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July 2018

1-August 5
Dollywood's Great American Summer Celebration
:  It's another year for an exciting summer festival at Dollywood that celebrates American families, food and love of fun!  The park will be open everyday from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. so that you and your family can make the most of summertime in the Smokies!  Enjoy Dolly's Nights of Many Colors fireworks show every night at 9:30 p.m.

1-August 11
9th Annual Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
:  All summer long meet characters, hear mountain music and learn about life long ago in the Smokies on the streets of Gatlinburg beginning each evening at 6 p.m.

1-August 15
Free Parkway Trolley
:  Now through August 16, hop on specially marked trolleys for a free ride in Gatlinburg!  From 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, you can get on and off the special trolley between traffic lights #1-#10 as often as you'd like.

3
4th of July Midnight Parade
:  This 43rd annual showcase salutes the valiant men and women of our military services in the "First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!" Parade starts at the stroke of midnight to begin Independence Day.  Floats, balloons, and marching bands pay tribute to our country during this Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event.

4
River Raft Regatta
:  Enjoy a fun, unmanned, floatable object race for the whole family. Free registration begins at 10 a.m. at bridge beneath chair lift on River Road. Race begins at noon at Christ of the Smokies bridge and ends at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies bridge where prizes will be awarded in several different categories.  (800) 568-4748

Gatlinburg 4th of July Fireworks Show:  Join the celebration in downtown Gatlinburg to mark our nation's "Independence Day" with a magnificent fireworks show. The City of Gatlinburg lights up the mountain skyline downtown at 10 p.m. with this grand display. Designated a Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society.

Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival:  28th Annual festival held at Patriot Park beginning in the early afternoon with food, fun and live entertainment.  Fireworks at dark.

7, 14, 21, 28
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
:  Shop for healthy choices during the local farmers market just up the road from Carr's in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community at the Covered Bridge on Glades Road.  Open every Saturday 8:30-11:30 a.m. now through September 15.  A lot of organic produce, homemade treats and gifts all in a friendly, sociable atmosphere with occasional music provided by local performers.  Visit online at www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for vendor and product information.

13-22
Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair
:  Art, crafts and music lovers will discover over 180 booths featuring some of the nation's finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Live Country & Bluegrass entertainment. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Adults $7, Children under 12 Free.  www.craftsmenfair.com

21
Neal McCoy in Concert
:  Presented by First Class Concerts and held at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge.  8 p.m. show.  Advance ticket purchases at firstclassconcerts.com .  Call (865) 453-2003 for information regarding seating and accessibility.

August 2018

1-5
Dollywood's Great American Summer Celebration
:  It's another year for an exciting summer festival at Dollywood that celebrates American families, food and love of fun!  The park will be open everyday from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. so that you and your family can make the most of summertime in the Smokies!  Enjoy Dolly's Nights of Many Colors fireworks show every night at 9:30 p.m.

1-11
9th Annual Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
:  Through the 11th, meet characters, hear mountain music and learn about life long ago in the Smokies on the streets of Gatlinburg beginning each evening at 6 p.m.

1-15
Free Parkway Trolley
:  Hop on specially marked trolleys for a free ride in Gatlinburg!  From 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, you can get on and off the special trolley between traffic lights #1-#10 as often as you'd like.

1-31
Celebrate Freedom!
:  Pigeon Forge area businesses offer additional savings and special discounts to America's military and first responders.  Visit online for complete details.

4, 11, 18, 25
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
:  Shop for healthy choices during the local farmers market just up the road from Carr's in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community at the Covered Bridge on Glades Road.  Open every Saturday 8:30-11:30 a.m. now through September 15.  A lot of organic produce, homemade treats and gifts all in a friendly, sociable atmosphere with occasional music provided by local performers.  Visit online at www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for vendor and product information.

16-26
Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival
:  Celebrating the area's Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg hosts its second Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival. For more information, visit www.smswf.com.

18
Veteran's Homecoming Parade
:  Military veterans are honored with a parade along the Pigeon Forge Parkway beginning at 9 a.m. http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/veterans-homecoming-parade/

25
Dollywood's Rock the Smokies Christian Music Festival
:  It will be a rocking celebration of worship at Dollywood's Celebrity Theater beginning at 4 p.m. and featuring a full lineup of artists that includes "Third Day," "For King & Country," and "Love & The Outcome."  Visit rockthesmokies.com for additional artists, information and festival tickets.  **Admission to Rock the Smokies requires a separate festival ticket purchase online at rockthesmokies.com**

September 2018

TBD September or October
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament:  The 20th Annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or children – and equally challenging for both visitors and locals. All Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed. For information, call 865-661-3474, visit www.rockytopoutfitter.com

1, 8, 15
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
:  Shop for healthy choices during the local farmers market just up the road from Carr's in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community at the Covered Bridge on Glades Road.  Open every Saturday 8:30-11:30 a.m. now through September 15.  A lot of organic produce, homemade treats and gifts all in a friendly, sociable atmosphere with occasional music provided by local performers.  Visit online at www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com for vendor and product information.

8-October 31
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
:  A countywide celebration of harvest season features festivals, special events and autumn-themed displays.

13
20th Annual Taste of Autumn
:  Sample signature dishes from the area's finest restaurants and other vendors. Enjoy live entertainment with a cash bar. Doors of the Gatlinburg Convention Center open at 5 p.m.  Tickets are $30. Call (865) 436-0048 to make reservations.

13-15
Pigeon Forge Fall Grand Rod Run
:  Rod run car show will be held at the Pigeon Forge Conference Center (LeConte Center) with trolley shuttles from Patriot Park.  Contact MCS Promotions at (865) 687-3976 for complete show details.

21
Oak Ridge Boys in Concert
:  Presented by First Class Concerts and held at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge.  3 & 8 p.m. shows.  Advance ticket purchases at firstclassconcerts.com .  Call (865) 453-2003 for information regarding seating and accessibility.

28-October 30
Oktoberfest
:  This Ober Gatlinburg festival features Bavarian-style food, bier garten, music and live entertainment through early November, with daily shows and multiple shows each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (865) 436-5423

28-November 3
Dollywood Southern Gospel & Fall Harvest Festival with Great Pumpkin LumiNights
:  Six full weeks of gospel entertainment to lift your spirits.  Concerts are free with your Dollywood admission.  Fill your tummy with the tastes of fall and get a head start on your Christmas shopping with authentic mountain crafts.  Great Pumpkin LumiNights keep the lights on for late night play!

29-October 27
Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair
:  Annual craft fair at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge supports the charitable efforts of the Pigeon Forge Rotary.  10 a.m.-6 p.m.

October 2018

1-27
Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair
:  Annual craft fair at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge supports the charitable efforts of the Pigeon Forge Rotary.  10 a.m.-6 p.m.

1-30
Oktoberfest
:  This Ober Gatlinburg festival features Bavarian-style food, bier garten, music and live entertainment through early November, with daily shows and multiple shows each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (865) 436-5423

1-31
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
:  A countywide celebration of harvest season features festivals, special events and autumn-themed displays.

1-November 3
Dollywood Southern Gospel & Fall Harvest Festival with Great Pumpkin LumiNights
:  Six full weeks of gospel entertainment to lift your spirits.  Concerts are free with your Dollywood admission.  Fill your tummy with the tastes of fall and get a head start on your Christmas shopping with authentic mountain crafts.  Great Pumpkin LumiNights keep the lights on for late night play!

4-21
Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair
:  Art, crafts and music lovers will find over 180 booths featuring some of the nation's finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skill, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Enjoy live country & bluegrass entertainment at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. www.craftsmenfair.com

5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, 31
Ripley's Fright Nights
:  Ripley's Haunted Adventure celebrates its 19th annual Fright Nights with a special super scary show each weekend in October, with no extra charge every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening plus Halloween night. (865) 430-9991.

19
Restless Heart & Shenandoah in Concert
:  Presented by First Class Concerts and held at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge.  Shows at 3 & 8 p.m.  Advance ticket purchases at firstclassconcerts.com .  Call (865) 453-2003 for information regarding seating and accessibility.

25
Halloween Spooktacular Party
:  Free, family Halloween event at the Pigeon Forge Community Center.  Begins at 6 p.m.  Call (865) 429-7373 for details.

31
Trick Or Treat Kickoff Carnival
:  Local businesses offer contests, costumed characters, inflatables and candy on Halloween at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Sevier County.

November 2018

1-3
Dollywood Southern Gospel & Fall Harvest Festival with Great Pumpkin LumiNights
:  Six full weeks of gospel entertainment to lift your spirits.  Concerts are free with your Dollywood admission.  Fill your tummy with the tastes of fall and get a head start on your Christmas shopping with authentic mountain crafts.  Great Pumpkin LumiNights keep the lights on for late night play!

16
Gene Watson in Concert
:  Presented by First Class Concerts and held at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge.  8 p.m. show.  Advance ticket purchases at firstclassconcerts.com .  Call (865) 453-2003 for information regarding seating and accessibility.

10-January 5
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas
:  Christmas lights, music and themed entertainment transform Dollywood to a Christmas wonderland through January 5, 2019.  Highlights include Dolly's Parade of Many Colors on Showstreet at 8 p.m. each evening and the spectacular "It's a Wonderful Life" production.

7
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff
:  The City of Gatlinburg kicks off Gatlinburg Winter Magic from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Downtown Parkway by turning on over three million lights. Enjoy live entertainment, sample chili recipes from local restaurants and businesses and vote for your favorite.  (800) 568-4748

7- January 26, 2019
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
:  Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley's Aquarium Trolley Station. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.  Group reservations are available. Book your seats on-line.

7-February 28, 2019
Gatlinburg Winter Magic
:  The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs.

11
Veterans Day Celebration
:  Join the City of Gatlinburg in saluting the men and women of America who have served in our Armed Forces in this special ceremony on Ripley's Aquarium Plaza. This 11th annual program begins at 11 a.m. and includes stirring musical tributes, ceremonial words and recognition of Veterans in attendance. This event is designated an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day by the Veterans Day National Committee, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  (800) 568-4748

20-December 2
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving and Christmas Craft Shows
:  Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

21-25
Gatlinburg's Festival of Trees
:  Dozens upon dozens of ornately decorated Christmas trees await visitors in this winter wonderland at Gatlinburg Convention Center's W.L. Mills Conference Center. Event benefits Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries.  (800) 568-4748

23-24, 30
Winter Magic Tunes & Tales
:  Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this annual event!  December dates:  1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22. (800) 568-4748

December 2018

1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22
Winter Magic Tunes & Tales
: Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this annual event!

1-2
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Show
:  Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Christmas show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

1-January 5
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas
:  Christmas lights, music and themed entertainment transform Dollywood to a Christmas wonderland through January 5, 2019.  Highlights include Dolly's Parade of Many Colors on Showstreet at 8 p.m. each evening and the spectacular "It's a Wonderful Life" production.

1- January 26, 2019
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
:  Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley's Aquarium Trolley Station. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.  Group reservations are available. Book your seats on-line.

1-February 28, 2019
Gatlinburg Winter Magic
:  The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs.

7
Gatlinburg's 43rd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
:  This popular Christmas parade in downtown Gatlinburg is recognized as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast. Parade features lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units and balloons. Parade begins at 7:30 p.m.  (800) 568-4748

31
New Year's Eve Fireworks Show & Ball Drop
on Historic Nature Trail at the Parkway – For the 29th straight year, the Space Needle area at traffic light #8 comes alive at the stroke of midnight with a fabulous fireworks show. Features live entertainment. "Best New Year's Eve Show in the South."  (800) 568-4748

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Our events calendar dates are current as of 2-1-2018 as provided by the City of Gatlinburg and other event presenters.  Please note that event dates, times and locations may change without notice.  If you're planning your vacation dates to coincide with any Smoky Mountains events, please confirm event details with the appropriate entity.

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