Springtime Events in the Smokies

Attend lots of events in the Great Smoky Mountains when sunlight melts snow, flowers blossom, and wildlife stirs. Springtime in the Smokies brings annual favs and new fun to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN. From arts and crafts to friendly (and fierce) competitions to car shows and themed festivals, the Smokies presents entertaining events for every age and interest when spring is in full bloom!

26th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest | March 4 – 7
Hosted in Pigeon Forge, the 26th Annual Mountain Quiltfest showcases stunning quilts from master quilters as well as offers classes for all skill levels to perfect their craft. There will also be vendor booths and prizes!

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations | March 14 – April 20
Featuring spirited dance, enlivening music, and creative arts, Dollywood’s Festival of Nations brings traditional beats and sound from around the world to the backyard of the Smokies. 

Chuck Wagon Cookoff Competition | April 4 – 5
An exciting competition filled with food, entertainment, and fun inspired by life on the great frontier, the Chuck Wagon Cookoff Competition in Pigeon Forge presents traditional cowboy cooking by wagon and without modern conveniences.

22nd Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament | April 4 – 5 (tentative)
With $1,000 in prize money plus trophies, gift certificates, and more prizes, the 22nd Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament in Gatlinburg will bring smiles to anglers’ faces as they reel in rainbows. 

Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show | April 8 – 11
Unleash your creative side at the Easter event by Gatlinburg’s Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, the largest group of independent artisans in the nation. Find glass blown ornaments, intricate carvings, landscape paintings, scented candles, woven baskets, and tons of other homemade items!

Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run | April 16 – 18
Hear hot rods roar at the Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run — featuring 100s of cool rides plus a huge swap meet with gearheads from all over the country! Plus, there will be vendors and entertainment for the crowds.

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage | April 21 – 25
Sign up for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, a 70-year-old annual event in nearby Gatlinburg and the national park where you can learn all about the flora and fauna, historical sites, journaling, photography, and art via classes and on-foot explorations. 

13th Annual Mountain Man Memorial March | April 24 – 25
Beginning in 2007 as a cadet march for a fallen classmate, this patriotic event has grown into a gathering to honor fallen service members, inviting ROTC units, active duty military, veterans, and others from across the country who wish to march for the fallen.

Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend | May 1 – 2
Held at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend boasts the area’s top wine and pairing food. Enjoy smooth samples and delicious eats along the Gatlinburg Wine Tour (limited) and the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountains Wine Fest (open to all).

Hands-On Gatlinburg | May 1 – 3
It’s time to create your very own work of art with Hands-On Gatlinburg, a huge event that hosts 40+ different classes with a focus on local crafts. Learn to knit, paint, weave, mold, crochet, carve, and oh-so-much more!

Dollywood Flower & Food Festival | May 8 – June 14
Check out this brand-new 2020 event at Dollywood: the Flower and Food Festival! Look forward to vivid flower and plant displays at every glance, interactive pieces, a colorful umbrella sky, and tasty dishes inspired by springtime in the Smokies.

MayFest at Ober Gatlinburg | May 15 – 25
From the long-standing German celebration comes Mayfest to Ober Gatlinburg that features historical displays, the Maypole dance, demos from local crafters, activities for the kiddos (like face painting and bounce houses), and the Biergarten. 

Where to Stay
When attending springtime events in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, you’ll really appreciate the comfort of a cozy cabin in the Smokies to return to and relax. From 1-16 bedrooms and budget friendly to luxury, Cabins for YOU currently has 360+ options to suit your vacation needs. Add awesome amenities like a private indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, games, a home theater, free Wi-Fi, and king-size beds, and this will be your best spring experience yet! 

Don’t miss out — plan your springtime stay in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg before summer takes over!


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