Plan Your Trip

We’ve gathered info that should be helpful as you plan your trip to the International Storytelling Center.  Here’s how the Festival works: Large, circus-type tents are scattered throughout charming, downtown Jonesborough. Each tent has plenty of seating. Regular programming is then scheduled in each tent throughout the day; our attendees simply choose which tent they want to attend at which time. The tents are all located within easy walking distance of each other.  You will be given a program which will include the schedule when you pick up your passes at Festival Headquarters, located in the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center.  Regular Festival programming is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The complete schedule can be viewed online a few days prior to the Festival.

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About Jonesborough

Known affectionately as the Storytelling Capital of the World, Jonesborough launched the world’s storytelling renaissance. Tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains, Tennessee’s oldest town offers historic charm, modern services, and first-rate hospitality.

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Travel & Lodging

Jonesborough is easy to reach by car or airline.  The Tri-Cities Regional Airport is only 20 minutes away.  We are also within easy driving distance to several nearby towns so you’ll be able to find lodging close enough to drive back and forth to the festival each day. 

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Group & Student Tickets

The National Storytelling Festival offers a registration discount to organized adult and school groups.  Find out how to qualify and register and purchase group tickets.

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The National Storytelling Festival welcomes people of all abilities to enjoy a beautiful weekend of storytelling.  Our staff is dedicated to continually improving our efforts to ensure Festival access for all. 

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We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you plan your trip and know what to expect.

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