The 23rd Annual Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day
Every fall in September Townsend puts on the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day . This year the two-day festival takes place on Friday Sept. 25 and Saturday Sept. 26, 2015. The festival takes place at the Smoky Mountain Visitors Center, 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend, TN. This year is the 23rd Annual Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day celebrating mountain and Appalachian arts and crafts. The festival has a bluegrass stage with bluegrass bands all day and into the night. Bluegrass picking takes place on the porch of the Townsend Visitors Center and under the trees close by. A stage is set up so the crowd can dance – clogging, line dance and square dancing. Hours each day are 9:00am – 10:00pm each day.
Artisans from all over East Tennessee will be there to demonstrate their talents. Tents are set up with local mountain crafts, wood carvings, jewelry, candles, pictures and so much more. There is also many food tents, ice cream, turkey legs, barbecue, blooming onions and more. It’s a great place to bring your chair or a blanket and spend the weekend listening to bluegrass music, jamming with other bluegrass players, visiting with friends and eating all that great tasting food. Story telling, antique tractors on display, sorghum molasses made the old fashion mountain way and other exhibits will be there for all to enjoy.
The Townsend Fall Heritage Festival begins both Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. The festival is free to all and open to the public. Parking is $8 per car per day (the money goes to the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department). This is a really fun festival to set start off the fall season.
Old Timers Day takes place in Cades Cove on Saturday Sept. 26, 2015. It last all day and takes place at the Cable Mill and Becky Cable House located in Cades Cove. See exhibits of what life in Cades Cove in the old days was like, people who lived in the cove come back and visit, see photographs from days long gone in the Cove, there is also live music. Drive Cades Cove 11 mile loop road and view wildlife. Stop at the visitors center, tour the log cabins or take a hike while in Cades Cove. It’s a lovely place with some of the prettiest scenery you will ever see.
The Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day takes place at the Townsend Visitors Center at 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. You can’t miss it, just look for all the cars!
Take a look at what the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival is like…
Map and location of festival