Culture + Art + History at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

While we love the touristy attractions that have popped up around Gatlinburg – zombies at Outbreak: Dread the Undead, puzzles at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, blacklight mini-golf and laser tag at the LazerPort Fun Center – you did not come all the way to the beautiful Smoky Mountains only for the tourist stops. You came for the fun, yes; but also the incredible scenery, the outdoor adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the rich history and culture steeped in the old American way of life in heart of downtown Gatlinburg!

The original settlers in the Appalachian area made what they needed: baskets, brooms, pottery, leather goods, and the list goes on. Over 100 years later, Gatlinburg has preserved handmade artisanship, a pillar of historical culture in the Smokies, through an established arts and crafts organization and constant events to celebrate and share with visitors and locals!

Imagine being able to watch every stroke of a painting, the flames of a blowtorch shaping the metal of a banjo, or the magical formation of animals from simple blocks of wood. Take advantage of an exceptional opportunity you can share with the whole family and get to know the long-standing traditions of the Great Smoky Mountains at this fall craft fair.

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair Summer 2022 – the 47th anniversary – is set for October 13 through 30. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., come witness some of the best artisans of the trade who have gathered to show off their talents and finished works in over 200 booths in the Gatlinburg Convention Center

2023 Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair Dates 

July 7 – 16, 2023

October 5 – 22, 2023

Voted as one of the Southeast’s Most Popular Events, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair in Tennessee invites you to watch incredible pottery slowly take shape, intricate and complex birdhouses in construction, metal artwork take formation, and so much more! Listen to live music – bluegrass, contemporary country, and Southern gospel performances serenading audiences daily. The little ones can discover their own inner artists in the Kid’s Corner, where they can create and take their artwork home! 

Through meticulous hands and age-old techniques passed down through generations, here are some of the incredible handmade products and unique items you will experience at this craft fair for only $10 per person. Kids 17 and under are FREE with a paid adult. A multi-day pass is included in the price! (Admission tickets are CASH ONLY)

  • Leatherwork
  • Candy making
  • Jewelry
  • Blown glass
  • Birdhouses
  • Instruments
  • Metalwork
  • Brooms
  • Weaving
  • Pottery
  • Painting
  • Dolls
  • Antique keepsakes
  • Stonework
  • Carving
  • Stained glass
  • Photography
  • Scrimshaw

When you buy directly from the craftsmen, your souvenirs take on more meaning and stories to share with friends. After watching your gift being made while the artist explains the processes and the passion that goes into their work, you will see so much more than a charming birdhouse or intricate necklace. Additionally, you are skipping over the middle-man and the extra costs that are often tacked onto the art, so the artist is getting every penny they deserve. It’s the perfect place for some unique holiday shopping.

Show your appreciation for the art and the work that goes into the beautifully designed pottery, rocking chairs, and leather purses, and pick a souvenir from the thousands of unique pieces! Since we all have at least one quirky person to shop for on birthdays and Christmas, you are sure to have better luck finding a personalized gift at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair!

Have fun at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair? Find more fun at the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, another piece of rich culture year-round in the Great Smoky Mountains. Three miles after your turn at Traffic Light #3 from the downtown Parkway of Gatlinburg (Highway 321 North), enter a community that values hard work and a passion for their history. There is ample free parking, but for a small fee you can take a ride on the Arts and Crafts Trolley. The trolley makes numerous stops, and once you have bought your ticket, you may exit and board the trolley as much as you would like that day!

History of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community

  • North America’s largest and oldest organization of independent artisans
  • Established in 1937 by a few of the area’s founding families as a way to bring growing tourism to themselves, instead of carrying their goods into town and standing in the streets for long hours 
  • 8-mile loop home to over 120 artists and craftspeople, where you can watch, talk, and buy from the artisans (234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg TN 37738)
  • The GSMAC is also home to some very charming cafés, restaurants, tea rooms, and candy shops.

Much like the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, visitors to the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community are afforded an intimate look into the skill and love that goes into every piece, conversations with the artists, and a budget-friendly way to make the most out of their visit to the Great Smoky Mountains!

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