gatlinburg special events

Spring Events To Watch Out For!

We’ve got warm weather going on all week and that will be perfect as Spring begins 10 days early with brilliantly shining days, special events coming back to the calendars, green and grass returning to the mountains and more coming in very soon. To begin this return to Springfest, we’ve got two long-standing Pigeon Forge traditions to tell you about coming up very shortly. Festival of the Nations returns this March 16th to be the grand opening for the Dollywood…

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Gatlinburg Winterfest Kickoff 2018

Today is the kickoff for the next big season in the Smoky Mountains – our longest tourism season in the year – Winterfest 2018! As is tradition in Gatlinburg, we celebrate Winterfest with a Chili Cookoff in downtown Gatlinburg between Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. This event is so big that the city of Gatlinburg shuts down a whole section of the downtown parkway just to hold it. The first part of the…

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Get Ready For The 2017 Eclipse!

The eclipse is just a few days away! Here is a slightly updated account of information on the eclipse from the National park Service: “Where Can I See The Eclipse? The entire western half of Great Smoky Mountains National Park will fall under the path of totality for the eclipse, providing opportunities for viewing, weather permitting. The park is currently planning organized public viewing events at three locations in the park: Clingmans Dome; Cades Cove; and Oconaluftee. Visit the Great…

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