As the first hints of yellow and red begin to creep through the Smoky Mountain forestry and the cool morning air lingers just a little longer, it’s time to make your way to the Smokies for our favorite time of year: fall! Beyond the famous fall foliage, autumn ignites a 12-week season of festivals, harvest time décor, events in the Smoky Mountains.
Stop. What do you hear this very moment? Perhaps someone is talking in the next room, the kids are laughing, birds are chirping, a tree branch is brushing against the window, the dog is snoring, a storm is brewing, or a plane is flying overhead. Now, listen to what’s happening around you. Everything sounds more intense and in depth, right? Listening should never be taken for granted and always be appreciated. Sounds are surrounding the planet right now, webbing with each other to connect us all. Hence, the creation of World Listening Day in 2010.
Rooting for the underdog, cheering for your favorite athlete, or winning first prize yourself…sound familiar? Sporting events run rampant in the Great Smoky Mountains, from fighting, fishing, and swishing to homeruns, dance numbers, and finish lines! Whatever your sport fever, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have something for you to enjoy, whether you’re playing or watching. No matter the time of year, sporting events are always being held and supported in the Smokies. When you next visit the area with family, friends, coworkers, or teammates, be sure to check out the sport scene and plan to attend or participate in exciting events — upcoming favs listed below!
Fire dances and balloons float as you sit back on the lush green grass and take in the colorful sunset with giant lanterns (aka hot air balloons) in the sky at the 3rd annual Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival in Townsend, Tennessee! Bring family, friends, and even your precious pups to this exciting and whimsical event in the Great Smoky Mountains on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Along with live music, family-friendly activities, local craft demos, plus a food truck court, beer tent, and wine tasting, pro balloonists will launch a brilliant show as their hot air balloons light up the evening sky. You won’t want to miss this exciting and unique event, so book your cabin rental and prepare for an enchanting evening in the Smokies!
Ever wanted to meet Tinker Bell? How about Smoky Mountain fairies — aka synchronous fireflies? Okay, we might be stretching a tiny bit here…but if you’ve never seen these incredible fairy-like creatures perform in person, you can’t pass judgement. Enchanting to say the least, the synchronous fireflies of the Smokies are kind of a big deal, illuminating the night forest in unison! Coordinated by Mother Nature herself, this brilliant (family-friendly) show occurs annually around the end of May to the middle of June in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Start your summer with a trip to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, TN, to view nature in a whole new light and take home a spectacular experience you’ll not soon forget! Continue reading
Fireworks sizzle and pop across the star-filled sky in celebration of our nation’s independence on the 4th of July! While you could attend the same local event, friend’s party, or at-home festivities, why not change things up this year for an extra memorable holiday experience? The Great Smoky Mountains is the perfect place to liven up this Independence Day with 4 fantastic ways to celebrate: a top parade, river regatta, patriotic festival, and a cabin cookout plus pool party! Continue reading
Walking through a dim forest at twilight, you hear a strange sound, shortly followed by booming howls, odd tree knocks, and rustling leaves… Does curiosity get the better of you, or do you brush it off and head home (aka bolt in the opposite direction)? Yeah, most of us would turn tail and run for safety, and rightly so, but throw a bigfoot enthusiast into this spooky situation, and they would bust out their cameras, audio recorders, and thermal scanners to collect evidence of this covert cryptid (a creature whose existence is disputed). Whether you’d dash away or opt to stay — as long as you have an interest in the elusive bigfoot — you’re welcome to attend the Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference in Gatlinburg, TN!
Arriving in the Great Smoky Mountains is a memorable experience all its own. The sheer beauty hand painted by Mother Nature will stop you in your singalong tracks, put a halt on all conversation, and cause everyone to ooh and aah. Once you’ve emerged into the famed TN cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, you’ll be eager to hit the streets for shopping sprees, delectable meals, and exciting adventures. And while attractions, restaurants, and boutiques certainly provide plenty to do, what’s more fun than attending a lively local event? Book your cabin, pack your bags, and get ready for good times with family and friends at spectacular 2019 Smoky Mountain events — featuring everything from trout tourneys and car shows to music festivals and hot air balloons! Our list is just a glimpse into the eventful 2019 in the Smokies, so feel free to branch out while you’re in town. Continue reading
Spice up this Cinco de Mayo in the Great Smoky Mountains, with authentic Mexican cuisine and beer plus souvenir tees, exciting downtown entertainment, and a cabin party! This holiday deserves to be celebrated in style, and Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are excellent cities brimming with top Mexican restaurants and fun activities for all ages. Add a memorable cabin stay into the mix, and you’ll open a whole new playing field of celebration possibility, with traditional Mexican meals made in the fully equipped kitchen, catchy mariachi tunes on the back deck with mountain views, tequila shots in the rec room, and oh-so-much more! Make May 5, 2019, a day to remember — celebrating Cinco de Mayo with family and friends in the Smokies!
Walk and learn about the wonders of flora and fauna in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a participant in the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. With 69 years under its belt, the pilgrimage has a lot to offer nature enthusiasts, from bird watching and wildflower sketching to lessons on wildfire ecology and forest forensics! Join fellow pilgrims from around the country on an artistic and scientific journey outside along guided walks and inside with detailed presentations April 24-27, 2019. Continue reading