Cultural Festivals - Tennessee
Cordell Hull Folk Festival - (Byrdstown, Tennessee)
Enjoy bluegrass and gospel music, old fashion dress, storytelling, arts and crafts, handcrafted gifts, clogging and visit the modest log cabin birthplace of the famous Cordell Hull, Father of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize Winner. There is food, music, and fun throughout the day. A brand new children's area features: Children's Hay Maize, Corn Shuck Doll Making, and Petting Zoo.
Covered Bridge Festival
The Doe River Covered Bridge in Elizabethton spans 134 feet across Doe River. The 124-year-old white-painted bridge stands as this picturesque city’s main attraction.
Located on the beautiful Tennessee River at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, TN, the Arts & Education Council hosts CultureFest in September. Celebrate the rich diversity of the city and region with music, dance, storytelling, children's activities, interactive booths and demonstrations, food and drink.
Dollywood's Festival of Nations
Celebrate cultural traditions at the Festival of Nations multi-cultural spring festival. Enjoy international music from the world’s best musicians. Journey 'round the globe without leaving the Smoky Mountains when you visit Dollywood's Festival of Nations, a six-week international music festival celebrating music, dance, art and food from around the world. Enjoy more than 200 international performers with seven first-time and five returning groups of entertainers, including the best dancers, singers, musicans and acrobats! Experience Festival of Nations and live entertainment.
Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games
The Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games provide caber tossing, stories, dancing, bagpipes, border collie demonstrations and haggis during this three-day event at Mills Park in Gatlinburg. There’s even a Scottish Parade downtown Gatlinburg on the Parkway Friday featuring more than 60 clans from around the continent and a free Celtic concert on the Aquarium Plaza following the parade.
Jonesborough Days celebrates area, Celtic area, children’s stage, country fair, crafters, food vendors and of course, the town’s own hometown specialty shops and variety of restaurants. A tremendous fireworks display will complete the day.
Old Butler Days
This festival celebrates the heritage of Butler with music, games, exhibits and food! Learn why the town was moved and meet some of the former residents.
Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival
The festival began in Jonesborough in 1996 and moved to Sycamore Shoals in 2000 where it could be held for two days rather than one. We treasure our heritage in the Appalachian Mountains and those who claim Celtic ancestry yearn to know more. It is the desire of the Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival to share living, belonging and life with all kindred Celtic spirits through food, fun and frolic.
Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day
The festival, held the last weekend in September, celebrates mountain culture, including bluegrass music, Appalachian arts and crafts demonstrations, storytelling and the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Throughout the day on Friday there are arts and crafts demonstrations, bluegrass music, book signings, cakewalks, bake sale, arts and crafts booths, pony rides, Appalachian skill demonstrations, including flaxing and spinning, mountain berry basket making and poetry, chair caning, beehive observation, lye soap making, corn shuck doll making, apple butter making, blacksmith, rug hooking, cornmeal making, moonshine still (no sampling) and "rivin" shakes, and sorghum molasses making. A themed basket auction is held on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, the same activites are scheduled along with mountain storytelling on the front lawn and an antique tractor and engine show.