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.
Add it to your calendar, May 19-20th Sevierville will hold it largest festival of the summer featuring Ricky Skaggs! BBQ cookoff and bluegrass festival are being held at 125 Court Ave in downtown Sevierville.
Bluegrass bands schedule:
Friday, May 19
5:00pm — Hogslop String Band
6:00pm — The Paul Williams & Victory Trio
7:00pm — Church Sisters
8:00pm — Kicked Off the Train – Founding members of Pine Mountain Railroad
Saturday, May 20
Noon — Bill Mize – Grammy winner & Sevierville native
1:00pm — Mountain Ruckus presented by Dixie Stampede
2:00pm — Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
3:00pm — Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
4:00pm — Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers
5:00pm — Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
6:00pm — Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
7:00pm — Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers
8:00pm — Ricky Skaggs
During the BBQ cookoff you can buy a ticket for $15 for the ‘People’s Choice Contest’ which can be purchased at the event. This year they are adding to the ‘Kids Zone’ with a bounce house, train and bungee trampoline.
This is a FREE event, grab the lawn chairs and join the fun!
The skillet breakfasts are to die for. Bring a big appetite, it’s a ton of food. They are known for their cinnamon buns, once you walk in the front door you’ll see why.
Located toward the end of the strip towards the park entrance near Sugerland Distillery. Parking is sort of an issue, if the spots they have available are full there is a lot next door that you can pay to park. Totally worth it! The decor is unbelievable. A definite must visit!