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
21
Sat
Fontana Trestle Train BBQ & Brews – July 2018 @ Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fontana Trestle Train BBQ & Brews – July 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.

July will feature a steam powered train, and Hoppy Trout Brewing Company of Andrews, NC.

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.