Our area is abloom with the sights and sounds of spring.  The forest is awake with wildflowers and the birds are chirping – spring is definitely in the air!

There is a full lineup of local events and fun activities in the area, so plan to pack up Grandma and the kids and head to the Smokies for an unforgettable season!
Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

What: This bi-annual event brings locals and visitors together for two days of outdoor adventure! Adults and children are invited to participate in this weekend of fishing that has grown to be the largest trout tournament in the Smokies.
When: April 6-7
Cost: Contact Rocky Top Outfitter at 865-661-3474 for full details.
Music of the Mountains
What: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is holding its 9th annual mountain music celebration. Concerts are planned for Friday at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend (Celtic) and on Sunday at Cosby Visitor Center (Gospel). Saturday enjoy some traditional music at the Sugarlands Visitors Center between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. including some of the finest music in these mountains.

When: April 19-21
Cost: Call Cocke County Partnership’s Tourism Office at 423-625-9675 for more information.

Earth Week in Gatlinburg
What: Celebrate Earth Week in Gatlinburg! Bring the entire family to Gatlinburg to learn about easy green practices, enjoy music, activities and games, craft stations, food and more!

When: April 21-27
Cost: Many events are free! Visit http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/details.aspx?id=111 for more details.
63rd Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
What: Novices and experts alike can enjoy educational seminars, leisure hikes, auto tours, and photography classes throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and venues in Gatlinburg.
When: April 25-29
Cost: Visit www.wildflowerpilgrimage.org for all the details.

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Winefest
What: Join thousands at the Plaza at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and sample wines from Tennessee wineries. You can also enjoy a taste of some of the best foods in the area. Wine talks and food pairing demonstrations will be featured.
When: April 27 from 1 – 6 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person (21 +)

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
What: Storytellers and musicians on the street of the Burg. Performers can be found every evening spinning a tale and offering a tune. This is a true taste of Appalachian heritage and culture!
When: Nightly, June 21-August 10
Cost:  Free! Check out www.smokymountaintunesandtales.com

 for details!

 

Time to enjoy all of the amazing food and great music of the Smokies!  Pick up some locally grown produce at the Gatlinburg Farmers Market any Saturday for the rest of the summer!  Families will love listening to local bluegrass bands while feasting on delicious BBQ!There’s something for everyone this summer in the Smokies!

Gatlinburg Farmers Market
When: Each Saturday, May 11-October 12 (8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)
Cost: Entry is free! Click here for more info!Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
When:
May 17-18
Cost: Free Admission, Free Concerts! Check out www.bloominbbq.com for details!

Dollywood’s Barbecue & Bluegrass 
When: May 25-June 9
Cost: 250 FREE concerts, all included with Dollywood admission!  Visit dollywood.com for more info!

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
When: Nightly, June 21-August 10
Cost: Free! Visit the website for details!

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