GATLINBURG, Tenn Anakeesta is ushering in spring with “Blooms and Tunes,” a brand-new event to heighten the anticipation of the season. Beginning April 2nd and running through May 23rd, the mountain will feature larger-than-life, spring-themed art installations, live music four days a week, chef-inspired seasonal menu items and thousands of new blooms at Vista Gardens.
 
“It is important for us to offer new and unique experiences to our guests every season, many of whom visit us throughout the year,” said Karen Bentz, Partner. “With many people visiting us over their Spring Break, we wanted to create an environment of celebration. Bright colors, spectacular art sculptures and music filling the air create an atmosphere of cheer that we can’t wait to share with our guests.” 
 
Artistry will be on full display with several whimsical sculptures scattered around the park designed to celebrate the beauty of nature. The fun begins at the parkway entrance of Anakeesta where you can take a photo with a stunning 20’ long-blooming daisy and even take a seat on the big green couch, part of Tennessee artist Topiary Joe’s ‘living sculptures’ series. On the mountain you’ll find several grand and colorful flower sculptures as well as an oversized paint pallet complete with 10’ tall paint brushes designed specifically for Anakeesta by the locally based Brainchild Creative. 
 
“We have always celebrated art here in the park and we’re excited to feature commissioned art pieces for this event,” said Bentz.
 
Putting the tunes in Blooms and Tunes, Anakeesta will feature live music four days a week by local bands at Black Bear Village. Free with admission, bands will perform every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. 
 
​Spring will be on the menu at each of Anakeesta’s four dining venues.  Enjoy seasonal cocktails infused with the flavors of spring and chef-inspired dinner specials including the Bleu Ridge Ribeye, the Creole Burger and Smoky Mountain Short Ribs.
 
As the sun sets over the Smokies, guests can enjoy the warmer evenings on the mountain. The park comes to life at night with twinkling lights and colorful light displays throughout Vista Gardens. The Treetop Skywalk transforms into Firefly Forest with lights projected above and below the canopy giving the sensation of being surrounded by thousands of shimmering fireflies!