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 16, 2015 - October 17, 2015

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

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

June 12, 2015 - August 1, 2015

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 13, 2015 - August 15, 2015

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 Joe's Truck Stop

July 2, 2015 - July 2, 2015

We’re a regularly working and touring band with a unique sound characterized by traditional vocal harmonies, Bluegrass drive..., Honky Tonk swing, Old Time fiddling, hot guitar picking, and doghouse slapping. Elaborating on those sounds ,we include Country and Blues standards and obscurities mixed in amongst our original songs. Read more

The Back Porch Concert Series featuring Radio Birds

July 3, 2015 - July 3, 2015

To see and hear them now, you might never believe that a few short years ago Radio Birds had a completely different lineup, look, and sound. In early 2013, rising united from their earlier musical experiences, these four young men decided to take a risk and start completely over with a new name and sound. Read more

First Independence Day Parade in the Nation

July 3, 2015 - July 4, 2015

Saluting the valiant men and women of our military services, this 40th 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, 2015 - July 4, 2015

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, 2015 - July 4, 2015

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

The Back Porch Concert Series featuring Liz Frame and the Kickers

July 6, 2015 - July 6, 2015

Sounds that are gleaned from inspiration ultimately create a sound that inspires others. It’s a continuum that’s at the core of great music, music that exists for the ages and not merely within transitory circumstance. Indeed, Boston-based singer-songwriter Liz Frame knows this all too well. Read more

The Back Porch Concert Series featuring Barnyard Stompers

July 9, 2015 - July 9, 2015

Barnyard Stompers are a daring outfit from South Texas who combine the perfect mixture of Classic Country, Dirty Blues and Rock-n-Roll along with their own unapologetic style to create the rawest, roughest, rowdiest Outlaw music ever to exist. If Pop Country is the virus, Barnyard Stompers are the cure. Read more

The Back Porch Concert Series featuring Brian Whelan

July 15, 2015 - July 15, 2015

To me, Brian Whelan will always be the Kid. When he first materialized several years ago at the Cinema Bar, that charmingly crowded, noisy little room in Culver City known as “The World’s Smallest Honky Tonk,” he was an alarmingly boyish presence. Read more

The Back Porch Concert Series featuring Skunk Ruckus

July 16, 2015 - July 16, 2015

Three piece self described hillbilly gutrock band.... Read more

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

July 17, 2015 - July 26, 2015

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

The Back Porch Concert Series featuring Mike & the Moonpies

July 19, 2015 - July 19, 2015

For the past seven years, Mike and the Moonpies have been making a name for themselves as Austin Texas' premier honky tonk b...and. With the growing regional popularity of their 2012 release "The Hard Way," radio single of the same name, and a non-stop regional touring schedule, they have recently taken the entire Texas music scene by storm. Read more

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival

August 19, 2015 - August 23, 2015

Celebrating the area’s Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg will host its fourth annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival August 19 through 23. Read more