Jan
31
Tue
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights @ Downtown Gatlinburg
Jan 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Visitors can soak up the spirit of the season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights.

Visitors can soak up the spirit of the Gatlinburg Winter Magic season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Trolley Ride of Lights. The specially designated trolleys carry their guests on a memorable journey through downtown and adjacent Hwy. 321, allowing everyone to experience the magical wonder of Gatlinburg Winter Magic. Trolley times are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.

Featuring one-of-a-kind LED lighting displays along Gatlinburg’s famous downtown Parkway, adjacent River Road, and the triangle juncture of the two, the latest $1.6 million-plus rollout of custom designed and fabricated lighting displays are marked by sections reminiscent of winter forests, evergreens and romance. The Hwy. 321 route features an injection of bright displays as well.

Gatlinburg has converted its entire winter lights program to quarter-watt LED bulbs, replacing the 5-watt incandescent bulbs and saving the City some 95 percent in energy cost and allowing the City to light the entire 120 days of the program for what it once cost for three days of electricity.

Displays featuring animals indigenous to Great Smoky Mountains National Park including deer, foxes, squirrels and rabbits are part of the program. Many of the timeless displays visitors have grown accustomed to over the past 23 years have been converted to crisp LED as well. Most recently, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of international children and a shiny rocking horse have joined the lineup.

FAQ’s

All trolleys take the same route

Children under 3 are free if they are sitting in an adults lap

No food or drink on Trolley

Trolley is enclosed and heated

When reserving more than one ticket, use copy feature in dropdown box and copy data.

Jun
1
Fri
Mermaids At Ripley’s Aquarium @ Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Jun 1 – Aug 31 all-day
Mermaids At Ripley’s Aquarium @ Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies | Gatlinburg | Tennessee | United States

Ripley’s Mermaids return on May 26! See the mermaids Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend! Live Shows, Meet & Greet, and Photos are available! Swimming June and July daily beginning Memorial Day. Call for dates and times in August through Labor Day.

“We are so excited about having the Mermaids back at the Aquarium. They are such a great addition to our Aquarium for everyone to enjoy of all ages. Everyone loves to be entertained by the mystical beauty of the Mermaids,” said Ryan DeSear, general manager of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

The mermaids will be performing daily at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. throughout the summer. The Mermaids are available for Meet and Greets at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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
3
Tue
July 4th Parade in Gatlinburg, TN @ Downtown Gatlinburg
Jul 3 all-day
July 4th Parade in Gatlinburg, TN @ Downtown Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg celebrates the 4th of July in a big way and this year will be no exception with the first Independence Day Parade in the nation.

For 43 years, Gatlinburg has kicked off the holiday with the first Independence Parade in the Nation stepping off at 12:01 a.m. on July 4. Stretching more than a mile, the parade route begins at traffic light #1A on East Parkway, turning south onto Parkway at traffic light #3 and traveling the length of downtown to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road. Parade goers are encouraged to arrive early on Tuesday, July 3in order to secure the perfect viewing area along the parade route.

Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July celebrations will come to a close at 10:00 p.m. on July 4th when visitors will enjoy the spectacular 20-minute fireworks display in the heart of downtown, with the best viewing areas around traffic lights #3 and #5.

In addition to the 4th of July events, the streets of Gatlinburg are filled with Appalachian music from Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales every night through August 11. The City offers free Parkway Trolley service, spanning the full length of the Parkway, daily through August 11 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

100th Army Brass Band @ Ripley's Aquarium Plaza
Jul 3 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 4 @ 10:00 pm
100th Army Brass Band @ Ripley's Aquarium Plaza | Gatlinburg | Tennessee | United States

GCVB is pleased to add to the list of Fourth of July festivities the The U.S. 100th Army Brass Band Quintet. They will be performing on July 3 at 5 p.m.on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza.

They will be performing again at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza on July 4th at 9 p.m. Just before the Gatlinburg Fireworks Show!

100th Army Band “Hard Knox” @ Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Jul 3 @ 6:00 pm
100th Army Band “Hard Knox” @ Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies | Gatlinburg | Tennessee | United States

100th Army Band “Hard Knox” will be playing at the Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza.

Jul
4
Wed
Gatlinburg’s July 4th Fireworks Finale @ Downtown Gatlinburg
Jul 4 @ 10:00 pm
Gatlinburg’s July 4th Fireworks Finale @ Downtown Gatlinburg | Gatlinburg | Tennessee | United States

Celebrate America at Gatlinburg’s July 4th Fireworks Finale in Downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Join the celebration in downtown Gatlinburg to mark our nation’s “Independence Day” with a spectacular 20-minute fireworks show starting at 10:00pm. The best viewing will be the area around traffic lights #3 and #5. This event is designated as a Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society.

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
15
Wed
Gatlinburg Gathering @ Galtinburg Convention Center
Aug 15 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 18 @ 6:30 pm
Gatlinburg Gathering @ Galtinburg Convention Center | Gatlinburg | Tennessee | United States

August 15 @ 6:30 pm – August 18 @ 6:30 pm

Gatlinburg Gathering is a weekend of great Gospel Music and preaching with some of your top favorite Gospel Music artists and world renown speakers. Located in beautiful Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Gatlinburg Gathering offers you a great weekend getaway for you and your family. The event is held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in downtown Gatlinburg next to all the sites and shops that you enjoy. Experience great Gospel Music and preaching during the evening and take in the sights of beautiful Gatlinburg, TN during the day. Make your plans to attend Gatlinburg Gathering today!

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.