This annual event celebrates human history, natural beauty and cultural traditions of the Smoky Mountains, particularly Townsend, Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Join a multitude of businesses and community groups February 19-22 for meaningful events and programs, many of which are free and open to the public.
This year’s event will be held at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Here are some highlights from the 32 events that will take place over the course of the Festival.
Museum Open House – FREE
February 19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Learn about life in the Smokies while touring these museums: Cades Cove Museum at the Thompson-Brown House, Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, and the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum.
Hike Tremont and Cade’s Cove – FREE
February 20, 9 a.m.-noon and February 21, 1-3 p.m. (respectively)
Join the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont to explore the hidden forests of Walker Valley, or hike to the John Oliver Place at Cade’s Cove on these 1-2 mile hiking adventures.
Antique Quilt Bed Turning – FREE
February 20, 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.; February 21, 10-11:30 a.m., 2-3:30 p.m.
There are four opportunities to listen to the “Quilt Sisters” share local antique quilts and their fascinating stories. If quilting is your thing, try Quilt Handpiecing 101 workshops ($3) on February 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m. and February 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Learn from the quilt experts how to form basic quilt patterns from scraps (supplies provided).
The Art of Dowsing – FREE
February 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m.
In the event of the apocalypse (but mostly because it’s just cool), it would be handy to know how to find water, metal and more using dowsing rods and a forked stick. Learn about this ancient art then put your knowledge to work with this workshop that includes a tutorial and practical application (weather permitting).
Snowdown Hoedown ($5)
February 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Square dance the evening away with the Carolina Bluegrass Boys at the Chocolate B’ar. Coffee shop will be open and selling snacks and drinks (credit cards and cash accepted).
Make the trip to visit the Smoky Mountain Snowdown and leave your White Oak Lodge and Resort-Gatlinburg vacation armed with lots of knowledge and stories to share.
The Great Smoky Mountains area is rich with festivals and celebrations. Tell us about your favorite!