Calendar of Events

  Summer spectacle lights up the Tennessee sky like never before! TOWNSEND, Tenn., On Saturday, August 15, the Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival will celebrate its fourth year with high expectations. Professional balloonists will light up the Tennessee evening sky with a beautiful glow. A spectrum of color will cast over the breathtaking   Read More →

Challenge yourself with the Black Bear Double; complete two beautiful races in one amazing weekend! With gorgeous views of the Smoky Mountains as your backdrop, there is no better place to spend the weekend, than discovering the beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Race HQ (including the Race Expo, Start line, and Finish line)   Read More →

The Dancing Bear Bike Bash returns in 2020 with 3 great rides to choose from and our famous post-ride outdoor lunch and complimentary beer! The Bicycle Bash is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020! Our ride will benefit the Bike Elf, with a portion of your registration fee being donated to fund the restoration of   Read More →

  The Smoky Mountains Come Alive with Music, Food & Crafts.  Make sure to bring your lawn chair and enjoy genuine bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food, and Fall festivities for the entire family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center.

  In response to the COVID-19 cononavirus outbreak, and in what the Blount Partnership sees is the best interest of our visitors, employees and community, the Townsend Spring Festival scheduled for May 1-2 at the Townsend Visitor Center is canceled. The event will not be rescheduled. The Townsend Spring Festival features bluegrass and mountain music,   Read More →

  Due to the concerns of Covid-19, the Tennessee Pottery Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 9th will be rescheduled to October 10th, 2020. In its fourth year, the Tennessee Pottery Festival will be held on the grounds of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend on Saturday, May 9th from 10 A.M. – 4   Read More →

  The Townsend Grains & Grits Festival is a festival of southern spirits and gourmet grub. We have created a unique opportunity for you to experience our thriving craft spirits and gourmet food community, while discovering some of the region’s legendary distillers and blenders, taking place in the Peaceful Side of the Smokies. The Townsend   Read More →

    Rescheduled from March 27th and 28th due to CDC Regulations to November 13th and 14th! Food Truck Festival from 11am – 7pm featuring local food trucks from across the area. Includes entry with transportation into the festival. Tickets are $5/person and can be purchased here: VIP options available!  For more information please see the   Read More →