Folklife Resource Links

National and Regional Folk Resources: Organizations, Programs, & Websites

Tennessee Folk Resources:  Organizations, Programs, Sites, Venues, and Websites

Tennessee Folk Resources:  Events

National and Regional Folk Resources:
Organizations, Programs, & Websites

Alliance for American Quilts,

American Folk Art Museum, 

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 

American Folklore Society, 

The Blues Foundation, 

CARTS:  Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers & Students, 

Folk Alliance International, 

Folkstreams:  National preserve of documentary films about American roots cultures, 

The Fund for Folk Culture,

International Bluegrass Music Association,

International Storytelling Center,

National Council for the Traditional Arts, 

National Endowment for the Arts,

National Endowment for the Humanities,

National Folk Festival,

National Storytelling Network,

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, 

Smithsonian Folklife Festival,

Smithsonian Folkways Records,

The Society for Ethnomusicology, 

Southern Artistry online artist directory,

Southern Arts Federation,

Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina,

TAPNET, Traditional Arts Programs NET,

Tennessee Folk Resources:
Organizations, Programs, Sites, Venues, and Websites

American Indian Association of Millington, Millington,

American Roots Music Education, Nashville,

Ames Plantation, Grand Junction,

Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths,

Appalachian Cultural Music Association, Bristol,

Archives of Appalachia, East TN State University,

Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury, and their Spring Fed Records media group,

Asociación Latina, Clarksville, 

Beale Street Caravan, Memphis, 

Bell Buckle Café and Music Parlor, Bell Buckle,

Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, Bristol,

The Blues Foundation, Memphis,

Cannonsburg Village, Murfreesboro,

Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, 

The Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro,

The Center for Southern Folklore, Memphis,

Centro Comunitario Progreso, Nashville,

Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville, Nashville,

Chucalissa Museum, Memphis,

Cleveland Storytelling Guild, Cleveland,

Conexión Américas, Nashville,  

Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville,

Customs House Museum, Clarksville,

R.C. Donaldson Memorial Museum, Reelfoot Lake State Park, Tiptonville,

Down Home: The Eclectic Music Room, Johnson City,

Dulcimer clubs in Tennessee,

Exchange Place, Kingsport,

Farm Security Administration photos from Tennessee, Library of Congress American Memories Project,

Folk Alliance International, Memphis,

Friends of the Cumberland Trail, Caryville,

Friends of the New Harp of Columbia, Knoxville,

Global Education Center, Nashville,

Grand Old Dulcimer Club, Nashville,

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend,

Green Frog Village, Alamo,

Grundy County Swiss Historical Society & Stocker-Stampfli Farm Museum, Gruetli-Laager,

Harpeth Valley Sacred Harp Singers, Nashville,

Historic Mansker’s Station, Goodlettsville,

Historic Rugby, Rugby,

The Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes,

Humanities Tennessee, Nashville,

International Bluegrass Music Association, Nashville,

International Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame Museum, Jackson,

International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough,

Irish Arts of Middle Tennessee, Nashville,

Jackson Area Plectral Society, Jackson,

James D. Vaughan Museum, Lawrenceburg,

Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, Jonesborough,

Jubilee Community Arts, Knoxville,

Kala Nivedanam School of South Indian Dance, Nashville,

Larry’s Grand Ole Garage and Bluegrass Music Park, Madison,  

The Leadbelly Foundation, Murfreesboro,

Memphis Acoustic Music Association, Memphis,

Memphis Area Bluegrass Association, Memphis,

Memphis Rock n Soul Museum, Memphis,

Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island, Memphis,

The Mountain Opry, Signal Mountain,

Museum of Appalachia, Norris,

Music City Blues Society, Nashville,

Musical Heritage Center of Middle Tennessee, Pegram,

Nashville Old-Time String Band Association, Nashville,

National Storytelling Network, Jonesborough,

Native American Indian Association of Tennessee, Nashville,

Pioneer Hall Museum, Pleasant Hill,

Quilts of Tennessee index, Tennessee State Library and Archives

Red Clay State Historic Park (Cherokee council grounds), Cleveland,

Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame, Nashville,

Rocky Mount Living History Museum, Piney Flats,

Rocky River Bluegrass, Warren County,

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Vonore,

Smoky Mountain Blues Society, Maryville,

Smoky Mountain Tellers Association, Knoxville,

Southeast Tennessee Music and Religious Trails, Chattanooga,

Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, Sevierville,

The Station Inn, Nashville,

Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis,

Sutton's Store, Granville,

Tennessee Agricultural Museum, Nashville,

Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, Knoxville,

Tennessee Association of Museums, Nashville,

Tennessee Basketry Association, statewide,

Tennessee Fiddle Orchestra, Lynchburg,

Tennessee Folklore Society,

Tennessee Horseshoe Pitchers Association,

Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association, Etowah,

Tennessee River Folklife Center, N.B. Forrest State Park, Eva,

Tennessee Sampler Survey,

Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville,

Tennessee State Museum, Nashville,

Tennessee Storytelling Association, Nashville,

United South and Eastern Tribes, Nashville,

United States Association of Gospel Entertainers and Musicians, Nashville,

WDVX, Knoxville,

WEVL, Memphis,

West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, Milan,

West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, Brownsville,

Wisdom Keepers, Inc., Knoxville,


Tennessee Folk Resources: Events

The following annual events in Tennessee are of interest for traditional music, crafts, food, or other folklife content.  For exact dates, locations, and details, consult website or phone numbers provided.  If you would like to register changes or suggest an event to be added to this list, please contact the TAC Folklife Program staff.

For a list that shows only fiddle, old-time, and bluegrass music contests, click here.

January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December


Stitches-in-Time Quilt Exhibit, Cleveland (Museum Center at 5ive Points), late January through late March,



SPBGMA Bluegrass Music National Convention, Nashville, early February,

International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN, early February,
Ocoee Story Fest, Cleveland (Museum at 5Points), mid to late February,

International Folk Alliance Conference, Memphis, mid to late February,

International Festival, Oak Ridge (Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge), late February,
East Tennessee Young Musicians Bluegrass Contest, Rogersville, late February,

Annual “PIG” Tournament, Forbus, late February,



Breakin’ Up Winter (old-time music), early March, Lebanon (Cedars of Lebanon State Park),

Feile Franklin, Franklin, mid March,

A Mountain Quiltfest, Pigeon Forge, mid March,
Overmountain Weavers Guild Fibers Show, Elizabethton (Sycamore Shoals State Park), mid March,
Cousin Jake Memorial Bluegrass Festival, Etowah, mid March, (423) 263-7608

State of Tennessee Old-Time Fiddlers’ Championships, Clarksville, late March,

Historic Mansker's Station Spring Encampment, Goodlettsville, late March,



Cannonsburgh Pioneer Days, Murfreesboro (Cannonsburgh Village), mid April, (615) 890-0355

Dumplin' Days & Storytelling Festival, Lebanon (Fiddlers Grove Historic Village), mid April,
Tennessee Storytelling Association Gathering at Fiddler’s Grove, Lebanon, mid April,

Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival, Memphis, mid April,
Thunder Road Bluegrass Festival, Rockwood, mid April,

West Tennessee Old-Time Bluegrass and Fiddler’s Jamboree, Holladay, mid April,

Brimstock Bluegrass Festival, Moss, late April, (931) 258-4499

18th Century Demonstration Event, Knoxville (Marble Springs Tennessee State Historic Site), late April,



Memphis In May International Festival, Memphis, May 1-31,

Spin a Tale Weave a Story, Cookeville (Putnam County Library), early May,

Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival, Chattanooga, early May,

Cosby Ramp Festival, Cosby, early May,

Henderson County Folk Festival, Lexington, early May,
Fiesta Belmont, Nashville (Belmont University), early May,

Flag Pond Ramp Festival, Flag Pond, early May, (423) 743-6185

Tennessee Polk Salad Festival, Harriman, early May,

Townsend Spring Festival & Old Timers Day, Townsend, early May,

Old Timers Day, Dickson, early May,

Days on the Farm, Smyrna, early May,

Dutch Woodpecker’s Bluegrass Jamboree, Portland, early May,

Nine Mile Volunteer Fire Company Bluegrass Festival, Pikeville, early May, (423) 533-2258

Poke Sallet Festival, Gainesboro, mid May,

Cosby in the Park, Cosby, mid May,

International Festival, Clarksville (Immaculate Conception Catholic Church), mid May, (931) 645-6275

Bloomin' Barbecue & Bluegrass Festival, Sevierville, mid May,

Gatlinburg Scottish Festival & Games, Gatlinburg, mid May,

Smoky Mountain Quilt Show, Knoxville (Pellissippi State Hardin Valley Campus), mid May,

Annual Festival of British and Appalachian Culture, Rugby, mid May,

Jammin at Hippie Jack's Americana Music Festival, Crawford, late May,

Jimmy Martin Memorial Bluegrass Festival, Sneedville, late May,

Statehood Day Heritage Festival, Knoxville, late May,

Lester Flatt Memorial Bluegrass Day, Sparta, late May,

Granville Heritage Festival & Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival, Granville, late May,

Memphis Italian Festival, Memphis, late May,

Singing on the Farm (gospel), Cypress Inn, late May,

Linsdale Community Service Bluegrass Festival, Benton, late May, (423) 338-8224



Old Timers Day, Gatlinburg, early June,

Blue Plum Festival, Johnson City, early June,

Madison Bluegrass Festival, Madison, early June,

Old Timers Day Celebration, Doyle, early June,

Smoky Mountain Storytelling Festival, Pigeon Forge, early June,

Blue Grass Festival at the Donoho Hotel, Red Boiling Springs, early June,

Sycamore Shoals Native American Festival, Elizabethton (Sycamore Shoals State Park), early June,

Wartrace Music Fest, Wartrace, early June,

Hillbilly Days, Lafayette, mid June,

Diana Singing (gospel), Diana, mid June,

JuneFest, Kodak, mid June,

Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival, Caryville (Cove Lake State Park), mid June,

Harrison Crawford Memorial Bluegrass Festival, Williston, mid June,

Westside Picks and Grins/Dobros at the Depot, (Cookeville), mid June,

International Folk Fest, Murfreesboro, mid June,

Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, Maryville, mid to late June,

Summertown Bluegrass Reunion, Summertown, mid June and early September,

RC & Moon Pie Festival, Bell Buckle, late June,

Juneteenth, Franklin (McLemore House Museum), late June,

Juneteenth Celebration, Dyersburg, late June, (731) 286-0894

Edmons’ Music Park Bluegrass Festival, Pikeville, late June, (423) 533-2258
Arthur Smith-Robert Spicer Memorial Fiddlers’ Contest, Dickson, late June,

Trade Days Festival, Trade, late June,

Mountain Memories Quilt Show, Crossville, late June, (931) 484-8222

Mark O’Connor Tennessee Fiddle Camp, Burns (Montgomery Bell Park), late June,



An Appalachian Celebration, Townsend (Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center), early July,

Anvil Shoot and Celebration, Norris (Museum of Appalachia), early July,
Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention, Nashville, early July,

Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree & Crafts Festival, Smithville, early July,

Hot Chicken Festival, Nashville, early July,

Summer Pick Inn Party, Gallatin, mid July,

Tennessee River Folk Life Festival, Eva (Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park), mid July,

White Oak Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Cleveland, mid July,

Tennessee-Kentucky Thresherman's Threshing Show, Adams, mid July,

Uncle Dave Macon Days, Murfreesboro (Cannonsburgh Village), mid July,

Plateau Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival, Crossville, mid July,,

Quiltfest, Jonesborough, mid July,

Scopes Trial Festival, Dayton, mid July,

Independence Bluegrass Festival, Allons, mid July, 

Overton County Bluegrass Festival, Livingston, mid July,

Folklife Festival, Kingsport (Warriors' Path State Park), late July,

Swiss Heritage Festival, Grueti-Laager (Stampfli Farm), late July,

WEVL Radio Blues on the Bluff, Memphis, late July,

Bluegrass on the Farm, Rutledge (Ritter Farms), late July,

American Quilter's Society International Quilt Expo, Knoxville (Convention Center), late July,

Bluegrass Along the Harpeth Fiddlers Jamboree, Franklin, late July,

Savannah Bluegrass Festival, Savannah, late July,



Cherokee Days of Recognition, Cleveland (Red Clay State Historic Park), early August,  

Jamestown Jamboree, Jamestown, early August, (931) 879-9948

Rockabilly Festival, Jackson, early August,

Edmon’s Music Park Bluegrass Festival, Pikeville, early August, (423) 533-2258

Storytelling Festival, Land Between the Lakes (The Homeplace), mid August, 

Big Ridge State Park Bluegrass Festival, Maynardville, mid August 

Stringtime in the Smokies, Pigeon Forge (Patriot Park), mid August,

Yorkville's International Washer Pitchin' Contest, Yorkville, mid August,, (731) 643-6449

Williamson County Fair Bluegrass Festival, Franklin, mid August,

Appalachian Fair, Gray, late August,, (423) 477-3211

Annual Native American style PowWow, Cosby, late August, (865) 774-5626

Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Festival, Townsend, late August,

Linsdale Community Service Fall Bluegrass Festival, Benton, late August,, (423) 338-8224

Wilson County Fair Bluegrass Competition, Lebanon, late August,

Laurel Bloomery Fiddlers Convention, Laurel Bloomery (Johnson County), late August,,-tennessee, (423) 727-9595



Summertown Bluegrass Reunion, Summertown, early September,

Old Timers Day, Jamestown (Pickett State Park), early September 

Smoky Mountain Fiddler’s Convention & Crafts Fair, Loudon, early September, http://www/

Wears Valley and Headrick Chapel Old Harp Singings, Sevier County, early September

Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival, Pigeon Forge (Dollywood), early to mid September,

Diana Singing (gospel), Diana, mid September,

Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival, Algood, mid September,

Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival, Elizabethton (Sycamore Shoals State Park), mid September,

Mountaineer Folk Festival, Pikeville (Fall Creek Falls State Park), mid September,, (423) 881-5298

White Oak Craft Fair, Woodbury (Arts Center of Cannon County), mid September,

Marbles Festival & National Rolley Hole Championships, Hilham (Standing Stone State Park), mid September,,

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Bristol, mid September,

Pioneer Day on the Mountain, Crossville, mid September,, (931) 484-7416

HoLa Festival, Knoxville (Market Square), mid September,
Great Island Festival & 18th Century Trade Faire, Vonore (Sequoyah Birthplace Museum & Fort Loudoun State Historic Area), mid September,,

Bell Witch Old-Time Bluegrass Competition, Adams, mid September,

Casey Jones Old-Time Bluegrass Festival, Jackson (Old Country Store), mid September,

Sierra Hull Bluegrass Festival, Byrdstown, mid September,

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival, Kodak, mid September,

Nine Mile Bluegrass Festival, Pikeville, mid September, (423) 533-2526

Broomcorn Festival, Selmer, mid September,

Culture Fest, Chattanooga, late September,

Townsend Heritage Festival & Old Timers Day, Townsend, late September,

Memphis Dulcimer Gathering & Folk Festival, Memphis, late September,   (25th)

Clanjamfry: A Scottish Festival, Memphis, late September,, (901) 274-3740

Fall Folk Arts Festival, Kingsport (Exchange Place), late September,

Mt. Juliet Pow Wow, Mt. Juliet (Charlie Daniels Park), late September,

Curly Fox & Texas Ruby Day, Graysville, late September,, (423) 775-2996  

Rocky River Fall Bluegrass Festival, Rock Island (Warren Co.), late September, 

Lincoln County Bluegrass & Crafts Festival, Fayetteville, late September,

NashCamp, Nashville, late September,

Cades Cove Old-Timers Day, Townsend (Smoky Mountain National Park),  late September,  



Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival, Tiptonville, early October,
Apple Butter Festival, White Bluff, early October,,

Spring Hill Country Ham Fest, Spring Hill, early October, 

Leipers Fork Heritage Day, Leipers Fork, early October,

Celebration of Cultures, Nashville (Centennial Park), early October,

Granville Fall Festival, Granville, early October,

IBMA Bluegrass Fan Fest, Nashville (Nashville Convention Center), early October,

Germantown Oktoberfest, Nashville, early October,

Grand Master Fiddler Championship, Nashville, early October,

Harvest Moon Festival, White House, early October,

Clarksville Edelweiss Oktoberfest, Clarksville, early October,

Unicoi County Apple Festival, Erwin, early October,

Quilt Show of Hickman County, Centerville, early October, (931) 670-4998  

Common Threads Quilt Show, Cleveland, early October, (423) 472-7902

Daniel Smith Days, Rock Castle (Sumner County), early October,

Inter-Tribal Pow Wow, South Pittsburg, early October,, (423) 949-4495

Oktoberfest, Crossville, early October,

National Storytelling Festival, Joneborough, early October,

Davy Crockett Days, Rutherford, early October,

Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show, Elizabethton (Sycamore Shoals State Park), early October,

Racoon Valley Bluegrass Festival, Powell, early October,

Mt. Juliet Homecoming Historic Bluegrass Festival, Mount Juliet, early October,

Tennessee Fall Homecoming, Norris (Museum of Appalachia), early to mid October,

Heritage Days, Rogersville, mid October,

Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival, Nashville (Tennessee Agricultural Museum), mid October,

Ketner's Mill Country Arts Fair, Whitwell, mid October,

Heritage Pride Days, Bean Station, mid October,

Needles-n-Pins Quilters Annual Quilt & Craft Show, Bethel Springs, mid October, (731) 934-4541

Southeastern Indian Heritage Festival, Memphis (Chucalissa Museum), mid October, (901) 785-3160

Historic Mansker's Station Fall Festival, Goodlettsville, mid October,

Tennessee State Sacred Harp Convention, Five Points (Lawrence County, Second Creek Church), mid October,

Fall Folklore Jamboree, Milan (West Tennessee Agricultural Museum), mid October,

NAIA Fall Pow Wow and Festival  Mount Juliet, mid October

19th Century Trades Festival, Nashville (Travelers Rest Historic House Museum), mid October,

Pow Wow, Memphis (American Indian Association of Millington), mid October,

Storyfest, Crossville (Palace Theatre), mid October,

Ames Plantation Heritage Day, Grand Junction, mid October, 

Mountain Makins' Festival, Morristown (Rose Center), late October,



Americana Folk Festival, Burns (Montgomery Bell State Park), early November

Celtic Fest, Jackson, mid November,



Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival, Pigeon Forge, mid December,