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The Great Smoky Mountains are absolutely gorgeous in the spring. Wildflowers are blooming, mountain streams are flowing, trees are lush and green and the wildlife is stirring. In Gatlinburg, everything feels fresh and new, and the days are neither hot nor cold. The moderate weather makes it the perfect time of year to hike, stroll the Parkway or picnic by the water. And of course, the events calendar is packed with things to do! There is fishing, music, great food and lots of reasons to celebrate. There is something for couples, families and those looking to get away from it all. Here's what's going on in May:
Things to Do Outside
Smoky Mountain Springfest
March 12th – June 2nd
With the arrival of spring in Gatlinburg comes bluegrass music, a celebration of Southern food, wildflowers and seasonal decorations. Some of the top landscape professionals and horticulturists from across the country will be giving guided hikes and educating people on how to tend to their own flowers and plants. Shop windows will be filled with flowers and the music of the mountains will fill the air. It's a beautiful time to be in the Smokies.
Barbeque and Bluegrass
Hosted by Dollywood, Barbeque and Bluegrass features two of the South's best assets. Vince Gill & The Time Jumpers and other musical guests including Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage have performed in the past. Every year, there is great food and great music! The event is free, fun and tasty, and it's a great way to spend the day at Dollywood.
Gatlinburg's Cinco de Mayo Festival
Each year, many people recognize Cinco de Mayo, which is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In 2011, Gatlinburg began joining in on this festive day at the plaza of the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Latin music, crafts, food and historical dress will be featured, and guests can learn more about the Latin culture.
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
weekends May - October
The Gatlinburg Farmers Market offers healthy, local food options each Saturday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. The market runs from May to October. Local farmers and businesses will have fresh produce and homemade products, including bread, greens, fruits, cupcakes and more. Stop by for a pre made treat or pick up some fresh food to make your favorite meals back at the cabin. Check out their website for more information www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com
Memorial Day weekend
Make the most of your three day weekend with a trip to Gatlinburg for Memorial Day. Try horseback riding, kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking and dinner shows. And don't forget your shopping bag – Memorial Day always brings great sales at your favorite stores. Stop by the Tanger Outlets for a good deal or just relax around the cabin and enjoy the views and the time away from everyday stresses. No matter what you do, Gatlinburg is a great place to spend your long weekend.
Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival
This event showcases artists from across the country who specialize in media such as sculpture, basket making, ceramics, painting, photography, jewelry, mixed media and many more. Admission is free and there will also be music and food. Proceeds for the event benefit Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Sevier County Arts Council. Check out the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival website for more information.
Along with the special events during May, here are a few attractions you may want to check out: