Events

This category has a wide range of opportunities, most of which are on the weekends and accommodate busy schedules. Please pick up a Heritage Center events calendar from the front desk or visit the calendar of events page for more detailed information.

Our largest events are the summer concert series on Friday evenings, the Blue Ribbon Country Fair at the end of September, and the Fall Home Tour.

IMG_1622None of these events are possible without volunteer assistance – greeting guests, selling memberships, taking tickets, directing parking, staffing the concession stand, and a variety of fun jobs at the Fair (crowd control at the skillet toss or assisting judges, for example). No special training is needed for most of these activities; contact Logan Hull via email, gsmhcevents@yahoo.com, for more details.

 

January

Winter Heritage Festival January 27-29: 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.

March

Tanasi  March 25th Honor Our Heritage by attending Tanasi 1796: An Early Tennessee Docudrama presented at Clayton Center for the Arts. Two showings on Saturday now available. 2:30 & 7:00.  Tickets on sale through the Clayton Center ticket office.

April

Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival: April 21-23, 2017  Presented by the Townsend Artisan Guild. Vendors, classes, demonstrations and more for fiber arts enthusiasts. Visit www.smokymountainfiberartsfestival.org for information.

May

Tennessee Pottery Festival: May 6, 2017 In its inaugural year, the Tennessee Pottery Festival will be held on the grounds of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center from 10 A.M.-4 P.M. Featuring 20 of the nation’s finest potters, this festival offers the opportunity to view and purchase different styles of pottery and other goods made of clay.

Spring Sunset Concert Series: Designed to whet listeners’ appetites for a summer of great music! Concerts begin at 7pm — rain or shine in the covered amphitheater!

GSMHC Guild Annual Gala: May 20, 2017 Presented by the Heritage Center Guild. The Heritage Center’s annual benefit dinner is a social highlight of the spring season with great food, music, and both live and silent auctions.

June

Summer Sunset Music Series: the Heritage Center’s popular Friday night concert series. Each concert begins at 7 PM, lasts about two hours and features some of the very best established and new musical groups – bluegrass, jazz, blues, Americana, country or a combination. Concessions available for purchase on-site. Bring your lawn or camp chairs early, put them in place and go out to supper at one of Townsend’s fine restaurants – but be back in time for the concert starting promptly at 7 PM!

August

Summer Sunset Music Series: the Heritage Center’s popular Friday night concert series. Each concert begins at 7 PM, lasts about two hours and features some of the very best established and new musical groups – bluegrass, jazz, blues, Americana, country or a combination. Concessions available for purchase on-site. Bring your lawn or camp chairs early, put them in place and go out to supper at one of Townsend’s fine restaurants – but be back in time for the concert starting promptly at 7 PM!

September

Music of the Mountains Concert: A weekend of music in Townsend, Gatlinburg and Cosby as residents and visitors alike celebrate the mountains’ musical past. Presented by Great Smoky Mountains Association

Blue Ribbon Country Fair: Annual Country Fair with contests, demonstrations, crafts, and competitions in Poultry, Vegetables, Honey, Baked Goods, Needlecraft and more!  Visit the Special Events page for more info!!

October

Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Festival: Presented by Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers. Wood carving at its best with competition from beginners through professionals from all over the country. Vendors offer handmade items for sale.

Music in the Middle: Story Telling Evening: An evening of storytelling and music that will delight families of all ages.

November

Quilters Road Show: Presented by Smoky Mountain Quilters. Historic quilts, evaluations, demonstrations and more for beginners through advanced quilters.

Holiday Homecoming: Sponsored by Tennessee Art Commission and the Arts and Cultural Alliance. Designed especially for families, this annual event includes self-guided tours, historic demonstrations, a special appearance by Santa Claus, musical performances throughout the day, and the opportunity to make and take home holiday crafts.