Festivals in Townsend

Things To Do

Looking to experience festivals in Townsend? We have plenty of regular entertainment options but don’t forget to look at our calendar of events for information about other special events happening during your stay. Look for festivals in Townsend and other special events throughout the year. These events are the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together and enjoy local music, food, and crafts. Once you come, you’ll find yourself wanting to return each year!

Spring Festival and Old Timer’s Day

This festival brings something for everyone to partake in. Things to enjoy range from eating delicious barbeque, listening to bluegrass music, watching clogging and crafting. You can even bring your own instrument and join in the sounds! Find out more →

Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival

Each spring in Townsend, this festival celebrating the art of transforming fleece into finished goods takes place. This year’s festival is on April 12th-14th. By joining, you can partake in classes, watch demonstrations and peruse the vendors selling supplies, tools and handmade yarn goods. Find out more →

Tennessee Pottery Festival

The Tennessee Pottery Festival, held at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Towsend, features some of the areas finest pottery. Here, you have the opportunity to view and purchase handmade goods or discuss the different styles with the experts. You’re sure to find a beautiful, unique decoration to take home. Find out more →

Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Festival

The annual Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Festival and show invites woodcarvers of all levels to compete and display their work. Carvers from around the nation travel to compete and the show is open to anyone interested.   Stay tuned for more information!

Synchronous Fireflies

While not an official festival, each year visitors from all over travel to the Smoky Mountains to view the breathtaking spectacle of the largest population of synchronous fireflies in the Western Hemisphere. Tens-of-thousands of fireflies (or as we sometimes like to call them, “lightning bugs”) gather together to create a beautiful twinkling display. Stay tuned for more information! Find out more →

Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival is sure to delight spectators of all ages when professional balloonists take to the air for the second year in a row. This year’s event will be held on August 17th, 2019. Find out more →

Grains & Grits

The 3rd annual Grains & Grits festival is a celebration of Townsend’s contribution to the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. In addition to an in-depth look at Southern spirits, this event will have plenty of food to fill your belly (and your Instagram account). This year’s event takes place November 2nd-3rd, 2019. Find out more →

Dancing Bear Bicycle Bash

This year, the annual Dancing Bear Bicycle Bash benefits Bike Elf, an organization that provides bicycles to children and young adults in East Tennessee. Participants can sign up for a 28, 37, or 59-mile ride and other swag will be available. This year’s event takes place September 14th, 2019. Find out more →