The 2022 Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games happens all day Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, in Townsend, TN, just a few scenic miles drive to the west of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. In a great location set against the foothills of the mountains, and right next to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s an explosion of Scottish culture and fun, and a unique annual festival.
The Games are one of the oldest Scottish Festivals in the country, and it’s an excellent occasion to get a taste of all things Scottish, with some rocking Celtic live music, formal Pipes & Drums, clan histories, Scottish dance, athletic contests from the Highland Games, as well as sheepdog performances, a dog show, and many kid-friendly activities, with face painting of course. Oh, and many opportunities to taste and explore the famous Scotch whiskies of that remarkable nation.
Images courtesy of the Scottish Festival & Games
Sevierville puts on its FREE street festival again with the 18th Annual Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass festival, on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, 2022. It’s two days of music and competition barbecue with entrants from across the country in the historic downtown of this fun loving town. It’s family friendly, with kids attractions, hot musical talent, and tens of thousands of visitors who wouldn’t miss this party for the world.
Images courtesy of the Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
The Gatlinburg area of the Smoky Mountains gets a lot of visitors, and this can mean that things get crowded – so if you want to get out into some of the more quiet places, here’s our guide to the less traveled destinations and routes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding area.
The festival is April 22 through June 5, 2022, multicolored wonders in a lovely theme park with creative plant sculptures, a million flower blooms, immersive and unique treats, lots of music and amazing food.
Dollywood is blooming here in springtime, 2022, and the Third Annual Flower & Food Festival gets underway on April 22, lasting through June 5. This gorgeous festival in an already lovely theme park features astonishingly creative plant sculptures, more than a million flower blooms throughout the park, the multicolored Umbrella Sky, live music everywhere – and mouth-watering food, of course.
Images courtesy of Dollywood
This year the Dollywood chefs have some new creations that are exclusive to this festival, with unique new flavors – the menu in an offering that practically demands getting a Tasting Pass to sample.
Welcome to our Web Stories of the Smoky Mountains around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Flip through these picture slides with information on how to save money with our Free Tickets to local attractions, and our highlights of the most Fun Things to Do, as well as our tips on what makes a Gatlinburg cabin great.
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Most of your forays into Great Smoky Mountains National Park will happen by car, driving certain roads purely for their stunning scenic beauty, and also to get to various places to park and immediately immerse into nature, whether taking a trail or hitting a picnic site or other attraction. This guide will help you navigate those roads.
December in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area means lots of festive events, and 2021 is in full swing with seasonal fun – here are the highlights of the month to watch for.
Image courtesy of the City of Gatlinburg
Here’s what’s happening in the month of November, 2021 in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area. Lots of events and attractions as always. Thanksgiving is coming and the wonderful fall season will eventually give way to winter (not just yet though). The Harvest Festival season continues into November, which means the Pumpkin People and Scarecrows will still be on the streets, to be replaced with Snow People eventually.
We have cabins in several resorts convenient to the Pigeon Forge area of the Smoky Mountains, some close in and some farther out. Here are the Pigeon Forge and Wears valley cabin resorts for you to choose.
In the Smoky Mountains there are so many things to do and to see, spread across a sizable mountain area, that where you choose your cabin to stay in as a base for your adventures can be important. Do you want to be close to the towns with their countless attractions, or farther away from the bustle and closer to nature? Here are some cabin resort descriptions to help you choose your best location.
View from a cabin in Sherwood Forest resort.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is famous for its changing leaf colors during fall. Here are some of our favorite places in the area to view the stunning color displays.
The color season lasts about 6-7 weeks, from mid-September through October and into early November, with leaves turning first at the mountain tops and working their way down slope over the weeks – see our guide to Fall Colors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can experience fall colors in different ways and at different times in the season along the park’s numerous hikes, viewpoints, and scenic drives.
View from Newfound Gap Road – image courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains National Park