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

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

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

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

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