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Evening Concert Featuring Kim Weitkamp

Evening Concert Featuring Donald Davis

Evening Concert Featuring Michael Reno Harrell

Evening Concert Featuring Bill Harley

Evening Concert Featuring Bil Lepp

Storytelling Workshop presented by Donna Washington

Storytelling Workshop presented by Judith Black

Storytelling Workshop presented by Geraldine Buckley

Children’s Concert with David Novak

Children’s Concert with Andy Offutt Irwin

Children’s Concert with Leeny Del Seamonds

Field Report: Lyrics & Lore

Stories of Pretend Meals

Field Report: Lyrics & Lore

Stories of Pretend Meals

Stories Can Shine a Light on Slavery.

Tellers in Residence 2017

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Pre-Festival Concert featuring Donald Davis - Wednesday, October 4th

    A Pre-Festival Event featuring Donald Davis

    Wednesday, October 4 - 7:30 P.M.
    Library Tent on the Festival Grounds

    Separate ticket required, $20 all ages.  For tickets or information call 800-952-8392 or Buy Now!

    For other ticket options to Donald’s Tellers-in-Residence week.

    Visit Donald’s website.

    *photo by Jay Huron

    In Pursuit of the Creative Life

    Jeanne Robertson

    Donna Washington

    Donna Washington

    David Novak

    Ingrid Nixon

    Joe Herrington

    Sam Payne

    Storytelling Center Director worried Federal Arts Funding Cuts could hurt Rural Communities

    Carmen Deedy

    The Story of the Seal

    ISC Unveils Storytelling Seal of Excellence Program

    Our Year in Review

    An Exciting Cap on a Milestone Year

    Josh Goforth

    Every Meal is a Story

    Every Meal is a Story

    ISC’s Kiran Sirah to be Key Contributor at National Endowment for the Arts’ 50th Anniversary

    Tennessee Arts Commision continues Gift-A-Tag Campaign

    The Uncalled for Trio Tour 2016: Unwrapped

    Tim Lowry in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

    Lyrics & Lore

    What’s Your First Memory

    This week’s teller in residence: Don White

    2016 National Storytelling Festival Schedule Now Available

    Stories in Motion: Meet the Tin Man

    Stopping Through Selma

    Stopping Through Selma

    Stories in Motion: Meet the Tin Man

    National Storytelling Festival 2016

    2016 Storytelling Studio Schedule Announced

    Jonesborough welcomes John McCutcheon

    Stay up late for Midnight Cabaret

    This week’s teller in residence: Dovie Thomason

    A Festival Favorite: Ghost Stories

    Celebrate with Festival Tellers at the Yarnspinners’ Party

    Pre-Festival Events

    A Week in the Life

    Stories in Motion: The Culture of Children

    Stories in Motion: The Culture of Children

    A Week in the Life

    Erin Rosolina

    Jordan Foltz

    Preregister Now for the National Storytelling Festival

    Welcome to the International Storytelling Center

    Pat Nease

    Sam Payne

    Katie Liesener

    Joe Herrington

    Jasmin Cardenas

    Carol Cain

    Story Slam!

    Old School, New Rules

      Check back soon for information about the 2017 Story Slam event!


      Midnight Cabaret

        Stay up late and enjoy a night of rollicking, grown-up fun at the ever-popular Midnight Cabaret.

        • Tickets are sold separately. $20 for adults.
        • Buy Now!
        • Not recommended for children.
        • Stories begin Friday night, October 6 at 10:30 p.m.

        Check back for the 2017 National Storytelling Festival Midnight Cabaret Teller!

        Ghost Stories

        Ghost Stories

          Sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts

          Crones and gnomes and creepy things fill two nights of fanciful adventures in open-air concerts beneath the stars.

          Brave the Ghost Story Concerts with two different collections of frightening tales served up beneath the nighttime sky during open-air performances which are always a Festival favorite.   

          Tickets are sold separately.  $10 for all ages. Buy Now!

          Stories begin at 8 p.m. each night in any kind of weather.  Tickets are available at the gate.  Only ground seating is available, so bring your blankets.

          Check back for the 2017 National Storytelling Festival Ghost Story Tellers.

          Exchange Place

          Explore the diversity of American storytelling at Exchange Place, featuring tellers new to the National Storytelling Festival stage. A revered Festival tradition, the program includes specially invited storytellers from across the country who share their finest tales during the National Storytelling Festival. 

          The Exchange Place event is included with your weekend admission, but has limited seating.

          Yarnspinners’ Party

            Celebrate, meet the National Storytelling Festival’s featured tellers, and enjoy great food and fellowship at the Yarnspinners’ Party on Saturday, October 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall.

            Entertainment provided by the Jonesborough Novelty Band, who will be joined by some of your favorite musically-talented tellers ― including Donald Davis on the accordian.

            The Yarnspinners’ Party is hosted by the ISC Board of Governors and sponsored by Holston Distributing and One Stop Wines & Spirits.

            Proceeds from this private event go to support the work of the International Storytelling Center.  Tickets are $100.  This is a tax deductible contribution.  For reservations or more information, call (800) 952-8392, ext. 283 or Buy Now!

            Wine and Beer Garden

              Sponsored by Holston Distributing

              Relax in the afternoon at the Festival’s Wine and Beer Garden, featuring a selection of regional beer and wine available for purchase.  A popular festival feature.  The Wine and Beer Garden is sponsored by Holston Distributing.

              On the front plaza of the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall.

              4–7 p.m. Thursday
              4–8 p.m. Friday & Saturday

              Swappin’ Ground

              Under the Swappin' Ground

                At the first National Storytelling Festival in 1973, a handful of storytellers gathered around the courthouse in Jonesborough’s town square and traded tales.  An old wagon served as the stage, and listeners took their seats on bales of hay. 

                Today the Swappin’ Ground tradition continues in the center of Storytelling Park.  Here, anyone can tell a tale—and many do.  Stop by and listen as tellers recapture the humble beginnings of the National Storytelling Festival.

                To share a story of your own, just sign up at the Festival Headquarters.

                Swappin’ Ground is hosted by the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild.

                Free Event (does not require separate ticket).



                Marketplace Tent

                  During the Festival, be sure to visit the National Storytelling Festival’s official store for storyteller merchandise and Festival souvenirs including the latest storytelling books, teller CDs and DVDs, shirts, tote bags, and more! The Marketplace Tent is located on the corner of First Ave. and College St. next to the Food Court.

                  Meet the Tellers!

                  Throughout the Festival weekend you can also come to the Marketplace to meet your favorite storytellers face-to-face and get autographs!  Further information will be included in your Program of Events, which you’ll receive when you arrive at Festival Registration.

                  ISC at TEDx Nashville

                  Stories in Motion: The Story of the Stuff

                  Stories in Motion: The Story of the Stuff

                  ISC at TEDx Nashville

                  ISC president travels internationally and nationally to promote peaceful storytelling

                  International Storytelling Center President to give The Botkin’s Lecture at the Library of Congress

                  Everyone is a Storyteller

                  United States of Arts

                  Storytelling Live! series starts May 5th

                  Tellers in Residence 2016

                  Barbara McBride-Smith

                  Bil Lepp

                  Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton

                  Ingrid Nixon

                  Storytelling Live! tickets to go on sale April 1

                  The Silver Dove

                  Stories in Motion: Modern Art Meets Ancient Myth

                  Stories in Motion: Modern Art Meets Ancient Myth

                  The Silver Dove

                  Leigh Ann Schneider

                  Rachel Stiltner

                  Storytelling & Community in Jonesborough, Tennessee