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.

Jul
4
Wed
Townsend 4th Of July Celebration @ Highland Manor Inn & Conference Center
Jul 4 all-day
Townsend 4th Of July Celebration @ Highland Manor Inn & Conference Center | Townsend | Tennessee | United States

The good folks in Townsend, Tennessee invite you to their 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks show at the Highland Manor Inn and Conference Center.

Admission is free. For more information please call (865) 448-6886.

Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta @ Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Jul 4 @ 12:00 pm
Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta @ Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies | Gatlinburg | Tennessee | United States

Gatlinburg’s popular River Raft Regatta takes place at noon on July 4th, on the Little Pigeon River in Downtown Gatlinburg. This year’s fun-filled Fourth of July celebration in Gatlinburg will feature the always-competitive River Raft Regatta, the unmanned kind.

Anything floatable can be entered starting at 10 a.m. at the Christ in the Smokies bridge on River Road and will end at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. There are two categories: Trash (not hand-made) and Treasure (hand-made) – awards will go to the top 3 in each category. Additionally, the “Judges Choice” award will go to the most creative “raft.” Awards will be given to the oldest and the youngest participant. Registration begins at 10 am and the race will start at 12:00 pm.

Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival 2018 @ Patriot Park
Jul 4 @ 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival 2018 @ Patriot Park | Pigeon Forge | Tennessee | United States

Experience the 4th of July in Pigeon Forge, TN! The 28th Annual Patriot Festival will take place on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018! The night will feature music, food and fun games, all of which are free and open to the public. Join us for a celebration of America’s birthday- bring blankets, lawn chairs and the whole family. Umbrellas and coolers will not be permitted on site.

Event Schedule:

  • 12:00 PM: Free Kid’s Karnival and food vendors open
  • 1:30 PM: Free Entertainment, featuring:
    • Veterans Tribute
    • Pigeon Forge Community Chorus and more!
    • Special Guests: Electric Avenue
  • 8:30 PM: Event Headliner- Craig Morgan
  • 9:45 PM: Fireworks Spectacular
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.

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
21
Sat
Titanic Color Run @ Titanic Museum Attraction
Jul 21 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Titanic Color Run @ Titanic Museum Attraction | Pigeon Forge | Tennessee | United States

Get ready Smoky Mountains, for the most colorful fun-filled day of your life! You’ll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle! So get your friends and family stretched out for this amazing color blast event where you’ll get blasted with color. Color Vibe is coming soon so join the VIP list by pre-registering today!  Titanic is hosting this event to benefit East TN Autism Foundation.  Every participate will just not be running or walking to have fun but to help AUTISM!!  The race will start promptly at 7:30am on Saturday, July 21st.  Plan to arrive around 7:00am for fun live entertainment and registration.  There will be a pre-registration the day before the race held at the Titanic.  Each pre-registered participate will receive a number, t-shirt, 2 bags of color, and a fun bag.  Extra t-shirts and color will be for sale and all proceeds will go to Autism.  The route for the Color run will start at the Titanic go around the surrounding properties, down the parkway and return back to the Titanic.  We will give out awards in the different age categories and also some fun awards. COME OUT FOR TITANIC COLOR RUN AND ALSO AUTISM. Rain/Shine NO REFUNDS.

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.