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
For more than 30 years, Gatlinburg has celebrated Winterfest with millions of twinkling lights on festive holiday displays throughout the city. Soak up the spirit of the season from the comfort of your own vehicle and take a memorable journey on the exciting Gatlinburg Winter Magic Lights Tour. This year, we are offering a self-guided tour with a...Learn More
The 48th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023. More than 60,000 people come to view the award winning parade featuring lighted floats, marching bands, giant balloons and of course Santa Claus! The parade route runs through the middle of downtown Gatlinburg. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. from Baskins Creek...Learn More
On Airport Road at the Parkway – For the 36th straight year, the Space Needle area at traffic light #8 comes alive at the stroke of midnight with a fabulous fireworks show. Features family-friendly entertainment. “Best New Year’s Eve Show in the South” will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for its...Learn More
There's so much to do in Gatlinburg
There’s Shopping—and Then, There’s Shopping Bring your best walking shoes. In between all the hiking, dining, and sightseeing, you’ll want to squeeze in an afternoon or two for that most-treasured American pastime: shopping. Browse galleries with unique Smoky Mountain artwork, or load up on quality goods at malls like The...Learn More
Gatlinburg, Tennessee festivals and events are always a good time, so we’re always looking for a reason to celebrate. The Gatlinburg events calendar has something for every season, including parties, craft fairs, concerts, food festivals and special seasonal events. Come join us for Gatlinburg Winter Magic, Smoky Mountain Wine Fest or the...Learn More