Thursday, July 21, 2016

Gatlinburg's 4th Annual Smoky Mountain Song Writers Festival 2016

August 24 - 28, 2016


 Celebrating the area’s Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg will host its fourth annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival.


The sounds of some of the biggest hits in country, gospel and bluegrass music will resonate through the streets of Gatlinburg when Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival comes to town August 24 through August 28. The festival will feature over 130 acts of songwriters and musicians who have shaped the top Billboard charts for generations as well as those just getting started in the music industry.


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.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Dollywoods National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration 2016

Sept. 30 - Oct. 29


If you love autumn, handmade arts and crafts, and free concerts then come to the National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration!
Don't miss out on this four week event of crisp autumn air filled with gospel music and beautiful scenery.



Watch crafters at work throughout the park as the country’s most talented artisans showcase their artistry with up-close demonstrations. Purchase handmade treasures for the home, unique collectibles and stunning artwork create an impressive craft exhibit you won’t find anywhere else.
Special dishes, all prepared with a taste of fall, showcase some of the harvest season’s most celebrated recipes.


 Over the four weeks of celebrations, performances will take place throughout Dollywood on five specialty stages – the Celebrity Theater, the Showstreet Theater, Pines Theater, on the Singing News Stage at the Valley Theater & Robert F. Thomas Chapel, and on the Praise 96.3 FM Stage at the Back Porch Theater.


 Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration is sponsored by Humana. You will be mesmerized by the park’s colorful autumn decor when you’re aren’t listening to some of the best gospel performers around.

Also Dollywood’s restaurants will be serving some of the finest seasonal fare to go around. Visit the park, eat some of the delicious seasonal offerings, peruse the local crafts, and stay for some great gospel.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Gatlinburg's 41st Annual First Independance Day Parade in the Nation 2016

July 3rd at Midnight

 Saluting the valiant men and women of our military services, this 41st annual showcase is the “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!” Parade starts at the stroke of midnight to begin Independence Day.



 This 41st annual showcase salutes the valiant men and women of our military services in the “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!”  Floats, balloons, and marching bands pay tribute to our country during this Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event.



 The Parade route will extend from traffic light #1A on East Parkway, turn South onto Parkway at traffic light #3, then traveling the length of the downtown street to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road.

Last year over 100,000 people attend ed the Parade with several of them having selected their viewing spots by placing folding chairs along the route as early as 7:00AM on July 3rd. 

Please come celebrate this special event with us! Call us or visit our website to reserve your stay. We hope to see you soon! 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Gatlinburg's Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

June 10- July 30


Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance event featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying characters from time periods as far back as 1800.


 This popular seven-week event truly highlights one of Gatlinburg’s greatest assets in the walkabout through the city that provides guests with an interactive, educational and entertaining experience the whole family can enjoy.


The collection of personalities and performers arrive nightly at 6 p.m. in the center of town. Visitors witness a magical transformation of sidewalk to stage as the characters disperse along the downtown Parkway for an evening of entertainment and storytelling.



 The City also hosts a Winter Magic Tunes & Tales event featuring a capella carolers on weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas.





Gatlinburg’s Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales is an official activity of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.
 We hope you will come visit during this magical time and take a walk back in time while strolling through town enjoying the beautiful sights. Call us or visit our website to make your reservations. We hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Gatlinburg Beans 'n Cornbread Festival 2016

May 12

Gatlinburg celebrates it's Appalachian culinary past with the Gatlinburg Beans 'n Cornbread Festival! Presented by Bush Brothers & Company.

 

Thursday, May 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. – Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival presented by Bush Brothers & Company. The event will feature a beans and cornbread cook-off, foot-stompin’ Smoky Mountain music, antique engines and lots of beans and cornbread for tasting!


Back this year by popular demand is the more than 15 rarely seen antique engines, along with strolling musicians playing old timey Appalachian music. “The antique engines were a crowd favorite at the festival last year, we are extremely grateful they agreed to come back again,” said city spokesperson, Marci Claude.  “We really want to showcase the old way of doing things in the mountains.”


Festivalgoers are encouraged to come hungry and sample unlimited amounts of beans and   cornbread.  Area restaurants, businesses and caterers will be preparing traditional and new beans and cornbread recipes for tasting while vying for coveted top honors in the cookoff competition, all while featuring Bush’s Best Beans in their recipes.

The Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival presented by Bush Brothers & Company is Thursday, May 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Parkway between traffic lights number 6 and 8. While the festival is free, visitors can purchase a spoon for $10 for unlimited sampling. 

Plan your visit around this delicious event! For some foot stomping delicious food tasting family fun! You will be glad you came! Hope to see you here!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

31st Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade

 May 6, 2016

Watch as local entertainers, colorful floats, military veterans, and marching bands make their way down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

 Since 1985, This is an event filled with extravagant floats, marching bands, horses, entertainers and of course- the grand marshal, Miss Dolly Parton herself!

Often over 50,000 visitors line the streets of the Parkway in Pigeon Forge to watch this annual fun-filled event. The parade kicks off at 6 PM with the route starting at traffic light #6 and continues North on the Parkway all the way to traffic light #3. Like many events in Pigeon Forge, the Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade is completely free.


It’s been an annual event for almost three decades now! We recommend all those who want to attend to get there early and stake out a good vantage point. Come and see one of the largest and most fun events of the year- Dolly’s Homecoming Parade!
This is a very big event each year! Make plans to attend this year! You will be glad you did! Call us or visit our website today and make your reservations! We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Smoky Mountain Trout Tournamnt

  - 4/3/2016


This event is perfect for adults, children and of course all visitors. Before these seasonal, 2-day trout tournaments get started, there will be over 10,000 trout stocked in over 20 miles of streams!


Enter the tournament for your chance at over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Spend your next vacation trout fishing in Tennessee and experience all the fun the Smokies have to offer!


Valid fishing license is required. For more information, call (865) 661-3474 or email rockytopoutfit@aol.com.


Smoky Mountain
Trout Tournament

RULES and REGULATIONS

  • Single hook only; 1 hand-held rod; five (5) fish limit.
  • NO fishing on Friday, April 3rd., 2015; NO fishing before / or after tournament hours on Saturday, April 4th. & Sunday, April 5th., 2015.
  • NO fishing on Friday, September 25th., 2015; NO fishing before / or after tournament hours on Saturday, September 26th. & Sunday, September 27th., 2015.
  • Trout only will be weighed; No dry fish will be weighed; Smallest trout must be 7 inches.
  • Participants may not fish with individuals not enteres in the tournament.
  • All trout must be at weigh-in located at Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge, traffic light #7 by 4 p.m. on Saturday & 2 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Tournament hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 4:00 p.m. Saturday. and 30 minutes before sunrise to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Winners will be determined by total weight of the 2-day tournament.
  • All Gatlinburg and state regulations will be observed.
  • All participants will be subject to a polygraph test.
  • Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament officials reserve the right to disqualify any participant.
  • Participants must be present at weigh-ins to win.
  • Drawings for prizes will be held at each weigh-in.
  • Tournament badges are non-transferable and non-refundable.
  • Late registration for Spring Trout Tournament from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. at Rocky Top Outfitters on April 4th. & 5th., 2015.
  • Late registration for Fall Trout Tournament from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. at Rocky Top Outfitters on September 26th. & 27th., 2015. 
  • Register for the Trout Tournament at Rocky Top Outfitters, via our Online Registration Form, by phone, mail, or in person.