Townsend / Great Smokies KOA Holiday Events
Scottish Festival & Games
Welcome to the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games at Maryville College, East Tennessee's premier celebration of Scottish culture and history. Originally founded in 1981 as the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games, we are one of the oldest Scottish Festivals in the country. In 2010, we established a new home in the City of Maryville on the grounds of historic Maryville College, home of "The Scots". You don't have to be Scottish in order to enjoy this unique Festival! Our location in the foothills of The Great Smoky Mountains is the perfect backdrop for you and your family to get a wee glimpse of Scotland -and to discover and appreciate the rich traditions and history of the Scottish and Scots-Irish settlers of our area.
Local Area Events
Dollywood Harvest Festival
Experience a Smoky Mountain fall during Dollywood's Harvest Festival (Sept. 24 - Oct. 30), America's #1 Fall Family Event as voted by USA Today Readers. Soak in mountain majesty as the hills come alive with vivid color, the smells of apple and pumpkin treats waft through the streets and the sounds of our award-winning rides fill the air with adventure. As the sun sets, you'll be wrapped in a whimical warming glow as the park transforms into an enchanting display of illuminated carved pumpkins and shimmering pumpkin icons. Don't miss a minute of Smoky Mountain splendor--visit today before it glows away!
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival
Grains & Grits Festival
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.
Smoky Mountain Winterfest
Christmas in the Village
Celebrate the Holiday Season with your family at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center's “Christmas in the Village” on select Saturdays this season.
Enjoy the warmth of the holidays with your loved ones while going back in time to a pioneer celebration.
Living history interpreters will guide you through our Historic Appalachian Village full of handcrafting demonstrations, lights and decorations.Tours begin at 5pm with the last tour starting at 8pm.Tickets for Christmas in the Village are$10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $7 Child, and 5 and under are free.Purchase tickets online
Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timers Day
Tennessee Pottery Festival
Featuring a selection of the nation's finest potters, this festival offers the opportunity to view and purchase different styles of pottery and other goods made of clay. Clay Art connoisseurs and novices are invited to enjoy the pieces of art in the historic village at the Heritage Center. This is a perfect time to learn from and discuss different styles and forms of pottery with the expert potters. The Tennessee Pottery Festival is a unique opportunity to find the perfect piece of custom clay art for your home. Whether it is for decoration or function, this festival will have something for everyone at a wide range of price.