Towsend Events

August 17, 2024

Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival

Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival
Join us this August for a summertime spectacle, when professional balloonist light up the evening sky with a beautiful balloon glow and spectacular tethered rides. The sky will be filled with a spectrum of color like never before, against a backdrop of a breathtaking Tennessee Smoky Mountain sunset, in beautiful Townsend, Tennessee!
Attention: This event has moderately strenuous walking. Festival grounds are rough terrain and can be challenging to maneuver.
Sept. 27-28, 2024

Townsend Fall Heritage Festival

The foothills of the Smoky Mountains come to life with Bluegrass music, arts and crafts, time honored traditions and Appalachian cooking at the Townsend in the Smokies Fall Festival, Sept. 27-28, 2024. The festival provides an atmosphere where family and friends of all ages can partake in time-honored Appalachian traditions at a free community event.

November 2 2024

Grains and Grits Spirits Festival

Grains & Grits Festival is a festival of southern spirits and gourmet grub. Come 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.


Townsend Christmas Parade

Enjoy the fun and festivities of the Christmas season at the Townsend Christmas Parade. New this year, the parade will start at the Townsend Visitor Center and end around the former location of Nawger Nob Village

About Townsend 

Townsend is a great community and setting for festivals and celebrations alike. We host a variety of fun festivals throughout the year that for locals, visitors and nearby communities. Festivals have become a great way to bring the people of the community together to celebrate and share our history. Make sure to stay up to date with our calendar of events and join us in celebrating the people and beauty of this incredible town.