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Gatlinburg Events for 2013

Gatlinburg always has something fun to do. Every month brings a new holiday or special event for the area. Check out this list of events in Gatlinburg to see what's going on during your next trip to the Smoky Mountains.


Pirate's Ball
March 7th
Held at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, the 5th Annual Pirate's Ball will raise money for the Mountain Good Hope Shepherd Clinic. The event will feature live music, a tropical environment, food, drinks and dancing.

Smoky Mountain Springfest
March 19th through June 8nd
As the temperatures warm and the town of Gatlinburg begins to shake off the chill, Smoky Mountain Springfest kicks into full gear. The Smokies celebrate with the Appalachian music of bluegrass bands, tasty authentic foods, flowers adorning local shops and the fresh mountain air all along the Parkway.

Easter Sunrise at Ober
March 31st
On Easter Sunday, head to the top of Mount Harrison to enjoy a moving Easter Sunday service at Ober Gatlinburg. This non-denominational service is 30 to 40 minutes in length and begins at 6:30 in the morning – just in time for the sunrise! ber Gatlinburg provides free tram rides to the mountaintop beginning at 5:45, with trams departing every 15 minutes until the service begins. Attendees can also enjoy a delicious a breakfast buffet at the Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant from 7:15 to 10:30 am. Free Parking is also available for those who choose to drive to the service.


Smoky Mountain Springfest
March 19th through June 8nd
See event details in March

Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
April 5th through April 6th
With categories for age, skill level, locals and visitors, the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is young and old, experiences and novice alike! It is fun and challenging for both beginners and seasoned pros. Winners will receive more than $10,000 in cash and prizes including a hefty prize for both the largest and smallest trout, trophies, gift certificates and passes to local attractions.

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
April 5th through August 9th
This summer-long street performance features costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying characters from the 1800s. The event is a great way for guests to enjoy walking along the Parkway while learning about the area and being entertained. Kids and adults will love all the stories, songs and entertainment, including clogging groups and banjo players. There’s no cost of admission – just head to the Parkway.

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Winefest
April 12th
Hosted at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza from 1:00PM-6:00PM, more than 15 wineries will gather to distribute samples of their delicious wines. This Winefest also includes appetizer samplings from some of the best restaurants in the Gatlinburg area. Visitors 21 and older can purchase tickets for $20.

Mountain Man Memorial March
April 12th
Join us for the 8th Annual Mountain Man Memorial March. This unique event honors the men and women who have given their lives to serve the people of the United States. It was first created to honor First Lieutenant Frank Walkup, a UT graduated killed in Iraq in 2007, but also honors those who are currently fighting today. The march/run offers an individual or team entry, in military or civilian categories, in heavy or light divisions in distances of 26.2 or 13.1 miles.

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
April 15th through April 19th
A highly anticipated event, the nation's leading botanists will host seminars and guided tours during the Great Smoky Mountain Association's Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage this April. The program offers instructional walks, guided hiking tours and lectures. Casual gardeners and serious botanists will learn more about plants, ferns, mosses, wildflowers, trees and shrubs, as well as birds, reptiles and amphibian in the Great Smoky Mountains.


Smoky Mountain Springfest
March 19th through June 8nd
See event details in March

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
April 5th through August 9th
See event details in March

Gatlinburg Farmers Market
Weekends May 18th – October 13th
This event, hosted near the Alamo Steakhouse, is the place to be for fresh and local goodies. Locals from around the Gatlinburg area bring their best fruits, vegetables and homemade products for you to enjoy. Every Saturday morning from May to October, enjoy local specialties, including honeys, jams, mushrooms, daylilies, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables and more.

Memorial Day weekend
Gatlinburg is the perfect place to spend your long Memorial Day weekend. Stop by the outlets to cash in on the Memorial Day sidewalk sale, kick back and relax in your cabin, or head into the mountains for a hiking trip, take a dip in one of our cabins with pools, or grill out to kick off the summer.

Mountain Hounds Weekend
May 30th through June 2nd
This always popular event, the 9th Annual Mountain Hounds Weekend is expected to draw over 250 Greyhounds and their owners to the town of Gatlinburg. With our variety of pet-friendly cabins, Greyhound owners enjoy a weekend in the Smokies with their pets! Greyhounds Friends of North Carolina, a non-profit dedicated to finding loving homes for retired racing Greyhounds, hosts the event.




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