On the peaceful side of the Smokies, things may be a touch quieter, but it doesn’t mean they are boring. There is still plenty of fun events happening to keep you entertained. No matter your style, you can surely find something of interest in this line up of upcoming events.

Hot Air Balloon Festival

On Saturday, August 17th, a riot of color will arrest your senses. The Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival is a spectacle to behold. Professional hot air balloonists will fill their balloons with light during the gorgeous summertime sunset. In addition to the balloons, there will be plenty of family-friendly activities, live music, beer and wine tastings, and plenty of food vendors.

Hops in the Hills

Craft beer lovers should head to Maryville in June to celebrate all things beer at Hops in the Hills. In addition to all the beer sampling, you can also chow down on BBQ, as well as listen to live music and participate in other fun activities. This event was established in 2015, and it is a favorite among beer lovers.

Scottish Festival and Games

In mid-May, you can get a taste of Scotland in the Great Smoky Mountains. Maryville will host the Scottish Festival and Games on the 18th and 19th. This event was founded in 1981, and it is one of the oldest events of its kind in the country. You can enjoy the bagpipes and drummers, watch the kilted warriors show off their prowess, and even get up close and personal with a few Scottish animals. There will be plenty of food and beer for the enjoying, and the kids will love the play area.

Grains and Grits

Foodies will love attending Townsend’s Grains and Grits festival which celebrates spirits and food. You will find local and regional craft spirits and gourmet bites from some of the finest culinary minds in the Smokies. Whether you are looking for something savory or sweet, you will find it at this festival which takes place in November. Eat and drink your way through the event as you listen to live music and fraternize with your friends and family.

Fiber Arts Festival

Those looking to celebrate art will enjoy the Fiber Arts Festival taking place in April. The festival is hosted by the Townsend Arts Guild, and this is the tenth year it has taken place. In addition to fun family activities, there will be art classes that can be taken, demonstrations, and a marketplace. There will also be llamas, rabbits, sheep, and goats to admire at the event.

Head to the quiet side of the Smokies this year to experience one of the amazing and fun festivals. Rent a cabin, enjoy a festival, and stay for a while. There are plenty of other activities to explore while you are in the area. Plus, you will likely need some time to commune with nature in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Isn’t it time you discovered the Peaceful Side of the Smokies?