Summer Events in Gatlinburg

Summer Events in Gatlinburg

With the kids out of school, and longer days filled with sunshine, summer is the perfect time to come to Gatlinburg. There are plenty of ways to beat the heat, and local swimming holes such as Midnight Hole, a popular and beautiful space approximately 70 feet wide and 10 feet deep, await. If your family is looking to spend a day in the water, also consider Splash Mountain, the water park at Dollywood.

Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Weather to Expect:

Summertime in the Smokies means humid, sunny days with temperatures in the 80s, and occasional quick thunderstorms. The trees are full and green this time of year, and you can explore why these mountains are called "smoky."

June Activities

June is a great month to explore the mountains. The weather is warm, but not hot, and many of the summer's favored events kick off for the season.

Free Parkway Trolley June 13 - August 15, 2015

Free Parkway Trolley in Gatlinburg

Explore the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway for free all summer long! From 10am - 10:30pm, the trolley will drop you off at one of 40 stops along the parkway so you can hike, swim and explore the splendor.

Gatlinburg Farmers Market June 16 - October 17, 2015

Farmers Market in Gatlinburg

The Gatlinburg Farmers Market is held in the Great Smoky Arts and Craft Community at the Covered Bridge, 849 Glades Rd Gatlinburg, each Saturday from 8:00 - 11:30 am. Enjoy healthy and local mountain offerings every weekend. Learn more here.

July Activities

July in the Smokies maybe hot, but there is lots to do for Fourth of July, and exploring the region under the shade of the trees is a great way to enjoy your stay.

The First Independence Day Parade in the Nation midnight, July 4

First Independence Day Parade in Gatlinburg

The 39th annual parade kicks of the July 4th festivities with veterans young and old, bag pipes, marching bands, decorated floats, balloon, police and fire department vehicles and more to honor Women Veterans and other U.S. Heroes. For parade route and more information visit here.

River Raft Regatta July 4, Noon

River Raft Regatta

Bring your rafts and inner tubes to Little Pigeon River at noon to take a leisurely float down the river. This casual and fun float is a great way to spend time with your family while enjoying the beautiful natural sights that make Gatlinburg a spectacular place to vacation. Registration for the event begins at 10:00 am at the Christ in the Smokies bridge on River Road and will end at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. The race commences at 12:00 p.m.

"Stand Here" Fireworks Finale July 4, 10pm

Pigeon Forge Independence Day in Gatlinburg

Finish up a day of fun in the sun with friends both old and new at the fireworks finale in downtown Gatlinburg. The grand display starts at 10pm at traffic light #3.

Pigeon Forge Independence Day Sidewalk Sale

Come down to the Pigeon River Crossing in Pigeon Forge to find great deals on some of the area’s best stores including apparel, household goods, and outdoor sports gear.

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair July 17 - 25, 2015

Craftmen's Fair in Gatlinburg

Open daily from 10am to 6pm (10am to 5pm on Sundays) at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Voted one of the Southeast's "Most Popular Events", the fair hosts around 200 vendors from all over the U.S. with beautifully displayed arts and craft and handmade wares. For just $7 per person (children 12 and under are free), enjoy free live country and bluegrass music while browsing the local art.

August Activities

Just before the kids go back to school get them over to Pigeon Forge for lots of fun events, and tons of end of summer sales.

6th Annual Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament August 1, 2015

Annual Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament

Join locals and visitors alike at The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge and enjoy this annual bluegrass event, and cornhole tournament! Food, fun and family in the Smokies is a great way to spend a Saturday. Learn more here.

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival Aug 19 - 23, 2015

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival

Come celebrate "Appalachian Musical Roots" by seeing free performances, a songwriting competition, band playoffs, stage spots and workshops. All songwriters share the story behind their songs as they perform. Plan which events and bands you want to partake in by visiting their website.

Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale

Come down to the Pigeon River Crossing in Pigeon Forge to find great deals on some of the area's best stores including apparel, household goods, and outdoor sports gear. Looking for something a little more mainstream? The Tanger Five Oaks Factory Outlet Center also host s a Labor Day Weekend Sale.