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Firefly Festival

Coming June 2024

Join us for the enchanting Firefly Festival held on the first two Saturdays in June (1st & 8th). Attendance is exclusive to lottery winners, announced on our NEW Discover Greeneville Facebook page, Discover Greeneville Instagram, and GCP Facebook page on Tuesday, May 21st, 2024. Limited parking is available, accessible only to those selected via lottery. Each vehicle/lottery ticket admits up to 7 people. If awarded, admission fee is $25 per car before May 24.

Lottery registration is open for viewing on June 1 or June 8; please commit to your chosen date, as switching is not permitted, or apply to both dates if you can make it to either. Multiple entries are allowed at $2 each. There are no refunds, transfers, rainchecks or changes to the vehicle registration. Lottery winners must be present in the vehicle and must provide photo identification which matches the name of the lottery winner before vehicle is admitted to the parking area.


Experience acoustic bluegrass music, Cherokee National Forest interpreters, and the mesmerizing firefly light show from 9-10PM. Departure is permitted after 10PM to preserve the fireflies' natural environment. Bright lights disrupt their flight, so entry is prohibited after 7:30PM. 

Registration, including the silent auction art items, is stationed at the Unaka Ranger Station. The last registration is at 7:30PM; latecomers will be denied entry. Cellphones must remain in vehicles, and all lights must be off; red light flashlights will be provided for safety. Lottery winners will be notified of location and additional details. By purchasing a $2 lottery ticket, you acknowledge the possibility of not winning and agree to the $25 admission fee if selected. Failure to pay by May 24 forfeits your spot. For inquiries, contact Molly Boyd, Tourism Director, at (423) 638-4111 or

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Welcome to our Firefly Silent Auction! We are honored to showcase the incredible talent of 17 artisans who have generously donated their firefly-inspired artwork. Each piece captures the enchanting beauty of these magical creatures and supports a wonderful cause.

Auction opens Monday, June 10th @ 11:00AM & closes Friday, June 14th at Noon. 

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Friends of the Cherokee National Forest, directly contributing to the preservation of the fireflies' natural habitat. We extend our heartfelt thanks to these talented artists for their creativity, generosity, and dedication. Your contributions light up our event and help ensure the future of our beloved fireflies.

Thank you for your support and happy bidding!

A big thank you to all our artisan donors:

Christine Moore, David Martin June, Deanna, Everette Aldridge, George Wurtzel, Jeff Taylor, Judy Nowotarski, Kim Armand, Kimberley Tupps, Larry Horn, Lynne McPhai, Mark Healey, Matthew Cook, Ronda, Roni Miller, Simone Canclini, & Tania Dirks!

Click on the link below "Silent Auction Firefly Art" in orange to bid & win!

Silent Auction Firefly Art

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Be Sure to Grab your Firefly Festival t-shirts at the Iris Festival on May 18-19th.

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