September 23-25, 2016 is set to be full of excitement as the fifth annual National Muscadine Festival is held in Sweetwater, TN. You can expect to find great food, family fun, live music, and more.

Several of the events will be at Tsali Notch, Tennessee’s largest muscadine vineyard, which is just a few miles from Historic Downtown Sweetwater.

The National Muscadine Festival is hosted by the Sweetwater Merchants and Property Owners Association (SMPOA).

2016 National Muscadine Festival
Schedule of Events • September 23-25, 2016

Saturday, September 10:
Miss Muscadine Queen Pageant 6:30 p.m. at Sweetwater Elementary School Auditorium on Broad Street
Admission $10, Students & children free
Little Miss Muscadine pageant 12:30-1:00 p.m.


Friday, September 23rd:
At Tsali Notch Vineyard:
10a.m.- 6:00pm –You-Pick Muscadines, Live music 3:30-8:15
Admission charge begins at 3 pm- Muscadine Balloon Fiesta- Hot Air Balloons! Tethered rides begin at 3:30, weather permitting
Downtown Sweetwater:
Noon: Grand Opening of Sweetwater Visitor Center & Trailhead Depot
12:30 pm- 6- Vendor set up
7-11 p.m. Live Music with SouthBound
Vendors and BBQ cookers begin

Saturday, September 24th:
At Tsali Notch Vineyard
9 a.m.- Muscadine Wind 5k
10 am- Muscadine picking and product samples, crafters
Muscadine Balloon Fiesta to benefit CASA-
Admission charge at the vineyard begins at 2pm
Live music 3:30-8:15pm. Balloon Glow at dusk
Tethered rides at 3:30, weather permitting.
Downtown Sweetwater:
Parade-- line up begins at 9 a.m. at Wal-Mart
Parade begins at 10:00 a.m.
Be sure to get a photo with festival mascot, Jack Patches
Food & Art & Craft Vendors
BBQ Competition at Hunt Commons
KIDS ZONE- $5 all day armband/$8 weekend
Children’s Art Square on Walnut St (across from Gazebo)
Live Music at Main Stage Bandstand at Duck Park:
11-12:00 pm- Eli Currier
12-1: Fritts Family Band
1-3: Terry Collins
3-5: The Bo Ashby Band
4:30- Join us at the gazebo!

At the gazebo:
WMTY 98.3 FM 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
SHS Concert Band 1-2 p.m.
4:30: BBQ Awards

SHUTTLE- $5 per person/$20 family – Hosted by First United Methodist Church & the City of Sweetwater
Runs to Tsali Notch Vineyard, The Lost Sea, and Downtown Sweetwater.

Departure from Downtown
1 p.m.
2 p.m.
3 p.m.
4 p.m.
5 p.m.
Return to downtown 9:30 p.m

Departure from The Lost Sea
12:45 p.m.
1:45 p.m.
2:45 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
4:45 p.m.

Departure from Tsali Notch
12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.

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Special Thanks to our Legacy Sponsors:


Sunday, September 25th: Noon- 5 p.m.
Vendors & Artists
Live Music at the Main Stage Bandstand at Duck Park:
12-1: Remix
1-2:The Jacobs Family Ministry
2-3: Eli Currier
3-5: Legacy Classic Rock
Tsali Notch Vineyard – Hot Air Balloon Lift off around 8:30 a.m. (weather permitting)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.- You-Pick, product samples, crafters
**All events subject to change

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