White Pine has no shortage of festivals and special events throughout the year to help make your next visit an adventure you’ll never forget. And with a range of focuses, you’ll find special events for everyone to celebrate. These events are not only fun, but they also celebrate the history and culture of White Pine in unique ways. Pine Fest is an annual event held in White Pine to celebrate the community and history of the town. Put it in your calendar!

White Pine, Tennessee, sits on the edge of the blue-green waters of Douglas Lake. It is a delightful, quaint, and charming little town set in the rolling hills and pastures of East Tennessee. It is nestled in the foothills of the majestic Smoky Mountains so you can imagine how gorgeous your view of the mountains will be! With shimmers of sunshine reflecting off nearby Douglas Lake and having the splendor of the mountains as a backdrop, it would be hard to find anything more beautiful. It is a gorgeous area and has so much to do (lake relaxing, fishing, golfing, eating great food, hiking, camping, seeing agricultural industries and family farms in the area, and so much more…), but let’s talk about the one thing you can’t miss…PINE FEST!

Everything Happening at Pine Fest

The night before the Pine Fest opens – Friday, September 17th – there will be a dance downtown from 6:00PM to 9:00PM, so be sure to bring your dancing shoes! Downtown streets will be blocked off for festivities so please prepare for parking, etc. That night the White Pine history committee will unveil the window décor and photos that will reflect times past in White Pine. Bring a chair, join in on the dancing, or just sit and listen to tunes as local DJ Chuck Henderson play hits from all ages. There will also be Leah’s Burgers and Buns food truck and Sweet Scoops Ice Cream Truck available. It will be a wonderful night.

Day of Pine Fest – Saturday, September 18

Booths will be lined up and down Main Street with a variety of crafts and goods. Apple Butter making will be taking place (it’s such a fascinating way to see how the magic is done) and there is time to sign up for a booth (cost is $25 – $35 for a booth), if you are so inclined. Applications can be picked up at town hall or online at our website here.

Please know that entertainment will run ALL DAY! The GRITS band will perform (sample their music here) as well as Lost Creek Band (listen to them here), Radio On (listen here), and Blessings of Grace. Plus, we have a special group – the Morristown Cloggers, they have planned to get their CLOG ON, you shouldn’t miss it!

Other things to do…a cake walk will take place, a pie contest, as well as a jelly/jam contest that will be happening. This is the perfect place to sample all of White Pine’s local chefs – you can go home letting your friends that you know the about these gems in White Pine and who makes it.

Aside from food…the Pine Fest will be selling t-shirts and history books. Plus, a quilt show will take place at the White Pine Library (we cannot miss to mention that the library is giving out library bags to everyone while supplies last) as well as history-story telling sessions that will take place in the library. The library will hang antique quilts, so they are on display for everyone to see. Another wonderful addition is that there will be local historians who will do presentations on local history that will include visuals to give you a view of the history (they are short, can last anywhere from 15 min – 1 hour).

Classic Cars are asked to come set up in the lot across from the Methodist Church fellowship hall plus there will be many activities for the kiddos (they can enjoy inflatables and other games). 

There will also be an old steam engine on display courtesy of Logue Bailey.

Need Somewhere to Stay?

White Pine and the surrounding area have several options if you’re planning to make a weekend out of the festival! Just a couple of minutes from downtown White Pine, you’ll find the Econo Lodge, a great option for those looking to stay close by. We also have a few AirBNBs in the area.

If you’d like a little more lake, a lot less town, and a view you’ll never tire of with a sunset cruise to boot – we think Mountain Harbor Inn might be exactly what you are looking for. It has been named one of the Top 10 resorts in the world…just so you know. It is something you shouldn’t miss.

If you have an RV, put down your anchor for a while. the Anchor Down experience comes complete with fireplaces, a pool with an awesome waterslide, and a stunning view of the lake! You can’t go wrong any way.

You will love the Pine Fest, a great time for all!!!