Calendar of Events

Rain or shine, events are always happening at the Heritage Center. Please see the calendar below for a full listing of the fun and exciting events we have planned!


Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival @ Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Apr 21 – Apr 23 all-day

Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival

Presented by the Townsend Artisan Guild & the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guild

Sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Arts and Cultural Alliance, and Blount Partnership

The Festival will focus on the “sheep to shawl” concept – transforming fleece into finished goods and art pieces. Join us to explore your creativity, enhance your skills and to pursue interests in the fiber arts. Vendors will offer demonstrations in addition to selling supplies, tools, hand-spun and hand-dyed yarn, and finished goods.

Register to learn basic skills and advanced techniques in classes. Geri Forkner, renowned instructor, award-winning fiber artist, and our featured artist, will offer classes ranging from basic techniques to emerging electrified fiber art.

Be sure to take time to see fiber on the hoof and foot – when you view the llamas, sheep, goats, and angora rabbits.

April 21 and 22 from 9am to 5pm
April 23 from 10am to 4pm

Tennessee Pottery Festival @ Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

In its inaugural year, the Tennessee Pottery Festival will be held on the grounds of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage in Townsend on May 6th 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.   Clay Art connoisseurs and novices are invited to enjoy the pieces of art in the historic village at the Heritage Center.  This is a perfect time to learn from and discuss different styles and forms of pottery with the expert potters. The Tennessee Pottery Festival is an unique opportunity to find the perfect piece of custom clay art for your home. Whether it is for decorate or function, this festival will have something for everyone at a wide range of prices.

Please join us for this opportunity to shop and learn about the individually handcrafted pieces of art as unique as the state of Tennessee.

GSMHC Member and Non-Member Admission


For more information contact the Director of Special Events at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center at 865-448-0044

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Richard and Joni Maples

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Blue Ribbon Country Fair @ Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Mark your calendars now for September 30, 2017!

Additional information about the Blue Ribbon Country Fair may be found by clicking here.

Farmer in the Cove Childrens Exhibit