Gatlinburg Special Events

Gatlinburg Tennessee has something memorable to offer no matter what time of year a visitor arrives. In the spring season, forests come alive, flowers bloom and the annual Wildflower Pilgrimage rolls around. This five-day extravaganza takes place in the Smoky Mountains National Park and offers visitors the chance to experience the beauty of the native landscape through hiking and photography tours, seminars and other educational gatherings. Next up is the Scottish Festival, a traditional Scottish event with a parade and a number of competitive games. The final major event of the spring is the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival, where art lovers travel from all over the country to show their arts and crafts and enjoy the great music, mouthwatering food and pleasant weather.

The fun continues in the summer. From June through August, a number of talented musicians from the Smoky Mountain Tune and Tales perform on the streets, sharing songs and stories from generations past with curious onlookers. There is also the famous midnight July 4th parade and downtown fireworks show, which always offers plenty of music and food to enjoy. The creatively inclined may want to check out the Smoky Mountain Songwriter's festival, a three day music show that takes place downtown in late August, as well as the Gatlinburg Craftsman's Fair, a gathering of artists and craftspeople that goes on for nine days in July.

Fall is one of the best times to experience all the beauty that the Smoky Mountains has to offer. Along with the changing of the leaves comes the annual Gatlinburg Taste of Autumn festival. This event, which is held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in late September, offers visitors a sampling of delicious items from a number of Gatlinburg restaurants. The choices are vast and the quality is good enough to satisfy foodies from all over the country.

In winter comes the Winter Magic Celebration, a holiday festival that includes over three million lights, city tours, historical planes, live eagles and patriotic music from the days of yore. There is also the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, a fun celebration with usually more than one hundred participants, and New Years Eve party, which boats being one of the most popular New Years gatherings in the south and comes complete with a times square style ball drop and fireworks show.