Category archive: Gatlinburg

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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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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Thanksgiving & Christmas Craft Shows 2016

Craft_Show_View_1-544x363How do you know that the holidays have arrived in Gatlinburg, TN? For many people, visiting the Thanksgiving and Christmas craft shows at the Gatlinburg Convention Center is a time-honored family tradition that starts the holiday season.

The Thanksgiving Craft Show is held from Tuesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 27. As a stark contrast to typical Thanksgiving week shopping events, you can shop a vast array of products hand-crafted by local artisans including pottery, wood carvings, candles, quilts and plenty of gift-worthy decor.

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The (Very Scary) Mysterious Mansion In Gatlinburg

It’s October with Halloween approaching scary fast, but any time is good to visit the Mysterious Mansion in Gatlinburg. This three-level haunted attraction is open throughout the year and has been scaring the young and old since 1980. How young? Experience suggests older than about 7-8 years – experience it yourself before you take very young ones, or friends who don’t like too much fright. This is a very scary place.

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