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** This calendar of fun things to do and free events in the Smoky Mountains area is current as of 2013.
Event listings are subject to change without notice to Best Western Ogle's Properties.  Please confirm events, times and locations if your travel plans are contingent on this list of events. **

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April 2014 Fun & (Sometimes!) Free Things to Do

1-21
Dollywood's Festival of Nations:
  Dance, artistry, music, food and crafts from around the world are brought to Dollywood for your enjoyment! Don't miss the largest international festival in the South. Closed Tuesdays & Easter.  dollywood.com.

1-June 8
Smoky Mountain Springfest:
  Springtime in the Mountains!  Come celebrate the season in the Great Smoky Mountains area with special events and local craft shows throughout Sevier County.  Includes special family fun events for Gatlinburg's "It's a Spring Thing."

4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales:
While strolling along Gatlinburg's streets on Fridays and Saturdays in April, learn about old-timey mountain life.  Local characters, storytellers, musicians and cloggers perform along the Parkway during this 9th annual event!

5-6
Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament:
  Fishing tournament and prizes are up for grabs during the largest spring trout tournament in the Smokies.  Open to all ages.  Contact Rocky Top Outfitters or visit smokymountaintrouttournament.com for full details.

12
Smoky Mountain Winefest:
  Head next door to Ripley's Aquarium Plaza to enjoy wine tastings and food pairings from 16 wineries from across the state and local chefs.  Must be age 21 or older.  Tickets are $20, includes keepsake wine glass.

Mountain Man Memorial March:  This 6th annual touching and challenging tribute to our service men and women in uniform honors 1LT Frank Walkup, a University of Tennessee-Knoxville alumnus who in 2007 was killed in the line of duty in Iraq.  The 26.2-mile march starts in downtown Gatlinburg at 9 a.m. and includes highway and rural road stretches in addition to rugged terrain and mountain slopes. For more information, call 865-974-5371 or visit www.mountainmanmemorialmarch.com

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Food Ministry Fiesta:
  Sevier County Food Ministries' Growing With Grace Building will receive 100% of the proceeds from their 3rd annual fundraiser held at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.  The event begins at 6 pm and includes entertainment and refreshments. For ticket information, call (865) 428-5182

25-27
Music of the Mountains:
  Musical tributes taking place throughout the Smokies, including Townsend, Cosby, Sugarlands Visitors Center and downtown Gatlinburg.  Gatlinburg will host a special free concert as part of the Music of the Mountains celebration on April 26 on the Plaza at Ripley's Aquarium.

15-19
64th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage:
  The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is alive with over 150 programs, hikes, demonstrations, and classroom workshops centered on celebrating the beauty and diversity of its flowers, plants and wildlife.  For a list of events and schedule, visit www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org

Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show: The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community offers their one-of-a-kind handcrafted heirloom gifts and handmade products at their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.  www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

20
Easter Sunrise Service at Ober Gatlinburg:
  Complimentary tram service to Ober Gatlinburg begins at 5:45am for the 6:30am Easter Sunrise Service.  Breakfast buffet available. (800) 251-9202

20-27
Earth Week:
  Gatlinburg celebrates Earth Week with a community Spur Clean Up and a week of family-oriented events created around Earth Day Celebration.  Think Green!

24
Earth Day Festival:
  Bring the entire family to Mynatt Park for live entertainment and free crafts and activities designed to encourage environmental awareness and developing a green lifestyle.  Anticipated activities begin time is 9 a.m.

25
Earth Day 5K:
  Nighttime road race through the middle of Gatlinburg, beginning and ending at Nantahala Outdoor Center parking lot at traffic light #10.  Register onsite at 9 p.m. for 10 p.m. race.

 

May 2014 Fun Things to Do

1-June 8
Smoky Mountain Springfest:
  Springtime in the Mountains!  Come celebrate the season in the Great Smoky Mountains area with special events and local craft shows throughout Sevier County.  Includes special family fun events for Gatlinburg's "It's a Spring Thing."

2
Dolly's Homecoming Parade:
  At 6 p.m., Dolly Parton herself will be heading up this Home Coming Parade followed by decorated floats, school marching bands and local entertainers.  Pigeon Forge Parkway.

2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales:
  While strolling along Gatlinburg's streets on Fridays and Saturdays in May, learn about old-timey mountain life.  Local characters, storytellers, musicians and cloggers perform along the Parkway during this 9th annual event!

8
NEW!
  Gatlinburg Beans n Cornbread Blast:
   Downtown Gatlinburg will be the scene of a foot stompin' good time with great entertainment and recipe sampling of the best corn bread and beans of the south!  This new street festival is sponsored by Bush Brothers Beans.

16-17
Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass Festival:
  Enjoy free admission to Sevierville's largest event and Festival of the Year!  Bluegrass concerts, kids games, Smoky Mountain crafts, and delicious BBQ for 2 full days.  www.BloominBBQ.com

24
Gatlinburg Farmers Market:
  Visit the Alamo Steakhouse restaurant parking lot from 8:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday through October 11 for homegrown produce, organic produce and homemade foods.  www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

24-June 8
Dollyworld Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival:
  It's a new season for Dolly's BBQ and Bluegrass, but it the same great fun!  Listen to the sounds of the best names in bluegrass and savor the tastes of great BBQ now through June 8.  dollywood.com

 

Summer Fun June 2014

1-8
Smoky Mountain Springfest:
  Springtime in the Mountains!  Come celebrate the season in the Great Smoky Mountains area with special events and local craft shows throughout Sevier County.  Includes special family fun events for Gatlinburg's "It's a Spring Thing."

Dollyworld Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival:  It's a new season for Dolly's BBQ and Bluegrass, but it the same great fun!  Listen to the sounds of the best names in bluegrass and savor the tastes of great BBQ. dollywood.com

6-7
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales:
  While strolling along Gatlinburg's streets, learn about old-timey mountain life.  Local characters, storytellers, musicians and cloggers perform along the Parkway during this 9th annual event!

7, 14, 21, 28
Gatlinburg Farmers Market:
  Visit the Alamo Steakhouse restaurant parking lot from 8:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday through October 11 for homegrown produce, organic produce and homemade foods.  www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

13-August 9
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales:
  While strolling along Gatlinburg's streets this summer, learn about old-timey mountain life.  Local characters, storytellers, musicians and cloggers perform along the Parkway during this 9th annual event!

14-August 3
Dollywood's Great American Summer:
  Pack in more summertime fun with family and friends at Dollywood with longer park hours, news shows, and a fireworks display every night through August 3.  Open until 10 p.m.!  dollywood.com.

14-August 16
Free Parkway Trolley:
  Take a free ride in downtown Gatlinburg between traffic lights #1 and #10 on specially marked trolleys and get on and off as often as you'd like. Free trolley rides offered from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. every day through August 16.

 

July 2014 Events in the Smokies

1-August 3
Dollywood's Great American Summer:
  Pack in more summertime fun with family and friends at Dollywood with longer park hours, news shows, and a fireworks display every night through August 3.  Open until 10 p.m.!  dollywood.com.

1-August 9
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales:
  While strolling along Gatlinburg's streets this summer, learn about old-timey mountain life.  Local characters, storytellers, musicians and cloggers perform along the Parkway during this 9th annual event!

3
4th of July Midnight Parade:
  You'll have the best seat in the house when staying at Crossroads Inn or Twin Islands for this 39th annual parade!

4
River Raft Regatta:
  Free and fun unmanned, floatable object race that begins at noon at the Christ in the Smokies Museum and ends at the bridge at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.  10 a.m. registration.

4th of July Fireworks Show:  Be at the Space Needle no later than 10 p.m. in downtown Gatlinburg to mark our nation's "Independence Day" with a spectacular fireworks show.

24th Annual Patriot Festival:  An all day party in Pigeon Forge that celebrates America's birthday lots of free kids activities, entertainment and food at Patriot Park.  Fireworks begin at dark.  MyPigeonForge.com/patriot.

5, 12, 19, 26
Gatlinburg Farmers Market:
  Visit the Alamo Steakhouse restaurant parking lot from 8:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday through October 11 for homegrown produce, organic produce and homemade foods.  www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

18-27
Summer Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair:
  Live country & bluegrass entertains while you browse and shop for heirloom quality merchandise.  Craft show is open every day from 10 a.m. -6 p.m. and 10 a.m. -5 p.m. on Sunday.

1-August 16
Free Parkway Trolley:
  Take a free ride in downtown Gatlinburg between traffic lights #1 and #10 on specially marked trolleys and get on and off as often as you'd like. Free trolley rides offered from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. every day through August 16.

 

August 2014 Smoky Mountain Fun Stuff

1-3
Tennessee Annual Sales Tax-Free Weekend:
  Enjoy tax-free purchases on certain back to school items including computers, clothing and supplies.

Back to School Tax Free Weekend Sidewalk Sales:  Pigeon River Crossing in Pigeon Forge (formerly Belz Shopping Mall) and Tanger Outlets in Sevierville.

Dollywood's Great American Summer:  Pack in more summertime fun with family and friends at Dollywood with longer park hours, news shows, and a fireworks display.  Open until 10 p.m.!  dollywood.com.

1-9
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales:
  While strolling along Gatlinburg's streets, learn about old-timey mountain life.  Local characters, storytellers, musicians and cloggers perform along the Parkway during this 9th annual event!

1-16
Free Parkway Trolley:
  Take a free ride in downtown Gatlinburg between traffic lights #1 and #10 on specially marked trolleys and get on and off as often as you'd like. Free trolley rides offered from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. every day.

2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Gatlinburg Farmers Market:
  Visit the Alamo Steakhouse restaurant parking lot from 8:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday through October 11 for homegrown produce, organic produce and homemade foods.  www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

21-24
Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival:
  Celebrating the area's Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg hosts its 3rd Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival. Call (865) 436-0500 or email george@gatlinburg.com for location and times.

 

September 2014 Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Things to Do

6, 13, 20, 27
Gatlinburg Farmers Market:
  Visit the Alamo Steakhouse restaurant parking lot from 8:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday through October 11 for homegrown produce, organic produce and homemade foods.  www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

12-October 31
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival:
  A countywide celebration of harvest season features festivals, special events and autumn-themed displays throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

20-November 1
Dollywood National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration:
  America's largest southern gospel event brings over 300 concerts from gospel stars and the art of the country's best crafters to Dollywood Theme Park.

27-October 25
29th Annual Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair:
  This craft show brings artists from all over the country to offer unique, possibly never you've seen before, handcrafted gifts and products.  Located at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge.

27-28
Smoky Mountain Fall Trout Tournament:
  Fishing tournament and prizes are up for grabs during the largest fall trout tournament in the Smokies.  Open to all ages.  Contact Rocky Top Outfitters or visit smokymountaintrouttournament.com for full details.

27-November 2
Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg:
  Bavarian-style food, beverages, music and live entertainment fuels this festival through November 2.  Multiple shows Fridays-Sundays.

 

October 2014 Fun Harvest Season Events

1-November 1
Dollywood National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration:
  America's largest southern gospel event brings over 300 concerts from gospel stars and the art of the country's best crafters to Dollywood Theme Park.

1-November 2
Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg:
  Bavarian-style food, beverages, music and live entertainment fuels this festival through November 2.  Multiple shows Fridays-Sundays.

1-31
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival:
  A countywide celebration of harvest season features festivals, special events and autumn-themed displays throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

1-25
29th Annual Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair:
This craft show brings artists from all over the country to offer unique, possibly never you've seen before, handcrafted gifts and products.  Located at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge.

4-6, 11-12, 18-20, 25-27, Nov 1-2
Ripley's Fright Nights:
  Ripley's Haunted Adventure spooks up the season with a special show each Friday-Sunday evening in October and on Halloween night.  Not appropriate for young children.

4, 11
Gatlinburg Farmers Market:
  Visit the Alamo Steakhouse restaurant parking lot from 8:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday through October 11 for homegrown produce, organic produce and homemade foods.  www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

9-26
Fall Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair:
  Live country & bluegrass entertains while you browse and shop for heirloom quality merchandise at over 200 artisan booths.  Craft show is open every day from 10 a.m. -6 p.m. and 10 a.m. -5 p.m. on Sunday.

28
Annual Taste of Autumn:
  Visit the Gatlinburg Convention Center to sample signature dishes from the area's finest restaurants and other vendors.   There will be live entertainment and a cash bar.  Anticipated ticket price is $25 per person.

31
Trick Or Treat Kickoff Carnival:
  Local businesses offer contests, costumed characters, inflatables and candy on Halloween at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Sevier County.

 

Things to Do November 2014

1
Dollywood National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration:
  America's largest southern gospel event brings over 300 concerts from gospel stars and the art of the country's best crafters to Dollywood Theme Park.

1-2
Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg:
  Bavarian-style food, beverages, music and live entertainment fuels this festival through November 2.  Multiple shows Fridays-Sundays.

Ripley's Fright Nights:  Ripley's Haunted Adventure spooks up the season with a special show each Friday-Sunday evening in October and on Halloween night.  Not appropriate for young children.

8-January 3, 2015
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival:
  Celebrate Christmas in the Smokies and include a day (or two!) at Dollywood for endless Christmas lights and special holiday shows.  Closed 12/24, 12/25 & 12/31.  dollywood.com

11
Veterans Day Celebration:
  Gatlinburg, an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day, will salute the men and women of the Armed Forces during a special ceremony at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza at 11 a.m.

12
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff:
  Enjoy live entertainment and lots of chili on the downtown strip from 5 to 8 p.m.   Lights come on at 8!

12-December 30
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights:
  Enjoy a guided trolley tour of spectacular Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley's Aquarium Trolley Station. Group reservations are available. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Tickets can be purchased online from eventsgatlinburg.com.  Excludes December 5, 24, 25.

13-February 28, 2015
Gatlinburg Winter Magic:
  Light up your winter nights with spectacular LED light displays throughout the Parkway, compliments of the city of Gatlinburg.

25-December 7
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Show:
  Annual craft show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center featuring the unique handcrafted items of the members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.  www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

26-30
Gatlinburg's Festival of Trees:
  Dozens upon dozens of ornately decorated Christmas trees await visitors in this winter wonderland at Gatlinburg Convention Center's W.L. Mills Conference Center. Event benefits Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. (800) 568-4748

28-December 20
Winter Magic Tunes & Tales:
  Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings through December 20 beginning at 6 p.m.

28-29
The Nutcracker "Sweet":
  Holiday classic performance at 7 p.m. by the Smoky Mountain Dance Theater Company at the Gatlinburg Convention Center W.L. Mills Auditorium. Call (865) 680-7369 for ticket purchases.

 

December 2014 Christmas Season Things to Do

1-February 28, 2015
Gatlinburg Winter Magic:
  Light up your winter nights with spectacular LED light displays throughout the Parkway, compliments of the city of Gatlinburg.

1-January 3, 2015
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival:
  Celebrate Christmas in the Smokies and include a day (or two!) at Dollywood for endless Christmas lights and special holiday shows.  Closed 12/24, 12/25 & 12/31.  dollywood.com

1-7
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Show:
  Annual craft show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center featuring the unique handcrafted items of the members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.  www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

1-30
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights:
  Enjoy a guided trolley tour of spectacular Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley's Aquarium Trolley Station. Group reservations are available. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Tickets can be purchased online from eventsgatlinburg.com.  Excludes December 5, 24, 25.

5
Gatlinburg's 39th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade:
  Recognized by the International Festival and Events Association, this popular Christmas parade in downtown Gatlinburg features lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units and helium balloons. Parade begins at 7:30 p.m. at Traffic Light #1A and continues through downtown to Light #10.

5-6, 12-13, 19-20
Winter Magic Tunes & Tales:
  Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 6 p.m.

31
New Year's Eve Fireworks Show & Ball Drop:
  Downtown Gatlinburg's fabulous fireworks show, live entertainment, and free party favors at the stroke of midnight for the 27th straight year!  Be at the Space Needle area (traffic light #8) for the "South's Best New Year's Eve Show."

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