Learn How to Craft a Chart Topping Hit at the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg

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Want to learn how to write a hit song? Musicians planning a vacation to Gatlinburg will be thrilled to hear that the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is back for another year of great music and education! Whether you’re a fan of pop, rock, country, bluegrass, or gospel, this annual event will make you appreciate music like never before. Continue reading

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair Returns With Even More Handcrafted Art

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One of the most popular events in Tennessee is gearing up for its 39th year! The 2014 Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair will be held from July 18-27, and organizers are planning some surprises this year that your whole family will love. Head down to Gatlinburg during these ten days to view and purchase magnificent crafts made by artists from all over the nation. Quality and originality in craftsmanship are assured as each artist is approved by a jury of experts. Over 180 artists are expected at the fair this year. Read on to learn everything you need to know about this year’s Craftsmen’s Fair. Continue reading

Celebrate America’s Heroes at the Gatlinburg Midnight Independence Day Parade

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Of course, every day is a great day to be an American, but July 4th might be the most fun! With fireworks and barbecues, Independence Day celebrations are the highlight of the summer. In addition to all of the entertainment and food, it is important that we remember the incredible sacrifices people have made to keep America safe and free.

The Gatlinburg Midnight Independence Day Parade celebrates the fun of July 4th while also honoring America’s veterans and other heroes. This year’s parade will feature the 572nd U.S. Air Force Band and members of all military branches. Continue reading

Gatlinburg Summer Farmer’s Market Back by Popular Demand

woman at a farmers market with fresh produceDo you love buying fresh local produce? If so, there’s no better place than the Smoky Mountains to find homegrown fruit and vegetables to enjoy all summer long. Back by popular demand, the Gatlinburg Farmer’s Market will open for its fourth season on May 17. Vacationing families who are looking for things to do in Gatlinburg on the weekend will have no shortage of fun through September 13, when the market will close for the season. Continue reading

Take Free Tours of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park This Spring

Colorful Smoky Mountains in fallThere are a million things to see in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so it always helps to travel with an expert! This spring, naturalist Jamie Matzko and wildlife biologist Keith Watson will be offering free guided tours of the park through the Gatlinburg Special Events Department. Jamie and Keith know everything there is to know about the national park, so this Gatlinburg event is an incredible opportunity to see the Smokies like never before.

(See Related: Have You Heard? The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Reopens Once Again!) Continue reading