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 1-27: 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 .

March 16-31: Gatlinburg: Smoky Mountain Springfest
A countywide celebration of the season featuring special events, local craft shows and much more. (800) 568-4748

March 16-31: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring!
As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, Gatlinburg has jam packed April with special events and activities for the whole family! For more information on Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring!

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 1-30: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring
As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, Gatlinburg has jam packed April with special events and activities for the whole family! For more information on Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring, visit our website www.gatlinburg.com

April 1: 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 or www.obergatlinburg.com

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 23-27: 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 24-28: Gatlinburg: 68th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
Celebrate and enjoy the beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with over 100 different programs, including hiking tours, motorcades, demonstrations and classroom lectures centered on the flowers, plants and wildlife in the great outdoors.

May 1-31: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring
As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, May is jam packed with special events and activities for the whole family!

June 1-6: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring
As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, June is jam packed with special events and activities for the whole family!

June 22-30: 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!

July 1-31: 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!

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.

July 3: Gatlinburg: 4th of July Midnight Parade
This 43rd annual showcase salutes the valiant men and women of our military services in the "First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!" Parade starts at the stroke of midnight to begin Independence Day. Floats, balloons, and marching bands pay tribute to our country during this Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event.

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.

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.

August 16-26: Gatlinburg: Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival
Celebrating the area's Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg hosts its fourth Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival.

September 8-30: Gatlinburg: Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
A countywide celebration of harvest season features festivals, special events and autumn-themed displays.

September 13: Gatlinburg: 20th Annual Taste of Autumn
Sample signature dishes from the area's finest restaurants and other vendors. Enjoy live entertainment with a cash bar. Proceeds benefit United Way of Sevier County.

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.

November 7-30: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Winter Magic
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs.

November 8-30: 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.

December 1-31: Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg Winter Magic
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs.

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 1-2: Gatlinburg: Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Show
Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual holiday show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

December 7: Gatlinburg: 43nd 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.

December 31: Gatlinburg: New Year's Eve Fireworks Show & Ball Drop
on Historic Nature Trail at the Parkway - For the 31th 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."

Gatlinburg, Tennessee Special Events.