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

People writing USA in sparklers

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

Toast to the 2014 Smoky Mountain Winefest

Red wine and glass on wooden barrelPlanning to get away for a girls’ weekend or couple’s vacation? Warm temperatures, gorgeous blooms and annual events make April the perfect time to get away to the spectacular Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee with your best friends or sweetheart. Some of the best events in the Smokies are scheduled for this spring. From crafting events to unique festivals, there’s plenty to see and do. Continue reading