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Gatlinburg Events For 2016

Offering year-round fun, Gatlinburg features a calendar packed with events for couples, families, friends, and groups. From food festivals and live music to holiday events and craft fairs, there is always something going on in the Great Smoky Mountains.


Gatlinburg Farmers Market
Now – October 8

Pick up delicious local goodies and produce Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. at The Covered Bridge at 849 Glades Road. Along with fresh fruits and vegetables, grab homemade baked goods, jams and jellies, salsas, and more to take back to your cozy cabin. Pick up delicious local goodies and produce Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. at The Covered Bridge at 849 Glades Road. Along with fresh fruits and vegetables, grab homemade baked goods, jams and jellies, salsas, and more to take back to your cozy cabin.

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales
June 10 – July 30

Want to get a real feel for the mountains? On a stroll along the Parkway this summer, listen to the stories of the Smokies from costumed storytellers and musicians (for Free)!


Free Parkway Trolley
June 17 – August 14

Explore the Parkway via the FREE Gatlinburg Trolley this summer! Ride the specially marked open-air trolleys to all your favorite attractions, shops, and restaurants from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day. There are even extra stops this year, bringing the number up to 40!

First Independence Day Parade in the Nation
July 3 – 4

Join in the festivities at midnight on July 3 for a celebration of the freedom of our nation! The 4th of July parade in Gatlinburg is the first in the nation and features floats, marching bands, balloons, and more.

River Raft Regatta
July 4

Bring your floatable Trash and Treasure to compete in this fun, family-friendly event on the 4th of July! Held at the Christ in the Smokies bridge, it’s open to locals and visitors and is a great way to spend an afternoon.

4th of July Fireworks Show
dates TBA

Free to the public, this celebration of the rich art culture and history in the area is hosted at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Spend the day browsing the local galleries, listen to live music, let the kids enjoy free kids’ activities, and more.

Smoky Mountains Family Camp
July 11 – 16

Leave the phones and iPads behind and enjoy some quality family time in the great outdoors! The Smoky Mountains Family Camp, put on by the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, is full of fun: guided hikes, tours of Cades Cove, salamander searching, wildlife studies, nighttime entertainment, and so much more!

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
July 14 – 17

Check out the fantastic work of local artists at this annual arts and crafts event at the Gatlinburg Convention Center downtown. Browse and buy everything from pottery and baskets to leather goods and jewelry.


Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival
August 24 – 28

Up-and-coming singer-songwriters converge on the Smokies each year for workshops, songwriting with hit writers, and band and songwriting contests during the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival. Non-songwriters can enjoy live music (free!) at area venues around downtown and get a chance to see some future stars!


Taste of Autmn
September 15

Get a taste of the best of Gatlinburg at this tasty annual event that offers you a sample of favorite area restaurants. From 5 to 8 p.m., nosh on local treats and wash them down with local drinks. Best of all, it benefits a great cause!

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
September - October

Usher in autumn 2016 in the most festive way during the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival in Gatlinburg. The city will burst with the colors and smells of autumn, offering up everything from pumpkin-inspired menu items and cinnamon-scented goods to scarecrows and hay bales. And Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival features more than just decorations and food. It’s also the start of a fall full of fun events!

Mountain Life Festival
September 17

Want to see what life was like in the good ‘ole days? Stop by the Mountain Life Festival to experience rural Appalachian life via live demonstrations. Watch blacksmithing, lye soap making, apple butter making, hearth cooking, chair bottoming, and more! Events will be held at the Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg
September 23 – October 30

Authentic Bavarian food, schnitzel, sizzling bratwurst, giant turkey legs, salty pretzels, sauerkraut, and German beer…fill up on it all at Ober Gatlinburg’s 7th annual celebration of the best of German culture. While you eat, enjoy live music or play some outdoor games!

Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
September 24 – 25

Open to adults, children, visitors, and locals, the Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is the largest trout tournament in the Smokies. Spend a day in the cool waters of the Great Smoky Mountains and vie for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes across the categories.


Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival
dates TBA

Celebrate the history and rich arts culture of the Appalachian Mountains and the Smokies at this free event that’s open to the public. Browse the galleries at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, tap your toes to live mountain music, and keep the kids entertained with free activities!

October 1 – 31

Watch as Keith Fields amazes with chilling magic, with a tribute to Harry Houdini and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1950s black-and-white horror films at the Iris Theater at the Gatlinburg Space Needle.

Gatlinburg Fall Craftsmen’s Fair
October 6 – 23

Bringing in artisans and craftsmen from across the country, this biannual event boasts 200 booths of goods to browse and buy. You can also watch live demonstrations, including jewelry making, sculpting, carving, basket weaving, and painting! As you browse, enjoy live music and entertainment for a full day of fun.

Trick or Treat Kickoff Carnival
October 31

Enjoy the candy and fun of Halloween in a safe environment with the Trick or Treat Kickoff Carnival in Gatlinburg! Area businesses will give out candy and offer contests and games for the kids, and the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza will play host to costumed characters and inflatables. There will be plenty of candy and food, and proceeds from some activities go to United Way of Sevier County.


Veterans Day Celebration
November 11

Honor those who have sacrificed so much this Veterans Day at a free event in the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies plaza. Patriotic music and speeches from veterans and their families will make this a special day to remember.

Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff
November 9

Warm up this winter with samples of local chili from area vendors along the welcoming streets of downtown Gatlinburg. Cast your vote for the best hearty bowl of chili, and kick off winter as you enjoy the lights glittering downtown. Sampling tickets are $10, but the street event is free!

Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
November 9 – January 31

What better way to take in the beautiful holiday lights in the Smokies than with a ride on the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights?! Along the ride (just $5), the holiday-themed light displays made up of millions of LED lights will put you in the holiday spirit! And you’ll stay warm and comfortable in the climate-controlled trolley along the way.

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show November 22 – 27

One of their 3 annual events, the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show put on by the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is the place to find unique gifts, holiday centerpieces, and more this Thanksgiving. Stop by the Gatlinburg Convention Center to buy (and watch artisans create) handmade, candles, jewelry, brooms, quilts, wood carvings, jams and jellies, and so much more.

Winter Magic Tunes and Tales
weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas

As you stroll the Parkway and enjoy the lights, tap your toes to the sounds of live mountain music and holiday entertainment each weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Carolers and costumed storytellers will bring the magic and spirit of the holidays to the streets of Gatlinburg!

Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees
November 22 - 27

Need a boost of holiday spirit? Spend an hour or 2 winding your way through a maze of uniquely decorated Christmas trees at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Pose with your favorite trees and gifts and give to a great cause during the holiday season.

Great Smoky Christmas Arts and Crafts Show
November 28 – December 4

Tired of department-store shopping for the holidays? Browse and buy the incredible (and unique!) handmade gifts at the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center this winter. You’ll find something for everyone, from toys, baskets, and seasonal treats to quilts, candles, leather goods – and beyond.


Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
December 2

Come join the tens of thousands of spectators along the Parkway in downtown for a spectacular show of marching bands, holiday lights, live music, floats, horses, and (of course) Santa Claus during the 2016 Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show & Ball Drop
December 31

Gather below the Gatlinburg Space Needle in downtown to kick off the new year in high spirits. Watch the fireworks light up the sky, enjoy party favors, and listen to live music as you ring in 2017!

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