The winter cold and snow are almost ready to leave Gatlinburg and the area around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and spring will be here before you know it.
Not only are the trees showing off their greenery and the wildflowers popping with color, but people are gathering together for the start of festival season. It’s a locals’ favorite activity that starts at this month and continues well into the fall and holiday months.
Choosing an event, festival, or celebration in Gatlinburg TN or Pigeon Forge all depends on your personal likes and preferences. From the dozens coming up, we’ve chosen a few that you may not have heard of before. Even if you have, we’re sure you’ll enjoy them as part of your Smoky Mountains getaway:
5 Spring Events in Gatlinburg TN and Smoky Mountains
Hands On Gatlinburg
The gateway town to the National Park offers plenty of arts and crafts events, but this one is a little different from the others. You get to create your own masterpieces, rather than buying something from artisans (although you can also buy their works, if you wish). Seventeen members of the local creative community – the same folks who hold the spring and fall arts festivals – will teach workshops where you can learn anything from ceramics to soap-making.
Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Winefest
More than a dozen and a half wineries from all over the state will participate in this event to celebrate food and spirits. On the first day, take a guided tour of area producers and explore the unexpected delights of Tennessee wine. Reserve your tickets as soon as possible, as it’s a popular activity. The next afternoon, the Arrowhead School of Arts and Crafts hosts the actual winefest, where you’ll not only taste the creations of the state’s best winemakers, you’ll also sample some delicious dishes from local restaurants.
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Calling all anglers – this is your chance to hook a big one, in more ways than one. Everyone from kids to seniors and tourists to residents can sign up for this contest, where the coordinators make sure that the creeks in Sevierville and Gatlinburg have plenty of trout stocked for the two days – about 5,000 total. Winners for the largest and smallest can receive a $500 in cash, trophies, equipment and other prizes. You can register online, by phone, in person or even late if you decided to participate at the last minute.
Earth Day 5k Run/Walk
Gatlinburg will have a variety of events to commemorate the day that focuses on taking care of our planet. With this fifth annual race on Earth Day, you’ll get some exercise while your cruise through the lively downtown at night. Starting at 10 PM, the race will likely take on a party atmosphere for all ages. You can register right up until 8 PM on the day of the event, so grab your running shoes and join in.
Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Festival
One of the most popular Southern comfort meals around has its own event, sponsored by Knoxville-based Bush’s Baked Beans. Naturally, they will provide their own signature product, but there will be plenty of local restaurants offering their own take on this simple but satisfying food. Purchase a spoon for $10, and you can sample different concoctions. Judges will award the best in a cook-off. Live music and other amusements are also scheduled for the day.
Whatever festival you choose to attend, be sure to return to Christopher Place, your Smoky Mountains bed and breakfast resort, to relax and recuperate. Email or call us today, and make your reservation so you don’t miss out on any of this mountainside fun.