Gatlinburg in August

Average Temp - 85 Degrees

As summer winds down and school begins, summertime activities slow down in the Smokies. It will soon be time to pack away the floats and kayaks, but that doesn't mean there isn't still plenty to do. In fact, August is a really great time to visit because things aren't quite as busy as they were in the heat of the summer. You can find just the perfect cabin, relax on the deck with a cold drink or soak in the hot tub. There are dozens of trails in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to hike, bike and ride on horseback. The weather is beautiful and things are a bit quieter. Enjoy the peace of your cabin or head into town and check out what's going on in August. Here are some events this month:

Things to Do Outside

Smoky Mountains landscape

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival
The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is a celebration of the music of the mountains. It features the bluegrass and country music of this area's Appalachian roots. Soak up the wonderful scenery of the Smokies as you enjoy some great music by local artists.

Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival
Featuring the work of outstanding artists across the country, the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival is a family-friendly event held at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in downtown Gatlinburg. The event is free and open to the public. If you're looking to see some beautiful art, spend a day browsing at this local event.

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
Featuring storytellers, artists, musicians and singers, the Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales is a summer-long event hosted by the Gatlinburg Department of Tourism. Performers will be dressed in period clothing dating back to the 1800s, and they will tell stories of the rich history of the Smoky Mountains. You can enjoy the scenery of the mountains while learning more about what Gatlinburg was like way back when. Bring the family and enjoy this fun and educational event.

Popular Attractions

Along with great weather and fun events, Gatlinburg offers some delicious dining options. The Peddler and the Alamo Steakhouse are great for a juicy steak, and you can also check out the Hard Rock Cafe, No Way Jose's Cantina or The Brass Lantern. For a snack, try Fannie Farkle's, the Pretzel Shoppe, or one of the ice cream or candy shops in town. In between tasty meals, consider visiting some of these local attractions: