Gatlinburg is a premier destination for those looking for the perfect mountain getaway. The music of the mountains resounds throughout this community. Become a part of this small town’s heritage of patriotism, mountain craftsmanship and hospitality. Immerse yourself in a southern town with heart. Slow down your fast-paced life, and let a leisurely vacation strip all your worries away. And do as the locals do, check out these great events happening throughout the summer.
Events: Summer 2016
Every Saturday, Now–October 8
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
The Covered Bridge • 849 Glades Road, Gatlinburg, TN • 800-381-7670 • Website
This market pops up every summer to bring residents and guests amazing produce, Smoky Mountain arts and crafts and fun activities. All this, with the sound of Bluegrass lilting through the air.
June 17–August 14
Free Parkway Trolley
The Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN • 1-800-568-4748 • Website
Explore the Parkway which runs through the heart of Gatlinburg onboard the open-air trolley. A fun way to see the best that Gatlinburg has to offer.
First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!
Downtown Gatlinburg • Gatlinburg, TN • 1-800-568-4748 • Website
At the stroke of midnight, Gatlinburg will celebrate our country’s independence with the “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!” This celebrated event pulls out all the stops—marching bands, floats, balloons and more!
River Raft Regatta
Starts at Christ in the Smokies Bridge, River Road, Gatlinburg, TN • 1-800-588-1817 • Website
Dropping stuff in the river has never been more fun! Unmanned river rafts (hand-made designs or anything that floats) will be dropped into the Little Pigeon River and raced to the finish line. Awards will be given for each category. This fun-filled event is free!
Gatlinburg’s Fireworks Finale
Downtown Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg, TN • Website
The best place to be at 10 p.m. on July 4 is Downtown Gatlinburg. You will love their amazing, 20-minute fireworks show! Camp out at traffic lights #3 and #5 for the best view.
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
Gatlinburg Convention Center • 234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg TN • 865-436-7479 • Website
Gatlinburg will host people from all over the country to display the best example of artistry! See skilled craftspeople put their talents on display in over 200 booths. There will also be free live music concerts throughout the event.
5th Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival
Venues throughout Downtown Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg TN • 865-604-9066 • Website
Throughout Gatlinburg, the sounds of amazing music will fill the air. This celebration of songwriters and songwriting honors the mountain music of Tennessee. Throughout Downtown Gatlinburg, there will be 120 shows to choose from, as well as three ticketed concerts. This is a great time to visit the Tennessee Smokies.
Want to see more Tennessee Smokies events? Click on links below to see events in nearby cities: