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Gatlinburg, Tennessee Area Events

The Gatlinburg area holds some great events throughout the year. See the first 4th of July parade held in the country each year. Experience Winterfest or Springfest in the Smoky Mountains. Plan your stay around some of the best things to do in the Smokies.


2018 Events Schedule for the Gatlinburg area.

January 1-31: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride Of Lights
Visitors can soak up the spirit of the season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights.

March 3-5: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Improv Fest
This event for both performers and spectators at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre will feature a number of improvisation groups and instructors participating in a series of shows and classes.

March 15-31: Gatlinburg: Smoky Mountain Springfest
A countywide celebration of the season featuring special events, local craft shows and much more. (800) 568-4748

April 1-30: Gatlinburg: Smoky Mountain Springfest
A countywide celebration of the season featuring special events, local craft shows and much more. (800) 568-4748

April 1-30: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It's a Spring Thing!
As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, Gatlinburg has jam packed April with special events and activities for the whole family!

April 7-9: Gatlinburg: "Hands-On Gatlinburg"
Experience, create, learn and enjoy! Learn how to make a piece of art or craft from an artist in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community and take it home with you.

April 11-15: Gatlinburg: 67th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
Celebrate and enjoy the beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with over 110 different programs, including hiking tours, motorcades, demonstrations and classroom lectures centered on the flowers, plants and wildlife in the great outdoors.

April 16-16: Gatlinburg: Easter Sunrise Service at Ober Gatlinburg
Early morning Easter Service at Ober Gatlinburg includes complimentary tram service to the top of the resort begins at 5:45 a.m. Service begins at 6:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet available. (800) 251-9202

April 17-21: Gatlinburg: Earth Week
A week of family-oriented events created around Earth Day Celebration. The week features fun and entertaining community activities designed to educate people about adopting easy green practices.

April 22: Gatlinburg: Mountain Man Memorial March
This eighth annual 26.2-mile march starts in downtown Gatlinburg at 9 a.m. as a challenging tribute to our men and women in uniform, with Military Heavy, Military Light and Civilian entry categories. The course includes highway and rural road stretches in addition to rugged terrain and mountain slopes.

May 11: Gatlinburg: GATLINBURG BEANS & CORNBREAD FESTIVAL
Gatlinburg will celebrate its Appalachian culinary history during a festive, fun-filled event on Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival presented by Bush Brothers & Company. The event will feature a Beans and Cornbread Cook-Off, antique engines and lots of beans and cornbread for the tasting!

June 1-7: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Springfest
As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, June is jam packed with special events and activities for the whole family!

June 7-30: Gatlinburg: Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
All summer long visitors can meet characters, hear mountain music and learn about life long ago in the Smokies on the streets of Gatlinburg. Storytellers, musicians and cloggers perform along the Parkway every evening during this ninth annual event! (GCVB) (800) 568-4748.

June 17-30: Gatlinburg: Free Parkway Trolley
The City of Gatlinburg will offer free trolley service to patrons along the length of the Parkway for nine weeks this summer. The free specially painted open-air shuttles will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Mid-August. Extra stops have been established between traffic lights 1 and 10 along Parkway. (800) 568- 4748

July 1-29: Gatlinburg: Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
All summer long visitors can meet characters, hear mountain music and learn about life long ago in the Smokies on the streets of Gatlinburg. Storytellers, musicians and cloggers perform along the Parkway every evening during this twelfth annual event! (GCVB) (800) 568-4748.

July 1-31: Gatlinburg: Free Parkway Trolley
The City of Gatlinburg will offer free trolley service to patrons along the length of the Parkway for nine weeks this summer. The free specially painted open-air shuttles will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through August 15. Extra stops have been established between traffic lights 1 and 10 along Parkway. (800) 568- 4748

July 3: Gatlinburg: First Independence Day Parade in the Nation
Be apart of the First Independence Day Parade in the Nation! The parade kicks off at midnight on Thursday, July 3, 2016!!

July 4: Gatlinburg: River Raft Regatta
Visitors can enjoy a fun, unmanned, floatable object race for the whole family. Free registration begins at 10 a.m. at bridge beneath chair lift on River Road. Race begins at noon at Christ of the Smokies bridge and ends at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies bridge where prizes will be awarded in several different categories. (GCVBE) (800) 568-4748

July 4: Gatlinburg: 4th of July Fireworks Show
Join the celebration in downtown Gatlinburg to mark our nation's "Independence Day" with a magnificent fireworks show. The City of Gatlinburg lights up the mountain skyline downtown at 10 p.m. with this grand display. Designated a Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society. (GCVBE) (800) 568-4748

July 14-23: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair
Art, crafts and music lovers will discover over 200 booths featuring some of the nation's finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Live Country & Bluegrass entertainment

August 1-12: Gatlinburg: Free Parkway Trolley
The City of Gatlinburg will offer free trolley service to patrons along the length of the Parkway for nine weeks this summer. The free specially painted open-air shuttles will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Mid-August. Extra stops have been established between traffic lights 1 and 10 along Parkway. (800) 568-4748

August 16-20: Gatlinburg: Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival
Celebrating the area's Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg hosts its fourth Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival. For more information, visit www.smswf.com.

September 9-30: Gatlinburg: Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
A countywide celebration of harvest season features festivals, special events and autumn-themed displays. (GCVBE) (800) 568-4748

September 23-31: Gatlinburg: Oktoberfest
This Ober Gatlinburg festival features Bavarian-style food, music and live entertainment through early November, with daily shows and multiple shows each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call (865) 436-5423 for more information.

September 24-25: Gatlinburg: Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
The 17th Annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or children - and equally challenging for both visitors and locals. All Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed.

October 1-31: Gatlinburg: Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
A countywide celebration of harvest season featuring special events, festivals, craft shows, autumn-themed displays and more. (GCVBE) (800) 568-4748

October 1-30: Gatlinburg: Oktoberfest
This Ober Gatlinburg festival features Bavarian-style food, music and live entertainment through early November, with daily shows and multiple shows each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call (865) 436-5423 for more information.

October 5-22: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair
Art, crafts and music lovers will find over 200 booths featuring some of the nation's finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skill, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Enjoy live country & bluegrass entertainment at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

October 31: Gatlinburg: Trick Or Treat Kickoff Carnival
Local businesses offer contests, costumed characters, inflatables and candy on Halloween at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Sevier County.

November 8: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Winter Magic
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs. (GCVBE) (800) 568- 4748

November 8: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff
The City of Gatlinburg kicks off Gatlinburg Winter Magic from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Downtown Parkway by turning on over three million lights. Enjoy live entertainment, sample chili recipes from local restaurants and businesses and vote for your favorite. (GCVBE) (800) 568-4748

November 9: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley's Aquarium Trolley Station. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Group reservations are available.

November 21-26: Gatlinburg: Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving Show
Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

November 22-27: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg's Festival of Trees
Dozens upon dozens of ornately decorated Christmas trees await visitors in this winter wonderland at Gatlinburg Convention Center's W.L. Mills Conference Center. Presented by Gatlinburg Hilton Garden Inn, the event benefits Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains. (GCVBE) (800) 568-4748

November 24-25: Gatlinburg: Winter Magic Tunes & Tales
Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this annual event! (GCVBE) (800) 568-4748

December 1-31: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Winter Magic
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular lights displays, featuring all LED bulbs. (GCVBE) (800) 568- 4748

December 1-30: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley's Aquarium Trolley Station. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Excludes December 5, 24, 25, 31. Group reservations are available.

December 1: Gatlinburg: 42nd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
This popular Christmas parade in downtown Gatlinburg is recognized as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast. Parade features lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units and balloons. Parade begins at 7:30 p.m. (GCVBE) (800) 568-4748

December 31: Gatlinburg: New Year's Eve Fireworks Show & Ball Drop
on Historic Nature Trail at the Parkway - For the 30th straight year, the Space Needle area at traffic light #8 comes alive at the stroke of midnight with a fabulous fireworks show. Features live entertainment. "Best New Year's Eve Show in the South."(GCVBE) (800) 568-4748

January 1-27: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
Visitors can soak up the spirit of the season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley .

April 1: Gatlinburg: Easter Sunrise at Ober
Soak up Easter Sunday sunrise from the top of Mt. Harrison at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area during this service sponsored by the Gatlinburg Ministerial Association.

April 7-8: Gatlinburg: Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or children and equally challenging for both visitors and locals, with multiple categories to be contested in this largest trout tournament in the Smokies.

April 13-15: Gatlinburg: Hands On Gatlinburg
The 2018 Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend provides arts and crafts lovers the opportunity to own a beautifully crafted piece of artwork made with their very own hands.

April 24-28: Gatlinburg: Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
As winter fades and the colors of spring begin to sparkle throughout the Smokies, Gatlinburg blossoms into the center of all things botanical during Great Smoky Mountain Associationâs 68th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage.

July 3-4: Gatlinburg: First Independence Day Parade in the Nation
Gatlinburg celebrates the 4th of July in a big way and this year will be no exception.

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