September 24 thru the 30th Pigeon Forge holds the National Quartet Convention at the LeConte Center near the Island. Considered the largest gospel music’s largest annual event of the year. Many well known gospel artists and groups will be performing.
Check out their facebook page for an idea who will be attending, as well as their website where you can purchase your tickets:
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival begins September 29th and last through October 28th in the Smokies! There are going to be thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns to view. This is the largest addition to Dolly’s Fall Festival ever! Pure art! Dolly’s whole fall event is amazing. Check it out here:
August 16th through the 20th, Gatlinburg holds the Songwriters Festival. Live musical entertainment in downtown Gatlinburg. There are only 3 ticketed concerts, all the others are free. We were there last year and sat on Bubba Gumps deck, ate shrimp and listened to the singing from across the street. Great week to vacation in the Smokies. Lazy Bear Cabin has this week open and anyone that mentions this post will receive 10% off total lodging!
On September 3rd, the Old Mill district holds its annual Heritage Day. Local mountain crafts, bingo, pumpkin painting and a farmers market will be there as many other venues. World class bluegrass and line dancing will also be part of the activities. For the kids there is a petting zoo, firetruck and a special arts and crafts tent. Free admission, bring your chairs (Lazy Bears are in the washer/dryer room) and blanket.
The much anticipated new Anakeesta is opening mid-summer! This will be a great addition to the vast amount of activities in Gatlinburg. Visit this link to view all the activities, prices, food and attractions.
In the month of August, Pigeon Forge gives discounts to active and veteran military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders. Participating businesses in Pigeon Forge can be found here. Once you arrive to Pigeon Forge, stop by the welcome center at stop light “0” to present an ID to receive all the benefits!
From June 17th – August 12th take advantage of the free open air trolley located in Gatlinburg. The hours of the trolley are 10am – 10:30pm. All of the Gatlinburg trolleys are handicap accessible. You can also purchase an all day pass for all the trolleys for $2 and hit all the routes they provide.
On Friday June 9th Gatlinburg will start its 12th annual Gatlinburg Tunes & Tales on a daily basis until July 29th. At 6pm every night the center of town turns into a mini concert and storytelling. Great event for the whole family. Gatlinburg is a great place to park, grab a bite to eat and walk the strip enjoying the music!
On Friday May 26th, the Gatlinburg sky lift started rolling up and down the mountain again. They lengthened the distance of the ride as well. The landing below Ober is still closed so you go up circle around and come back down currently. They say the landing should be completed by fall. All brand new chairs. The gondola next door is still running people to Ober.