Main Stage - Tennessee Fall Homecoming
Music at the Fall Homecoming is presented on five sound stages placed about the grounds of the Museum. During the three days over 400 musicians will perform. Here's a copy of the schedule. While bluegrass music itself didn't originate in the Appalachians, many of its precursors and practitioners come from this region. Many deep bluegrass roots are planted in the soil, mountains, farms, and mines of East Tennessee and Kentucky, Western Virginia and West Virginia, and North Carolina...the land called Appalachia.
Of course, music isn't all the Tennessee Homecoming or the Museum of Appalachia is about. In an ordinary day at the Museum, visitors can explore early buildings brought to the site by John Rice Irvin, the founder, and continuing to be discovered and moved. Traditional Appalachian arts and crafts are on display every day, while cultural interpreters help visitors understand the isolated world existing in the hills and hollers of Appalachia well into the twentieth century. Music is an every day part of the museum, as are regional food, lifestyle, and customs. All that is expanded for the Tennessee Fall Homecoming with vendors demonstrating many of the skills necessary to make living in this often harsh world possible.
Tickets: There are a number of ticket alternatives, which may be found here. The event runs daily from Friday, October 7 through Sunday the 9th. A Student Heritage Day is held on October 6th. The grounds open at 8:30 each morning, with music and demonstrations beginning at 9:00. They close at 6:00 PM. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for their comfort, understanding that when they're not using them, the seats are open to all comers. A limited number of chairs are provided by the event. Visitors are asked not to bring coolers as there's plenty of vendor food on the grounds provided at reasonable prices. Smoking is prohibited in the performance areas. There's plenty of parking available, but no camping on the grounds. A list of nearby accommodations can be found here. Guests are asked to leave their pets at home, except for service animals. When you come to the Tennessee Fall Homecoming, be prepared to do lots of walking. The grounds are large and there's much to see and do. There is handicap parking provided and I gather the access is good. More questions are answered here.
Directions: How to get to the Museum of Appalachia: