Held at the Rose Center, the award-winning Mountain Makins Festival celebrates the very best of Appalachian culture, from crafts to music. In 2016 it was selected as the Best Festival in the Southeast by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association. It has been designated a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” four times by the Southeast Tourism Society and was voted “Best Festival in East Tennessee” by readers of Tennessee Magazine.
Since the very first festival, authentic craftsmen have demonstrated folk-life skills, giving guests young and old a chance to see traditional basket weaving, blacksmithing, apple butter making, broom making, beekeeping, woodturning and other necessities of frontier life in Appalachia. The historic building and surrounding grounds are filled with pottery, glasswork, jewelry, wood carving, soaps & lotions, fine art, fiber art, folk art, candles, wreaths, soft sculpture, baskets, toys and more.
The special Preview Party on Friday night gives guests a chance to shop early for the fine crafts on view throughout the building. There will be special live entertainment and a buffet of sweet and savory treats. Advance only tickets for this event are $40, which includes admission to the festival all weekend.