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Spring 2018

13th Annual Smoky Mountain Springfest is a countywide celebration of the season in the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge & Sevierville featuring special events, local craft shows and much more. Gatlinburg will fill the city and line the streets with springtime blooms and Pigeon Forge offers special entertainment, outlet shopping sales & the Annual Dolly Parade! 

Dollywood's Annual Festival of Nations with more than 250 international performers at this multicultural spring festival featuring musicians, dancers and artisans bringing a world of entertainment to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Smoky Mountain Winefest - Wineries from across Tennessee offer samples of their specialty wines and local chefs create tasty food pairings.  The event takes place at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and includes complementary demonstrations and seminars.

Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage – Gather with other outdoor enthusiasts to celebrate the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  This popular springtime event offers more than 100 programs that including hiking, auto tours, demonstrations and classroom lectures all centered on enjoying flowers, plants and wildlife in the Smokies.

Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show – End of March, you'll find unique, handcrafted gifts and products produced by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community that are placed on display and offered for sale as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.  Demonstrations are part of the show.

Earth Week - Gatlinburg offers an entire week of family and environmentally-friendly events dedicated to the national Earth Day Celebration.  The week features fun and entertaining community activities to educate and encourage people to adopt green practices.

30th Annual Dolly's Homecoming Parade – Entertainer Dolly Parton leads this spring tradition across Pigeon Forge with marching bands, local entertainers, clubs and organizations.  Dolly Parade begins at 6 p.m. on the Pigeon Forge Parkway.

Annual Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival is the largest event in Sevierville! Tennessee State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off, FREE bluegrass concerts from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and The Del McCoury Band, kids games, great food and authentic mountain crafts. Admission is free.

Dollywood's BBQ & Bluegrass Festival - Enjoy the best bluegrass music by popular and local artists throughout the month with great southern cookin' including ribs, chicken and pork!

Summer 2018

Annual Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales Festival features Arts, Entertainment, and History throughout the city of Gatlinburg.  Dramatic entertainment, story telling, and music by local artists strolling the Parkway each evening beginning at 6 p.m.

Free Parkway Trolley – From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. all summer long you can hop on and off the special free shuttle as often as you'd like.  The City of Gatlinburg will offer free trolley service to patrons along the length of the Parkway for nine weeks this summer with extra stops established between traffic lights #1-#10 along Parkway.

Dollywood's Great American 'Summer Lives Here' Celebration – Plan for more summertime fun with family and friends at Dollywood with longer park hours, new shows, and a fireworks display every night.  Park is open each day until 10 p.m.  For a cabin with easy access to Dollywood, make your reservations with Autumn Ridge Rentals.

Annual 4th of July Independence Day Celebrations across the Smokies in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.  Gatlinburg presents the first July 4th parade in the nation at midnight, July 3.  Pigeon Forge kicks off their Patriot Festival at Patriot Park at 5 p.m. with free entertainment and fireworks display at dusk.

25th Annual Patriot Festival - Celebrate America's birthday free activities and entertainment at Patriot Park.  3rd Annual Veterans Parade kicks off the evening on the Pigeon Forge Parkway and ends at Patrio Park where there's plenty of food and refreshments available for purchase and free live entertainment.  Bring your chairs & blankets and enjoy the show!

Gatlinburg Summer Craftsmen's Fair – Visit more than 200 booths featuring some of the nation's finest arts and crafts at the Gatlinburg Convention Center daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Live Country & Bluegrass entertainment too!

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival - Celebrating the area's Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg hosts the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival featuring workshops and free music concerts at a variety of venues throughout Gatlinburg.

Autumn 2018                      Why Do The Tree Leaves Change Color?

Annual Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is a countywide celebration of harvest season including the cities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville & Pigeon Forge. See beautiful harvest displays, enjoy great entertainment and hayrides.  Visit the Arts & Crafts Community too!

Annual Taste of Autumn allows you to sample signature dishes from the area finest restaurants. Enjoy live entertainment, live auction with a cash bar.  For a $25 donation to the United Way of Sevier County, attendees can enjoy unlimited sampling from all the participating vendors, as well as live entertainment. 100% of the proceeds from the Taste of Autumn go to the United Way of Sevier County Campaign. Stay at Carr's Cottages or Crossroads Inn

Dollywood's National Gospel & Harvest Celebration celebrates Autumn with four weeks of free Southern gospel concerts, visiting crafters, beautiful autumn décor & fantastic foods.  Ride the trolley to Dollywood!

Oktoberfest – Bavarian Festival at Ober Gatlinburg with authentic food, bier garten, music and live entertainment with daily shows and multiple shows each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Gatlinburg Fall Craftsmen's Fair – Visit more than 200 booths featuring some of the nation's finest arts and crafts at the Gatlinburg Convention Center daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Live Country & Bluegrass entertainment too!

Robert Tino's Smoky Mountain Homecoming at the Robert Tino Gallery off Hwy 66, Smoky Mountain Homecoming unveils Robert Tino's latest mountain print and features authentic mountain craftsmen, roving storytellers, mountain music, and antique games for the kids. Admission is free.  October 6-8, 2017

Annual Bruce Street Brewfest - Historic Downtown Sevierville welcomes you to enjoy over 30 home and professional beer brewers, live music, great food, and good friends. The fun takes place from 1-6 p.m. and all proceeds to benefit local charities.

Annual Halloween Celebrations - Pigeon Forge Community Center hosts Halloween Fun from 6-9 p.m. with games, entertainment & "Trick or Treat" on October 26, 2017. On Halloween, Gatlinburg's Halloween Carnival takes place at Ripley's Plaza from 1-5 p.m. with downtown Trick or Treat following at 6 p.m.  Most local restaurants and outlet shopping malls also participate in handing out Halloween treats. 

Winter 2018

Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration has become one of the south's most popular events! Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville each honor the coming of winter with fantastic kick-off events featuring entertainment, great food and twinkling lights. The fun continues through February with trolley light tours, special holiday theater performances, and spectacular sales events at all area outlet malls.  Kick-off Events:  Sevierville  / Pigeon Forge  /  Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg Winter Magic - Gatlinburg keeps the magic going through February with Christmas light displays, Trolley Ride of Lights and special wintertime events.

Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival turns Dollywood Theme Park into a winter wonderland of more than 3.5 million holiday lights to set the stage for extraordinary holiday entertainment.  Make this a Christmas holiday to remember and vacation during one of the Great Smoky Mountains "warmest" seasons.  Ride the trolley from Gatlinburg to Dollywood!

Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade – Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade is recognized as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast. Bundle up and arrive early for lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units and balloons. Parade begins at 7:30 p.m.


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2018 Cool Spring Weather Brings The Smoky Mountains to Life 2018 Summertime Weather in the Great Smoky Mountains Welcomes Annual Summer Festivals and Local Events that Get You Outdoors 2018 Autumn Welcomes Beautiful Fall Colors Whose Billiance Depends on the Amount of Rainfall and Timing of Frosts 2018 The Smokies are a Winter Wonderland With Mild Winter Temperatures and Light Snowfalls

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