EVENTS IN GATLINBURg AND THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN AREA.

Upcoming Gatlinburg Events

Take a look at all of the events in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountain area for your next vacation. Throughout the year you’ll find seasonal events, festivals and more to help celebrate the season and the area.

January

January 1 to 31 – Gatlinburg Winter Magic

The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs. (GCVBE)

February

February 1 to 28 – Gatlinburg Winter Magic

The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs. (GCVBE)

March

March 6 & 7 – 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. Visit www.gatlinburgimprovfest.net, email gatlinburgimprovfest@gmail.com or call (865) 325-9712 for more information. ($)

March 15 – June 1 – Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring

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

April

April 1-30 – Smoky Mountain Spring Continues

A countywide celebration of the season featuring special events, local craft shows and much more.

April 4 & 5 – Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

The 21st Annual Spring 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. ($)

April 13 – Smoky Mountain Winefest

Wineries from across the state will provide samples of their labels along with local chefs preparing food for pairings. Informational demonstrations and seminars will be held. The event will be at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Tickets are available on line at www.gatlinburg.com. ($) (GCVBE)

April 8-11 – Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show

Unique handcrafted gifts and products produced by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are placed on display and offered for sale as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

April 12 – Easter Sunrise Service at Ober Gatlinburg

Soak up Easter Sunday sunrise from the top of Mt.Harrison at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort during this service sponsored by the Gatlinburg Ministerial Association.

April 20-24 – 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 20-26 – Smoky Mountain Regional Bridge Conference

This large tournament of the Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference takes place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center with thousands of players participating in Gold Point events and other programs. For more information, visit www.gatlinburgregional.org. ($)

April 21-25 – 70th 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. For more information, call (865) 436-7318 ext. 222 or visit www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org. ($)

April 22-26 – Earth Week

Celebrate Earth Week in Gatlinburg! Bring the entire family to Gatlinburg to learn about easy green practices, enjoy music, activities and games, craft stations, food and more! For information on all Earth Week events go to www.gatlinburg.com/events. (GCVBE)

April 24 – Running with the Bears 5K

Nighttime road race in downtown Gatlinburg. Race begins and ends at the Nantahala Outdoor Center parking lot at traffic light #10. Early registration before March 31 or on-site registration at 8:00pm. Race starts at 10pm. ($) (GCVBE)

April 24-25 – Mountain Man Memorial March

The 12th Annual Mountain Man Memorial March is a 26.2-mile march in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. For more information, call 865-974-5371 or visit www.mountainmanmemorialmarch.com. ($)

May

May 1-31 – Smoky Mountain Spring Continues

May 1 – Gatlinburg Wine Tour

Jump-start Winefest Weekend by taking a private tour of three Gatlinburg wineries. The guided tour begins with a private reception and wine tasting at the new Courtyard by Marriott. Participants will have the opportunity to win a gift basket during the Winefest Weekend inaugural event. Reservations required. (GCVB) (800) 568-4748 ($)

May 1-3 – “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. For more information, visit www.gatlinburg.com. (GCVB) (800 568-4748 ($)

May 2 – Smoky Mountain Winefest

Wineries from across the state will provide samples of their labels along with local chefs preparing food for pairings. Informational demonstrations and seminars will be held. Held on the beautiful Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts campus.  ($) (GCVBE)

May 15 – 25 – MayFest

Ober Gatlinburg will host MayFest, a traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring with displays of history, culture and the traditional Maypole dance. Visitors will enjoy the Shulz Brau Biergarten and demonstrations by artists from the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Children’s free activities include bounce houses, games, face painting and crafts. A Maypole Dance will be performed each day at 2:00 p.m.

May – Mid-October – Gatlinburg Farmers Market

Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is open each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community at the Covered Bridge, 849 Glades Road from May through September. Comprised of local producers, the emphasis is on fresh produce and homemade products offered in an atmosphere of community.

June

Saturdays in June – Gatlinburg Farmers Market

Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 pm in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community at the Covered Bridge, 849 Glades Road.

June 21 to July 31 – Smoky Mountain Tunes & 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! (GCVBE)

Mid-June to Mid-August – 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. Extra stops have been established between traffic lights 1 and 10 along Parkway.

July

Saturdays in July – Gatlinburg Farmers Market

Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

July 1-29 – Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

All summer long visitors can meet characters, hear mountain music and learn about life in the Smoky Mountains on the streets of Gatlinburg. Storytellers, musicians and cloggers perform at different locations along the Parkway every evening during this eighth annual event!

July 3 – 4th of July Midnight Parade

Saluting the valiant men and women of our military services, this 44th annual showcase is the “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!” Parade starts at the stroke of midnight to begin Independence Day.

July 4 – River Raft Regatta

Gatlinburg’s popular River Raft Regatta takes place at noon on July 4th, on the Little Pigeon River in Downtown Gatlinburg.

July 4 – 4th of July Fireworks Show

Finish off the 4th in style with a magnificent fireworks show visible from the downtown streets of Gatlinburg!

July 4 & 5 – Anakeesta Red, White and Brew

An All-American celebration with patriotic themed family friendly activities.

July 10-19 – 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. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ($)

July 1-31 – 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. Extra stops have been established between traffic lights 1 and 10 along Parkway.

August

August 1-10 – 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. Extra stops have been established between traffic lights 1 and 10 along Parkway.

Saturdays in August – Gatlinburg Farmers Market

Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

August 20-23 – Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival

Celebrating the area’s Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg will host its fifth annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival.

September

Gatlinburg Farmers Market – through October 27

Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

September 6 to 30 – Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

Gatlinburg’s celebration of harvest season featuring festivals, special events and autumn themed displays including life size 3D Scarecrow people. (GCVBE)

September 17 – 22nd 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. Doors of the Gatlinburg Convention Center open at 5 p.m. (GCVBE)  ($)

September 25-November 1 – Oktoberfest

This Ober Gatlinburg festival features Bavarian-style food, bier garten, music and live entertainment through early November, with daily shows and multiple shows each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

September 26-27 – Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

The 21st 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

November 1 – 25 – Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

Gatlinburg’s celebration of harvest season featuring life size 3D Scarecrow people, festivals, special events and autumn-themed displays. (GCVBE) (800) 568-4748

October 1-30 – Oktoberfest

This Ober Gatlinburg festival features Bavarian-style food, bier garten, music and live entertainment through early November, with daily shows and multiple shows each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

October 1 to 30 – The Legend of Hallow Mountain – Anakeesta Mountain
transforms into The Legend of Hallow Mountain. Night or day, kid-friendly fun to
pulse pounding scare zones, Anakeesta has fall time fun covered. For more
information visit Anakeesta.com

October Weekends – Ripley’s Fright Nights – Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
celebrates its 20th annual Fright Nights with a special show each weekend in
October, with no extra charge every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening plus
Halloween night. Call 430-9991 for more information.

October 2 to 24 – Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Tunes and Tales
On weekends in October, 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 Friday and Saturday
evening during this twelfth annual event! (GCVB) (800) 568-4748.

October 8-25 – 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 – 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

November 6 – Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff & 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) ($)

November 12 to 29 – Gatlinburg Winter Magic

The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs. (GCVBE)

November 6-January 31, 2020 – Gatlinburg 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. Book your seats on-line by visiting www.gatlinburg.com/events (GCVBE) ($)

November 11 – Veterans Day Celebration

Join the City of Gatlinburg in saluting the men and women of America who have served in our Armed Forces in this special ceremony on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. This annual program begins at 11 a.m. and includes stirring musical tributes, ceremonial words and recognition of Veterans in attendance. This event is designated an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day by the Veterans Day National Committee, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (GCVBE)

November 20 – Back in Blue Rail Jam

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area previews the ski season with a Ober Gatlinburg Freestyle Terrain Park Rail Jam in the Snow Tubing Park. The competition is open to anyone who wants to get their season started early.

November 24-29 – 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 25-29 – Festival of Trees

This season, enjoy the holiday splendor that only a room full of ornately decorated Christmas trees can provide. Presented by Gatlinburg Hospitality Association. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg Chamber Foundation.

December

December 1 to 30 – Gatlinburg Winter Magic

The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs. (GCVBE)

December 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 – 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)

Nov. 30 – Dec. 6 – 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 4 – Gatlinburg’s 41st Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

This popular Christmas parade in downtown Gatlinburg is recognized as one of the very best by the International Festival and Events Association. Parade features lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units and helium balloons. Parade begins at 7:30 p.m. (GCVBE)

December 31 – New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show & Ball Drop on Historic Nature Trail at the Parkway

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)

Notes: (GCVBE) – indicates a Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau Event; ($) – indicates admission or other fees may apply.

Smoky Mountain Area Events

The Famous Biltmore Estate

The 250-room chateau is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago, a site to behold, and a short day-trip from your cabin at Mountain Shadows Resort. Biltmore House is truly a wonder of architecture and hospitality. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the house, as well as the beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding it. Just across the mountain from Gatlinburg in east Asheville, NC. Open dates and hours vary.

Car Shows and Rod Runs

Shades of the Past Rod Run XXXII

Rods, Customs and Classics through 1972 in Pigeon Forge September.

Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run

Features thousands of hot rods and muscle cars of all years, makes, models, colors, and sizes September.