Events

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, many events and concerts have been cancelled. Please check the calendar of events page for more details.

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 24-25, 2020: 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.

Cancelled-Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival: April 24-25, 2020  Presented by the Townsend Artisan Guild. Vendors, classes, demonstrations and more for fiber arts enthusiasts. Visit www.smokymountainfiberartsfestival.org for information.

June- 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!

Sponsored by Boyd’s Jig and Reel.

September

Blue Ribbon Country Fair: September 26th, 2020  – 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!!

Fall Sunset Music Series: Enjoy the cool crispy air that Fall brings by coming out and listening to a great lineup of artists. Concerts start at 7PM and don’t forget your lawn chair! Sponsored by CBBC.

October

Tennessee Tales: Story Telling Festival: A trio of Storytellers kicks off this festival on Friday, August 30th at 6pm. Sponsored by Tennessee Arts Commission and Blount Partnership

November

Holiday Handcrafter’s Festival: Saturday, November 14th. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping with unique and one of a kind gifts that are all handmade!

Holiday Homecoming: Saturday, November 23th: 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.