Downtown Gatlinburg is always a happening place for visitors and locals alike, and Gatlinburg’s special events throughout the year help add a festive feel to the Gatlinburg experience. Southeast Tourism Society has recognized that authenticity and rewarded accordingly by naming eight Gatlinburg special events atop their Top 20 Events list for 2016.

The events receiving the STS honor are Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival, Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales, Gatlinburg’s 4th of July Midnight Parade, Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff, Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, and Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show and Ball Drop.

“We are so honored to receive this high praise from STS,” said Vicki Simms, Executive Director of Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We have a fantastic staff that work tirelessly throughout the year to make our events top notch. In addition to that, many volunteers, our ambassadors and the City of Gatlinburg provide their valuable time to ensure the success of our events staff.” 

STS chooses the Top 20 events for each month of the year and publishes the list quarterly. For more information about Gatlinburg events going on throughout the year, visit or call 800-588-1817.