Make your reservations at Carr’s and then get set to enter a rural mountain homestead complete with two log cabins and trees! This rowdy, good-time dinner show pits the fictitious Dawson and McGraw families against each other in a series of lumberjack events including log rolling, speed climbing and wood chopping. Along with all the professional lumberjack athletics, there’s guitars, music and more to have your entire family tappin’ their feet!
Along with this amazing show, you’ll get a first look at the adjoining Smoky Mountain Forestry History Center and the world’s first Lumberjack Hall of Fame. The museum’s exhibits lead you through thousands of years of Smoky Mountain history beginning with Native Americans and continuing through early pioneering and homesteading, giving a glimpse of the rise and fall of the logging industry. The Hall of Fame will begin by honoring 30 individuals who’ve passed along with others, and will induct 3-4 members in each year beginning in 2012.
The Lumberjack show wouldn’t be complete without giving you a belly full of great food! Served in a picnic basket, you’ll savory the flavor of chicken breast, ribs, all the fixin’s and dessert. The Lumberjack Feud Dinner & Show is a brand new attraction in Pigeon Forge that you won’t want to miss!
It’s almost time for the Dollywood Bluegrass Music and Barbeque Festival and we’ve got your discount tickets right here at Carr’s Northside!
August 19, 2011 begins 14 days of Bluegrass music with over 300 concerts at Dollywood, all included for free with your admission. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder kickoff the festival featuring Brian Keith Wallen, Cherohala, Cumberland Gap Connection, Kenny & Amanda Smith, The Larkins, Meagan Sasko, Mountain CoveBluegrass Band, Mountain Soul, Ricky Skaggs, Riders in the Sky, Larry Gills and his Hard Driving Swampgrass Band, The Grassabillies, Just Us Bluegrass Band, and so many more great performers. Click here to get a printable schedule of performers and performance dates.
In addition to great bluegrass bands and music, Dollywood will feature Barbecue Headquarters at Market Square where you can indulge in selection of BBQ ribs, chicken, and pulled pork with all the picnic fixin’s. The Backstage Restaurant will be offering a special menu with new barbeque dishes and there’s a Sauce Tastin’ Station for sampling some of the spiciest and hottest barbecue sauces around!
The State of Tennessee Annual Sales Tax Holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m on Friday, August 5 and ends Sunday, August 7 at 11:59 p.m. This TN no tax weekend is something locals and visitors alike look forward to each year as we prepare for back to school shopping for computers, supplies and school clothes.
In addition to the no sales tax on back to school items, our Tanger Outlets and Governors Crossing Mall in Sevierville TN, and factory outlet stores in Pigeon Forge will all be holding their annual back-to-school sales and sidewalk sales. These sales coincide with the no tax holiday to help you accumulate BIG SAVINGS!
It’s time for the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair at the downtown Convention Center!
The convention center will once again transform into a cultural arts and crafts community of creative individuals and couples from all across the USA. Over 180 talented artists will be exhibiting and demonstrating their crafting skills along with selling their creations from July 15 through July 24, 2011. Approximately 80% of this year’s participants are returning favorites, with the remaining being new talent making their debut. The Gatlinburg craft fair hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Give yourself plenty of time to take in all there is to see at this perennial Gatlinburg craft show, relaxing in between shopping to enjoy County, Blue Grass, and Gospel music provided by Dennis Lee and Keith Longbotham.
Dennis Lee is a dynamic entertainer and master at improvisation, performing July 15-19. Keith Longbotham is a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, entertainer, worship leader and humorist who will be performing July 20-24. Music shows are at 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Cost for admission to the craft show is $6 for adults, children 12 and under free. Don’t forget that the city is providing your downtown Gatlinburg transportation free of charge too! Special trolleys will take you from traffic lights #1 to #10 and everywhere in between for no cost through August 14.
The Downtown Gatlinburg 36th Annual Fourth of July Celebration is just days away!
This 2-day festival will begin on Sunday, July 3 with musical performances at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Starting at 10 a.m. and continuing at two-hour intervals, you’ll hear the sounds of the Dixieland Band, the Brass Quintet, the Jazz Ensemble, and the Rock Band.
The celebration of our freedom doesn’t stop here! On Monday July 4, the entire renowned 100th United States Army Concert Band from Fort Knox, Kentucky will perform at the Ripley’s Plaza beginning at 8:30 p.m., before the Gatlinburg Fourth of July “Stand Here” fireworks finale at 10 p.m.
Riding the downtown Gatlinburg trolley is fun, convenient—and for a limited time—free!
Now through August 14, you can hop on and off 3 specially designated, open-air shuttles as often as you like between 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. at no cost. The free route is from traffic light #1 at the north end of Gatlinburg to traffic light #10 at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance.
Additionally, the city of Gatlinburg also offers unlimited access armbands for $2 per day for the Red, Blue, Purple, Yellow and Green trolley routes. All Gatlinburg trolleys are handicap accessible.
In our Road Trip Planning series, we’ve already covered determining the purpose of your road trip to Gatlinburg along with must-have road trip songs. The next thing you’ll need to do is plan to have some great snacks and road trippin’ food ready so that hunger never interferes with the fun!
Easy Road Trip Foods
One of our favorite traveling meals is to plan for a picnic at an Interstate welcome center or rest stop. Not only can you save money with a picnic lunch, but everyone will feel so much better if they can get out of the car and stretch! Kid’s get to burn off a little pent up energy and the driver gets renewed alertness. Find a picnic table or spot on the grass to spread out and relax and have a family meal. Before or after eating, throw a Frisbee or baseball, walk or jog around the center, or do anything else that your family enjoys.
Here are suggestions for easy foods to pack and transport, and hints for saving space!
1. Freeze Bottles of Water: to keep all items in your cooler cold. As they melt, you’ve got good, cold drinks!
2. Freeze Go-Gurt: these take up little space, help to keep other foods cold, and are a tasty, healthy snack frozen or thawed.
3. PB&J Sandwiches: when is the last time you had PB&J? Make em, cut em, put em in baggies. You just might be surprised how fast these disappear.
4. Nuts, Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Cereal: to save money, purchase a large container of your favorite munchies and divide them up in single servings using the ‘snack’ size baggies. Pass them out often to keep tummies from rumbling!
5. Fresh Fruit: easy to grab and eat with no trash left behind. (Pitch peels or cores out the window for the birds!)
6. Granola Bars: easy to eat, not messy, and stick with ya!
7. Tootsie Pops: how many licks does it take to get to Carr’s Northside Cottages?
If you have suggestions for road trip food that are permanent go-alongs with your family, please share them here with us.
This much anticipated downtown Gatlinburg event kicks off on Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. with “A Night with The Artists Party” held at Mills Auditorium. There will be an abundance of entertainment, appetizers, beer, wine, and a cash liquor bar. Tickets are $50 to attend, but you’ll get that back in a $50 voucher to spend at the Arts Festival. Call 865-436-7484 to get your tickets!
Head downtown to Arrowmont School at traffic light #5 at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy a full day of art and artists along with an entertainment debut of the 2011 Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales. The festival features a kid’s area with pottery demonstrations, face painting and a giant aquarium-themed mural your kids can help paint, artist exhibits and art technique demonstrations, and mouth-watering BBQ! The festival runs through 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.
We hope you’ll stop by and introduce yourself to our very own Rafael Alegria. He is a member of the Carr’s staff and this is his first year to participate in the Art’s Festival. He has provided several of the paintings that decorate our Cottages, Motel and Cabins… and we are SO proud of him!
Head to downtown Gatlinburg for a Cinco de Mayo Celebration!
Thursday, May 5, Gatlinburg will host its 1st Annual Cinco de Mayo at the Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. Bring the kids early for a culture-filled afternoon with crafts, Latin music, traditional dress, a Mexican Hat Dance and even a bust-the-piñata contest!
Beginning at 4 p.m., purchase an armband for only $5 to enjoy unlimited samplings of food and beverages. There will be a variety of music and dancing, and other cultural showcases. It’s a festival in the plaza that you won’t want to miss!
This fiesta is brought to you in part by Ripley’s Entertainment, No Way Jose’s Mexican Cantina, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce and the East Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Come to Gatlinburg to participate in the annual ‘Honor through Action’ Mountain Man Memorial March.
This Memorial March began in 2007 in honor 1LT Frank Walkup, a UT alumni, killed in Iraq. In just four years, the event has grown into a tribute which honors all of our fallen American Heroes and Veterans along with special ceremonies for Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Families.
The Memorial begins Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza with a special ceremony for all families who’ve lost loved ones in combat, Gold Star Families. The runner’s race begins promptly at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 with march/marathon participants starting just 3 minutes later.
The run and marathon route begins across the street from the Hard Rock Cafe and makes it way through Gatlinburg and into the Smokey Mountains. It consists of paved road, gravel road, and other uneven terrain, and is made up of flat stretches, rolling hills, and steep climbs. Water points, snacks, medical aid and support staff will be positioned and available along the route. Participants in the March will be wearing full gear with a 35 lb. pack, food and water, and march 26.2 or 13.1 miles through the hills of Gatlinburg. Memorial coordinators are expecting over 500 marchers, marathoners and 10K road racers in this rapidly growning Gold Star Family event. Watch live interviews for additional details at WBIR.