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Townsend, TN 37882
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Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival
Learning keeps us young. Preserving and sharing local heritage arts keeps us grounded. If the old proverb is “idle hands are the devil’s workshop”, we’ve got the antidote – exploring fiber arts this Spring. The 11th annual Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival, presented by the Townsend Artisan Guild and the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guild, will be Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, 9am-5pm, and Pre-Festival Classes Thursday, April 15, 1-5 pm. Admission to the Festival and the Museum is free and open to the public. Pre-registering for hands-on classes through the Festival’s website is strongly recommended, but there may be some last minute class availability during the event. Be aware that our most popular classes sell out early.
The Festival focuses on the “sheep to shawl” concept, and visitors will see the transformation of fleece into finished goods and art pieces. The Second Annual Fashion Show will offer an opportunity for vendors, instructors, and participants to model their artistic creations. The Fashion Show will be Saturday at noon in the Amphitheater.
Approximately 40 vendors will offer demonstrations in addition to selling supplies, tools, hand-spun and hand-dyed yarn, and finished goods.
Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm, April 16 & 17, 2021,
Learn more about us:
- Native Americans of East Tennessee – Find out what archaeologists have learned about prehistoric life in Tuckaleechee Cove, from pottery, stone tools. And other artifacts found in one of the largest archaeological dig projects in Tennessee history.
- East Tennessee Mountain Culture – You’ll see a log cabin made of hand-hewn logs, and learn about one-room schoolhouses and grist mills, while cultivating an appreciation for the resilience and ingenuity of pioneer people of the Smoky Mountains.
- Historic Village – The Historic Village is home to 13 historic buildings that have been furnished according to the period in which they were built. Some of these buildings were de-constructed, transported to the Heritage Center and then put back together for our guests to enjoy.