Presented by Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg’s celebrates eco-friendly living with a schedule full of family-friendly events!

The fun begins on Monday afternoon with Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies’s grand Earth Day celebration, complete with crafts, giveaways, and games! The event kicks off noon till 3 p.m. Keep Sevier Beautiful will be on site along with other area businesses to help celebrate the day in style! The first 250 people will receive an Earth seed disk to plant wildflowers for butterflies and honey bees. This public event will be held outside the Aquarium on the plaza and is free to attend!

Join us in rolling up our sleeves to beautify Gatlinburg during the Spur Clean Up Presented by Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg will partner with Keep Sevier Beautiful and National Park Service to pick up trash along the Spur, a stretch of Great Smoky Mountains National Park between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. To participate, bring a pair of gloves and meet at Gatlinburg’s Spur Welcome Center on Tuesday, April 23 at 9 a.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to assemble teams in a competition for who can collect the most litter! The winner will receive a company pizza party, courtesy of Big Daddy’s Pizzeria. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream will be on site with free ice cream for all participants.

Later in the week, runners and walkers are invited to celebrate Earth Week with the Earth Day 5K Run/Walk in downtown Gatlinburg. The night race is scheduled for Friday, April 26 at 10 p.m. with registration beginning at 8 p.m. at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Athletes of all ages are welcome to participate in this USA Track and Field sanctioned event. Racers are encouraged to register before race day in order to be eligible to win digital door prizes. All proceeds benefit the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a non-profit organization providing local scholarships, donations to schools, the Gatlinburg Goes Green Program and educational events for the community.