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Townsend Heritage Festival

Great lodging accommodations that bring the best of any hotel or cabin rental in Townsend, TN. Join us in September 2019 for the Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timer’s Day.  Enjoy genuine bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food, and Fall festivities for the entire family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center, while experiencing the best dining and accommodations offered on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies

Smoky Mountains Come Alive with Music, Food & Crafts

September 27-28, 2019

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy genuine bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food, and Fall festivities for the entire family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center: 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882

No Pets

Daily Schedule

Sept. 28 
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: Noon-10 p.m.

Sept. 29 
Crafts & Demonstrations: 9 a.m.-5 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.

Parking passes can be purchased online by going to this link and clicking the “Register” button at the bottom of that web page.

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 Little Arrow Campground to 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.


Smoky Mountain Raptor Center


Cornmeal Making

Farm Equipment


Carol McBride – Rug Hooking and Misc. Crafts

Carol Ware – Pottery Animals, People & Beads

Ila Mae Morton & Dorothy Belcher – Quilting Demos

Joyce Jarman – Fiber Arts

Featured Author – Roy Oliver, “The Last Man From Tremont”


Friday, September 28
11:30 – Friends of Bluegrass
12:00 – Carolina Bluegrass
12:40 – Timberwinds
1:25 – Sweetwater Grass
2:40 – Blackberry Jam
3:20 – Grandview Pickers
4:00 – Appalachian Grass
4:35 – Brushfire
5:10 – Grandview Pickers
5:55 – Mike Clemmer
6:10 – Blackberry Jam
6:50 – Rail Riders
7:20 – Gravel Road
7:50 – Rail Riders
8:20 – Foothills Express
8:50 – Jones Brothers
9:20 – Carolina Bluegrass

Saturday, September 29
11:30 – Muleskinner
12:00 – Bluestreaks
12:30 – Carolina Bluegrass
1:00 – Grandview Pickers
1:30 – Sweetwater Grass
2:00 – Rail Riders
2:30 – TryeStar Travelers
3:00 – Brushfire
3:30 – Appalachian Grass
4:10 – Blackberry Jam
4:50 – Jones Brothers
5:20 – Gravel Road
5:55 – Mike Clemmer
6:10 – Blackberry Jam
6:50 – Rail Riders
7:30 – Square Dance featuring Carolina Bluegrass
8:10 – Foothills Express
8:50 – Grandview Pickers
9:25 – Carolina Bluegrass


B & B BarBQ — BBQ Hawg Trough, Pork or Chicken Sandwich, Sides, water, sodas, coffee, hot chocolate
B & W Food Stand — Funnel Cakes, Corn dogs, fries, hamburger, philly cheese steak, crazy potatoes, sweet treats, soda, water, tea
Chadwick’s Creamery — Homemade ice cream, soft drinks and bottled water
Church of the Cove — Ham and beans/cornbread/drinks
Gary Gray Concessions — Olde Tyme Soda Pop & New Orleans Style Shaved Ice
Knights of Columbus/Foothills Smokers — Pulled Pork Sandwich & Dinner, Rib Dinner, Dinners will have beans and slaw
Stanley’s Produce — Fried Apple Pies, Breads, Cookies, Pumpkin Rolls, Brownies, Pimento Cheese, Apple Dumplings
Toby’s Kettle Korn — Kettle Korn, Pork Rinds, Lemonade, Coke & Water
Waffley Good — Wafflewiches-they are sandwiches wrapped in waffles. Chicken & waffles, philly steak, BLT, Funky Monkey, berries and lemon cream, etc.