Are you gearing up for a summer getaway in the Smoky Mountains? Look no further than Gatlinburg. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a festival fanatic, or someone looking for a good time, Gatlinburg, TN, has something for everyone this summer.

Summer Fairs and Festivals in Gatlinburg

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4th of July paradeGatlinburg's summer calendar kicks off with the Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade, named one of the “Top 10 Parades to see in the US” by National Geographic magazine. Imagine festive floats marching through downtown at midnight as fireworks explode against the backdrop of majestic mountains, and you start to get the idea.

If you're into quirky summertime competitions, you’ll love the River Raft Regatta, another annual Fourth of July celebration where homemade rafts race down the Little Pigeon River.

If art is more your thing, the Craftsmen's Fair in July is a must-visit. Immerse yourself in the region’s rich arts and crafts tradition as you browse through unique treasures created by skilled local artisans. If you're feeling wild, join the hunt for Bigfoot at the annual Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference—you never know what you might discover!

And if music is your jam, mark your calendar for the Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival, a three-day event held each August featuring singer-songwriters from around the country. It's the perfect way to unwind on a warm summer evening and listen to

Sunny Days and Outdoor Play

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Couple hikingKnown as the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’ll come as no surprise that Gatlinburg offers plenty of outdoor activities for nature enthusiasts. Hikers can journey along one of the 150 scenic trails in the park as they explore diverse park ecosystems. Nature lovers can also stay and camp, fish, and observe the park’s extensive wildlife.

For adrenaline junkies, zip-lining or whitewater rafting along the Pigeon River offer thrilling experiences. Families can also enjoy horseback riding through the Smokies or exploring the treetops via canopy tours.

Local Attractions

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When you’re done exploring the Smoky Mountains, check out some great Gatlinburg local attractions, like the Ober Mountain Adventure Park, which boasts an amusement area complete with indoor ice skating, wildlife encounters, an Alpine Slide, water rides, and more.

And for a unique experience, why not take a ride on the Gatlinburg SkyBridge—the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. It's the ultimate way to take in panoramic views of the Smokies from a whole new perspective.

Whether dancing to live music, exploring the great outdoors, or embarking on thrilling adventures, Gatlinburg promises an unforgettable summer experience. So pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and get ready for a summer to remember in charming Gatlinburg.