The 2022 winter and Christmas holiday season in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offers an abundance of specialty shopping opportunities for gifts, mementos, and unique items.
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There’s lots of activity in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area as the 2022 winter holiday season ramps up. Here’s everything that’s going on in November and December.
Halloween is coming and the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area has a number of special events to get you in the spirit.
One of the best and friendliest bluegrass festivals happens September 15-17, 2022, just a few miles north of Pigeon Forge, at Dumplin Valley Farm, a great venue featuring a stellar lineup of talent, late-night jams, wonderful food and a family-friendly atmosphere filled with music all day long. The festival is relaxed, authentic, unpretentious and absolute top of the line.
The Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival, 2022 is the 22nd annual occurrence of this low-key event that many people book an RV or camping spot a year in advance for. Day visitors and walk-ins are welcomed, with tickets at the gate, while many people fill the campground surrounding the farm and settle in for the three days or more. Many also bring their own instruments, and music fills the air, wherever you are.
Summer in the Smokies can get hot, and there are many ways in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park to make a splash and cool down. From just dipping your toes along the banks of a stream, to diving into one of the swimming holes in the area, from river tubing to whitewater rafting – and with swimming pools thrown in for good measure – here are some ways to feel the spray and get a soaking.
On Sunday, July 3, 2022, a lot of people will stay up late at night to celebrate the coming of July 4th, in the nation’s first Independence Day Parade, as Gatlinburg once again marches to an early drummer, and kicks off its annual parade beginning a few seconds after midnight.
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.
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.
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.
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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