Category archive: Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg 2017 Begins with the Rail Jam and Snow Tubing

Ober Gatlinburg is starting its winter season on Friday, November 17, 2017 with the advanced skier freestyle evening event known as Back in Blue Rail Jam. This year participants will be entered in a drawing for a prize. The ski-moves showoff and practice event is from 6pm to 8pm.

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This is a great event simply to spectate, with vendors, food and on-snow entertainment. It’s too early yet to open the ski resort’s Terrain Park, this kickoff party celebrates the Tubing Park, where they’ve been making a huge amount of snow and setting the rails and grooming for this event.

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Mountain Experience at Anakeesta

Anakeesta is one of the newest attractions in Gatlinburg, and is gaining attention thanks to its diverse collection of family-oriented activities and beautiful mountain views.

Opened in summer of 2017, Anakeesta is a mountain top destination with a shopping and dining village, a children’s tree house playground, a tree canopy walk, and several other activities, including ziplines, a coaster down the mountain, and a chair lift and gondola that goes both up and down. And since the Anakeesta Mountain location has not been open previously, for many people the views from Anakeesta are unique.

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Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival 2017

Gatlinburg bursts into song – and song writing – again for the 6th Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, August 16-20, 2017. This year’s festival promises to be bigger than ever. There’s live music playing in several venues around town, with close to 50 acts offering over 150 free shows as well as 3 ticketed shows headlined this year by country artist Con Hunley.

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Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Trail

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is noted for its wealth of arts and crafts, and its many artists and craftspeople, with one of the largest communities of independent artisans in the country. Nowhere is this more visible than along the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Trail – an 8-mile scenic drive on the outskirts of Gatlinburg that contains a host of studios and shops.

The historical trail – named as a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail – was started around 1937 when local craftsmen decided to make and display their wares at home. As popularity grew and frequent visitors started stopping by, more artists joined the 8-mile loop opening studios, shops, galleries, and workshops.

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The 2017 Summer Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

In the Great Smoky Mountains region, handcrafted items made by talented locals forms a living part of the area’s history. One great way to experience the creative culture first-hand is to visit Gatlinburg during the 42nd Annual Summer Craftsmen’s Fair, held July 14-23, 2017, in the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

The Gatlinburg Convention Center offers 150,000 square feet to hold this year’s Fair, with an estimated 200 booths filled with a vast variety of hand-crafted items, for sale or just to admire. Pick a day that fits your schedule from Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under.

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The First Independence Day Parade of 2017: Gatlinburg’s 4th of July Midnight Parade

The 4th of July comes again to America in 2017, and Gatlinburg for its fifth decade running leads the nation in its First Independence Day Parade, starting in the first minute of Tuesday the 4th, after the stroke of midnight of Monday night, July 3. This is the 42nd Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

This year, in honor of the countless local and regional heroes who came to the aid of Gatlinburg during the fires of 2016, the Grand Marshals of the parade will be firefighters, first responders and police officers who jumped into hazard without hesitation to save the town.

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Free Trolleys on Parkway Again in Summer of 2017

There’s nothing quite like summer in the Smoky Mountains, and every year Gatlinburg attracts families eager for adventure and down-home charm. The city has never skimped when it comes to welcoming guests. That’s why, for the seventh year in a row, Gatlinburg’s popular Free Trolley Service on Parkway is joining the ranks of its other color-coded routes.

Yes, this special summer-only trolley service is free! If you’re visiting Gatlinburg between June 17th and August 12th, you can leave your car parked and relax as you and the family are shuttled around downtown. The trolley is handicap accessible and bike-friendly, and route maps are available in English and Spanish.

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Tunes and Tales 2017

Summer in Gatlinburg means that the hugely popular Tunes and Tales has begun, running from June 9 through August 12, 2017, and now in its 12th year. Highly talented musicians, performers, actors and artisans offer live music, storytelling and interaction in small performance groups at unknown spots along Parkway, starting at 6 pm each evening.

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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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Hands On Gatlinburg 2017: Make Your Own Artwork

The 2nd Annual Hands On Gatlinburg 3-day arts & crafts weekend happens April 7-9, 2017, offering a chance to create your own unique artwork under the skilled teaching of dozens of the expert artisans.

Gatlinburg is home to one of the nation’s largest communities of independent artisans, and some 40 different classes are being offered at multiple studios during this Friday-Sunday long weekend, presenting for many the chance in a lifetime to apprentice under a master in their favorite craft.

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