Calendar of Events
Smoky Mountain Snowdown – Winter Heritage Festival
A celebration of the human history, natural beauty, and cultural traditions of Townsend, Cades Cove, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A variety of presentations, storytelling, music, walks, exhibits, and tours—at the Visitors Center, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tremont, and other businesses and organizations around Townsend & Walland.
Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival
Hosted by the Townsend Artisan Guild, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, and the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau. This interactive fiber arts event connects the community with fiber arts activities. The festival will include Border collie sheep-herding, sheep-shearing, classes and workshops, arts exhibitions, educational demonstrations of fiber processes, spinning, weaving, needlecrafts, dyeing, hands-on projects with children and adults, Fiber Arts Market and more.
Troutfest Banquet & Auction
Proceeds from this event are donated to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department, Friends of the Smokies Fisheries Scholarship Fund or other youth educational conservation projects. The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited sponsors this event as our major fundraiser.
Smoky Mountain Spring Festival
Bluegrass music, Young Pickers Talent Contest, arts and crafts, Appalachian skills, wildflower walks and garden tours, storytelling, BBQ and other good food.
Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts Festival at Nawger Knob
Two Day Arts and Crafts Fair under the trees at Nawger Knob Shopping Area. Dozens of crafts persons and booths, runs all day.
Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games
A celebration of Scottish Heritage with traditional games, gathering of the clans, dance, music, and athletic contests. Held at Maryville College. Just 10 minutes from Chilhowee Inn.
Tour de Blount
The Tour de Blount is a one day cycling event with a variety of rides through beautiful Blount County, Tennessee. The ride is organized and promoted by the Foothill Striders, a non-profit club dedicated to promoting the benefits of cycling, hiking, and running. The event offers four different routes traversing the scenic rolling hills, farmlands and rural countryside next to the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
June 3 – 21 (varies)
Synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) are one of at least 19 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are the only species in America whose individuals can synchronize their flashing light patterns. The peak date varies from June 3 to June 21. No personal vehicles are allowed during the 2 week peak. Access is by trolley, and these fill up quick. Check the website below for peak weeks and road closure. The week before & after peak is good as well.
The 2015 Big BBQ Bash is set for June 26-27 at Founder’s Square in historic downtown Maryville, TN.
Admission is free to the public on Friday and Saturday.
Great Smoky Mountain Half Marathon
The course is a beautiful run through the woods just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The course begins near Heritage High School in Walland, continues by the Chilhowee Inn, and ends just under a mile from the National Park boundary at the visitors center in Townsend.
Fall Festival & Old Timers Day
The Fall Festival and Old Timers day at the Townsend Visitors Center celebrates the traditional music, crafts, Appalachian skills, and heritage of East Tennessee, and the Great Smoky Mountains. Featured activities are bluegrass music concerts, clogging, jam sessions on the porch, demonstrations of cornmeal making, blacksmithing, sorghum molasses making, apple butter, basketry, weaving, spinning, and quilting. Arts and crafts booths include woodworking, pottery, jewelry, hand-sewing, and painting. There is an antique tractor show and guest storytellers share tales of the mountains.
Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Festival
Join us for this unique Show and Competition. Sponsored by: Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Association, Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Supply, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. There will be a special whittling Contest on Saturday that anyone can enter. You will need your own tools.
Autumn leaf season lasts several weeks as fall colors travel down the mountain sides from high elevation to low. The timing of fall color change depends upon so many variables that the exact dates of “peak” season are impossible to predict in advance. Elevation profoundly affects when fall colors change in the park. At higher elevations, where the climate is similar to New England’s, color displays start as early as mid-September with the turning of yellow birch, American beech, mountain maple, hobblebush, and pin cherry. From early to mid-October, fall colors develop above 4,000 feet. The fall color display usually reaches peak at mid and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. This is the most spectacular display as it includes such colorful trees as sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, and the hickories.