Jun
22
Fri
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales @ Downtown Gatlinburg
Jun 22 – Aug 11 all-day
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales @ Downtown Gatlinburg

Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance festival featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s.

Gatlinburg will present the 13th season of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales daily in downtown Gatlinburg. The collection of personalities and performers arrive nightly at 6 p.m. in the center of town. Visitors witness a magical transformation of sidewalk to stage as the characters disperse along the downtown Parkway for an evening of entertainment and storytelling.

This popular event truly highlights one of Gatlinburg’s greatest assets in the walkability of the city and provides guests with an interactive, educational and entertaining experience the whole family can enjoy.

“Gatlinburg is a walking town. Tunes & Tales enhances our visitors’ experience as they stroll the Parkway in the evenings,” said Marci Claude, PR Manager. “The performers bring to life traditional Smoky Mountain heritage and culture in a fun and interactive way.”

Jul
13
Fri
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

A unique characteristic of the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is the fact that artisans not only make their art available for viewing and sale, but also demonstrate their special talents and skills during this show, which is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Tentative hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Music shows are scheduled at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. daily, 12 and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Entertainment is included in the admission cost.

Jul
27
Fri
Tennessee Tax-Free Weekend
Jul 27 @ 12:01 am – Jul 29 @ 11:59 pm

Enjoy a sales tax free weekend across the state of Tennessee! Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 27th, sales tax will not be charged on a variety of items, such as clothing, school supplies and computers. All Tennessee merchants must participate in the sales tax holiday. Clothing and school supplies must be less than $100 per item to qualify, and technology must be less than $1500 per item. Online purchases and purchases through apps also qualify if the purchase is paid for by the customer and accepted by the retailer during the holiday period for immediate shipment.

Jul
28
Sat
Smokies Trot 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk @ Smokies Stadium
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Smokies Trot 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk @ Smokies Stadium | Kodak | Tennessee | United States

The Smokies Trot 5k will be held at 8:00 AM on July 28, 2018. Runners will start at Smokies Stadium and finish the race by rounding the bases then heading to home plate!

Beer and concessions will be sold during and after the event!

If you would like to register ahead of time for the 2018 Smokies Trot 5K, please visit the event website. To view the Smokies Trot 5K flyer, click here.

Please send any questions to events@smokiesbaseball.com or call 865-286-2317.

Aug
2
Thu
2018 Square Dance Convention
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 4 @ 11:00 pm

Join us on August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 2018 for the 44th Convention, back in Gatlinburg again after that record-setting 2017 Convention there. The beautiful W. L. Mills Conference Center provides more than great dancing space in a comfortable and convenient layout.

What You can Expect for 2018:

  • Over 60 gifted, talented and challenging callers, cuers and lines instructors
  • 5 Halls of GREAT, CONTINUOUS DANCING…. including:
  • Live Band Hall: Friday & Saturday Evenings… Square Dancing only… dancing in beautiful Mills Auditorium… high energy, FUN ! … Mainstream & Plus calling (split sessions)
  • Wood flooring in ALL halls: NO dancing on carpet!
  • Mainstream hall: a more relaxed hall for ALL dancers… Lines between tips in the evenings
  • Plus hall: for the dedicated Plus dancer… Rounds between tips in the evenings
  • Advanced hall: full program, both Friday and Saturday. 9+ amazing advanced callers… LARGE hall…C1
  • Rounds hall: full program, both Friday and Saturday. 10+ “smooth” rounds cuers… LARGE hall… more hours of dancing!
  • Lines program: 2 full hours of Line Dancing only, both Friday & Saturday
  • Thursday Night Trail-in Dance: … dancing in LARGE, COOL Mills Auditorium. It’s “wear your convention t-shirt ” and be ready to dance night!!!!
  • Workshops
  • Intros
  • Request Rounds (higher levels)
  • Fun Squares
  • Hot Hash
  • Singles’ Activities
  • Afterparty
  • Fashion Show… NOT your ordinary runway stroll!
  • Sewing Clinic
  • Used Clothing Sale

Tentative Schedule:

  • Thursday: Trail-In Dance 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Aug
16
Thu
Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival @ Downtown Gatlinburg
Aug 16 – Aug 26 all-day
Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival @ Downtown Gatlinburg

Celebrating the area’s Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg will host its annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival August 16 through 26.

The 10-day festival downtown Gatlinburg featuring hit songwriters. Public invited for free live entertainment. Songwriter opportunities: song competition, workshops, co-writing with hit writers, mentoring sessions and stage spots. Rain or shine.

The SMSWF Mission is to promote songwriters and to help their talents and songs be discovered not only by publishers and producers, but also by all of us fans, who simply love the songs that the stars perform.

Aug
18
Sat
Fontana Trestle Train BBQ & Brews – August 2018 @ Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Aug 18 all-day
Fontana Trestle Train BBQ & Brews – August 2018 @ Great Smoky Mountain Railroad | Bryson City | North Carolina | United States

Back by popular demand our BBQ & Brews now featured on the Fontana Trestle Train, will roll out this Summer! Featuring slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing our local breweries! Family friendly seating is be available on this experience!

Departing from Bryson City, these trains will travel to the Fontana Trestle and arrive just around sunset for a spectacular view! A delicious BBQ meal will be served during the trip. Returning back to the Bryson City Depot at 9pm.

Each of you will get your own basket of Southern-style barbeque goodness with hand-pulled pork slider, a couple pork ribs, and chicken drumstick accompanied by baked beans and house-made coleslaw.

And, of course, no respectable Southern barbecue would forget to warm up some apple cobbler for dessert.

Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival @ Townsend Visitor's Center
Aug 18 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival @ Townsend Visitor's Center | Townsend | Tennessee | United States

Join us for a summertime spectacle, when several professional balloonist light up the evening sky with a beautiful balloon glow. The sky will be filled with a spectrum of color like never before, against a backdrop of a breathtaking Tennessee sunset.

The balloons begin to inflate at dusk and glow for around an hour. This means balloons are usually up from about 7:30pm to 9:00pm, conditional on weather. Parking for the event is $20 online and $25 day of event.

Our four legged friends are not discouraged from attending the GSM Hot Air Balloon Festival, but we understand that the Balloons can be frightening and noisy much in the same way a fireworks show creates stress for our furry pets. All pets must be leashed and poop bags are required.

This year we will offer tethered rides (weather permitting) and balloon glow. The balloons will not launch.

Aug
24
Fri
Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion @ LeConte Center
Aug 24 – Aug 25 all-day
Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion @ LeConte Center | Pigeon Forge | Tennessee | United States

Once again we will be holding our annual Jeep Invasion at the beautiful LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. Both days are 9am to 5pm. $10.00 General Admission per day per person on the days of the show at the door or entry gate. This is an indoor and outdoor event that will feature an array of over 150 national, regional and local Jeep accessory vendors. We had over 7,000 Jeeps attend in 2017 and are looking to break that record again. We will also be having our vendors donating off lots of cool jeeping products and there will be plenty of show Jeeps on display for your viewing pleasure. Please check back for the latest updates.The Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion is an annual event hosted by the Smoky Mountain Jeep Club of Maryville, Tennessee. This year’s 6th Annual Invasion will be held on August 24th-25th, 2018. This event is a vendor-driven event open to all Jeep enthusiasts. Anyone who owns or loves Jeeps is welcome and encouraged to attend this event.

The Pigeon Forge, Tennessee area draws 10 million visitors per year, making it the perfect location for the 5th Annual Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion. Held inside the beautiful 100,000 square foot LeConte Center, this year’s Invasion will be packed full of vendors and spectators alike, enjoying all things Jeep! This year’s event drew over 7,000 Jeeps and nearly 15,000 attendees, and next year’s event will not disappoint.

We have begun accepting applications for vendors excited to participate and eager to dazzle in this year’s show!

If you would like to contact us about being a vendor please visit our Contact Page If you are interested in participating in this event as a Vendor please contact us at jeepinvasion@gmail.com or go to our website.

Sep
1
Sat
6th Annual Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run & Fun Walk @ The Comedy Barn Theater
Sep 1 @ 6:30 am – 12:00 pm
6th Annual Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run & Fun Walk @ The Comedy Barn Theater | Pigeon Forge | Tennessee | United States

Join us Saturday, September 1st at The Comedy Barn for the 6th annual Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run & Fun Walk. You can register for the race online or the day of the race from 6:30 to 7:45 am. Heavy weight cotton short sleeve t-shirt guaranteed if you register by 9:00 AM August 27, 2018. This race benefits the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.

The race consists of a single loop 5k course beginning and ending at the Comedy Barn. Great course including one of Pigeon Forge’s beautiful greenways.

Refreshments will be furnished after the race. Great prizes for participants & a big silent auction open to the public! The public is welcome! For more information call the Comedy Barn Theater at (865) 428-5222.

Awards: Top M/F Overall, Master, Grandmaster, and Veteran Finisher. Awards Three Deep to M/F Finishers in Age Group 1-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+ (overall winners not eligible). $100.00 cash to the 100th finisher, & special award for the largest team.