The South is known and loved for many things—its hospitality, its charming accents, and especially its down-home, done-right food! Nowhere else in the country can you order a tall glass of sweet tea and a plate piled high with beans and cornbread, a favorite Southern treat. This year, we invite you to celebrate this dynamic duo for the second year in a row at the Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Festival!
The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community is an important part of Gatlinburg’s culture and history. The artists in the community showcase their work year-round, but they also host a number of events throughout the year in order to bring in even more visitors. This spring, the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community will host the Wine, Dine, and Art Crawl in Gatlinburg. On April 10, 2015, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., you can tour the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community on a private, guided tour of participating galleries. Try hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants and wines from local wineries as you check out the beautiful art. It’s an exciting event and great night, and it’s for guests 21 and over.
Congratulations! If you’re reading this page, it’s probably because you’re planning a wedding, and we hope you’ll consider spending your big day at the premier wedding destination of the South: the Great Smoky Mountains! With green rolling hills, groves of wildflowers, and crystal-clear rushing streams, the Smokies provide the perfect backdrop for the most important day of your life.
Even for those of us who enjoy breaking out our favorite scarves and mittens, it usually doesn’t take long for the cold sweater weather to get really old! By mid-January, we’re counting down to the first day of spring, ready for longer days, green trees, and warm sunshine on our faces.
This year, as you plan your springtime getaway, forget fighting the traffic to Florida. Instead, plan for a one-of-a-kind spring break in the Smokies! With dozens of springtime activities you’ll find only in the Great Smoky Mountains, you are sure to have a memorable vacation. For some inspiration as you make your plans, here are five family-friendly events you’ll find only in the Smokies this spring:
Register now to be a part of the largest trout tournament in the Smokies! The 16th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is a two-day fishing event in April that encourages family-friendly competition amidst the splendor of the Smokies. Prior to the event, more than 20 miles of streams will be stocked with over 5,000 trout. Open to adults, children, residents, and tourists alike, the fishing tournament offers more than $10,000 in cash and prizes for tournament winners!
So you know about hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. You know about shopping the Tanger Outlets and riding the Aerial Tramway to Ober Gatlinburg. But did you know that another favorite activity on a Smoky Mountain vacation involves a smile on your face and a wine glass in your hand? Let me introduce you to wine tasting in the Smokies.
The 15th Annual Saddle Up event in Pigeon Forge is a celebration of country music, good food, and entertaining stories. There will be a cowboy dance, a chuck wagon cook-off and lunch, cowboy church, and much more! The event will be held from February 18 – February 22, 2015 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Events will be held at several locations throughout Pigeon Forge, including:
Snow and ice on your vacation to the Smokies don’t have to mean being cooped up indoors! In fact, Ober Gatlinburg offers a unique and exciting way to experience winter weather with the Tennessee Special Olympics. First held in Chicago, Illinois, in 1968, the Special Olympics Games have been a fun-filled family activity for decades. Since 1968, more than 14,500 registered athletes have competed in various events throughout the year.
The areas in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are known for an abundance of wildlife and diversity of trees and wildflowers. Each year, the International Festivals & Events Association celebrates this diversity by offering locals and visitors a way to learn more about the area’s natural history. Through exhibits, performances, classes, walks, talks, and workshops, the 25th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week celebrates the flora, fauna, and cultures of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With activities for kids and adults of all ages, it’s an exciting Pigeon Forge event for the whole family! Best of all, it’s free!
The holidays can be a stressful time, particularly when it comes to shopping for gifts. With so many people to buy for, crowded malls, and tons of traffic, the fun and excitement of the Christmas season can sometimes be lost. On top of it all, the malls and stores have the same options each year, making it difficult to really find something unique and new. Thankfully, the Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show in Gatlinburg solves all those holiday-shopping woes!