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5 Things to Know About the Tennessee Square Dance Convention in Gatlinburg

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July 23, 2014

The Tennessee Square Dance Convention is back in Gatlinburg for its 40th year! We’ve got the scoop on everything you need to know about this Smoky Mountain tradition.

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The Tennessee Square Dance Convention in Gatlinburg will be start on Thursday, July 3 and continue through Saturday, August 2, 2014. The convention kicks off on Thursday with a Trail-In Dance from 8 pm to 11 pm. On Friday, the dancing starts at noon and goes till 11 pm. The Saturday hours start at 10 a.m. and the convention winds down at 11 p.m. A weekend ticket package is only $35 at the door.


The W. L. Mills Conference Center is hosting the Tennessee Square Dancing Convention again this year. It is a wing of the Gatlinburg Convention Center, located at 234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.


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Square dancing is the official folk dance of Tennessee and with five different halls withcontinuous dancing, there will be no shortage of things to do. Make sure to wear your convention shirt to Thursday’s Trail-in Dance and bring your dancing shoes. There will be no dancing on carpet, because all five of the halls have wooden floors. There will be over 60 talented dance leaders and on Friday and Saturday evenings and a live band performance will accompany the dancing. It’s going to be a real hootenanny!


On Friday evening and all day Saturday, there will be free parking just across the street from the convention center in the Reagan Drive city parking lot.

Where to Stay

After you’ve danced until your feet are sore at the Tennessee Square Dance Convention in Gatlinburg, you’ll want a nice place to kick back and relax until the next day of dancing. Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals has a wide array of cabins with beautiful mountain views, whether you want a secluded spot for two or a place for your whole family. To start planning your vacation, visit our Gatlinburg Cabins page or give us a call at 877-549-6775.

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