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.

Gatlinburg Farmers Market

May 14, 2016 - September 17, 2016

Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Gatlinburg Farmers Market is open each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 849 Glades Road. Read more

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

June 10, 2016 - July 30, 2016

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

Free Parkway Trolley

June 17, 2016 - August 14, 2016

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

The Back Porch Concert Series featuring Jakob's Ferry Stragglers

June 23, 2016 - June 23, 2016

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from old-time, bluegrass, country, jazz, rockabilly and swing styles to create their tight, high-energy string band music. Read more

The Back Porch Concert Series featuring Grandpa's Cough Medicine and Snake Blood Remedy

June 24, 2016 - June 24, 2016

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Blazing tempos, outlaw attitude, foot-stomping intensity, acoustic wizardry. These things all accurately describe Grandpa’s Cough Medicine’s tongue in cheek approach to bluegrass music. Snake Blood Remedy is a traditional country music band in the style of classic artists such as Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Jimmy Rodgers. Read more

First Independence Day Parade in the Nation

July 3, 2016 - July 4, 2016

Saluting the valiant men and women of our military services, this 41st 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, 2016 - July 4, 2016

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, 2016 - July 4, 2016

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 14, 2016 - July 17, 2016

Art, crafts and music lovers can find 150-plus booths featuring some of the nation's finest work. Read more

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival

August 24, 2016 - August 28, 2016

Celebrating the area’s Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg will host its fourth annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival August 24 through 28. Read more