Townsend, TN is known as The Peaceful Side of the Smokies and is the gateway to Cades Cove. Every fall in September Townsend put on the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day . This year the two day festival takes place on Friday Sept. 26 and Saturday Sept. 27, 2014. 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. Tents are set up also with local mountains crafts, wood carvings, jewelry, candles, pictures and so much more. Then there is the food tents, ice cream, turkey legs, barbecue, blooming onions and more. Its a great place to bring your chair and spend the weekend listening to bluegrass music, jamming with other bluegrass players, visiting with friends and eating good food. Story telling, antique tractors on display, sorghum molasses made the old fashion mountain way and other exhibits to enjoy. This is a really fun festival where you can just feel good, dance and enjoy the music and people!
Old Timers Day takes place in Cades Cove on Saturday Sept. 27, 2014. Exhibits of life in Cades Cove in the old days, people that lived in the cove come back and visit. View wildlife in Cades Cove and travel back to a time gone by.
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!