Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Tennessee Mountains
By Vernon and Cathy Summerlin
Wilderness Wildlife Week of NatureMore than 88 international experts in the fields of wildlife, conservation, and nature. Free hikes, lectures, displays, and demonstrations on a broad range of subjects. Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. Phone (800) 251-9100.
Annual Smoky Mountains Storytelling FestivalSome of the best storytellers anywhere. They can take you away with their words, and your imagination, to places far or near. Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. Phone (800) 251-9100.
Norris Dam's Annual Spring Wildflower WalksGuided hikes along trails of the state park and TVA reservation will acquaint participants with the identification, natural history, and folklore of the beautiful display of spring wildflowers. March_April. Norris Dam State Park, Lake City. Phone (423) 426-7461.
Dogwood Arts FestivalKnoxville. Its been called "the best 17 days of spring in America." It's one festival after anotherarts and crafts, music and dance, sports, more than 60 miles of glorious dogwood trails, and fabulous garden tours. Dogwood Arts Festival Office. Phone (423) 637-4561.
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Spring ShowA welcome to springtime, featuring handmade arts and crafts by Craft Community members. Gatlinburg. Phone (423) 436-4448.
Loudon County Dogwood FestivalIncludes beautiful gardens, mile run, fashion show, and other events. Also includes the Spring Festival at Loudon Valley Winery. Loudon County Beautification Board. Phone (423) 458-1987.
Annual Spring Wildflower PilgrimageA three-day program of wildflower walks, motorcades, and photographic tours in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Phone (423) 436-1262.
Annual Spring FlingCelebrating the beauty of spring in beautiful downtown historic Rogersville. Includes arts, crafts, food, car show, gun/knife show, children's activities, and a chili cookoff. Historic downtown Rogersville. Rogersville/Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce. Phone (423) 272-2186.
Townsend in the Smokies Spring FestivalA celebration of spring with weekday wildflower walks, weekend story-telling, and a barbecue cook-off on the last Saturday of the festival. Begins the last weekend in April and continues through the first weekend in May. Bluegrass music on weekends. There are also arts and crafts demonstrations and old-fashioned kid games. Admission is free, and food and beverages are for sale. Townsend Visitors Center. Phone (423) 448-6134 or (800) 525-6834. www.smokymountains.org.
Spring Garden FairGardeners will find acres of herbs, flowers, and related items, along with professional advice on the care and feeding of a wide variety of plants. Herbs, wildflowers, annuals, and garden crafts are available. Exchange Place, Kingsport. Phone (423) 288-6071.
The Cosby Ramp FestivalHuge dinner-on-the-ground, featuring the ramp, the "sweetest tasting, vilest smelling plant that grows." Held the first Sunday of May, festivities include gospel and country music, with large servings of ramps. Don't forget the mouthwash! Cosby. Contact Dr. Jack Clark. Phone (423) 623-5410
Annual Iris FestivalJuried arts & crafts show that also features a food court, entertainment stage, kid's korner, and premier wood carving show. Historic downtown Greeneville. Phone (423) 638-4111.
Riverbend FestivalThis nine-day event draws nearly half a million spectators each year. Features over 100 musical artists who perform on five stages including rock, country, blues, jazz, and folk. Other highlights include sporting events, family activities, fine arts exhibits, food, and a spectacular fireworks display. Ross's Landing, downtown Chattanooga. Phone (423) 265-4112 or (423) 756-2212.
Annual Rhododendron FestivalThis festival focuses on the 600-acre garden of rhododendrons, the largest natural rhododendron gardens in the U.S., in full bloom atop Roan Mountain. Native arts and crafts, music, food festivals, beauty pageants, and wildlife tours. Roan Mountain State Park. Phone (423) 772-3303.
Kingsport Fun FestOver 150 events including hot-air balloon races, a beach party, block parties, celebrity entertainment, sports events, and much more. Fun Fest Office, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. Phone (423) 392-8800.
Cherokee Days of RecognitionThe festival features native dance, games, crafts, and food. Red Clay State Historic Park, Cleveland. Phone (423) 478-0339.
African American Cultural FestivalLocal dancers, writers, and musical entertainment including choral, gospel, and jazz. African marketplace with clothing, food, jewelry, crafts, drama, and other special attractions. Miller Plaza, Chattanooga. Chattanooga African American Museum. Phone (423) 267-1076.
Scott County Sorghum FestivalAn Old Fashioned Stir-Off, sorghum making by the Mennonites. Horses pull the mill that squeezes the juice from the stalks that are boiled, gradually turning the stalks into a thick, golden colored, delicious sorghum syrup. Scott County Chamber of Commerce. Phone (423) 569-6900 or (800) 645-6905.
Fall Folk Arts Festival, KingsportThis crafts show is held during a special, open house weekend at the Exchange Place Historic Site. Phone (423) 288-6071.
National Storytelling FestivalA three-day celebration that showcases storytellers, stories, and traditions from across America and around the world. National Storytelling Association, Jonesborough. Phone (423) 753-2171.
Standing Stone CelebrationDuring this event, members of the Cherokee nation of Oklahoma make their annual pilgrimage to Monterey's Whittaker Park, site of ancient worship grounds. A ceremony commemorating the forced marches of the Cherokees from Georgia to Oklahoma in 1838_1839, includes laying a corn wreath on the Standing Stone Monument. Phone (931) 528-8350.
Heritage DaysHistoric Downtown Rogersville. Harvest festival, arts and crafts, food, entertainment, children's activities, quilt show, demonstrations, parade, and antique car show. Phone (423) 272-1961.
Smoky Mountain ChristmasOver a million lights plus spectacular holiday shows transform Dollywood into a winter wonderland for a traditional, old-fashioned holiday celebration. Special holiday food and attractions also highlight this celebration. Dollywood, Pigeon Forge. Phone (423) 428-9488 or (800) Dollywood.
Rock City's Enchanted Garden of LightsOver a quarter of a million twinkling bulbs used to create more than 30 holiday scenes. November_January. Rock City, Chattanooga. Phone (706) 820-2531.
Christmas in Olde JonesboroughAn old-fashioned Christmas celebration with events all month long. Includes tour of homes, special museum exhibits, a parade, recipe swap, Christmas tree exhibit, and traditionally decorated streets. Jonesborough Visitor Center. Phone (423) 753-5961.