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2017 What to Do Special Events & Festivals in the Smoky Mountains

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Our events calendar dates are current as of 8-29-2016 as provided by the City of Gatlinburg.  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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JULY 2017

1, 8, 15, 22, 29:  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 a.m. - Noon through (anticipated) mid-October.  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.

1-29:  Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales - All summer long visitors can meet characters, hear mountain music and learn about life long ago in the Smokies on the streets of Gatlinburg.  Storytellers, musicians and cloggers perform along the Parkway every evening during this twelfth annual event!  (800) 568-4748.

1- August 6:  Dollywood's 'Summer Lives Here' Celebration - It's an exciting summer festival at Dollywood!  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!

1-August 12:  Free Parkway Trolley - Now through August 12, 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 42 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

4:  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.

14-23: Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair - Art, crafts and music lovers will discover over 200 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.  www.craftsmenfair.com ($)

AUGUST 2017

1-6:  Dollywood's 'Summer Lives Here' Celebration - It's an exciting summer festival at Dollywood!  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!

1-12:  Free Parkway Trolley - Now through August 12, 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.

5, 12, 19, 26:  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 a.m. - Noon through (anticipated) mid-October.  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.

24-28:  Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival - Celebrating the area's Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg hosts its fourth Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival. For more information, visit www.smswf.com.

SEPTEMBER 2017

TBD:  19th Annual Taste of Autumn - Sample signature dishes from the area's finest restaurants and other vendors. Enjoy live entertainment with a cash bar. Proceeds benefit United Way of Sevier County. Doors of the Gatlinburg Convention Center open at 5 p.m.  (800) 568-4748 ($)

2, 9, 16, 23, 30:  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 a.m. - Noon through (anticipated) mid-October.  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.

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

24-25:  Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament - The 17th 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, or email rockytopoutfit@aol.com. ($)

23-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. Call (865) 436-5423 for more information.  Anticipated Dates.

29-October 28: Dollywood Southern Gospel Harvest Festival & GREAT! Pumpkin LumiNights - Four full weeks of gospel entertainment to lift your spirits.  Concerts are free with your Dollywood admission.  Fill your tummy with the tastes of fall too!  Late nights will be illuminated with fall pumpkins.

OCTOBER 2017

1-28:  Dollywood Southern Gospel Harvest Festival & GREAT! Pumpkin LumiNights - Four full weeks of gospel entertainment to lift your spirits.  Concerts are free with your Dollywood admission.  Fill your tummy with the tastes of fall too!  Late nights will be illuminated with fall pumpkins.

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 featuring special events, festivals, craft shows, autumn-themed displays and more.

October Weekends:  Ripley's Fright Nights - Ripley's Haunted Adventure celebrates its 19th annual Fright Nights with a special show each weekend in October, with no extra charge every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening plus Halloween night. Call 430-9991 for more information.

5-22:  Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair - Art, crafts and music lovers will find over 200 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. Call (865) 436-7479 or visit www.craftsmenfair.com ($)

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 2017

4-January 1, 2018:  Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas - A Christmas Festival like no other!  Christmas lights, the sounds of the season and park parade  create a winter wonderland not to be missed!

8:  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 ($)

8-February 29, 2018:  Gatlinburg Winter Magic  - The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs.  (800) 568-4748

9-December 30:  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 by visiting www.gatlinburg.com/events  ($)

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 16th 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

21-26:  Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving Show - 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. Visit www.gatlinburgcrafts.com or call (800) 568-4748.

22-27:  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. Presented by Gatlinburg Hilton Garden Inn, the event benefits Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains.  (800) 568-4748

24-25:  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:  1-2, 8-9, 15-16 (800) 568-4748

27-December 3:  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 holiday show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Visit www.gatlinburgcrafts.com or call (800) 568-4748.

DECEMBER 2017

1:  42nd 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

1-3:  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 holiday show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Visit www.gatlinburgcrafts.com or call (800) 568-4748.

1-30:  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.  Excludes December 5, 24, 25, 31. Group reservations are available. Book your seats on-line by visiting www.gatlinburg.com/events  ($)

1-January 1, 2018:  Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas - A Christmas Festival like no other!  Christmas lights, the sounds of the season and park parade  create a winter wonderland not to be missed!

1-February 29, 2018:  Gatlinburg Winter Magic  - The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs.  (800) 568-4748

1-2, 8-9, 15-16:  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!  (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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