The 9th Dandridge

Scots-Irish Festival

Pipe Bands, Celtic Entertainers, Athletics Demos

Dance Demos, Food & Merchandise from the British Isles

September 26, 2015   Dandridge, Tennessee


The Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival is hosted by the Dandridge Main Street Program (Dandridge Community Trust Corp) an IRS 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Charitable organization registered in the State of Tennessee. Our Festival is 100% Sponsor-Driven and there is no charge for admission. We thank our generous sponsors and contributing patrons for enabling us to present such an incredible program for public entertainment and education.  

About Us

The Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival is an old-time Main Street festival, held on the last Saturday in September in historic downtown Dandridge, Tennessee. September 27, 2014 will be our 8th anniversary.


On the shores of Loch (Lake) Douglas and in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the Festival honors the Town’s earliest Scots-Irish settlers in 1783. Our Festival is the creation of the Dandridge Community Trust, the non-profit organization that sponsors the Town of Dandridge's participation in the national Main Street program.


Admission is free and all entertainment is provided free of charge, courtesy of generous sponsors and patrons. Dedicated volunteers work year round to create our Festival, which has become known nationally for its high quality entertainment, vendors, and unique small town feel. 


Dandridge’s Main Street is closed to vehicles and lined with vendors and Clan tents. All vendors have a Scottish or Irish theme in their food or wares.


Entertainment is non-stop, until a lone piper atop the Dandridge Dike closes the evening Ceilidh (concert) with a moving and stirring rendition of Amazing Grace. 


The Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival has been featured in national publications and on the BBC Northern Ireland's television and radio series "Santer". The Town of Dandridge was named one of 2011’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Dandridge was recently named 2013's "Best Small Town On The Water" by Life On The Water Magazine.


Vendor info and General E-mail:

 Festival Chair, Clans & Cultural Organizations

Mary Cay Kheil

Main Street Executive Director,

Publicity Coordinator

Tina Murrow

P.O. Box 1382

Dandridge, TN 37725

(865) 397-7420 x17


Mark Murray


Pipe Bands

Tracy Wilson


Thistle Club

Bill Black

Contact Us



Barbara Garrow


Dance Demos

Jean Macmillan



Jim Everett



Chris Umberger