Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival 2017 at Dollywood

It’s that time of year, again, when beautiful weather, festivals, food, and fun are on the calendar of events in Tennessee. One upcoming event has the winning combination of barbeque, bluegrass, and the excitement of Dollywood added into the mix. For non-stop fun, entertainment, and palate-pleasing barbeque, make plans to attend the food and music fest May 26 through June 4, 2017.

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Scottish Festival and Games 2017 in Maryville, TN

The annual Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games takes place on the campus of historic Maryville College, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, 2017. This unique Tennessee event will kick off with the opening gala on the evening of May 19, and the festival will run all weekend, presenting fun for all ages.

Maryville is about 40 miles to the west of Gatlinburg. If you’ve made to Townsend, perhaps on your way to Cades Cove, or for that fun town’s own festival, then you’re already halfway to Maryville. The Scottish Festival offers a compelling reason to go the extra miles.

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Bloomin Barbeque and Bluegrass 2017 – Sevierville Street Festival

Pack your dancing boots and a healthy appetite and cruise over to Sevierville, TN for the town’s yearly Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival! This two-day fest is a great street party held on Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, 2017 in downtown Sevierville, just a few miles up the road from Pigeon Forge.

The festival is packed to the brim with family friendly activities and great tasting food. And music – as you stroll past the participating booths, you can enjoy some of the best traditional and modern bluegrass and country music the Smokies has to offer.

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Townsend Spring Festival 2017

The Townsend Spring Festival fills the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies” with bluegrass music for 2 days on May 5-6, 2017. The air also fills with the smell of food and the sights of arts & crafts, children’s attractions, and a super friendly and relaxed crowd of happy families and friends celebrating this beautiful area at the gateway to Cades Cove.

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Dolly’s 32nd Annual Homecoming Parade 2017

May gets underway as usual this year with a grand event in Pigeon Forge, as Dolly Parton returns as grand marshal to lead the 32nd Annual Homecoming Parade, on May 5, 2017. The free parade starts at 6 pm at Traffic Light #6, and proceeds – with maximum fanfare, color and spectacle – north along Parkway to Traffic Light #3.

Image courtesy of Dolly Parton

Image courtesy of Dolly Parton

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Cabins: the Best Way to Stay in the Smoky Mountains

If you’re heading to the Smoky Mountains for a mini vacation, a quick weekend getaway or an extended stay, and you haven’t decided where to unpack your suitcases, consider the comfort and quiet of a rental cabin. While hotels are nice, there are many reasons why reserving a private cabin is the best bargain in town – and with the beauty of the mountains as close as your own back deck.

Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, celebrating a special event, or just wanting to get away for a relaxing and romantic weekend, consider the reasons to choose a luxury rental cabin in the mountains.

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Churches, Chapels and Worship in the Smoky Mountains

Worship and religion have played a significant role in shaping the people, culture, and activities of the Smoky Mountains. In the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area, from wedding chapels to church services to religious attractions, there are a variety of ways that you and your family  can celebrate, learn, and worship during your visit.

Religion and worship are vitally important to many people throughout the southern U.S., and the Smoky Mountains region is no exception. In fact, worship in this area has often taken on extra significance thanks to the grandeur of the landscape, itself teeming with life and creation.

Easter Sunrise worship on the mountain at Ober Gatlinburg

Easter Sunrise worship on the mountain at Ober Gatlinburg

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Easter Weekend 2017

Easter weekend 2017 in the Smoky Mountains brings excitement, celebration and worship. Here’s what’s happening and where to find it.

Kids, get some sleep on Friday night because Saturday morning, April 15, 2017, the Easter Egg hunt gets underway at 10:30 am in Pigeon Forge. The hunt is in Patriot Park – always a great place to visit and take a breather from the rest of the bustle on the strip.

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Smoky Mountain Winefest 2017 at Arrowmont

The annual Smoky Mountain Winefest happens Saturday afternoon between 1 and 6 pm on April 8, 2017 at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg at 556 Parkway. At least 17 wineries from around Tennessee will be present offering samples and sales of their wares, along with expert guidance on wine and food, and the perfect food pairings from local restaurants.

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