Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest 2014

The Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest will be held on the plaza at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies on Saturday April 12th from 1pm - 6pm.  

Wineries for the event will be coming from all over Tennessee! Visitors age 21 and older will purchase a ticket to the festival for $20 and receive a wristband for sampling and a branded wine glass.  The wineries will provide wine samples of 1 ounce at a time to everyone with a wristband.

 During the Wine Fest, there will be talks associated with wine making, wine pairing and more. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Gatlinburg Hospitality Association Scholarship Fund and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts.

 Participating wineries:
Amber Falls Winery
Beans Creek Winery
Blue Slip Winery
Century Farms Winery
Del Monaco Winery
Grinder’s Switch Winery
Keg Springs Winery
Reedy Creek Vineyards & Cellars
Sumner Crest Winery
Sugarland Cellars
Tennessee Valley Winery

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales Gatlinburg

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales Returns For an Ninth Season from April- August, 2014 Gatlinburg

Back by overwhelming demand and expanded for 2014, Gatlinburg's ninth annual presentation of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales begins in April and May in downtown Gatlinburg on Fridays and Saturday nights. On June 13th, you’ll be able to enjoy Tunes & Tales every night of the week through August 9. Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance event throughout downtown Gatlinburg featuring musical performers, cloggers, storytellers and artisans giving you a taste of Appalachian culture.

This popular event truly highlights one of Gatlinburg’s greatest assets – the walkability of the community – and provides guests with an interactive, educational and entertaining experience the whole family can enjoy.
  The collection of personalities and entertainers perform in the center of town from 5:00-10:00 pm during the spring weekends and 6:00-11:00 pm during the summer nightly season. Visitors witness a magical transformation of sidewalk to stage as the characters disperse along the downtown Parkway for an evening of entertainment and fun!
 Single acts, Duos, Trios and 4 piece groups will provide music spring weekends and seven nights a week for the duration of the summer. The mountain style of music is featured from the beginnings of the pure Appalachian sounds to traditional bluegrass, folk, country and Gospel music.
They will also enjoy the talents of the Back Porch Cloggers demonstrating old time clogging to the more modern versions of this dance of our heritage and even teaching folks some fun moves and steps.  Learn woodworking, spinning and quilting from area artists.  Kids ‘R’ Special in Gatlinburg and Tunes & Tales has special shows for our children (of all ages)!  Participate in a ‘Jug Band’, where you can learn how to make music with household items, such as spoons, a washboard, saw or wash tub!
  Tunes and Tales performers teach the young and old alike their old time mountain ways!
Only in Gatlinburg is there free entertainment and fun all along the Parkway spring weekends and nightly all summer long!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The 64th Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Gatlinburg

Tuesday, April 15, 12:00 AM to Saturday, April 19, 12:00 AM 

 The 64th Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is an annual five-day event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park consisting of a variety of wildflower, fauna, and natural history walks, motorcades, photographic tours, art classes, and indoor seminars. 

On-site registration will begin Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM in the Mills Conference Center, Gatlinburg TN. For more information, go to  

Friday, March 7, 2014

Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run

Cruising the Parkway Strip 

April 11-12 in Pigeon Forge is the Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run. This year the show moves to the LeConte Center adjacent to their old location. 
With hundreds of hot rods on display and plenty of vendors at the swap meet, this is one show that is sure to please auto enthusiasts of all generations. This show will also have a $8,000 cash giveaway as well as door prizes and live music.

 If you would like to visit the official show location at the LeConte Center to see the vehicles, vendors, etc there has normally been a $10 fee in the past that gives you access all weekend at the show location. We’ll confirm this as the show gets closer. This is your best opportunity to see the show cars that are typically towed and parked (not cruising the parkway). Parking will be available at the LeConte Center for free.

LeConte Center Pigeon Forge

Monday, March 3, 2014

Gatlinburg's 2014 Clausfest & Parade

Welcome to ClausFest
   March 15-19, 2014
     Coming Back Home to Gatlinburg, Tennessee

ClausFest Parade of Santas
  Come see hundreds of Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Elves and other Helpers in Gatlinburg, Tn.

Parade Starts at 4:00 on the Parkway, at Traffic Light #10 and ends at Traffic light #6. This is a very popular event and one of the most unique parades in the Country as it takes place on or near St. Patrick’s Day every other year.

Who doesn't LOVE a parade?  Well, the Residents, Tourists, Merchants and the Santa Claus Family certainly DO!  And Especially when it's in GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE!

There's no better way to kick off a Santa Claus Family Festival than with a Parade and that's what we'll do again in 2014.  
This is an event that has been cherished in Gatlinburg for several prior years and we're certain will continue to be a cherished event for many, many more years to come.

We promised we would restore the Credibility and Dignity of the Santa Claus Family and we kept that promise with ClausFest 2012. 
 In 2014 we will return to Gatlinburg in full force and to reinforce that commitment, with love in our hearts, and Christmas in our souls to come together in fellowship.  

We are blessed to be able to bring the Joy and Magic of the Christmas Season to thousands of children each year. What better way to continue to spread that Joy and Magic than through a wonderful parade in the most beautiful Village in the Country!