Free Things to Do in Gatlinburg
Most folks would agree that getting something for nothing is a good deal, especially when you’re on vacation. Gatlinburg does not disappoint in the priceless perks department, from (literal) free rides to no-fare experiences.
Free Gatlinburg Activities
Whether you’re visiting for the first time or know Gatlinburg by heart, a stroll along the Parkway is always in order – and always free. Soak up the mountain town vibes and check out retailers old and new. You’re bound to leave inspired and entertained.
If gallery-hopping is your idea of fun, you’ve hit the jackpot with the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community in Gatlinburg. This small mountain town has an entire community filled with art galleries and artisan outposts, open to the public with no entry fee required.Learn More
Souvenirs can cost a pretty penny, and captured memories are always our favorites. Gatlinburg is chock-full of fun and inspiring photo opportunities, from panoramic mountain views to campy only-in-Gatlinburg scenes. One relatively new hotspot is the “Standing Strong” mural by local artist Pinkie Mistry, on the wall of Smith & Son Corner Kitchen at...
Free Gatlinburg Events
Offering local choices for healthy mountain living, the Farmers Market is open each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1222 East Parkway across from Food City from May through October. Comprised of local producers, the emphasis is on fresh produce and homemade product offered in an atmosphere of community. Visit Gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com...Learn More
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales returns this summer to entertain Gatlinburg visitors! Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance festival featuring costumed musical performers, dancers, and storytellers portraying characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s. Daily performances will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.Learn More
Stepping oﬀ at 12:01 a.m. on July 4, the parade named as one of the “Top 10 Parades to see in the US” by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, will march through downtown Gatlinburg, beginning at the Baskins Creek Bypass located on East Parkway. Festive ﬂoats decorated in sparkling fashion will line the Parkway featuring patriotic marching bands,...Learn More
The 49th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade will be held on Friday, December 6, 2024. Featuring a star-studded line-up, the parade holds in store a magical display of decorative floats, festive marching bands, holiday balloons, and of course Santa Clause. The parade will illuminate downtown Gatlinburg with holiday cheer among the 1 million...Learn More
Known as the “Best New Year’s Eve Show in the South,” Gatlinburg will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for its Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show on December 31. Since 1987, this free, family-friendly celebration has been one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation, and...Learn More