Hosting dozens of family-friendly events in one of the most beautiful months in the Smokies, the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer tons of fun for people of all ages. Their community calendars are jam-packed with events celebrating food, music, the arts, service men and women, and local celebrities. But May isn’t just a great time to visit because of the events. The gorgeous weather is warm and sunny, introducing the new flowers, shrubs, and greenery on the trees. The streams and waterfalls have thawed, and the water begins to flow through the mountains again. The wildlife has started stirring, simply adding to the stunning scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!
This April, you and your family are cordially invited to the Smoky Mountains to celebrate Earth Week! What better place can you celebrate the Earth than in Gatlinburg, Tennessee? With everything from mountain ranges to rushing rivers to hundreds of varieties of flora and fauna, East Tennessee is a unique American landmark you don’t want to miss!
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.