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Over 40 years ago the first Earth Day commemorative activities were held. That first Earth Day is remembered as one of the catalysts that started the green movement across the world. Today Earth Week festivities and educational programs help people learn more about how to protect the environment. Come celebrate Earth Week in Gatlinburg! Spring in Gatlinburg offers you a unique opportunity to enjoy the wonders of nature while participating in activities and programs to help the environment!

Attend a Go Green Seminar, Help in the Spur Clean-up,  Go to the Wildflower Pilgrimage, Run in the Earth Day 5K, Play in the Disc Golf Tournament,  and bring the entire family to the Earth Day Festival. You'll learn about easy green practices while you enjoy music, food, activities, games, craft stations, and more!

Go Green Disc Golf Tournament

Sunday, April 21

Mills Park. Registration begins at 12:30 pm.  Awards ceremony at 4:00 pm. Registration will be on-site. $20, $15 for children (13 & under).

Gatlinburg Goes Green Breakfast Seminar

Monday, April 22

Please call the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information: Local Phone: (865) 436-4178 Toll Free: 800-588-1817

Spur Clean Up

Tuesday, April 23

The Spur Clean Up on Tuesday, April 23 offers participants an opportunity to help beautify The Spur, a stretch of the National Park between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.  This event is a partnership between Earth Week and Keep Sevier Beautiful to pick up trash along this route. To participate, bring a pair of gloves and meet at Gatlinburg’s Spur Welcome Center at 9:00 am.

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

April 23-27

The Great Smoky Mountain Association hosts the 63rd Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage.  150 programs including instructional walks and tours, demonstrations and guest lectures await you.  To download the 2013 activity brochure and register online, visit www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org

Wildflower Pilgrimage Welcome Luncheon

Wednesday, April 24

Presented by the Gatlinburg Garden Club featuring “Cherokee Plant Lore,” with Ila Hatter

W.L. Mills Conference Center $25 per person

For tickets & information, Call  Pat Willoughby 865-397-7355 or Juanita King 865-453-6101 ext 481 or cell 865-654-4393.

Earth Day Festival

3:00 - 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 25 at Mynatt Park.

Bring the family for free crafts and activities, educational displays, food and live entertainment by Boogertown Gap and Tuatha Dea.

Shred Day 

Friday, April 26

Anna Porter Library in Gatlinburg 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Earth Day 5K Run/Walk in downtown Gatlinburg

Friday, April 26, 2013 at 10:00pm.

The Second Annual Earth Day 5K Run/Walk in downtown Gatlinburg is a night race. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to participate in this USA Track and Field sanctioned event.  Guarantee your shirt size with early registration. Race night registration begins at 9:00pm at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Race starts at 10:00 pm.

Race Cost:

Student/Youth: $15

Advanced (before April 12): $20

Regular (April 13-25): $25

Day-of: $30

For more information please contact Jennifer Burke at the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (865) 436-0505; Toll Free: 1-800-588-1817; or email jennifer@gatlinburg.com or visit:


Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Winefest

On Saturday, April 27, 1:00 - 6:00 pm

Sample wines from more than a dozen Tennessee Wineries at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Enjoy small dish fare from the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains.  Enjoy food pairing demonstrations and wine talks in the beautiful Jules Verne Room. Participants must be at least 21- years old and pay a $20 admission fee.

Discover Life in America Great Smoky Mountains Salamander Ball

April 27, 7-10 pm at Gatlinburg Convention Center

Live music with the Johnson Swingtet

Tickets $75 for adults, $50 for Wildflower Pilgrimage participants, Children 12 & under free


Children’s Planting Program

Sunday, April 28, 1:00 pm at Mills Park Pavilion

Children are invited for storytime and seed planting activity. This event is sponsored by Keep Sevier Beautiful.

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