June always brings people together to celebrate in the Smokies, and Gatlinburg knows how to have a good time! Here are six reasons to gather in the mountains this month:

Donut Friar

Donut Day sweetens the deal on the first Friday of June, inviting you to savor one of America’s favorite treats. Whether you prefer simple glazed or iced and sprinkled, indulge with your favorite flavor in Gatlinburg. Be sure to check out Maddog’s Creamery & Donuts and The Donut Friar, which never disappoint!

Father's Day

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Fishing family

Father’s Day, the third Sunday of June, reminds us to show Dad just how much he means. Bring your father to the mountains and reconnect with Mother Nature. Plan a camping trip like old times and take a hike with A Walk in the Woods. Relax together on a peaceful day of fishing with The Smoky Mountain Angler – or get your hearts pumping on ziplines at CLIMB Works.  Saddle up and live out your Western dreams at Sugarlands Riding Stables, and grab a gift at The Hayloft or NOC Gatlinburg. Dad will thank you!  


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Smokies African American Experiences

Juneteenth is the federal holiday heralding the end of slavery, and there’s no better time than June 19 to gather with loved ones in Gatlinburg. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s African American Experiences in the Smokies Project, launched in 2018, is celebrating untold stories of African Americans in the region. The project includes oral histories and physical signposts, including one at Newfound Gap honoring Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Daniel White, known by his trail name, The Blackalachian.  Black-owned local business Shop Africa sells beautiful handmade African goods for the home and body.

National Candy Month

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Aunt Mahalia's Candies

National Candy Month happens every June, and you’ll find your fill of delectable confections in Gatlinburg. For generations, Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen has delighted travelers with classics like candy apples and taffy. Aunt Mahalia’s Candies has been making treats the old-fashioned way since 1939, and Wright’s Fudge sells gourmet goodies handmade daily on marble slabs.

National Camping Month

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Safari Tent at Camp LeConte

National Camping Month falls in this fair month – time to pack your bags, load your crew and head to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Whether you prefer frontcountry or backcountry camping, options abound. Locally owned Camp LeConte has offered unique accommodations since 2013 – including retro campers, luxury treehouses and safari tents. Prefer to sleep on wheels? Dudley Creek RV Resort and Twin Creek RV Resort are here to help.

Pride Month

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Friends campfire

Pride Month happens every June, with events and parades in cities nationwide. Whether you’re traveling with a small party or a large group, Gatlinburg is the perfect location to celebrate, with panoramic views and the year’s most stunning weather. Gatlinburg Rainbow Weddings offers destination weddings in three unforgettable venues. Smoky Mountain Wax & Company sells an array of products including soy candles, tea, coffee, room sprays and LGBTQ+ items. While you’re here, connect with Appalachian Outreach, a countywide advocacy organization supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community.