Townsend TN Fall Festival

Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day

Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day | September 28-29, 2018

Townsend Days

If you enjoy bluegrass music, arts and crafts, storytelling, antique tractors, Appalachian skills, and good food – in short, all the good things in life (and who doesn’t!) – then you should grab your lawn chair and head to the 26th Annual Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timer’s Day happening September 28-29, 2018.

This two-day festival is free for all ages! The Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day will be hosted at various locations in Townsend TN throughout the weekend. The fun can be found at the Townsend Visitors Center, Little River Railroad Museum, and Nawger Nob Craft settlement in Townsend, TN. As if all this isn’t enough, the Townsend Blue Ribbon County Fair, also part of the Townsend Days, is being held September 29th at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

How much fun it will be to introduce your family to a wide array of East Tennessee traditions! Enjoy celebrating Southern Appalachian Mountain culture and heritage. You can experience bluegrass and mountain music, clogging, storytelling, children’s activities, crafts by local artisans, and great Southern food. And you won’t want to miss the demonstrations of a variety of Appalachian skills such as blacksmithing, cornmeal making, apple butter making, and quilting.

Entrance to the festival is free, parking is $10 per day or $15 for a 2-day pass. Passes can be purchased at the parking gate or in advance online. Once you’re parked, the Heritage Center will be providing free shuttle service to get you around town including stops at Trillium Cove, the Little River Railroad Museum, and the Townsend Visitors Center. View shuttle hours.

WHEN: September 28
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: Noon-10 p.m.

September 29
Crafts & Demonstrations: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

WHERE: Townsend Visitor Center
7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
Townsend,TN 37882

For complete details and festival schedule, please visit https://www.smokymountains.org/what-to-see/fall or contact the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority at 800-525-6834. The Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day has several times been voted as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast.

Photos Credit:  Blount County

Antique Tractors at Townsend Days Fall Festival

Antique Tractors

Annual Summer Craft Show

Crafts Fair in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair | July 13-22, 2018 | Celebrating 43 Years!

Gatlinburg Crafts Fair

In the early 1930’s, Gatlinburg, TN, became famous when visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park began bringing home quality mountain crafts as unique gifts to their friends and family. Not much has changed since then, thank goodness! People around the world still appreciate handcrafted work and unique ideas. If you are one of them, then you do not want to miss the arts, crafts, and musical entertainment at the 43rd Annual Summer Craftsmen’s Fair from July 13-22, 2018.

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the southeastern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society. Why? Because along with selling their blue-ribbon work, the artists in over 200 booths also demonstrate their special talents and skills while you watch; it’s always fascinating to see “how it’s done!”

Gatlinburg Craft Shows

43 Years of Traditional Craft Artistry

“Oh, I’ve seen a lot of craft fairs before,” you say, “why should I go to this one?” Well, beside the vast variety of handmade – not manufactured – items available, it’s important to know the fair promoters take great pride in the quality level presented so each exhibitor’s work has been juried for skill assessment and first-rate crafting. You will not only find many familiar mountain crafts such as candles, quilts, jewelry, and baskets, but also exceptional wares like fully functional folk pottery reminiscent of the 1800’s, stained glass windows, doors, kaleidoscopes, and angels, and oil paintings of wildlife and sweeping landscapes. “But, wait! There’s more!” as they say. Also available will be sculptured leather, hand-tooled leather belts, hand painted feathers and leaves, chainsaw carvings, and silversmiths. Truly a comprehensive and wide range of traditional crafts and art.

Included in the admission cost is first rate country, gospel and bluegrass entertainment performances.   The Summer Craftsmen’s Fair will be open daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Admission price is $7; children 12 & under are free.   If you don’t have time to see everything on your first visit, “next day tickets” are available at the end of aisle #600.

Save the Date! Fall Craftsmen’s Fair is October 4-21, 2018

4th of July Fireworks, Parade and Festivals

Gatlinburg 4th of July

Gatlinburg Midnight Parade – First Independence Parade in the Nation

July Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg

Independence Day is a summer highlight and Carr’s Cottages hopes you can plan to make time for celebrating your family and our freedom this July in the Smoky Mountains! Gatlinburg is a popular family vacation destination for a countless number of reasons, but it’s definitely THEE place to be for the 4th of July. Why?

The Gatlinburg Midnight Parade
Gatlinburg is famous for holding the first 4th of July parade in the nation as it kicks off promptly at 12:01 a.m. (Or let’s say 11:59 p.m. on July 3rd just so you don’t miss it!) Downtown Gatlinburg welcomes thousands of visitors to the parade each year, all who gather along the strip for a grand celebration. Arrive early and choose your spot or set out a chair to take in the 43rd Annual Midnight Parade!

The 4th of July Midnight Parade starts at traffic light #1a on East Parkway, turns onto the strip at traffic light #3 and extends all the way through town to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road. That’s more than a mile of entertainment, marching bands and military tributes!

4th of July Fireworks
Following the popular and free River Raft Regatta and free concerts downtown, is a fireworks display that lights up the night! Beginning at 10 p.m., Gatlinburg puts on a fantastic 20-minute 4th of July fire works show that is centered above the traffic and best seen from the areas around lights #3 and #5.

Pigeon Forge 4th of July Patriot Festival FlyerPigeon Forge 28th Annual July 4th Patriot Festival
Gather at Patriot Park near the Old Mill with your blankets and lawn chairs for a hometown festival that lasts all day long! Beginning at noon, there will lots of fun activities for kids and plenty of food. Entertainment begins at 1:30 p.m. and will feature the a Veterans Tribute, Crusin’ Memories, Brad Hudson Bank, the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus and Electric Avenue. The evening headlining performer is country music artist Craig Morgan who will entertain until the fireworks begin! At approximately 9:45 p.m., Pigeon Forge will fill the sky with a booming display synchronized to music.

If you’re including this festival in your 4th of July fun, plan to park at the Pigeon Forge Municipal Parking Lot on Teaster Lane for free parking and free shuttle rides to this not be missed 4th of July celebration.

We wish you and your family a fun and safe holiday in the Smokies!

Cades Cove This Weekend

Cades Cove This Weekend

4 Ways to Experience Cades Cove This Weekend

What to Do at Cades Cove TN

If you vacation in the Smokies, you’ve heard of Cades Cove. And if you’ve heard of Cades Cove but not yet visited, you’re missing out! Cades Cove TN is worth the 27-mile drive from Gatlinburg and a must-visit destination in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Because there are so many things to see and do there, we suggest you plan to make multiple visits and experience the cove in four unique ways.

Driving
Cades Cove is open year round so no matter the season, you can take a driving tour along its 11-mile loop. You’ll have excellent opportunities to view wildlife, historic cabins, primitive churches and a cable mill. Be kind to everyone else enjoying the loop and use the pull offs for lingering and taking photos. Prefer to have someone else drive you? Consider a Cades Cove Heritage Tour and ride in the comfort of a tour van with a knowledgeable guide.

Bicycling & Walking
Did you know Cades Cove loop is closed to cars two days per week? Every Wednesday and Saturday mornings Memorial Day through Labor Day, the loop is closed to motorists from 7-10 a.m. Bring your own bikes or rent them at the Cades Cove Bike Shop beginning at 6:30 a.m. They have bikes available for all ages and helmets are included with the rental for ages 16 and under. Ride the entire 11-mile loop, or choose a shorter distance using the 3.5-mile Sparks Lane route, or the 8.8-mile Hyatt Lane route.

Hiking
Cades Cove is a great place to hit the trails. Experienced and novice hikers alike can find a trail perfectly suited for a roundtrip, vigorous workout or a leisure hike. Trails include:
Lynn Camp Prong Cascades: 1.6 miles
Laurel Falls: 2.6 miles
Abrams Falls: 5.2 miles
Rich Mountain Loop: 8.5 miles
Gregory Bald: 8.8 miles
Spence Field: 10.3 miles

Horseback Riding
Cades Cove Riding Stables offers guided horseback rides, hay rides and carriage rides, giving you yet more ways to submerge yourself in the Smokies and experience the cove. The stables are open early March through November from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Approximate trip times are:
Horseback Ride: 1 hour
Carriage Ride: 30-45 minutes
Hayrides: 1.5-3 hours, depending on Loop traffic

Take your camera and plan to relax and enjoy one of the best parts of the National Park sitting on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies.

Earth Week

Gatlinburg Celebrates Earth Week

As if the 2016 Gatlinburg fires could teach us anything more, it’s to appreciate our land on a daily basis! The approaching Earth Week comes as a reminder to demonstrate that appreciation by physically doing what we can to make the world a better place each and every day.

If you’re in Gatlinburg during the Earth Week holiday, there are some fun things taking place that will increase your awareness of best ‘green’ practices, allow you to give back to the environment and these Smoky Mountains that we love so much, and just have a little fun with others in the great outdoors.

Earth Week Gatlinburg TN

Gatlinburg Celebrates Earth Week April 23-27

Here is the line up of the week’s special events:

23-27: Earth Week - The city of Gatlinburg hosts a week of family-oriented events created around the national Earth Day Celebration. The week offers educational, fun and even entertaining community activities designed to raise environmental awareness by educating families about adopting easy green practices.

24: Earth Week Spur Clean Up – Volunteer just a couple hours of your time to give back to the Smoky Mountains!   Meet with like-minded givers at the Gatlinburg Welcome Center at 9 a.m. to help our local Keep Sevier Beautiful organization and the National Park Service clean up “The Spur.”   Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Clean up takes place from 9 a.m.-Noon. For more information, please call (865) 436-0505.

26: Earth Day FestivalA day of outdoor fun will happen in downtown Gatlinburg at Anakeesta Plaza.  Family friendly fun is planned for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and includes environmental awareness demonstrations, music, free crafts for kids, and face painting. Food will be available for purchase.

27: Earth Day 5K – Earth Week’s closing event is the popular, late night race. The Earth Day 5K welcomes both runners and walkers for this nighttime road race in downtown Gatlinburg. Registration begins at 8 p.m. at Nantahala Outdoor Center parking lot the 10 p.m. race.

If you can’t be in Gatlinburg, look online for nationwide Earth Day events taking place near your hometown.

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Arts & Crafts Community and Shows

Gatlinburg Crafts Trail and Shows

Craft Fairs and Craft Shops in Gatlinburg

8 Miles of Beautiful, Functional Art

The Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Community Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains is in their 81st year!   This special community of arts and crafts can be found within an 8-mile loop just 3 miles from the hustle and bustle of Gatlinburg’s busy streets.   This beautiful, peaceful craft crawl is home to a wide variety of specialty shops in an area known as the Glades.

For many years, people have been quietly discovering one of Gatlinburg’s best kept secrets and taking home precious, handmade heirlooms and keepsakes.   Artisans, many of them 3rd and 4th generation crafters, will introduce you to their pioneering ways of making their craft.

With over 100 craft shops, studios, and galleries, there is plenty to see and do. Most shops are open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and offer demonstrations of their talents along with the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind, heirloom quality keepsakes. Be amazed as you watch and learn! There is a reason Gatlinburg is known for oil paintings, quilts, brooms, pottery, jewelry, ceramics, leather, stained glass, art, woodworking, scrimshaw, and candles because they’ve got it all!

To make it easy, there is an Arts & Crafts Trolley that you can catch along Glades Road and Buckhorn Road. For a one-time fare, you’ll enjoy a complete trip along the 8-mile loop. It’s a great way to see everything! The Yellow Route trolley makes frequent stops, allowing you to get on and off as you please and runs April-December. However, should you prefer to drive, there is plenty of free parking outside each shop.

Gatlinburg Crafts Trail Shops

View the 2017-2018 Brochure

You can easily spend an entire day along the crafts trail with no worries of a grumbling tummy. You can park yourself at one of the shops that make their own fudge, ice cream, or taffy, such as Fudgewrights or Glades Homemade Candies and Ice Cream Parlor.   Or, grab a bite of “the country’s best” at Delauders BBQ . There is also the Fox and Parrot English Tavern specializing in English and local draught ales and downtown activities such as real darts and other pub games, and great homemade meals at Morning Mist Café or The Wild Plum.

To find the craftsmen in their natural habitat, turn at traffic light #3 in downtown Gatlinburg onto Hwy 321N and look for the entrance signs at Glades and Buckhorn Roads. A complete list of artists and eateries on the Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Trail can be found on the official Gatlinburg Crafts web site.

Prefer to visit these talented artisans all gathered in one place?   Then visit the Gatlinburg Convention Center for special holiday shows. Doors open at 10 a.m. daily and admission is free.

2018 Easter Craft Show
March 29-31

* Summer Craftsmen’s Fair
July 13-22

* Fall Craftsmen’s Fair
October 4-21

2018 Thanksgiving Craft Show
November 20-25

2018 Christmas Craft Show
November 26-December 2

* The Craftsmen’s craft fairs include artists from across the US in addition to some of those from the local crafts community.

Fox & Parrot Restaurant

Gatlinburg Restaurant Fox & Parrot

Fox & Parrot British-Themed Pub

Food in the Crafts Community

There’s 8 miles of winding roads bordered on both sides with the art and artists of the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. With all those shops to explore and treasures to buy, you’ll be needing a meal to get you through so that you can arrive early and stay late. Maybe you’ve heard of the Fox & Parrot Tavern?

Located on Glades Road between Ogle Hills and Reed Ridge roads, this British Pub serves authentic food alongside 85 drafts, ciders and coolers in a family friendly yet traditional pub atmosphere.

Curious about what’s on the menu? Taking pride in keeping with non-Americanized recipes, you’ll find classic appetizers, entrees and desserts that’ll keep you coming back for more! Just to name a few….

Dining in Gatlinburg Fox & Parrot Menu

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Starters
Welsh Rabbit
Banger & Mash
Scotch Egg
Chips & Cheese

Entrees
Bubble & Squeak
Shepherd’s Pie
Poacher’s & Roll
Fish & Chips

Desserts
English Trifle
Scottish Shortbread
Bread Pudding
Egg Custard

Kids meals too!

There’s a big screen TV, English darts, and even WiFi to enjoy while relaxing with a cold draught or waiting for your meal. If the weather is nice, choose to dine indoors or out!

If you’d rather sit a spell with a glass of wine, you’ll find the Fox & Parrot’s sister, Wine a Little Wine Bar, just might do the trick. Also in the Arts & Crafts Community and just 1.5 miles away, the bar offers a great selection of wine and food making it a perfect stop for lunch and dinner or just a snack. Menu offering include Smoky Mountain Caviar (homemade salsa) and Escargot (sauteed mushrooms), hummus, cheese plates, flat bread pizza and fiery potatoes.

Can’t decide? Try both!

The Fox & Parrot Tavern
1065 Glades Rd
(865) 436-0677
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Wine A Little Wine Bar
734 Powdermill Road, Suite 2
(865) 567-5217
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Old Favorites and New Gatlinburg Attractions

Enjoy These Great Attractions in Gatlinburg

Enjoy These Great Attractions in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg Attractions 2018

Gatlinburg Attractions 2018 Guide

View or Download the Attractions Association Guide

Have you seen the new Gatlinburg Attractions Association guide? Their 2017-2018 publication is a full color directory giving you a synopsis of the fun to be had, where to go and how to call if you need more information. It features 40 member attractions in and around Gatlinburg that you may or may not already know about. Visit the Gatlinburg Attractions Association online where you can view or download their latest guide.

While you might think that the 40 attractions listed in the guide includes everything there is to do in Gatlinburg, you are mistaken! There are additional fun stops that you’ll probably want to check out:

Rowdy Bear Mountain and Gatlinburg Mountain Coasters
Gatlinburg’s two mountain ‘roller coasters’ are open year round and offer thrilling rides of up to 35 miles per hour rain or shine! Both are located at the north end of Gatlinburg between lights #2-#3.

Smoky Mountain River Rat
Formerly USA Raft, Smoky Mountain River Rat offers whitewater rafting on smooth waters or rolling rapids in nearby Hartford. Their sister location in Townsend TN offers all day river tubing for all ages at a great rate.

Anakeesta
The Anakeesta Village is directly across from Ripley’s Aquarium at light #5 in downtown Gatlinburg. It is still growing, but there is already oh so much to do! Ride to the top of the mountain in their open chairs or enclosed Chondola cabins; let the kids play in the Children’s Treehouse Village Playground and traverse the Tree Canopy Walk; race on dueling ziplines; and mine for gems. It’s a ton of fun all in one place. Coming in 2018: Single Rail Mountain Coaster!

Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce 2018 Attractions Guide

Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce 2018 Attractions Guide

Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum
While you may not think of this as a thrilling adventure, it really is pretty cool. You’ll see every shape, size and ‘noun’ imaginable in their collection of over 30,000 sets. It’s art, history and quirky fun!

Want to learn about even more? View the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce attractions directory. While you’ll get a pretty good glimpse of what all there is to do between the chamber and attractions associations web sites, you’ll need to just take a ride to see them all because there are plenty more you’ll have to discover on your own.

Dollywood 2018

New at Dollywood 2018

New at Dollywood 2018 – Spring Mix Music Series

 

New at Dollywood

Second only to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood is an iconic destination in East Tennessee. What started as Rebel Railroad, Dollywood has grown to earning numerous Golden Tickets and even ranking third best theme park in the world!

The 2018 season will likely earn more awards as Dollywood adds a brand new festival and extends the dates of three festivals to go along with the best in food, thrills rides and hospitality in the industry.

Coming to Dollywood between the Festival of Nations and the BBQ & Bluegrass Festival is the Spring Mix Music Series from April 11-29, 2018. You’ll be entertained with over 30 showstopper performances by top names including Crystal Gayle, Amy Grant, Firefall, Debby Boone and others.

Dollywood Season Pass 2018

Purchase 2018 Season Tickets

2018 Festival Dates for 2018:

Festival of Nations – March 17-April 9
World-wide cultural experiences come to Pigeon Forge through food, music and festivities. Hear, see and taste celebrated cultures from across the globe.

NEW! Spring Mix Music Series – April 11-29
Top name country, classic rock and gospel artists entertain daily between 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Performers and concert schedules are still being developed so check Dollywood.com often for current details.

Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival – May 25-June 10
Extended dates! The 2018 BBQ festival will be a full week longer for more music, more BBQ and more fun!

Summer Celebration – June 16-August 5
It’s another year for an exciting summer festival at Dollywood that celebrates American families, food and love of fun! The park will be open everyday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. so that you and your family can make the most of summertime in the Smokies!

Harvest Festival Southern Gospel Jubilee & Great Pumpkin LumiNights – September 28-November 3
This new 2017 festival was such a hit, 2018 will be extended a full week! The harvest festival combines Southern Gospel music, traditional arts and crafts, and the Great Pumpkin for 5 weeks of family fun.

Smoky Mountain Christmas – November 10-January 5, 2019
The time-honored Christmas in the Smokies celebration brings special Christmas performances, twinkling lights, Parade of Lights and even a New Years Eve party!

View or download the 2018 Dollywood Operating Schedule and we look forward to welcoming you back to Carr’s Cottages in 2018!

Gatlinburg Holiday Craft Shows

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving and Christmas Craft Shows
 

 Gatlinburg Crafts Community Thanksgiving & Christmas Craft Shows

As the gift-giving season will be in full swing in just a few short weeks, the time to start thinking about the perfect gift is now. You’re sure to find that just-right item at the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Holiday Shows, which will take place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center from November 21 through December 3. This free admission show is actually two shows that run back-to-back. The Thanksgiving Craft Show runs for the first six days -through November 26- and the Christmas Craft Show, which emphasizes holiday items, begins on November 37. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Both of the shows feature artists that work from the Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community just outside Gatlinburg. The grouping of workshops and stores in an 8-mile loop is one of the largest collections of artists, artisans, and craftsmen around. At the show, you can meet and speak with many of the crafts community members as the fashion their unique items on site.

As the holidays are a time when folks are particularly interested in traditions and heritage, a visit to the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Show is the perfect opportunity to explore the techniques of long ago and the ways that those methods have continued to work, even for new ideas and designs. Craftsmen used to make things simply because they were needed, but that necessity did not discount the chance to make the objects beautiful as well.

Much of the work for sale at the show represents the kind of objects that are both beautiful and functional. The rich tradition of careful craftsmanship is part of what has made the Southern Appalachian region what it is. The expert craftsmen calling the Gatlinburg Crafts Community their home have found ways to blend functionality with beauty to produce objects that are both unique and that demonstrate strong design elements. Many of the artists have found ways to transcend utility into the realm of art.

Visit the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Holiday Shows to be inspired and to find the one-of-a-kind item to inspire the ones you love.

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Easter Arts & Crafts Fair
March 29-31, 2018