a spectrum of color like never before, against a backdrop of a breathtaking Tennessee sunset.
Make sure to check out the Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival website for more information on this fun family event.
JULY 13 – JULY 15
Smoky Mountain Classic
If you are a Softball fan the Smoky Mountain Classic is a cant miss event.
Considered the premier softball tournament in the country, this event draws the best teams and players in the country to compete for the championship. The tournament is sponsored by Louisville Slugger, The Daily Times, Blount Partnership and Hang Rite Athletics. Come out to Sandy Springs Park and celebrate the 50th Year Anniversary of this event! For more information on this event please visit the Parks and Rec website.
RT 73 CAR COLLECTOR’S SHOW
Make sure to mark your calendars for the RT 73 CAR COLLECTOR’S SHOW on July 28, 2018 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The show will take place at The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.
The show is brought to you by the East Tennessee Region Antique Automobile Club of America and will include 50 antique cars 1917 Overland Touring Car, 1966 Corvair Convertible, 1956 Ford Parkland Station Wagon, 1948 Buick Super Sedan, 1959 Rambler Rebel V8, 1940 Plymouth Sedan, 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe (Moonshine Car), 1954 Buick Skylark and a 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible, just to name a few. Food, prizes and a lot of good family fun.
For more information check out the Peaceful Side Of The Smoky Mountains Facebook Page.
4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
Don’t miss out on this years 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks show at the Highland Manor Inn and Conference Center. Come enjoy a day of family fun and fireworks with the amazing people of Townsend! This event is for everyone, locals, visitors, adults, kids and pets. For more information about the event please visit our 4th of July event page on Facebook or call (865) 448-6886.
Admission is free.
Summer Jam Car & Bicycle Show
Another fun event for the month of July. Make sure to come out and enjoy browsing through the cars and checking out some great vendors from across the country. The event will be held at the Talley Ho Inn in Townsend, a perfect location for a day of family fun. For more about the event please visit the summer jam website.
Hops In The Hills
JUNE 22 – JUNE 23
If you love craft beer this festival is for you. A yearly event that includes great beer, food, music and amazing people. Saturday’s main event is a brew festival from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a full schedule of events. Check out Hops in The Hills event page for more information.
Smoky Mountain Crawl
June 8 – June 10
The nation’s largest small bore event is this weekend in Townsend, June 8-10. Join in and ride some of the best routes in the US, meet some great new people and help generate funds for charity. Don’t miss out on this great event. For More Info visit the Smoky Mountain Crawl website.
Taste of Art and Wine at Cades Cove Cellars
Want to taste some great award-winning locally made wine? Cades Cove Cellars Taste of Art and Wine is a fun event and offers everyone a chance to enjoy their award winning wines. Located at the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park making it a perfect venue for wine tasting.
Second Annual Appalachian Bear Fest
SAT, JUN 2 AT 11 AM
Don’t forget to come out and enjoy the second annual Appalachian Bear Fest this Saturday! They will have plenty of activities, arts & crafts, live music, animals and fun for your whole family.
Joey Holt will be leading a back country hike this Saturday as well. Make sure to check out their Facebook Page for Additional information:
Synchronous Fire Flies
Thursday June 7th – June 14th
A must for all ages. Make sure you and your family see the wonder of the Synchronous Fire Flies in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One of only two locations in the world that this phenomenon occurs. Transportation is only available at the Sugarlands visitor center.
For more information visit GSM Fireflies
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
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
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!
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.
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: Noon-10 p.m.
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!
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
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.