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Free Music and Entertainment in Downtown Gatlinburg This Spring

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February 18, 2014

Country music guitar, cowboy hats, and boots

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales is coming back to town! This annual tradition brings talented entertainers to downtown Gatlinburg for live musical performances, storytelling, and crafting demonstrations throughout the spring and summer months. Held right around the corner from our Gatlinburg cabins, Tunes and Tales has something for every member of your family.

(See Related: Why Vacation in the Smokies This Spring?)


All of the Tunes and Tales performances are held in downtown Gatlinburg. The performers should be easy to spot because many of them come dressed in period costumes from the 1800s!


Tunes and Tales starts up again for its ninth season in April. During the spring, you will be able to enjoy performances on Friday and Saturday nights. Starting June 6th, the Tunes and Tales entertainers will play music and share stories every day of the week!

Shows begin at 6 p.m. and usually last until around 11 p.m.


All of the entertainment is completely free!

What to Expect

Tunes and Tales is a celebration of Appalachian culture and traditions. Local musicians will break out their banjos and guitars for some authentic Smoky Mountain folk songs and toe tapping bluegrass music.

Where there’s music, there’s also bound to be dancing! The Back Porch Cloggers will be showing off their moves and teaching members of the crowd how to step.

Keep an eye out for Smoky Mountain storytellers! In years past, we have had an old timey police officer who tells tales to kids and gives out badges to his new deputies.

Are you curious about woodworking? A handful of skilled artisans will be on hand to demonstrate their craft and answer questions about their technique. You might even learn how to whittle!

The Gatlinburg mascot Zeno the Bear is also certain to make an appearance. This lovable guy is known to greet visitors with a great big bear hug!

Where to Stay

Timber Tops is just minutes away from all of the Tunes and Tales events! Our Gatlinburg cabins are in an unbeatable location and come with all of the best amenities, including private indoor heated pools, game rooms, and fully furnished kitchens. Before you book a cabin, check out our Specials page to learn how you can get a free night’s stay at Timber Tops!

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