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National Storytelling Festival

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One Festival, Three Days, and a World of Stories!


Make plans now to attend the 46th annual National Storytelling Festival, October 5-7, 2018 in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee!  Beginning on the first Friday in October each year, this world renowned, 3-day event celebrates storytelling at its most magical.

The National Storytelling Festival appreciates the generous support of all its sponsors, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Carmen Agra Deedy, Carnegie Hotel, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa, Dunkin’ Donuts, Foster Signs, Holston Distributing, Mauk’s of Jonesborough, National Endowment for the Arts, Niswonger Foundation, One Stop Wines & Spirits, Poetry Out Loud,  and The Tennessee Arts Commission

Media sponsors are News 5 WCYB, FOX Tri-Cities, Tri-Cities CW, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times News, Herald & Tribune, Hillhouse Graphic Design, and Cumulus Media.

The International Storytelling Center would also like to recognize the generous donations received from the Storyteller Circle of Support and the Friends of the Festival in support of the 2018 National Storytelling Festival.

The International Storytelling Center is excited to provide one special listener a scholarship to attend the National Storytelling Festival. Click here for more details.

Plan Your Visit

Learn more about how the Festival works.
View a Map of the Festival Grounds
View the 2018 Festival Brochure or the 2018 Schedule of Events.

Buy Tickets

View ticket packages and prices or purchase tickets here.


Travel Info

Find your way to and around Jonesborough, TN.

Storyteller Jerry Clower, photo credit Jim Cooper


Learn how it all began 43 years ago.


Special Events

Other events during the Festival weekend.

Hotel Room


Make reservations as early as possible!