Spring Events in Gatlinburg

Spring Events in Gatlinburg

Spring is a beautiful time of year to come to Gatlinburg and the surrounding area. The Farmers Market opens in May, and there are so many outdoor activities to do with the whole family!

We stayed Sunday through Thursday morning during March for our first visit to the area. We had so many great and special experiences during our stay! Hiking was incredible, Ripley's Aquarium was the best aquarium I've ever been to, we made a nice dinner one night, went to the wax museum and so much more! There are an infinite number of things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg!

- J.Y. from Toledo, OH

Weather to Expect:

While March can be tricky, it also brings the first warmth of the season with average temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees. The trees begin to wake up and the flowers bloom, and you can hike through the Smoky Mountains to see the natural beauty of the area. Click here for some of our favorite trail options and see spectacular waterfalls.

March Activities

With cold temperatures finally abating, and warm, sunny days on the horizon, spring is the perfect time to visit. In March, visitors can look forward to seeing the first signs of life reemerge from the cold winter months.

Smoky Mountain Spring Fest March 15 - June 6, 2015

Spring Fest in Gatlinburg

Visitors can expect to see the streets of Gatlinburg in full bloom with baskets of flowers abound, and people out enjoying the sun. The frost has finally started to melt, and the waterfalls cascade freely.

April Activities

By April, the days are getting longer, and the nights have lost their deep chill. Outdoor fun begins and lasts through the spring, and Easter is just around the corner. Bring the family to learn more about Earth Day, and enjoy wildflower expos, arts & crafts, and music on every block!

Easter Arts and Crafts Show April 2 - 4, 2015

Easter Arts and Crafts Show

The Gatlinburg Convention Center hosts this event in collaboration with the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Admission is free, and visitors are welcome to browse for fine, local, handcrafted goods and wares while speaking with the artists who craft them.

Easter Sunday April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday in Gatlinburg

One of the more beautiful traditions in the area, ride the sky lift up to Ober Gatlinburg for the Annual Easter Sunrise Service that begins at 5:30 AM. Afterwards come have a bite to eat at the Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant buffet from 7 AM-10:30 AM and chat with the locals and other out-of-towners on this special day.

Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament April 4 - 5, 2015

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

Love to fish? Then the Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is for you. The tournament is open to adults and children and offers a challenge for locals and guests. There is over $10,000 in cash and prizes to be won. The tournament begins Saturday, April 4 at Sunrise - 4 pm & Sunday, Sunrise - 2 pm. Register now and learn more about the event here.

Mountain Man Memorial March April 10 - 11, 2015

Mountain Man Memorial in Gatlinburg Photo credit: www.tnvacation.com

Join the Annual Mountain Man March and honor the memory of Lt. Frank Walkup, a graduate of University of Tennessee Army ROTC. A group of cadets from Rocky Top Battalion march 26.2 miles, each carrying a 35-pound rucksack, to represent Lt. Walkups sacrifice in Iraq. Come enjoy the scenic views, the camaraderie, and challenge yourself all while honoring the families of our fallen heroes.

Wine, Dine & Art Crawl April 10, 2015

Wine, Dine & Art Crawl in Gatlinburg Photo credit: www.gatlinburg.com

Visitors are welcome to take a private, guided tour of the art galleries of the Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Community. Meet artists, enjoy wine from around Tennessee, and sample local fare. This year's fine tastings will be provided by Greenbrier Restaurant, Farmhouse Homegoods, Mercantile & Cafe and the Ship Pub & Restaurant. You must be 21 or older to attend this event and you can buy your tickets here.

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest April 11, 2015

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest

Wine enthusiasts seeking to experience the best of what Great Smoky Mountains region has to offer, can enjoy sampling wine and more at the annual wine fest. This year's event will be held at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts from 1:00 - 6:00 pm. Click here for full event details and to purchase your ticket .

Spring Rod Run in Pigeon Forge April 17 - 18, 2015

Spring Rod Run in Pigeon Forge

Discover classic cars and trucks like Fords, Chevy & GMCs, as they compete and show off what's under their hoods at the Pigeon Forge Rod Run. If you're a car buff this is the event for you. The spring Rod Run takes place at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. To learn more about the event visit the official site.

Spring Wildflower PilgrimageApril 21 - 25, 2015

Spring Wildflower in Gatlinburg

Join the knowledgeable folks from the University of Tennessee Botany Department, Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Gatlinburg Department of Tourism on one of over 150 hikes held during the 65th annual event. To Learn more about the spring wild flower pilgrimage visit their website.

Earth Week April 20 - 24, 2015

Eart Week in Gatlinburg Photo credit: www.gatlinburg.com

Celebrate Earth Week in Gatlinburg! Learn about easy green practices, enjoy music, activities and games, craft stations, food and more, including the Earth Day Festival at Mynatt Park on April 23, from 3:00-7:00 pm. If you have a runner in the family and wish to celebrate a great cause, check out the Earth Day 5K on April 24.

May Activities

Hiking in May is a perfect time to catch all the splendor of the Smoky Mountains in spring. Downtown Gatlinburg offers festivals, tons of food, and arts & crafts galore. And don'tforget the Dolly Parton parade in Pigeon Forge!

Annual Homecoming Dolly Parade May 1, 2015

Annual Homecoming Dolly Parade

The Annual Dolly Parade kicks of Pigeon Forge Springfest! Folks line the Blue Ridge Parkway to say hello to Tennessee’s favorite daughter. The celebration begins at 6pm.

Gatlinburg Beans & Cornbread Blast May 14, 2015

Gatlinburg Beans & Cornbread Blast

This festival pays homage to Appalachia's culinary past with a beans and cornbread cook-off, live bluegrass music, booths, games, and food sampling. Downtown Gatlinburg transforms into a festive scene of celebration of the fine culinary past of the Appalachia. This events has an admission fee of $15.

Sevierville Annual Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass May 15 - 16, 2015

Sevierville Annual Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass

Not only is the music non-stop, but so is the BBQ! Teams from across the United States compete for prizes and fame. You can also enjoy crafts, a vocal competition, and tons of activities for kids. See past events and learn more about the annual Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass event.

Gatlinburg Farmers Market Mid May to Mid October, 2015

Gatlinburg Farmers Market

Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, 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. See if your favorite local vendors will be there this year and new additions to the market.