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The Tennessee Fall Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, TN is one of the largest and most authentic music and folk festivals in the nation. It showcases traditional Appalachian life through music, crafts and demonstrations. For three days, visitors are taken back to a simpler time of life.

5 Stages of Music

Each day of the Homecoming, musicians will be performing on 5 outdoor stages. Visitors will hear over 70 musicians including, Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel, Americana and traditional mountain music.  High profile artists, such as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Mountain Faith, and Lonesome River Band are just a few top artists that are scheduled to appear. Each year, tens of thousands of music fans come to enjoy the concerts.

The experience is unrivaled, according to Grammy-nominated dobro player, Phil Leadbetter: “I always look forward to fall because of the Museum Of Appalachia’s Tennessee Fall Homecoming. More than just a music festival, it's like a reunion with family and friends. This should be on everyone's bucket list. I am already counting down the days!”

Crafts and Demonstrations

Visitors will enjoy various artisans selling their handmade crafts, demonstrations of basket weaving, blacksmithing, and sassafras tea making, just to name a few.  Festival goers are taken back in time and shown how sorghum molasses is made the old-fashioned way using a mule to power a press which squeezes the juice from sorghum stalks. The juice is then heated and reduced down to syrup.  There is something for everyone to see and do at the Homecoming.

Pioneer Village

Tickets to the Homecoming include a self-guided tour of the Museum. The Museum offers an authentic replica of mountain life that includes historic log cabins, display halls filled with artifacts, abundant gardens and animals roaming the picturesque setting. Cabins are furnished as if the family had just stepped out to work in the fields, or go to the Sunday meeting. Be sure to stop in the large craft and gift shop which features handiwork from regional artisans.

Lodging options

Anderson County has a wide variety of lodging options to choose from.  There are six hotels located at the Norris/Clinton exit, just a short drive to the Museum.  We also offer cabins, condos and campgrounds that are convenient to the Museum.  To see a full list of lodging, visit http://www.yallcome.org/browse/3/where-to-stay/.

What you need to know

You are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to make yourself comfortable.  Music will be performed on multiple stages, so something that can be easily moved is ideal. Seating is offered on a first come first serve basis.  Gates will open at 7:00 am. Breakfast will be available and the music will begin at 9:00 am.  

There will be a wide variety of food and refreshments available.  Be sure to have some cash on hand, as some vendors may not accept cards. Coolers and large backpacks are not permitted; however you are welcome to come and go to your vehicle as often as you please.

Check the weather forecast. East Tennessee weather is constantly changing! If rain is predicted, remember to pack your rain gear. Umbrellas are not permitted in seating areas in front of the stages. If sun is in the forecast, be sure to pack some sunscreen. Shade is limited in the seating areas. 

For more information and how to purchase tickets, please visit www.museumofappalchia.org