Festivals in Townsend

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Townsend host a variety of fun festivals throughout the year that draws locals and visitors alike. Festivals are a great way to get the local community together and celebrate the vibrancy and beauty of this incredible town. Many of these festivals have actually become a tradition for those in the areas nearby. Here are some of the fun festivals that are held throughout the year in Townsend that are worth checking out. We have plenty of regular entertainment options but don’t forget to look at our calendar of events

Tennessee Pottery Festival

The Tennessee Pottery Festival, held at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, 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 →