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Women's Work Festival    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 16, 2018
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A woman's work is never done! Join us to learn about the vital role women played in creating and maintaining a mountain home. Walk the grounds of our mountain farm and watch demonstrations of open hearth cooking, spinning or sewing, corn shuck doll making and more.
Free Fly Fishing 101    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Sevierville
When:  June 16, 2018
Contact:  (865) 774-4162
Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started.
Music on the River    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 15, 2018 thru June 16, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601
Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n' roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Branching Out    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  June 17, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The Smokies are home to over 130 species of trees. Explore the dramatic forest and find out what the trees can tell us about their ecosystem. This hike is easy and occurs every Sunday afternoon from 2-3:30 p.m.
Coffee with a Ranger    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 17, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a cup of coffee and find out what's happening in the park! Coffee provided. Bring a cup if you have one. Topics may vary based on visitor interests and things going on in the park. 1 hour
Down on the Farm    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 17, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Walk down to the Mountain Farm Museum and see what past-time settlers may have been engaged in such as gardening, woodworking, or other endeavors. Activities vary. Beginning at 1:00, this event lasts one hour.
Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  June 17, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
It's all about connection and balance in nature to insure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through show and tell activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields! This event begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts 45 minutes
Junior Ranger: Smokemont Night Hike    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 17, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife. Bring a flashlight. Limited to 25 call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations. This event begins at 8:45 and lasts 1 hour
Hike: When the Roll is Called Up Yonder    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 18, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a hike to two cemeteries and learn about the end of life traditions of the early settlers in the Great Smoky Mountains. Discover how the traditions were the similar or dissimilar from today's rituals. Moderate hike with stream crossings on bridges. This 4 miles round-trip begins at 3:00 and takes about 3 hours.
Hike: Andrews Bald    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  June 19, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip hike to the most accessible of the Smokies' grassy balds to learn more about this unique high elevation feature. Leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear, a snack, and water recommended. This Moderate hike begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes a 600 foot elevation change. 3 hours
Junior Ranger: Go Out On A Limb, Branch Out     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 19, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Sometimes we miss the trees for the forest but here is a chance to change how you see the Smokies. Using an identification key and clues you too can be a naturalist and not feel stumped when naming some of the common trees in this area of the park. This event begins at 2:00 and lasts 1 hour. Easy
Junior Ranger: Gourmet Dining on Four Feet    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 20, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
How can a bear eat yellow jackets-YUCK! I heard that raccoons can open cans? Can they, do they, I heard that! Adaptation is crucial to survival for park residents as they dine in the Smokies. Join in and experience some incredible ways animals have adapted food and shelter. This event begins at 11:00 a.m. and lasts 45 minutes. Easy. Accessible.
Oconaluftee Compass Challenge    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 20, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
In this age of high-tech devices which depend on batteries and wireless signals, it's good to remember our older and more reliable tools. Learn the basic use of a magnetic orienteering compass on this fun, farm-themed scavenger hunt. Easy, but participants should be able to count by fives. Recommended for age 9 and up, but younger children are welcome with parents or older siblings. This event begins at 3:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 22, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10- 12. Other Junior Ranger programs will be going on simultaneously for younger kids. This event lasts 30 minutes and begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 22, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join Park Staff for a fun morning of games. Learn a mix of historic games as well as more modern take on board-games. Each half hour features a different game. All ages welcome! Begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m and lasts 30 minutes.
Maggie Valley Swap Meet    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  June 21, 2018 thru June 23, 2018
Contact:  828-926-1686
Swap Meet featuring street rods, classics, rat rods, muscle cars, customs, pick ups and antiques.
Free Fly Fishing 101    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Sevierville
When:  June 23, 2018
Contact:  (865) 774-4162
Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started.
Music on the River    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 22, 2018 thru June 23, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601
Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n' roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Smokemont Evening Campfire Program    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 22, 2018 thru June 23, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a National Park Tradition - the evening campfire program. Topics vary but you're guaranteed to learn something new about the Great Smoky Mountains. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. This event begins at 7:oo p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Bryson City
When:  June 23, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet. Closed-toed shoes recommended. This ranger led event begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts 2 hours.
A Great Rangering Skill     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 23, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Orienteering! -Rangers need many skills to be good at their job, but everyone wants to go home after a long day in the woods. Learning the basics of reading a compass will help you get home too after a great day in the forest. This event begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: How Do I Get There from Here?    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 23, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Reading a map to drive is becoming an uncommon skill, learning to read a map in the woods is even less common. Join us and understand the basic skill needed to read topographical maps and quadrangle maps when venturing into the wilds. This event begins at 1:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Flat Creek Ramble    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 23, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The name may not be flashy, but don't be fooled! Flat Creek Trail is one of the Smokie's finest. Enjoy views, birds, wildflowers, and a lovely Appalachian mountain stream on this ranger-led walk. Total trail length is 2.6 miles (one way), and the ranger-led portion will be about half of that. Participants have the option of finishing the trail on their own or returning to the trailhead with the ranger. This hike begins at 2:00 p.m. and lasts 3 hours. Moderate
Branching Out    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  June 24, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The Smokies are home to over 130 species of trees. Explore the dramatic forest and find out what the trees can tell us about their ecosystem. This hike is easy and occurs every Sunday afternoon from 2-3:30 p.m.
Coffee with a Ranger    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 24, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a cup of coffee and find out what's happening in the park! Coffee provided. Bring a cup if you have one. Topics may vary based on visitor interests and things going on in the park. 1 hour
Down on the Farm    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 24, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Walk down to the Mountain Farm Museum and see what past-time settlers may have been engaged in such as gardening, woodworking, or other endeavors. Activities vary. Beginning at 1:00, this event lasts one hour.
Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  June 24, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
It's all about connection and balance in nature to insure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through show and tell activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields! This event begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts 45 minutes
Junior Ranger: Smokemont Night Hike    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 24, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife. Bring a flashlight. Limited to 25 call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations. This event begins at 8:45 and lasts 1 hour
Hike: When the Roll is Called Up Yonder    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 25, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a hike to two cemeteries and learn about the end of life traditions of the early settlers in the Great Smoky Mountains. Discover how the traditions were the similar or dissimilar from today's rituals. Moderate hike with stream crossings on bridges. This 4 miles round-trip begins at 3:00 and takes about 3 hours.
Hike: Andrews Bald    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  June 26, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip hike to the most accessible of the Smokies' grassy balds to learn more about this unique high elevation feature. Leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear, a snack, and water recommended. This Moderate hike begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes a 600 foot elevation change. 3 hours
Junior Ranger: Go Out On A Limb, Branch Out     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 26, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Sometimes we miss the trees for the forest but here is a chance to change how you see the Smokies. Using an identification key and clues you too can be a naturalist and not feel stumped when naming some of the common trees in this area of the park. This event begins at 2:00 and lasts 1 hour. Easy
Junior Ranger: Gourmet Dining on Four Feet    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 27, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
How can a bear eat yellow jackets-YUCK! I heard that raccoons can open cans? Can they, do they, I heard that! Adaptation is crucial to survival for park residents as they dine in the Smokies. Join in and experience some incredible ways animals have adapted food and shelter. This event begins at 11:00 a.m. and lasts 45 minutes. Easy. Accessible.
Oconaluftee Compass Challenge    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 27, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
In this age of high-tech devices which depend on batteries and wireless signals, it's good to remember our older and more reliable tools. Learn the basic use of a magnetic orienteering compass on this fun, farm-themed scavenger hunt. Easy, but participants should be able to count by fives. Recommended for age 9 and up, but younger children are welcome with parents or older siblings. This event begins at 3:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 29, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10- 12. Other Junior Ranger programs will be going on simultaneously for younger kids. This event lasts 30 minutes and begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 29, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join Park Staff for a fun morning of games. Learn a mix of historic games as well as more modern take on board-games. Each half hour features a different game. All ages welcome! Begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m and lasts 30 minutes.
Free Fly Fishing 101    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Sevierville
When:  June 30, 2018
Contact:  (865) 774-4162
Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started.
Music on the River    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 29, 2018 thru June 30, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601
Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n' roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Smokemont Evening Campfire Program    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 29, 2018 thru June 30, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a National Park Tradition - the evening campfire program. Topics vary but you're guaranteed to learn something new about the Great Smoky Mountains. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. This event begins at 7:oo p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Bryson City
When:  June 30, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet. Closed-toed shoes recommended. This ranger led event begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts 2 hours.
A Great Rangering Skill     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 30, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Orienteering! -Rangers need many skills to be good at their job, but everyone wants to go home after a long day in the woods. Learning the basics of reading a compass will help you get home too after a great day in the forest. This event begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: How Do I Get There from Here?    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 30, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Reading a map to drive is becoming an uncommon skill, learning to read a map in the woods is even less common. Join us and understand the basic skill needed to read topographical maps and quadrangle maps when venturing into the wilds. This event begins at 1:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Flat Creek Ramble    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 30, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The name may not be flashy, but don't be fooled! Flat Creek Trail is one of the Smokie's finest. Enjoy views, birds, wildflowers, and a lovely Appalachian mountain stream on this ranger-led walk. Total trail length is 2.6 miles (one way), and the ranger-led portion will be about half of that. Participants have the option of finishing the trail on their own or returning to the trailhead with the ranger. This hike begins at 2:00 p.m. and lasts 3 hours. Moderate
Thunder in the Smokies Summer Motorcycle Rally    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  June 29, 2018 thru July 1, 2018
Contact:  828-926-1686
Come ride the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Dragon's Tail, the Cherohala Skyway and more scenic roads. With top-notch performers, tasty treats and an enthusiastic crowd, it's sure to be a good time. Win $1,000 at the Bike Games or win $1,000 at the Bike Show. Stock up on gear with a great selection of vendors. You don't want to miss the Thunder in the Smokies Rally. We offer Tour Rides on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Exciting entertainment, $1,000 Bike Games Prize, $1,000 Bike Show Prize, Vendors and much more during our three-day rally! We are THE LARGEST RALLY IN MAGGIE VALLEY AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS OF NC. All bikes and ages welcomed. Join us at the Handlebar Corral for a rumbling weekend where thousands of bikers roll into town for the busiest motorcycle weekend in town.
43rd Annual 4th of July Powwow    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  June 29, 2018 thru July 1, 2018
Contact:  828.497.7128
This event features fireworks of another kind, which means a three-day explosion of authentic Indian music, dancing, food, and festivities. Dance competitions kick off the excitement with over $100,000 in prize money. Spectators travel cross-country to see a powwow as spectacular as this. So come join us as the ground erupts in a sea of twirling color at the height of our tourist season. This action-packed weekend includes colorful regalia, jaw-dropping dances, and music made to move you. Experience authentic tribal foods, browse traditional Indian crafts, and get an insider's look at a rich, ancient culture. Cost is $12 daily. Please note that this event is cash only. Children 6 and under are free.

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Branching Out    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  July 1, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The Smokies are home to over 130 species of trees. Explore the dramatic forest and find out what the trees can tell us about their ecosystem. This hike is easy and occurs every Sunday afternoon from 2-3:30 p.m.
Coffee with a Ranger    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 1, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a cup of coffee and find out what's happening in the park! Coffee provided. Bring a cup if you have one. Topics may vary based on visitor interests and things going on in the park. 1 hour
Down on the Farm    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 1, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Walk down to the Mountain Farm Museum and see what past-time settlers may have been engaged in such as gardening, woodworking, or other endeavors. Activities vary. Beginning at 1:00, this event lasts one hour.
Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  July 1, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
It's all about connection and balance in nature to insure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through show and tell activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields! This event begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts 45 minutes
Junior Ranger: Smokemont Night Hike    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 1, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife. Bring a flashlight. Limited to 25 call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations. This event begins at 8:45 and lasts 1 hour
Hike: When the Roll is Called Up Yonder    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 2, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a hike to two cemeteries and learn about the end of life traditions of the early settlers in the Great Smoky Mountains. Discover how the traditions were the similar or dissimilar from today's rituals. Moderate hike with stream crossings on bridges. This 4 miles round-trip begins at 3:00 and takes about 3 hours.
Hike: Andrews Bald    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  July 3, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip hike to the most accessible of the Smokies' grassy balds to learn more about this unique high elevation feature. Leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear, a snack, and water recommended. This Moderate hike begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes a 600 foot elevation change. 3 hours
Junior Ranger: Go Out On A Limb, Branch Out     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 3, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Sometimes we miss the trees for the forest but here is a chance to change how you see the Smokies. Using an identification key and clues you too can be a naturalist and not feel stumped when naming some of the common trees in this area of the park. This event begins at 2:00 and lasts 1 hour. Easy
Return of the Elk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  July 3, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Come enjoy a guided hike to the former elk acclimation pen site and explore how, when and why the elk were returned to the Smokies. This event begins at 5:00 p.m. and lasts 1.5 hours. Moderate hike less than 1 mile
Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  July 4, 2018
Contact:  800-588-1817
Gatlinburg's most-nail biting race of the summer returns! Set against the backdrop of Gatlinburg's fun-filled Fourth of July celebration, comes the ever-competitive River Raft Regatta, an annual race of unmanned floatables down the Little Pigeon River.

All contestants will begin the day at the race's starting line at the Christ in the Smokies bridge, beginning from 10 a.m. to register their floatable. The race kicks-off at noon and ends after all floatables have crossed the finish line at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. New this year, eventgoers can opt to enter a rented rubber duck into the competition (or bring your own at no cost) for the bargain price of $1.oo. All proceeds go to the Gatlinburg Chamber Foundation and is a great way to for everyone to participate in this fun, thrilling event. This year's River Raft Regatta is made possible through the coordination of the City of Gatlinburg Special Events Office and the Gatlinburg Recreation Department and will issue trophies to those who finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Treasure, Duck and Most Creative Float categories.

Come be a part of the Fourth of July tradition beloved by Gatlinburg visitors of all ages!
Freedom Train Dinner Ride    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Bryson City
When:  July 4, 2018
Contact:  800-872-4681
Spend the day in Bryson City enjoying the annual Freedom Fest celebration then board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for a beautiful evening ride. Enjoy a BBQ meal, a visit with Uncle Sam and be back in Bryson City in time for the evening fireworks show.
Freedom Fest and Fireworks    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Bryson City
When:  July 4, 2018
Contact:  800-867-9246
Spend your Fourth of July in a small town that celebrates big! Our old fashioned street festival begins with a dedication by the local VFW Post and continues with great music throughout the day. The music is complemented by an amazing array of handcrafted arts and a children's area that is sure to keep the little ones occupied. And don't forget the P.A.W.S. dog show, and fun contests. Stay for the full day or return later to enjoy the headliner show at 8pm followed by the spectacular fireworks show at 10pm.
The Inspirations Singing in the Smokies    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Bryson City
When:  June 30, 2018 thru July 4, 2018
Contact:  828-497-2060
Join The Inspirations for their annual July 4th singing featuring some of the biggest names in southern gospel; The Kingsmen, The Chuck Wagon Gang, The McKameys, the Diplomats, and, of course, The Inspirations.
Annual 4th of July Fireworks    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 4, 2018
Contact:  Cherokee
Enjoy a brilliant display of fireworks over the Acquoni Expo Center as we celebrate Independence Day. Though admission to the 4th of July Powwow is by ticket only, viewing of the fireworks is free to the public and spectators are encouraged to watch from the parking lot.
Gatlinburg Fireworks Finale    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  July 4, 2018
Contact: 
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 fireworks 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.
First Independence Day Parade in the Nation    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  July 3, 2018 thru July 4, 2018
Contact:  (800) 568-4748
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 Fourth of July celebrations will come to a close at 10:00 p.m. on July 4th when visitors will enjoy the spectacular 20-minute fireworks display in the heart of downtown, with the best viewing areas around traffic lights #3 and #5.
Maggie Valley Fireworks Display    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  July 4, 2018
Contact:  828-926-0866
Celebrate the 4th of July in Maggie Valley!
4th of July Celebration and Fireworks - Townsend    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Townsend
When:  July 4, 2018
Contact:  (865) 448-6886
The good folks in Townsend, Tennessee invite you to their 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks show at the Highland Manor Inn and Conference Center. Admission is free.
Junior Ranger: Gourmet Dining on Four Feet    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 4, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
How can a bear eat yellow jackets-YUCK! I heard that raccoons can open cans? Can they, do they, I heard that! Adaptation is crucial to survival for park residents as they dine in the Smokies. Join in and experience some incredible ways animals have adapted food and shelter. This event begins at 11:00 a.m. and lasts 45 minutes. Easy. Accessible.
Oconaluftee Compass Challenge    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 4, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
In this age of high-tech devices which depend on batteries and wireless signals, it's good to remember our older and more reliable tools. Learn the basic use of a magnetic orienteering compass on this fun, farm-themed scavenger hunt. Easy, but participants should be able to count by fives. Recommended for age 9 and up, but younger children are welcome with parents or older siblings. This event begins at 3:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 6, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10- 12. Other Junior Ranger programs will be going on simultaneously for younger kids. This event lasts 30 minutes and begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 6, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join Park Staff for a fun morning of games. Learn a mix of historic games as well as more modern take on board-games. Each half hour features a different game. All ages welcome! Begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m and lasts 30 minutes.
Fourth of July Celebration at Fontana    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Bryson City
When:  July 1, 2018 thru July 7, 2018
Contact:  800-849-2258
Event activities include field & water games, hometown parade, boating, BBQ cookouts, live entertainment throughout the week and fireworks on the Village Green on the 4th.
Music on the River    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 6, 2018 thru July 7, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601
Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n' roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Free Fly Fishing 101    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Sevierville
When:  July 7, 2018
Contact:  (865) 774-4162
Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started.
Smokemont Evening Campfire Program    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 6, 2018 thru July 7, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a National Park Tradition - the evening campfire program. Topics vary but you're guaranteed to learn something new about the Great Smoky Mountains. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. This event begins at 7:oo p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Bryson City
When:  July 7, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet. Closed-toed shoes recommended. This ranger led event begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts 2 hours.
A Great Rangering Skill     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 7, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Orienteering! -Rangers need many skills to be good at their job, but everyone wants to go home after a long day in the woods. Learning the basics of reading a compass will help you get home too after a great day in the forest. This event begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: How Do I Get There from Here?    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 7, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Reading a map to drive is becoming an uncommon skill, learning to read a map in the woods is even less common. Join us and understand the basic skill needed to read topographical maps and quadrangle maps when venturing into the wilds. This event begins at 1:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Flat Creek Ramble    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 7, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The name may not be flashy, but don't be fooled! Flat Creek Trail is one of the Smokie's finest. Enjoy views, birds, wildflowers, and a lovely Appalachian mountain stream on this ranger-led walk. Total trail length is 2.6 miles (one way), and the ranger-led portion will be about half of that. Participants have the option of finishing the trail on their own or returning to the trailhead with the ranger. This hike begins at 2:00 p.m. and lasts 3 hours. Moderate
Branching Out    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  July 8, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The Smokies are home to over 130 species of trees. Explore the dramatic forest and find out what the trees can tell us about their ecosystem. This hike is easy and occurs every Sunday afternoon from 2-3:30 p.m.
Maggie Valley Arts and Crafts Show    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Magie Valley
When:  July 7, 2018 thru July 8, 2018
Contact:  828-926-1686
Maggie Valley's largest gathering of artisans and crafters come together to sell their handmade treasures. Artisans from all over the Southeast will be in attendance. Chainsaw art demonstrations and lots of festival food.

Seasonal items, yard art, paintings, photography, pottery, wooden bowls, furniture, jewelry, goat milk soaps and more will be featured at the event. The Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts Festivals is one of the longest running and most popular events held in Maggie Valley.
Coffee with a Ranger    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 8, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a cup of coffee and find out what's happening in the park! Coffee provided. Bring a cup if you have one. Topics may vary based on visitor interests and things going on in the park. 1 hour
Down on the Farm    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 8, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Walk down to the Mountain Farm Museum and see what past-time settlers may have been engaged in such as gardening, woodworking, or other endeavors. Activities vary. Beginning at 1:00, this event lasts one hour.
Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  July 8, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
It's all about connection and balance in nature to insure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through show and tell activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields! This event begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts 45 minutes
Junior Ranger: Smokemont Night Hike    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 8, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife. Bring a flashlight. Limited to 25 call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations. This event begins at 8:45 and lasts 1 hour
Hike: When the Roll is Called Up Yonder    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 9, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a hike to two cemeteries and learn about the end of life traditions of the early settlers in the Great Smoky Mountains. Discover how the traditions were the similar or dissimilar from today's rituals. Moderate hike with stream crossings on bridges. This 4 miles round-trip begins at 3:00 and takes about 3 hours.
Hike: Andrews Bald    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  July 10, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip hike to the most accessible of the Smokies' grassy balds to learn more about this unique high elevation feature. Leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear, a snack, and water recommended. This Moderate hike begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes a 600 foot elevation change. 3 hours
Junior Ranger: Go Out On A Limb, Branch Out     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 10, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Sometimes we miss the trees for the forest but here is a chance to change how you see the Smokies. Using an identification key and clues you too can be a naturalist and not feel stumped when naming some of the common trees in this area of the park. This event begins at 2:00 and lasts 1 hour. Easy
Return of the Elk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  July 10, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Come enjoy a guided hike to the former elk acclimation pen site and explore how, when and why the elk were returned to the Smokies. This event begins at 5:00 p.m. and lasts 1.5 hours. Moderate hike less than 1 mile
Junior Ranger: Gourmet Dining on Four Feet    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 11, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
How can a bear eat yellow jackets-YUCK! I heard that raccoons can open cans? Can they, do they, I heard that! Adaptation is crucial to survival for park residents as they dine in the Smokies. Join in and experience some incredible ways animals have adapted food and shelter. This event begins at 11:00 a.m. and lasts 45 minutes. Easy. Accessible.
Oconaluftee Compass Challenge    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 11, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
In this age of high-tech devices which depend on batteries and wireless signals, it's good to remember our older and more reliable tools. Learn the basic use of a magnetic orienteering compass on this fun, farm-themed scavenger hunt. Easy, but participants should be able to count by fives. Recommended for age 9 and up, but younger children are welcome with parents or older siblings. This event begins at 3:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 13, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10- 12. Other Junior Ranger programs will be going on simultaneously for younger kids. This event lasts 30 minutes and begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 13, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join Park Staff for a fun morning of games. Learn a mix of historic games as well as more modern take on board-games. Each half hour features a different game. All ages welcome! Begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m and lasts 30 minutes.
Music on the River    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 13, 2018 thru July 14, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601
Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n' roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Maggie Valley Swap Meet    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  July 13, 2018 thru July 14, 2018
Contact:  828-926-1686
Swap Meet featuring street rods, classics, rat rods, muscle cars, customs, pick ups and antiques.
Heritage Arts Summer Festival    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Bryson City
When:  July 14, 2018
Contact: 
Presented by the Southwestern Community College Ceramic Arts Club, this event is rapidly growing into a full - fledged "don't miss" with the work of over 30 of the best pottery students in the region featured as well as pottery demonstrations, food, music, and more. Free admission. 60 Almond School Road, off Hwy 74 West of Bryson City.
Free Fly Fishing 101    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Sevierville
When:  July 14, 2018
Contact:  (865) 774-4162
Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started.
Patriot Festival    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  July 14, 2018
Contact:  865-429-7350
Pigeon Forge looks good in red, white, and blue, and so will you at the 28th Annual Patriot Festival. Join us at Patriot Park on Wednesday, July 4th for a night of live music, food, and fun games in celebration of our great nation's birthday.

All activities are free and open to the public, and are sure to be enjoyed by the entire family! Bring a seat and stay a while. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Umbrellas and coolers are not permitted, so please leave those behind.

*Event Schedule:

Noon - Free Kid's Karnival and food vendors open.

1:30 PM - Free entertainment featuring:

Veterans Tribute Pigeon Forge Community Chorus and more! Special guests: Electric Avenue

8:30 PM - Event headliner: Craig Morgan

9:45 PM - Fireworks Spectacular!

*Artists' schedule subject to change.
Smokemont Evening Campfire Program    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 13, 2018 thru July 14, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a National Park Tradition - the evening campfire program. Topics vary but you're guaranteed to learn something new about the Great Smoky Mountains. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. This event begins at 7:oo p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Bryson City
When:  July 14, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet. Closed-toed shoes recommended. This ranger led event begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts 2 hours.
A Great Rangering Skill     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 14, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Orienteering! -Rangers need many skills to be good at their job, but everyone wants to go home after a long day in the woods. Learning the basics of reading a compass will help you get home too after a great day in the forest. This event begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: How Do I Get There from Here?    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 14, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Reading a map to drive is becoming an uncommon skill, learning to read a map in the woods is even less common. Join us and understand the basic skill needed to read topographical maps and quadrangle maps when venturing into the wilds. This event begins at 1:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Flat Creek Ramble    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 14, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The name may not be flashy, but don't be fooled! Flat Creek Trail is one of the Smokie's finest. Enjoy views, birds, wildflowers, and a lovely Appalachian mountain stream on this ranger-led walk. Total trail length is 2.6 miles (one way), and the ranger-led portion will be about half of that. Participants have the option of finishing the trail on their own or returning to the trailhead with the ranger. This hike begins at 2:00 p.m. and lasts 3 hours. Moderate
Branching Out    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  July 15, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The Smokies are home to over 130 species of trees. Explore the dramatic forest and find out what the trees can tell us about their ecosystem. This hike is easy and occurs every Sunday afternoon from 2-3:30 p.m.
Coffee with a Ranger    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 15, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a cup of coffee and find out what's happening in the park! Coffee provided. Bring a cup if you have one. Topics may vary based on visitor interests and things going on in the park. 1 hour
Down on the Farm    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 15, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Walk down to the Mountain Farm Museum and see what past-time settlers may have been engaged in such as gardening, woodworking, or other endeavors. Activities vary. Beginning at 1:00, this event lasts one hour.
Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  July 15, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
It's all about connection and balance in nature to insure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through show and tell activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields! This event begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts 45 minutes
Junior Ranger: Smokemont Night Hike    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 15, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife. Bring a flashlight. Limited to 25 call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations. This event begins at 8:45 and lasts 1 hour
Hike: When the Roll is Called Up Yonder    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 16, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a hike to two cemeteries and learn about the end of life traditions of the early settlers in the Great Smoky Mountains. Discover how the traditions were the similar or dissimilar from today's rituals. Moderate hike with stream crossings on bridges. This 4 miles round-trip begins at 3:00 and takes about 3 hours.
Hike: Andrews Bald    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  July 17, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip hike to the most accessible of the Smokies' grassy balds to learn more about this unique high elevation feature. Leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear, a snack, and water recommended. This Moderate hike begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes a 600 foot elevation change. 3 hours
Junior Ranger: Go Out On A Limb, Branch Out     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 17, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Sometimes we miss the trees for the forest but here is a chance to change how you see the Smokies. Using an identification key and clues you too can be a naturalist and not feel stumped when naming some of the common trees in this area of the park. This event begins at 2:00 and lasts 1 hour. Easy
Return of the Elk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  July 17, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Come enjoy a guided hike to the former elk acclimation pen site and explore how, when and why the elk were returned to the Smokies. This event begins at 5:00 p.m. and lasts 1.5 hours. Moderate hike less than 1 mile
Junior Ranger: Gourmet Dining on Four Feet    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 18, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
How can a bear eat yellow jackets-YUCK! I heard that raccoons can open cans? Can they, do they, I heard that…. Adaptation is crucial to survival for park residents as they dine in the Smokies. Join in and experience some incredible ways animals have adapted food and shelter. This event begins at 11:00 a.m. and lasts 45 minutes. Easy. Accessible.
Oconaluftee Compass Challenge    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 18, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
In this age of high-tech devices which depend on batteries and wireless signals, it's good to remember our older and more reliable tools. Learn the basic use of a magnetic orienteering compass on this fun, farm-themed scavenger hunt. Easy, but participants should be able to count by fives. Recommended for age 9 and up, but younger children are welcome with parents or older siblings. This event begins at 3:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 20, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10- 12. Other Junior Ranger programs will be going on simultaneously for younger kids. This event lasts 30 minutes and begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 20, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join Park Staff for a fun morning of games. Learn a mix of historic games as well as more modern take on board-games. Each half hour features a different game. All ages welcome! Begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m and lasts 30 minutes.
Music on the River    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 20, 2018 thru July 21, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601
Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n' roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Smokemont Evening Campfire Program    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 20, 2018 thru July 21, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a National Park Tradition - the evening campfire program. Topics vary but you're guaranteed to learn something new about the Great Smoky Mountains. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. This event begins at 7:oo p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Bryson City
When:  July 21, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet. Closed-toed shoes recommended. This ranger led event begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts 2 hours.
A Great Rangering Skill     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 21, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Orienteering! -Rangers need many skills to be good at their job, but everyone wants to go home after a long day in the woods. Learning the basics of reading a compass will help you get home too after a great day in the forest. This event begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: How Do I Get There from Here?    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 21, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Reading a map to drive is becoming an uncommon skill, learning to read a map in the woods is even less common. Join us and understand the basic skill needed to read topographical maps and quadrangle maps when venturing into the wilds. This event begins at 1:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Flat Creek Ramble    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 21, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The name may not be flashy, but don't be fooled! Flat Creek Trail is one of the Smokie's finest. Enjoy views, birds, wildflowers, and a lovely Appalachian mountain stream on this ranger-led walk. Total trail length is 2.6 miles (one way), and the ranger-led portion will be about half of that. Participants have the option of finishing the trail on their own or returning to the trailhead with the ranger. This hike begins at 2:00 p.m. and lasts 3 hours. Moderate
Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  July 13, 2018 thru July 22, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-7479
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.
Branching Out    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  July 22, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The Smokies are home to over 130 species of trees. Explore the dramatic forest and find out what the trees can tell us about their ecosystem. This hike is easy and occurs every Sunday afternoon from 2-3:30 p.m.
Coffee with a Ranger    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 22, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a cup of coffee and find out what's happening in the park! Coffee provided. Bring a cup if you have one. Topics may vary based on visitor interests and things going on in the park. 1 hour
Down on the Farm    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 22, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Walk down to the Mountain Farm Museum and see what past-time settlers may have been engaged in such as gardening, woodworking, or other endeavors. Activities vary. Beginning at 1:00, this event lasts one hour.
Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  July 22, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
It's all about connection and balance in nature to insure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through show and tell activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields! This event begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts 45 minutes
Junior Ranger: Smokemont Night Hike    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 22, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife. Bring a flashlight. Limited to 25 call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations. This event begins at 8:45 and lasts 1 hour
Hike: When the Roll is Called Up Yonder    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 23, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a hike to two cemeteries and learn about the end of life traditions of the early settlers in the Great Smoky Mountains. Discover how the traditions were the similar or dissimilar from today’s rituals. Moderate hike with stream crossings on bridges. This 4 miles round-trip begins at 3:00 and takes about 3 hours.
Hike: Andrews Bald    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  July 24, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip hike to the most accessible of the Smokies' grassy balds to learn more about this unique high elevation feature. Leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear, a snack, and water recommended. This Moderate hike begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes a 600 foot elevation change. 3 hours
Junior Ranger: Go Out On A Limb, Branch Out     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 24, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Sometimes we miss the trees for the forest but here is a chance to change how you see the Smokies. Using an identification key and clues you too can be a naturalist and not feel stumped when naming some of the common trees in this area of the park. This event begins at 2:00 and lasts 1 hour. Easy
Junior Ranger: Gourmet Dining on Four Feet    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 25, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
How can a bear eat yellow jackets-YUCK! I heard that raccoons can open cans? Can they, do they, I heard that! Adaptation is crucial to survival for park residents as they dine in the Smokies. Join in and experience some incredible ways animals have adapted food and shelter. This event begins at 11:00 a.m. and lasts 45 minutes. Easy. Accessible.
Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 27, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10- 12. Other Junior Ranger programs will be going on simultaneously for younger kids. This event lasts 30 minutes and begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 27, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join Park Staff for a fun morning of games. Learn a mix of historic games as well as more modern take on board-games. Each half hour features a different game. All ages welcome! Begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m and lasts 30 minutes.
Music on the River    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 27, 2018 thru July 28, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601
Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n' roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Hillbilly Jam    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  July 27, 2018 thru July 28, 2018
Contact: 
Hillbilly Jam features loads of live Music, Food, Crafts, Cornhole, Car & Bike Show, TV Celebrities and Moonshiners. Spectators $10 per day / 10 & under FREE!
Smokemont Evening Campfire Program    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 27, 2018 thru July 28, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a National Park Tradition - the evening campfire program. Topics vary but you're guaranteed to learn something new about the Great Smoky Mountains. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. This event begins at 7:oo p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Bryson City
When:  July 28, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet. Closed-toed shoes recommended. This ranger led event begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts 2 hours.
A Great Rangering Skill     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 28, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Orienteering! -Rangers need many skills to be good at their job, but everyone wants to go home after a long day in the woods. Learning the basics of reading a compass will help you get home too after a great day in the forest. This event begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: How Do I Get There from Here?    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 28, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Reading a map to drive is becoming an uncommon skill, learning to read a map in the woods is even less common. Join us and understand the basic skill needed to read topographical maps and quadrangle maps when venturing into the wilds. This event begins at 1:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Flat Creek Ramble    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 28, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The name may not be flashy, but don't be fooled! Flat Creek Trail is one of the Smokie's finest. Enjoy views, birds, wildflowers, and a lovely Appalachian mountain stream on this ranger-led walk. Total trail length is 2.6 miles (one way), and the ranger-led portion will be about half of that. Participants have the option of finishing the trail on their own or returning to the trailhead with the ranger. This hike begins at 2:00 p.m. and lasts 3 hours. Moderate
Branching Out    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  July 29, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The Smokies are home to over 130 species of trees. Explore the dramatic forest and find out what the trees can tell us about their ecosystem. This hike is easy and occurs every Sunday afternoon from 2-3:30 p.m.
Coffee with a Ranger    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 29, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a cup of coffee and find out what's happening in the park! Coffee provided. Bring a cup if you have one. Topics may vary based on visitor interests and things going on in the park. 1 hour
Down on the Farm    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 29, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Walk down to the Mountain Farm Museum and see what past-time settlers may have been engaged in such as gardening, woodworking, or other endeavors. Activities vary. Beginning at 1:00, this event lasts one hour.
Maggie Valley Arts and Crafts Show    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Magie Valley
When:  July 29, 2018
Contact:  828-926-1686
Maggie Valley's largest gathering of artisans and crafters come together to sell their handmade treasures. Artisans from all over the Southeast will be in attendance. Chainsaw art demonstrations and lots of festival food.

Seasonal items, yard art, paintings, photography, pottery, wooden bowls, furniture, jewelry, goat milk soaps and more will be featured at the event. The Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts Festivals is one of the longest running and most popular events held in Maggie Valley.
Junior Ranger: Smokemont Night Hike    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 29, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife. Bring a flashlight. Limited to 25 call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations. This event begins at 8:45 and lasts 1 hour
Hike: When the Roll is Called Up Yonder    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 30, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a hike to two cemeteries and learn about the end of life traditions of the early settlers in the Great Smoky Mountains. Discover how the traditions were the similar or dissimilar from today’s rituals. Moderate hike with stream crossings on bridges. This 4 miles round-trip begins at 3:00 and takes about 3 hours.
Hike: Andrews Bald    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  July 31, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip hike to the most accessible of the Smokies' grassy balds to learn more about this unique high elevation feature. Leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear, a snack, and water recommended. This Moderate hike begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes a 600 foot elevation change. 3 hours
Junior Ranger: Go Out On A Limb, Branch Out     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  July 31, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Sometimes we miss the trees for the forest but here is a chance to change how you see the Smokies. Using an identification key and clues you too can be a naturalist and not feel stumped when naming some of the common trees in this area of the park. This event begins at 2:00 and lasts 1 hour. Easy
Return of the Elk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  July 31, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Come enjoy a guided hike to the former elk acclimation pen site and explore how, when and why the elk were returned to the Smokies. This event begins at 5:00 p.m. and lasts 1.5 hours. Moderate hike less than 1 mile
Junior Ranger: Gourmet Dining on Four Feet    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 1, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
How can a bear eat yellow jackets-YUCK! I heard that raccoons can open cans? Can they, do they, I heard that! Adaptation is crucial to survival for park residents as they dine in the Smokies. Join in and experience some incredible ways animals have adapted food and shelter. This event begins at 11:00 a.m. and lasts 45 minutes. Easy. Accessible.
Oconaluftee Compass Challenge    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 1, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
In this age of high-tech devices which depend on batteries and wireless signals, it's good to remember our older and more reliable tools. Learn the basic use of a magnetic orienteering compass on this fun, farm-themed scavenger hunt. Easy, but participants should be able to count by fives. Recommended for age 9 and up, but younger children are welcome with parents or older siblings. This event begins at 3:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 3, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10- 12. Other Junior Ranger programs will be going on simultaneously for younger kids. This event lasts 30 minutes and begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 3, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join Park Staff for a fun morning of games. Learn a mix of historic games as well as more modern take on board-games. Each half hour features a different game. All ages welcome! Begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m and lasts 30 minutes.
Music on the River    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 3, 2018 thru August 4, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601
Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n' roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Stringtime in the Smokies    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  August 4, 2018
Contact:  888-453-6455
ENJOY FREE LIVE MUSIC AT STRINGTIME IN THE SMOKIES

Come out to Old Mill Square for free music during Stringtime in the Smokies! This year's event features Grassroots Gringos, Richard Bennett, Wyatt Rice and Robinella. Compete, sit back or watch the Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament in Memory of Sergeant Brett Benton.Festivities begins at 11:00 a.m. with evening bluegrass performances beginning at 7:00 p.m. Bring along your own lawn chair and enjoy the Stringtime in the Smokies.
Smokemont Evening Campfire Program    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 3, 2018 thru August 4, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a National Park Tradition - the evening campfire program. Topics vary but you're guaranteed to learn something new about the Great Smoky Mountains. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. This event begins at 7:oo p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Bryson City
When:  August 4, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet. Closed-toed shoes recommended. This ranger led event begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts 2 hours.
A Great Rangering Skill     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 4, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Orienteering! -Rangers need many skills to be good at their job, but everyone wants to go home after a long day in the woods. Learning the basics of reading a compass will help you get home too after a great day in the forest. This event begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: How Do I Get There from Here?    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 4, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Reading a map to drive is becoming an uncommon skill, learning to read a map in the woods is even less common. Join us and understand the basic skill needed to read topographical maps and quadrangle maps when venturing into the wilds. This event begins at 1:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Flat Creek Ramble    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 4, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The name may not be flashy, but don't be fooled! Flat Creek Trail is one of the Smokie's finest. Enjoy views, birds, wildflowers, and a lovely Appalachian mountain stream on this ranger-led walk. Total trail length is 2.6 miles (one way), and the ranger-led portion will be about half of that. Participants have the option of finishing the trail on their own or returning to the trailhead with the ranger. This hike begins at 2:00 p.m. and lasts 3 hours. Moderate
Branching Out    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  August 5, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The Smokies are home to over 130 species of trees. Explore the dramatic forest and find out what the trees can tell us about their ecosystem. This hike is easy and occurs every Sunday afternoon from 2-3:30 p.m.
Coffee with a Ranger    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 5, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a cup of coffee and find out what's happening in the park! Coffee provided. Bring a cup if you have one. Topics may vary based on visitor interests and things going on in the park. 1 hour
Down on the Farm    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 5, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Walk down to the Mountain Farm Museum and see what past-time settlers may have been engaged in such as gardening, woodworking, or other endeavors. Activities vary. Beginning at 1:00, this event lasts one hour.
Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  August 5, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
It's all about connection and balance in nature to insure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through show and tell activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields! This event begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts 45 minutes
Junior Ranger: Smokemont Night Hike    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 5, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife. Bring a flashlight. Limited to 25 call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations. This event begins at 8:45 and lasts 1 hour
Hike: When the Roll is Called Up Yonder    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 6, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger on a hike to two cemeteries and learn about the end of life traditions of the early settlers in the Great Smoky Mountains. Discover how the traditions were the similar or dissimilar from today's rituals. Moderate hike with stream crossings on bridges. This 4 miles round-trip begins at 3:00 and takes about 3 hours.
Junior Ranger: Go Out On A Limb, Branch Out     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 7, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Sometimes we miss the trees for the forest but here is a chance to change how you see the Smokies. Using an identification key and clues you too can be a naturalist and not feel stumped when naming some of the common trees in this area of the park. This event begins at 2:00 and lasts 1 hour. Easy
Return of the Elk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  August 7, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Come enjoy a guided hike to the former elk acclimation pen site and explore how, when and why the elk were returned to the Smokies. This event begins at 5:00 p.m. and lasts 1.5 hours. Moderate hike less than 1 mile
Junior Ranger: Gourmet Dining on Four Feet    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 8, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
How can a bear eat yellow jackets-YUCK! I heard that raccoons can open cans? Can they, do they, I heard that! Adaptation is crucial to survival for park residents as they dine in the Smokies. Join in and experience some incredible ways animals have adapted food and shelter. This event begins at 11:00 a.m. and lasts 45 minutes. Easy. Accessible.
Oconaluftee Compass Challenge    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 8, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
In this age of high-tech devices which depend on batteries and wireless signals, it's good to remember our older and more reliable tools. Learn the basic use of a magnetic orienteering compass on this fun, farm-themed scavenger hunt. Easy, but participants should be able to count by fives. Recommended for age 9 and up, but younger children are welcome with parents or older siblings. This event begins at 3:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 10, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10- 12. Other Junior Ranger programs will be going on simultaneously for younger kids. This event lasts 30 minutes and begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 10, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join Park Staff for a fun morning of games. Learn a mix of historic games as well as more modern take on board-games. Each half hour features a different game. All ages welcome! Begins at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m and lasts 30 minutes.
Music on the River    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 10, 2018 thru August 11, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601
Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n' roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
A Walk in the Woods    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  June 17, 2018 thru August 11, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll and discover stories of history and nature along this scenic, wooded trail. This activity is free and occurs daily through August 11, 2018.
Junior Ranger: Porch Talk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  June 14, 2018 thru August 11, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Did you know that the Smokies is one of the most diverse places in the world? Join a ranger to learn more during this "Ranger's Choice" style program. Easy. This program occurs daily through August 11th.
Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  June 22, 2018 thru August 11, 2018
Contact:  1-800-588-1817
Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance festival featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s.

Gatlinburg will present the 13th season of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales daily in downtown Gatlinburg through August 11.

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.
Smokemont Evening Campfire Program    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 10, 2018 thru August 11, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join a Ranger for a National Park Tradition - the evening campfire program. Topics vary but you're guaranteed to learn something new about the Great Smoky Mountains. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. This event begins at 7:oo p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Bryson City
When:  August 11, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet. Closed-toed shoes recommended. This ranger led event begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts 2 hours.
A Great Rangering Skill     Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 11, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Orienteering! -Rangers need many skills to be good at their job, but everyone wants to go home after a long day in the woods. Learning the basics of reading a compass will help you get home too after a great day in the forest. This event begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Junior Ranger: How Do I Get There from Here?    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 11, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Reading a map to drive is becoming an uncommon skill, learning to read a map in the woods is even less common. Join us and understand the basic skill needed to read topographical maps and quadrangle maps when venturing into the wilds. This event begins at 1:00 p.m. and lasts 1 hour.
Flat Creek Ramble    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 11, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
The name may not be flashy, but don't be fooled! Flat Creek Trail is one of the Smokie's finest. Enjoy views, birds, wildflowers, and a lovely Appalachian mountain stream on this ranger-led walk. Total trail length is 2.6 miles (one way), and the ranger-led portion will be about half of that. Participants have the option of finishing the trail on their own or returning to the trailhead with the ranger. This hike begins at 2:00 p.m. and lasts 3 hours. Moderate
Free Parkway Trolley    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  June 16, 2018 thru August 15, 2018
Contact:  (800) 568-4748
Visitors to Gatlinburg have an additional means to explore the Parkway via this shuttle route which is free for the summer. It will be even more convenient to travel through Gatlinburg when the City begins offering free Trolley service to patrons along the length of the Parkway. The free specially painted open-air shuttles will operate from 10 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily June 16 through August 15. Extra stops have been established along the special route to bring the number to 40 along Parkway.
Music on the River    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 17, 2018 thru August 18, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601
Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n' roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Reach Out 5K Color Run    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  August 18, 2018
Contact:  865-661-0685
Register for the Reach Out 5K Color Run! The event will take place on August 18th at 9:00 a.m. at 1230 Mills Park Rd. in Gatlinburg. You can register at runsignup.com/race/TN/gatlinburg/reachoutrun5k. Contact Amanda Perryman for more information at 865-661-0685 or email balikids@outlook.com
Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Townsend
When:  August 18, 2018
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Join us for a summertime spectacle, when several professional balloonist light up the evening sky with a beautiful balloon glow. The sky will be filled with a spectrum of color like never before, against a backdrop of a breathtaking Tennessee sunset. The festival will include family-friendly activities, live entertainment, craft demonstrations and sales, food trucks, local craft beers and wine tastings. The balloons begin to inflate at dusk and glow for around an hour. This means balloons are usually up from about 7:30pm to 9:00pm, conditional on weather. Parking for the event is $20 online and $25 day of event. 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Return of the Elk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  August 21, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Come enjoy a guided hike to the former elk acclimation pen site and explore how, when and why the elk were returned to the Smokies. This event begins at 5:00 p.m. and lasts 1.5 hours. Moderate hike less than 1 mile
Music on the River    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 24, 2018 thru August 25, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601
Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n' roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Ober Gatlinburg Presents Saturdays in the Summer    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  June 2, 2018 thru August 25, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-5423
Come up the Mountain and be a part of our inaugural Live Music Summer Series that begins on June 2nd and runs every Saturday through August 25th. We will be featuring extraordinary local talent and our artists will bring you: soul, neo-soul, jazz, country, classic rock, and today's hits! This will be happening at our restaurant Seasons of Ober on the main stage from 6-8pm. Drive up Ski Mountain Road or take our scenic aerial tram up the mountain, grab a bite to eat and sit back and get your fill of great music!

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Return of the Elk    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  August 28, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Come enjoy a guided hike to the former elk acclimation pen site and explore how, when and why the elk were returned to the Smokies. This event begins at 5:00 p.m. and lasts 1.5 hours. Moderate hike less than 1 mile
Celebrate Freedom    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  August 1, 2018 thru August 31, 2018
Contact:  865-453-8574
During the month of August, we Celebrate Freedom! in Pigeon Forge as we say thank you to America's military and first responders. Throughout August, participating businesses in Pigeon Forge offer discounts to active and veteran military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders. Simply present a valid ID at the Pigeon Forge Welcome Center (traffic light #0) to receive the Celebrate Freedom! benefits.
Music on the River    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  August 31, 2018 thru September 1, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601
Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n' roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Maggie Valley Arts and Crafts Show    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Magie Valley
When:  September 1, 2018 thru September 2, 2018
Contact:  828-926-1686
Maggie Valley's largest gathering of artisans and crafters come together to sell their handmade treasures. Artisans from all over the Southeast will be in attendance. Chainsaw art demonstrations and lots of festival food.

Seasonal items, yard art, paintings, photography, pottery, wooden bowls, furniture, jewelry, goat milk soaps and more will be featured at the event. The Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts Festivals is one of the longest running and most popular events held in Maggie Valley.
Thunder in the Smokies Summer Motorcycle Rally    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  September 7, 2018 thru September 9, 2018
Contact:  828-926-1686
Come ride the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Dragon's Tail, the Cherohala Skyway and more scenic roads. With top-notch performers, tasty treats and an enthusiastic crowd, it's sure to be a good time. Win $1,000 at the Bike Games or win $1,000 at the Bike Show. Stock up on gear with a great selection of vendors. You don't want to miss the Thunder in the Smokies Rally. We offer Tour Rides on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Exciting entertainment, $1,000 Bike Games Prize, $1,000 Bike Show Prize, Vendors and much more during our three-day rally! We are THE LARGEST RALLY IN MAGGIE VALLEY AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS OF NC. All bikes and ages welcomed. Join us at the Handlebar Corral for a rumbling weekend where thousands of bikers roll into town for the busiest motorcycle weekend in town.
Mountain Life Festival    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  September 15, 2018
Contact:  (865) 436-1200
Join park staff and volunteers 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. as we celebrate the fall harvest. The Mountain Farm Museum will be alive with history as demonstrators provide visitors with a glimpse into the past as they make soap, apple cider, sorghum molasses, hominy, music and more.
Maggie Valley Swap Meet    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Maggie Valley
When:  September 27, 2018 thru September 29, 2018
Contact:  828-926-1686
Swap Meet featuring street rods, classics, rat rods, muscle cars, customs, pick ups and antiques.
Maggie Valley Arts and Crafts Show    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Magie Valley
When:  October 20, 2018 thru October 21, 2018
Contact:  828-926-1686
Maggie Valley's largest gathering of artisans and crafters come together to sell their handmade treasures. Artisans from all over the Southeast will be in attendance. Chainsaw art demonstrations and lots of festival food.

Seasonal items, yard art, paintings, photography, pottery, wooden bowls, furniture, jewelry, goat milk soaps and more will be featured at the event. The Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts Festivals is one of the longest running and most popular events held in Maggie Valley.
Cherokee Bonfire    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  May 25, 2018 thru October 27, 2018
Contact:  800.438.1601
This event is offered on Friday and Saturday nights from May-October (except September).

Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:
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