Festival 101

Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a seasoned veteran with multiple National Storytelling Festivals under your belt, our goal is to ensure that your experience is nothing short of extraordinary. In this section, we’ve gathered essential resources to guide you through the festivities and make your visit seamless. From ticket information, ensuring you don’t miss a moment of the captivating performances, to parking and shuttle details for hassle-free travel, we’ve got you covered. Explore the festival grounds with the provided map, and let this 101 Page be your compass to navigate the rich tapestry of stories waiting to unfold.

How does the Festival work?

Five, large circus-type tents are erected in downtown Jonesborough, with general admission seating in each tent. Attendees simply choose which performances they want to attend. The tents are all located within walking distance of each other. When you pick up your ticket at registration, you will be given a Festival program which will include the daily schedule and a map of the Festival grounds.

Where do I park?

Beginning Friday, you may park your vehicle at Jonesborough Elementary School located at 306 Forest Drive. Park and ride a shuttle to the Jonesborough Visitors Center where Festival Registration is located. For shuttle hours and parking cost, check out our FAQ's.

Where do I pick up my tickets?

To obtain your Festival tickets, please bring your confirmation receipt or ID to Festival Registration located in the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. To pick up tickets for theater shows, please bring your confirmation receipt or ID to the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Center.

Map of Festival Grounds

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