Summer

Things to Do in Gatlinburg in the Summer

Are you always looking for fun things to do on the 4th of July? - Or the rest of the summer, for that matter? - The Gatlinburg calendar is so packed with seasonal special events, you may have a hard time deciding what to do in Gatlinburg. In August, there’s the Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival, while July offers the popular River Raft Regatta and a spectacular fireworks show–both great things to do on the 4th of July.

Contrary to many destinations, the heat of the summer won’t impose any limits when choosing what to do in Gatlinburg. In August, the average high is only 86 degrees, while the average low is a comfortable 74 degrees.

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales
April 4, 2014 - August 9, 2014

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance event featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying time periods as far back as 1800. Read more

Gatlinburg Farmers Market
May 17, 2014 - October 11, 2014

Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Gatlinburg Farmers Market is open each Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 849 Glades Road starting May 17 through October 11, 2014 Read more

Mountain Hounds Weekend
May 29, 2014 - June 2, 2014

Owners of retired racing Greyhounds gather in Gatlinburg to support the rescue efforts of rescue activists. Read more

Free Parkway Trolley
June 13, 2014 - August 17, 2014

Visitors to Gatlinburg have an additional means to explore the Parkway via this shuttle route which is free for the summer. Read more

First Independence Day Parade in the Nation
July 3, 2014 - July 4, 2014

Saluting the valiant men and women of our military services, this 39th annual showcase is the “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!” Parade starts at the stroke of midnight to begin Independence Day. Read more

Gatlinburg's Fireworks Finale
July 4, 2014 - July 4, 2014

Finish off the 4th in style with a magnificent fireworks show visible from the downtown streets of Gatlinburg! Read more

Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta
July 4, 2014 - July 4, 2014

Gatlinburg’s popular River Raft Regatta takes place at noon on July 4th, on the Little Pigeon River in Downtown Gatlinburg. Read more

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair
July 18, 2014 - July 27, 2014

Art, crafts and music lovers can find 150-plus booths featuring some of the nation's finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Live Country & Bluegrass entertainment. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival
August 21, 2014 - August 24, 2014

Celebrating the area’s Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg will host its third annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival August 21 through 24. Read more

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