Gatlinburg Summer Events
The season of summer fun has arrived in Gatlinburg, and it comes with no shortage of activities for the whole family. This summer, visitors will have the chance to spend their evenings enjoying live entertainment, attending award-winning Independence Day festivities and getting a firsthand look at unique items hand-crafted in Gatlinburg for generations.
First Independence Day Parade
Gatlinburg celebrates the 4th of July in a big way and this year will be no exception. For 43 years, Gatlinburg has kicked off the holiday with the first Independence Parade in the Nation stepping off at 12:01 a.m. on July 4. Stretching more than a mile, the parade route begins at Baskins Creek Bypass on East Parkway, turning south onto Parkway at traffic light #3 and traveling the length of downtown to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road. Parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early on Tuesday, July 3 in order to secure the perfect viewing area along the parade route.
Gatlinburg's Fireworks Finale
Finish off the 4th in style with a magnificent fireworks show visible from the downtown streets of Gatlinburg! Join the celebration in downtown Gatlinburg to mark our nation’s “Independence Day” with a spectacular 20-minute firework show starting at 10:00 p.m. The best viewing will be the area around traffic lights #3 and #5. This event is designated as a Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society.
Gatlinburg Craftmen's Fair
A unique characteristic of the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is the fact that artisans not only make their art available for viewing and sale but also demonstrate their special talents and skills during this show, which is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Tentative hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Music shows are scheduled at 12, 2, and 4 p.m. daily, 12 and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Entertainment is included in the admission cost.
Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival
Celebrating the area’s Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg will host its annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival from August 13 through 22.
“Celebrating Our Appalachian Musical Roots” 10-day festival in downtown Gatlinburg featuring “Hit” songwriters. Public Invited. Free Live Entertainment. Songwriter Opportunities: song competition, workshops, co-writing with hit writers, mentoring sessions, and stage spots. Rain or shine.
The SMSWF Mission is to promote songwriters and to help their talents and songs be discovered not only by publishers and producers but also by all of us fans, who simply love the songs that the stars perform.
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or children and equally challenging for both visitors and locals, with multiple categories to be contested in this largest trout tournament in the Smokies. All Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed.