The Townsend Spring Festival is Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, 2019, and features all day and nighttime Bluegrass performances from dozens of musicians and bands. There’s also lots of food, arts & crafts, kid’s activities and other festivities! A parking pass for $10-20 is all it takes to join in the fun – bring your lawn chairs.
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Here’s what’s happening in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area in May, 2019. How merry is the month of May in the Smoky Mountains? Plenty! There are several festivals and events happening, so read on and choose from the selection below.
Are you excited for Dollywood’s 2018 season? There’s a lot to look forward to including the Festival of Nations, one of the park’s biggest annual events. You’ll find plenty to see and do over this multi-week extravaganza, which runs from March 16 to April 9. Plan your visit out ahead of time so you and your family don’t miss out on all of the fun.
The Festival of Nations calls itself ‘a world class cultural experience’ for good reason. Here, you’ll find a vibrant and family-friendly celebration of cultures across the globe. There’s plenty of fun performances to entertain people of all ages.
It’s Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival again in Pigeon Forge as Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road gather with a couple of dozen hot bluegrass bands and performers for this year’s amazing music festival, Wednesday though Saturday, December 6-9, 2017.
This is a really good 4-day festival, held at Smoky Mountain Convention Center on Parkway, with top-notch talent. Lorraine Jordan is a legend in the genre – she and her band’s musicians are all highly awarded. She is noted for her fusion of country music and bluegrass in her Country Grass offerings and collaborations with country performers – as you can find out for yourself on Saturday night when she and the band play with country star Eddie Raven.
The holidays are right around the corner and this is the season of giving. Why not combine the two with a family-friendly charity event? The Festival of Trees is a five day festival held in Gatlinburg from November 22nd to the 26th. It is a great way to both celebrate the holidays and make a difference in the local community.
Pigeon Forge sees the 8th Annual Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, August 5, 2017, held at Old Mill Square. There will be cash prizes for 1st through 3rd places in both Competitive and Amateur Divisions. Also non-cash prizes for the top 3 places in the Tailgaters Division.
Tailgaters? Okay, the competitive game of Cornhole is a bean-bag toss, except the bag is filled with corn. The 4-ft long board is on a slope, and has a hole in it. Throwing from at least 30 feet away, you have to get the corn bag closest to the hole and ideally in it. There’s a smaller board, 3 feet long, also lighter so it’s easier to carry. This is the tailgater size, as opposed to the regulation size.
When visiting the south, the down-home flavor of juicy barbeque is a tradition. If your travel itinerary brings you to the Smoky Mountains, you’re in for a delicious treat at the 2017 Big BBQ Bash in Maryville. Scheduled for Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24, 2017, this free festival of food and fun takes place at historic Founder’s Square in the heart of downtown Maryville.
For Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge fans who may not know, Maryville is about 40 miles to the west – if you’ve been to Townsend on your way to Cades Cove, you were already halfway to Maryville. This historic town on the “quiet side of the Smoky Mountains” also loves a festival, and it keeps throwing parties to prove it!
The annual Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games takes place on the campus of historic Maryville College, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, 2017. This unique Tennessee event will kick off with the opening gala on the evening of May 19, and the festival will run all weekend, presenting fun for all ages.
Maryville is about 40 miles to the west of Gatlinburg. If you’ve made to Townsend, perhaps on your way to Cades Cove, or for that fun town’s own festival, then you’re already halfway to Maryville. The Scottish Festival offers a compelling reason to go the extra miles.
Pack your dancing boots and a healthy appetite and cruise over to Sevierville, TN for the town’s yearly Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival! This two-day fest is a great street party held on Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, 2017 in downtown Sevierville, just a few miles up the road from Pigeon Forge.
The festival is packed to the brim with family friendly activities and great tasting food. And music – as you stroll past the participating booths, you can enjoy some of the best traditional and modern bluegrass and country music the Smokies has to offer.
The Townsend Spring Festival fills the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies” with bluegrass music for 2 days on May 5-6, 2017. The air also fills with the smell of food and the sights of arts & crafts, children’s attractions, and a super friendly and relaxed crowd of happy families and friends celebrating this beautiful area at the gateway to Cades Cove.