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 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

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 Banditos

August 4, 2015 - August 4, 2015

Originally from Birmingham, AL, Banditos is a group - more like a gang, actually - of six 20 somethings, nowadays operating out of Nashville, close to, and simultaneously very far away from, the gleaming towers and industry hustle of Lower Broad and Music Row. Read more

The Back Porch Concert Series featuring Under the Willow

August 5, 2015 - August 5, 2015

In Under the Willow we find a band where socially conscious lyrics are blended with intricate compositions to evoke a brand of songwriting that borrows from bluegrass and folk music but is wholly unique. Read more

The Back Porch Concert Series featuring Dead Soldiers

August 7, 2015 - August 7, 2015

Dead Solders is an American Roots based band from Memphis Tennessee with influences ranging from Rock, Soul, outlaw country,... to bluegrass and experimetal music. Read more

The Back Porch Concert Series featuring Applebutter Express

August 10, 2015 - August 10, 2015

Some people may discover The Applebutter Express through their new song “Hey My Brotha,” which is featured in the upcoming Ron Howard film “The Good Lie” starring Reese Witherspoon (set for release in October), and a single from their sophomore project One For The Home Team, scheduled for release in September 2014. Read more

The Back Porch Concert Series featuring Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Shuffle

August 13, 2015 - August 13, 2015

Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle is a Cincinnati based, 4 piece Americana/Folk band that blends the tradition of heroes like Woody Guthrie and Mississippi John Hurt w/ contemporary flavor. Read more

The Back Porch Concert Series featuring David Newbould and the Stowaways

August 14, 2015 - August 14, 2015

David Newbould is an Americana singer/songwriter/performer, and he has many believers who can testify to the passion and earnestness he puts into his work. 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