Gatlinburg is gearing up and preparations are underway for the first-ever “Hands On Gatlinburg” Arts & Crafts Weekend from April 8 through April 10, 2016 in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community.

The 2016 “Hands On Gatlinburg” Arts & Crafts Weekend provides arts and crafts lovers the opportunity to own a beautifully crafted piece of artwork made with their very own hands. More than 15 studios throughout the Arts & Crafts Community will host over 40 different workshops, providing guests the chance to learn how to make their favorite crafts from the professionals themselves.

An abundance of do-it-yourself style classwork will be offered, from knitting to pastels, painting, jewelry-making, watercolor, scarf-making, weaving, pottery, crochet, woodworking, soap-making and much more. Festivalgoers can keep the items they make to place alongside their other coveted works of art.

“Hands On Gatlinburg” Arts & Crafts Weekend is April 8 through April 10. Space is limited for the more than 40 available classes. Those interested in signing up for workshops are encouraged to get their tickets early, as space is limited. For more information, to purchase tickets or find lodging, visit