Plan Your Trip

The Festival

We’ve gathered info that should be helpful as you plan your trip to the National Storytelling Festival, held each October in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Here’s how the Festival works: Large, circus-type tents are scattered throughout charming, downtown Jonesborough. Each tent has general admission seating. Regular programming is then scheduled in each tent throughout the day; attendees simply choose which tent they want to attend at which time. The tents are all located within walking distance of each other. We also feature special presentations in the ISC Storytelling Theater, Mill Spring Park, and Oak Hill School throughout the weekend.

Programs: You will be given a program which will include the schedule when you pick up your tickets at Festival Headquarters, located in the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center. The daily events schedule can also be viewed online a few days prior to the Festival.

Travel

From Interstate 81 – Jonesborough is located along U.S. Highway 11 E. It is 15 minutes southwest of Johnson City, 25 miles northeast of Greeneville, and 90 minutes northeast of Knoxville, Tennessee.

For air travel – The Tri-Cities Regional Airport is located less than 20 miles from Jonesborough. Carriers include Allegiant, Delta Connection, and US Airways Express. The McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee is located roughly 100 miles from Jonesborough. The Asheville Regional Airport in Asheville, North Carolina is located approximately 75 miles south of Jonesborough.

For information regarding transportation from the Tri-Cities Regional Airport to your Johnson City hotel or Jonesborough lodging, click here.

Budget Rent-A-Car is offering special rates with unlimited free mileage.
Call 800-842-5628; ask for Discount # U076743.

Lodging

The following list of accommodations in the region is provided for your convenience. Make room reservations as early as possible because the closest accommodations fill very quickly. Be sure to mention you’re attending the National Storytelling Festival as many hotels have rooms blocked just for our attendees. Click here for additional dining information.

Jonesborough

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson

423-753-3100

Eureka Hotel

423-913-6100

Franklin House B & B

423-913-6100

Hawley House B & B

423-753-8869

Jonesborough Bed & Breakfast

305-519-1117

Linnaea Gardens Guest House

423-753-3286

Storybrook Farm B & B

423-262-7995

Johnson City

Best Western

423-282-2161

Carnegie Hotel

423-979-6400

Quality Inn

423-928-9600

Comfort Suites

423-610-0010

Courtyard by Marriott – Johnson City

423-262-0275

Doubletree “Doubletree Hotel”

423-929-2000

Fairfield Inn & Suites

423-900-8640

Hampton Inn

423-929-8000

Holiday Inn

423-282-4611

Holiday Inn Express

423-328-0500

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites

423-282-3335

Quality Inn (Formerly Jameson Inn)

423-282-0488

Baymont Inn & Suites

423-282-4011

Red Roof Inn

423-282-3040

Sleep Inn

423-915-0081

WoodSpring Suites Johnson City

423-283-0365

Erwin

Mountain Inn & Suites

423-743-4100

Spivey Falls Cabins

423-743-6798

Super 8 Motel

423-743-0200

Elizabethton

Americourt Hotel

423-542-4466

Doe River Inn B & B

423-543-1444

Iron Mountain Inn


423-768-2446

Lakeshore Resort & Marina

423-725-2201

Black Bear Resort

423-725-5988

Roan Mtn. State Park

423-772-3303

Sugar Hollow Retreat

423-768-3105

Travelers Inn

423-543-3344

Kingsport

Aunt Sallie’s B & B

423-349-7742

Comfort Inn South

423-239-7447

Econo Lodge

423-279-7111

Fox Manor B & B

423-378-3844

Hampton Inn

423-247-3888

Holiday Inn Express

423-723-2300

Quality Inn

423-230-0534

LaQuinta Inn

423-323-0500

Meadowview Marriott


423-578-6600

Americourt

423-245-0271

Sleep Inn

423-279-1811

Super 8

423-246-5515

Greeneville

36 Motel

423-234-4422

Andrew Johnson Inn

423-638-8124

Days Inn

423-639-2156

Econo Lodge

423-639-4185

General Morgan Inn

423-787-1000

Hampton Inn

423-638-3735

Quality Inn

423-638-7511

Serenity Cove B&B and Cabins

423-798-0537

Super 8 Motel

423-235-4112

Bristol, TN

Travel Lodge Bristol

423-968-1101

Days Inn Parkway

423-968-2171

Hampton Inn

423-764-3600

Speedway Inn

423-764-4145

Fairfield Inn & Suites

423-574-4500

Bristol, VA

Budget Host Inn

276-669-5187

Budget Inn

276-669-2178

Comfort Inn

276-466-3881

Courtyard by Marriott

276-591-4400

276-669-9353

276-669-9353

Econo Lodge

276-466-2112

Hilton Garden Inn Bristol

276-644-4000

Holiday Inn

276-466-4100

Motel 6 Bristol

276-466-6060

Quality Inn & Suites

276-669-8164

Super 8 Motel

276-676-3329

Roan Mountain

Mountain Harbour Bed & Breakfast

866-772-9494

Roan Mountain Bed & Breakfast

423-772-3207

Morristown

Best Western Morristown Conference Center

423-587-2400

Comfort Suites

423-585-4000

Days Inn

423-587-2200

Hampton Inn

423-587-0952

Holiday Inn

423-307-1111

Super 8 Motel

423-318-8888

Mountain City

Americourt

423-727-7311

Prospect Hill B & B

423-727-0139

Campgrounds

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park (Jonesborough)

423-257-4500

River View Campground (Jonesborough)

423-753-2577

Riverpark Campground (Jonesborough)

423-753-5359

Bristol/Kingsport KOA (Kingsport)

423-323-7790

Rocky Top (Kingsport)

423-323-2535

Lazy Llama Campground (Chuckey)

423-823-2100

Baileyton RV Park (Greeneville)

423-234-4992

Kinser Park (Greeneville)

423-639-5912

Pebble Mountain (Greeneville)

423-257-2120

Cherokee Lake (Rogersville)

423-272-3333

North Indian Creek (Unicoi)

423-743-4502

Rock Creek Recreation Site (Unicoi)

423-735-1500

Woodsmoke Campground (Unicoi)

423-743-2116

Cochran’s Lakeview (Bristol)

423-878-8045

Lake View RV Park (Bristol)

423-538-5600

Black Bear Resort (Elizabethton)

423-725-5988

Double D Roost (Erwin)

423-735-7275

Nolichuckey Gorge (Erwin)

423-743-8876
Dining

The restaurants dotted along Jonesborough’s streets do more than serve incredible food, they tell a story. These stories have been passed down for decades and are shared through the quaint architecture, unique food, and the local characters who inhabit them. 

Group Tickets

The National Storytelling Festival offers a registration discount to organized adult groups for the purchase of Festival tickets. Group discounts are not applicable to Ghost Stories or Midnight Cabaret, or other single event tickets.

  • To qualify for a group discount, the following criteria must be met:
  • A group must have at least 12 members.
  • The group must designate one person to pick up the tickets for the entire group. Tickets will not be held at the registration desk for distribution to individual members of the group.
  • A group registration must be pre-paid, using only a single transaction payment by check or credit card. 
  • All members of a group must purchase a ticket for the same day(s). For example, all tickets must be for the full weekend, for Saturday only, etc.
  • Postmark deadline for group registrations is September 23, 2022. Group discounts are not allowed for on-site registrations.
  • Group tickets are not available online. They can be purchased by calling ISC at 800-952-8392, ext. 283 or mailing the group registration form, faxing it to 423-913-8219, or e-mailing it to customerservice@storytellingcenter.net.

Once a group is registered, adjustments in group numbers may be made by calling the 800-952-8392, ext. 283 or emailing customerservice@storytellingcenter.net. Adjustments must be requested no later than September 30, 2022.

All group tickets purchased to the National Storytelling Festival are final.

FAQs

Read below for information about the 2022 National Storytelling Festival.

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Each year, the National Storytelling Festival begins on the first Friday in October. The 50th annual festival will take place October 7-9, 2022. View the most recent in-person Festival Program to see how it all works!

We erect five large, circus-type tents in downtown Jonesborough with general admission seating in each tent. The tents are all located within walking distance of each other. Regular programming is scheduled in each tent throughout the day; attendees simply choose which venue they want to visit at the designated time. We also feature special presentations in the ISC Storytelling Theater, Mill Spring Park, and Oak Hill School throughout the weekend. You will be given a program which will include a detailed schedule when you pick up your tickets at Festival Headquarters, located in the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center. The final festival schedule is subject to last minute changes, so it will only be posted online a few days prior to the event. 

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