2019 Gatlinburg Events | January - June
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights | Nov 7 – January 26
Hop aboard the Gatlinburg Trolley and soak in all the winter wonderland magic as you behold dazzling light displays around the city. With $1.6 million invested, custom designs feature Smoky Mountain wildlife, forest flora, lively fountains, snowmen…you name it!
4th Annual King of the Mountain | January 13
Do you have what it takes to be crowned King of the Mountain? Test your skiing or snowboarding abilities down the snow-covered slopes at Ober Gatlinburg. Judges will focus on creativity as well as technical skill, and participants will be given 2 runs on the course. Oh, and let’s not forget to crown a Queen of the Mountain as well!
Ober Rocks | January 25
Ski the snowy slopes at Ober Gatlinburg with rock music blasting all the way down! Enjoy live performances on stage indoors and challenge your taste buds in a hot wing eating contest outdoors. And the best part is the festivities continue to midnight!
Smoky Mountain Encore | March 7 – 9
Spend a weekend in the world of clogging at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Attend workshops, seminars, and exhibitions as well as compete for a spot in the 2020 CCA (Clogging Champions of America) Showdown of Champions. On Friday night, there will even be a special performance with top clogging teams and a few fun surprises.
Rocky Top Breakfast Wine Trail | March 9
Ahem, which vino would you like for breakfast? Paired perfectly with breakfast items, enjoy a glass of wine at 3 local wineries along the Rocky Top Breakfast Wine Trail. Visit all 3 locations — Mountain Valley Winery, Hillside Winery, and Sugarland Cellars — and take home a FREE wine glass as a special souvenir!
21st Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament | April 6 – 7
Reel in the biggest or the smallest rainbow trout of this 2-day fishing tournament along the Little Pigeon River for a grand prize of $500! Bring your trusty single-hook, handheld rod and fish the weekend away. Who knows? Maybe you’ll win a trophy, gift certificate, brand-new fishing gear, an amusement park pass, or more!
Hands-On Gatlinburg | April 12 – 14
Craft homemade pieces to compliment your home décor with skills learned at classes hosted by the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community at Hands-On Gatlinburg. Weave a basket, mold a vase, paint a masterpiece, carve a bear, and more — choose from 40+ classes!
Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend | April 12 – 13
Wine, wine, wine! There’s nothing to complain about at this Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend event! Tour local wineries on Friday on the Gatlinburg Wine Tour and sample vino from 16 Tennessee wineries on Saturday at the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest. Be sure to purchase tickets (souvenir wine glass included) early as the guest number is limited…
Mountain Man Memorial March | April 26 – 27
Over the last decade, the Mountain Man Memorial March has grown to one of the largest events that honors our fallen heroes. Marching 26.2 miles, teams in service uniforms carry a 35-pound rucksack across a finish line, representing “Honor through Action” and “No Man Left Behind.” Multiple categories are offered to cater to both military and civilians.
Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show | April 17 – 20
Purchase one-of-a-kind souvenirs for home and special gifts for friends and family at this Easter crafts show, hosted by the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. From oil paintings, carved critters, and glass-blown trinkets to homemade soaps, wooden toys, and handmade jewelry, there’s something for everyone!
National Park Week 2019 | April 20 – 28
Join the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — the most visited national park in the country — in celebrating National Park Week! Stories will be told, discoveries will be made, culture will be explored, and memorable experiences will abound at special programs and events held throughout the week, nature style.
Wildflower Pilgrimage | April 23 – 27
Explore the flora and fauna of the Smokies on professionally guided walks through the national park as well as attend workshops and seminars on nature journaling, wildflower photography, local history, and more. Reconnect with nature and learn something new while you’re at it!
MayFest at Ober Gatlinburg | May 17 - 27
The subtle scent of wildflowers in the air, the welcomed warmth of the sun on your shoulders, and the sound of sweet chirps all around — spring is in full swing! Celebrate the season at Ober Gatlinburg with handmade crafts, gorgeous flowers, face painting, fun games, outdoor attractions, plus German food and bier…what could be better?
Family Fest in the Smokies | May 24 – 26
Held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, attend morning worship services and gospel concerts throughout the weekend. Listen to the sweet melodies of the Gaither Vocal Band plus other artists, such as The Booth Brothers, Goodman Revival, and Jimmy Fortune.
Picnic Wine Trail | July 13
Sip local wine with picnic treats, like Italian pasta salad and strawberry shortcake whoopie pies, along the Rocky Top Picnic Wine Trail. Participating locations include Sugarland Cellars, Hillside Winery, and the Mountain Valley Winery. After visiting all 3 stops, a FREE souvenir wine glass will be yours!
FREE Parkway Trolley | June 15 - August 10
All aboard the FREE summer trolley in Gatlinburg, an easy, fun, and unique way to get around downtown. Summertime means FREE rides, but fares start at under $1 throughout the year, so it’s always a great choice!
Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales | June 21 - July 31
Gatlinburg comes alive each summer, with the uplifting sounds of the Smoky Mountains filling the air. Costumed musicians, storytellers, and cloggers roam the streets, giving passersby a FREE glimpse into what music and arts in the Smokies are all about.