Here’s what’s happening in the Smoky Mountains area around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in the months of June and July, 2019.
The Townsend Spring Festival is Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, 2019, and features all day and nighttime Bluegrass performances from dozens of musicians and bands. There’s also lots of food, arts & crafts, kid’s activities and other festivities! A parking pass for $10-20 is all it takes to join in the fun – bring your lawn chairs.
For the 34th year, Pigeon Forge holds its annual spring parade, on Friday, May 3, 2019 starting at 6 pm. It’s the Music in the Mountains Parade, northbound on Parkway from Traffic Light #6 to Light # 3.
The parade welcomes back baseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr again as Grand Marshal, and this year he is joined by Paula Deen, to lead the parade in a grand celebration of Smoky Mountains heritage and Music
Here’s what’s happening in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area in May, 2019. How merry is the month of May in the Smoky Mountains? Plenty! There are several festivals and events happening, so read on and choose from the selection below.
Gwendolyn is a lifestyle blogger who lives with her husband and daughter in East Tennessee, and runs the website Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life. Recently she visited the Smoky Mountains area with a large group of other women for a ladies’ church retreat, and she chose to stay in one of our luxury cabins and share her thoughts about the trip on her blog.
Like many people, Gwendolyn was drawn to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains for a vacation because the area is home to many different kinds of attractions, activities, and dining options that can please every member of a large group.
However, even when you choose a destination that has something for everyone, it can still be difficult to coordinate accommodations for a large group traveling together, especially without having to fuss with multiple hotel rooms, adjoining rooms, being spread out across the town, and other headaches. That’s why Gwendolyn and her crew were so pleased to discover Cabins of the Smoky Mountains, as we were able to provide her and her group with a relaxing and functional space where they could all enjoy their time away together.
The largest community of independent artisans in the nation is right here in Gatlinburg. They’ve been busy in winter, working on their latest creations. And on Wednesday through Saturday, April 17-20, they gather again to show it all off in the 2019 Easter Craft Show – admission Free!
Hosted in the huge Gatlinburg Convention Center at traffic light #8, the show regales the visitor with display after display of totally unique and high-quality, handcrafted items. The artists themselves are also in attendance, most of them actually at work on their craft, and all of them with endless patience to explain the finer points to all comers.
There’s quite a sight to see in downtown Pigeon Forge this April 11-13 as the Spring Rod Run comes to town. This event, as in years past, celebrates classic and muscle cars cruising the strip with an all day and late-night street party and festivities. Hundreds of vehicles are expected, giving visitors plenty to see and do.
Here’s what’s happening in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in this month of April, 2019. There’s a lot going on as always – see the full list below.
And note our current Cabin Specials with deals up to HALF-PRICE. Check the Specials page for our Two Weekends in May 50% off large cabins (round up the gang!) as well as our Weeknights (Sun-Thurs through May 17) “Buy 2 Get 2 Free” specials on all cabins – that’s half price on a 4-night stay!
UPDATE: The Lottery for a parking pass to view the Synchronous Fireflies is open April 26-29. You can register here: recreation.gov. Lottery winners will be announced May 10. The dates for the viewing are May 30 – June 5, 2019.
The first full weekend in April means it’s time for the 21st Annual Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament, on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, 2019. Cash and gift prizes are awarded in multiple categories, with hundreds of entrants fishing, and thousands of rainbow trout stocked in over 20 miles of local streams.
Keeping things fair, there are different divisions for children and adults as well as for locals and visitors – but wait, it’s even more fair than that, with a $500 cash prize for largest trout caught AND $500 for the smallest trout caught! A total of $10,000 is awarded in the spring and fall contests, while 10,000 trout are stocked each year in the largest trout tournament in the Smokies, acclaimed as the best.
The world-famous Synchronous Fireflies natural occurrence will happen again this year, in early June 2019, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding area. Now is the time to be thinking about how to to watch this unique event that, outside of the U.S., happens only in southeast Asia.
There are two ways to get a seat at the show.