Townsend Spring Festival

Bluegrass music highlights the festival

May 7-8, 2021

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy genuine bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food, and Spring festivities for the entire family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center.

7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882

Crafter and food vendor applications are closed.

Silver Sponsors
Wild Laurel Golf Course
Townsend Great Smokies KOA
The Lily Barn
Townsend Abbey

Jammer's Tent Sponsor
Little Arrow Outdoor Resort

No Pets

Daily Schedule

May 7
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

May 8
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Parking is $10 per day. Proceeds benefit the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department.
Parking passes may be purchased at the Townsend Visitor Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend), the Maryville Welcome Center (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) or at the parking gate on event days.

FREE Townsend Shuttle
Don’t forget to hop on the FREE shuttle that takes you around Townsend.

Buses, donated from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, will run from the Heritage Center to Little Arrow to Trillium Cove to Little River Railroad Museum to Cades Cove Cellars to Apple Valley to the Townsend Visitors Center and back to the Heritage Center.

One bus runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a second from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., both days.

The last bus will leave the Townsend Visitor Center at 6 p.m. and returns to the Heritage Center, on both Friday and Saturday.


Sunnyside Crafts - Laura Luallen -- Vintage/retro inspired aprons, dish towels, handmade book sleeves, handmade coffee cup sleeves, hand poured candles, home décor & gift items.

Raven's Moon Jewelry - Peggy Taylor -- Wire wrapped and strung jewelry with natural stones and pearls.

JTF Jewelry - Judy and Ed Fritts -- Made to order monogrammed bead jewelry.

Gentry Family Farm - Barbara & Sam Gentry -- Goat milk lotion, liquid hand soap and body wash from goat milk farm.

Picture This Embroidery Designs - Heather Raines -- Sublimation T-shirts, mugs and towels. Wooden signs and crafts.

Karen's Caramel Confections - Norm Cooper -- Homemade caramel candies, caramel sauce and caramel puffcorn (caramel corn with no seeds or shells).

Bill's Log Cabin Lamp's - Bill & Mary Fannin -- Log cabin lamps.

Marie Strain -- Pot holder towels, crochet top towels, crochet dishcloths, children's cloth books, bowls, warmers/hot pads.

Adbritt Leather - Adam Britt -- Handmade leather belts, wallets, buckles, purses, bottle holders.

Natural Affinity Handcrafted Herbal & Essential Oil Products - Denisea Mann -- Natural soaps, sprays, salves and more

Lucky Break Jewelry - Becky Rees -- Jewelry from broken China.

Mud Slingers Pottery - Cherie Dozier -- Handmade functional pottery including mugs, bowls, plates, platters and trinket dishes.

Martha Crow -- Guitar, dulcimer, banjo, mandolin and ukulele straps, leather shoulder pads for straps. Miscellaneous small leather goods including totes, purses and guitar pick shaped earrings.

Dandy Candy - Doug Hawxhurst -- Homemade caramels.

A Little Candle Co., LLC - Cara Addison -- Little hand-pured soy candles. Glass jar candles, beautiful and unique crystal candles and candle flights.

Horseshoe art by Joe - Joe Koenig -- Art and name art made with horseshoes, wine racks, business card holders, welcome signs.

Don & Lynn's Creation - Don Strong -- Jewelry made from silver plate flatware, handmade wind chimes, flags made from tobacco sticks.

RaphaRub, LLC - Ron Baron -- Home crafted line of relief products, all CBD based, instant relief rub, healing lip balm, intensive beauty butter, bath bombs, professional massage oil.

Coopers Crafts - Billy Cooper -- Rustic live edge wood crafts such as charcuterie boards, benches and coat racks. Tie Dye T-shirts.

Imagine Missions - Crystal Whitmire -- Handmade products (jewelry, metal art, etc.) to support non-profit.

Tom Sciple -- Turned local and exotic natural wood creating decorative bowls, vases.

Baskets & Bowls - Robert & Sally Spista -- Handmade baskets and bowls.

Leona Jones & Judy Rusticus -- Quilts, table runners, afghans, baby sensory blankets.

Crossrose Goods - Maddie and Susanna Rouse -- Handcrafted beaded jewelry, greeting cards and silhouettes.

Sugar Britches Sugar Scrubs and More / Old Farts Art Studio - Tabitha Schultz -- Goats milk soap, shower steamers, lip balms, headache sticks. Walking balloons and paintings.

Lonnie McMillan -- Knives, turkey callers, and flintlock rifles.

Pictured Creations - Robin Hurt -- Sublimation cups, pot holders, towels & egg cartons.

Handmade Toffee & Treats - Cynthia Sefcik -- Handmade toffee, dutch cookies and caramel puffs.

Pappys Wood Crafts TN - Amy Showers -- Wood ornaments, coasters, magnets, sewn totes, crochet animals/characters.

Sweet Magnolia Co., TN - Callie Everett -- Handmade wooden signs, door hangers, and farmhouse décor.

Russell & Layne - Michael Martin -- American Bigfoot Beard Care Products, Whimsy Scent Co., Wax Melts, Wax Warmers, jewelry, bath, body and home items and other little gifts and trinkets.

T.H.E. Pearl Pagoda - Hui Malkowski -- Nature fresh water pearl jewelry raised from family pearl farm.


Red Box Burgers -- Burgers, hotdogs, Phillies.

Lily's Lunch Box -- Hamburgers, hotdogs, meatloaf sandwich, grilled cheese, walking taco, chips, pop and water.

Toby's Kettle Corn -- Kettle corn, popcorn, pork rinds, lemonade, soft drinks and water.

Smoky Mountain Snow -- Snow cones & kettle corn.

SNACKERS -- Giant hotdogs, pulled chicken wraps.

Fishhooks Catfish -- Catfish, chicken tenders, corndog basket w/fries, sandwiches (fish, chicken, deep fried bologna), deep fried pickles, hush puppies, corn nuggets, cheese sticks, funnel cake fries, dill pickles, soda, water and sweet tea.

Checkered Flag BBQ -- Pulled pork sandwich, brisket sandwich, smoked chicken sandwich, BBQ nachos, plain nachos, hamburger, hotdog, smoke kielbasa, deep fried desserts.


Cades Cove Preservation Association – Meet descendants of Cades Cove

Appalachian Bear Rescue – Lisa Philippen

Bible Aires Baptist Church

Blount County Genealogical & Historical Society

Cornmeal Making – Ronald & Angel Fowler

Farm Equipment – Phil Cox

Antique Tractor Club – Jimmy Pierce

White Oak Shingle Making – Sam White

CHARM (CHilhowee ARea Ministries) presents a demonstration of the heritage of religion in the mountains. You can walk inside a miniature church, look at old photos, and hear stories about the olden days in local churches. There will also be many children’s games and activities.

Picking throughout the Grounds - Dedicated tents for Jammers


Trillium Cove
117 Painted Trillium Way, Townsend

Trillium Cove provides visitors a unique shopping experience, at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Intertwining walkways meander through the Appalachian style village, offering cabin rentals & real estate, if you’re in the market to relax and enjoy panoramic mountain views.

We are conveniently located on Hwy. 321 and the Townsend foot and bike paths whether by car, bicycle, or on foot, we invite you to visit Trillium Cove ...”Townsend’s Downtown.”

Railroad Days at Little River Railroad & Lumber Co. Museum
May 7 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), May 8 (1-5 p.m.)
7747 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend
865.448.2211 |

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company is a non-profit corporation founded in 1982 to preserve the heritage of the Little River Lumber Company and the Little River Railroad. We operate a museum in Townsend, Tennessee, collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of these companies, and of the people in this region.

Tennessee Pottery Festival
May 8
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Dr., Townsend
(865) 448-0044 |

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center plays host to the Tennessee Pottery Festival on Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is pleased to offer the 5th annual Tennessee Pottery Festival. Featuring a selection of the nation’s finest potters, this festival offers the opportunity to view and purchase different styles of pottery and other goods made of clay.

Seasonal Info



Friday, May 7

11:00 - Bluegrass Friends
12:00 - Spur Of The Moment Band
1:00 - Carolina Bluegrass
2:00 - Tim Decker and Tennessee River
3:00 - Lunch Break
3:30 - Spur of the Moment Band
4:30 - Tim Decker and Tennessee River
5:30 - Wilson Family
6:30 - Bluegrass Friends
7:30 - Steve Jordan Band
8:30 - House Mountain Grass
9:30 - Carolina Bluegrass

Saturday, May 8

11:00 - Bluegrass Friends
12:00 - Tim Decker and Tennessee River
1:00 - Carolina Bluegrass
2:00 - House Mountain Grass
3:00 - Lunch Break
3:30 - Spur Of The Moment Band
4:30 - Steve Jordan Band
5:30 - Wilson Family
6:30 - Tristar Travelers
7:30 - Andy Stinnet and Friends
8:30 - Tim Decker and Tennessee River
9:30 - Carolina Bluegrass

(All bands and times subject to change without notice.)


Cades Cove Loop

The Cades Cove Loop is a scenic, 11-mile drive with a backdrop of the mountain peaks and its lush, rolling greens. The loop is a one-way, one-lane paved road; be prepared to stop frequently, and the loop takes approximately two to four hours to complete. Nevertheless, the slow pace makes it easy to enjoy the mountain landscapes, wildflower meadows and diverse wildlife. When traveling the scenic loop road, plan to get out and visit the restored buildings, the Visitor Center, and the ample photo spots.


Historic Buildings

For hundreds of years, Cherokee Native Americans hunted in Cades Cove. The first Europeans settled in the cover between 1818 and 182, and by 1830, the population expanded to 271 residents. Scattered along the loop are three churches, a working grist mill, barns, log houses, and many other faithfully restored eighteenth and nineteenth-century structures. Pick up a tour booklet for information about the buildings you'll see in the cove and the people who lived here.


Enjoying Wildlife at a Leisurely Pace

Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is the most visited part of this National Park, and offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are also possible.


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