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Saturday, January 23- Winter Heritage Festival 10-5

Thursday-Saturday, April 15-17- Smoky Mountains Fiber Arts Festival

Friday, May 7-1981 The Concert: Simon and Garfunkle Tribute Show (Tickets Required)

Saturday, May 8- Tennessee Pottery Festival 10-4

Saturday, May 15- Heritage Happening Auction and Gala

Friday, May 28- Sunset Concert Series- Steve Kaufman

Friday, June 4- Dom Flemons (Tickets Required)

Friday, June 25- Sunset Concert Series- Grizzly Goat

Friday, July 2- On the Border: Eagles Tribute Band (Tickets Required)

Friday, July 30- Sunset Concert Series- Driftboat Cowboys

Friday, Aug 13- A Neil Diamond Tribute: Keith Allyn (Tickets Required)

Friday, Aug 27-Sunset Concert Series- Tennessee Sheiks

Friday, Sept 3- Kelly & Ellis (Tickets Required)

Friday, Sept 24- Sunset Concert Series- TBA

Saturday, Sept 25- Blue Ribbon Country Fair

Friday, Oct 1- The Petty Heart: Tom Petty Tribute (Tickets Required)

Friday, Oct 29- Sunset Concert Series- TBA

2021 Winter Heritage Festival @ GSM Heritage Center
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2021 Winter Heritage Festival @ GSM Heritage Center | Townsend | Tennessee | United States

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The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is proud to present the 2021 Winter Heritage Festival.

Join us on Saturday, January 23rd for a series of demonstrations, storytelling, and live music in our historic village. Among the demonstrations you will see are open-hearth cooking, weaving, spinning, and blacksmithing.

We’re also very pleased to welcome Joshua, Daniel, and Noah Smith–The Sons of Liberty! These classically trained violinists are dedicated to connecting audiences with their extraordinary history, from the elevated homes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington to the frontier forts of Kentucky and Tennessee. The brothers perform their dynamic arrangements of authentic 18th Century music, ranging from rousing jigs and reels to tasteful classical selections. They will be on the grounds throughout the day but will be performing 30-minutes sets at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Join us as we celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains. Unfortunately, our friends at the Cades Cove Preservation Association will not be able to join us this year, but we certainly will include information pertaining to Cades Cove in the day’s events.

The normal admission rates will apply: $10 per adult, $8 per senior adult, and $7 per child ages 6 to 17 years. Children 5 and under will receive free admission. For more information, please contact us at 865-448-0044.


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Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival @ Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Apr 16 – Apr 17 all-day
Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival @ Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center | Townsend | Tennessee | United States

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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,

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Permanent Exhibits

  • 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.