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 Storytelling Festival.

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None 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, [email protected], for more details.

January

Winter Heritage Festival January 22, 2021: 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

Tuesdays @ Two: Join us Tuesdays at 2pm at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Auditorium for fun and informative programs on history, nature, folk lore, music and more! Made possible by a grant from First Tennessee Foundation, this weekly afternoon coffee social is FREE for GSMHC Members and to non-members with paid admission.

April

Tuesdays @ Two: Join us Tuesdays at 2pm at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Auditorium for fun and informative programs on history, nature, folk lore, music and more! Made possible by a grant from First Tennessee Foundation, this weekly afternoon coffee social is FREE for GSMHC Members and to non-members with paid admission.

May-October

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!

  • Check back soon for the 2022 Lineup

Sponsored by Boyd’s Jig and Reel.

August

September

Blue Ribbon Country Fair: September 24th, 2022  – 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

November

Holiday Handcrafter’s Festival: Saturday, November 13th, 2021. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping with unique and one of a kind gifts that are all handmade!

Holiday Homecoming: Saturday, November 20th: 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.

November -December

Christmas in the Village: Saturday November 20th, Friday Nov. 26th & 27th, Saturdays, Dec 4th, 11th, Friday Dec. 17th & 18th.