Seasonal and Regional Events and Attractions

The Smoky Mountain region hosts a lot of seasonal events that visitors and residents alike look forward to every year. The people in our area celebrate the seasons with food, entertainment, music, and more! Find out about some of the events that are the highlights of each season in the Great Smoky Mountains.

 

Spring

  • The Wildflower Pilgrimage: This five-day spring event takes place in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors go on nature walks as well as attend classes and seminars to learn about the many wildflowers that grow in the Smoky Mountains. Go on a guided hike and learn how to identify flowers, trees, and ferns!
  • Music of the Mountains: The Sugarlands Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park hosts this three-day musical event. Celebrate the history and tradition of Southern Appalachian music.
  • Junior Ranger Day: Want to enjoy a day of hands-on family activities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Visit the shop of a blacksmith, go on guided walks, and touch animal skins. All of these activities are free, and kids can even work toward a junior ranger badge.

Summer

  • Women’s Work Festival: Pay a visit to this one-day event at the Mountain Farm Museum and find out about the daily work of mountain women through the decades. Observe demonstrations of spinning, open-hearth cooking, and other tasks these women completed throughout the day.
  • First July Fourth Parade in the Nation! Travel to Gatlinburg and attend a unique parade that starts at midnight, just as Independence Day gets under way. Cheer on the floats, marching bands, balloons, and organizations there to honor those in our military.
  • Smoky Mountains Tunes and Tales: Travel back in time to enjoy singing and storytelling by performers dressed in 19th-century costumes. The performers begin the show at the center of Gatlinburg and then wander throughout town entertaining visitors on the sidewalks.

Autumn

  • Music, Lights, and Magic: Fireworks, food and games are available for free at this late autumn event in Sevierville. More than 7,000 people attend this exciting annual event.
  • Gatlinburg Winter Magic and Chili Cookoff: Light exhibits with millions of LED lights are the stars of this annual event in Gatlinburg. Visitors can enjoy live entertainment and food and try some of the delicious chili of the contestants participating in the Chili Cookoff.

Winter

  • Festival of Christmas Past: Enjoy a traditional mountain Christmas with songs and storytelling! Visitors to this one-day event get to see quilting, sewing, toy-making, and cooking demonstrations. Discover the games kids and families played centuries ago to celebrate the season.
  • Gatlinburg Winterfest Trolley Ride of Lights: Visitors can enjoy the holiday lights from the comfort of a trolley. The trolley travels through downtown Gatlinburg, allowing riders to observe the sights and sounds of the season.
  • Saddle Up! Visit the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge for this year’s celebration of cowboys. Learn old stories told by cowboys and listen to traditional country music. Be sure to sample some foods that are favorites with the cowboy crowd.