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Past Events

Dancing Bear Dance

The Bear Dance

August 2nd, 2019

On Friday evening, join us in an evening true to pioneer culture. Experience an authentic Summer lamb roast and square dance, set to the tune of the Sleepy-Eyed John 5-piece Appalachian String Band and award-winning caller Leo Collins!

Bacon at the Bear

Bacon at The Bear

August 3rd, 2019

Join us Saturday for the legendary 'Bacon at the Bear', featuring twelve of the best regional chefs cooking their own personal dishes to benefit New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center. Enjoy thirteen culinary stations, each incorporating Benton’s Bacon and a common theme steeped in the roots of Appalachia.

Jonas Ridge Farmhouse Brunch

Jonas Ridge Farmhouse Brunch

August 4th, 2019

Enjoy al fresco dining at our famous Appalachian Sunday Brunch, showcasing our wildly popular Brunch favorites and choice of bottomless mimosas or build-your-own Bloody Mary bar.

Freemark Abbey Wine Dinner

Freemark Abbey Wine Dinner

September 26th, 2019 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us for a night filled with refined Appalachian cuisine paired with exclusive wines from Freemark Abbey!

View our gorgeous 5-course offering, each paired with a distinguished glass of Freemark Abbey's finest wines.


Heritage Festival Hotel & Lodging in Townsend TN

Townsend Heritage Festival

September 27th, 2019 - September 28th, 2019

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

Eat, Drink and be Scary - Halloween at The Bear!

Eat, Drink and be Scary... It's Halloween at The Bear!

October 31st, 2019 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us for an evening of Spook-tacular cocktails and our 'Bone-Appetit' three-course supper menu by Chef Shelley Cooper and her culinary team. Afterwards relax fireside, make s’mores, and drink fresh spiked cider from the cider press.  By the crackling fire, with cider in hand, enjoy special guest Elizabeth Rose, renowned Story Teller, telling the best and spookiest Smoky Mountain Stories for all to enjoy!

So come Eat, Drink and Be Scary this Halloween at the Bear!


Grains & Grits VIP admissions, accommodations, parking and whisky tastings

Grains & Grits Spirits and Food Festival

November 1st, 2019 - November 3rd, 2019

The Townsend Grains & Grits Festival is all about southern spirits and gourmet grub! This is a unique opportunity to experience Townsend’s craft spirits and gourmet food community, while discovering some of the region’s legendary distillers and blenders.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner

November 28th, 2019 from 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

On Thursday, November 28TH the Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro will be open for expanded dining hours to give thanks and feast upon a delicious, bountiful BearFay meal that Chef Shelley Cooper and her team has thoughtfully planned for Thanksgiving Day.

Charles Dickens Holiday Brunch BearFay

Charles Dickens Farmhouse Brunch BearFay

December 22nd, 2019 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join us for an unforgettable Charles Dickens Sunday Brunch BearFay! Chef Shelley Cooper and her culinary team champion bringing the tastes and styles of the Appalachian Past and all the comforts of a Holiday Farmhouse Brunch to your table while enjoying the musical stylings of our live Christmas Carolers-  The Mistletones!  

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