Gatlinburg Readies for an Action-Packed Spring

 As the chill of winter melts away, Gatlinburg flourishes with palette-pleasing cultural festivals and opportunities to get back to nature. From the outdoorsmen to the family of four, whether you’re looking for street festivals and live entertainment or adventures in the great outdoors – we’ve got you covered during Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring.

Gatlinburg’s Smoky Mountain Winefest is a weekend dedicated to appreciating the finer things in life. Sanctioned by the Tennessee Wineries Association, this two-day event begins Friday evening, April 13, with The Gatlinburg Wine Tour and continues as a journey of homegrown flavors, art, and wine education workshops at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts on Saturday, April 14. With over 14 featured Tennessee wineries, specialty small dishes from local chefs, and new art exhibits at Arrowmont’s renowned galleries, this celebration offers everything wine and art enthusiasts can hope to enjoy.

Arts and crafts lovers can learn from Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community artisans the techniques and traditions that permeate Appalachian craft heritage, while also discovering how to craft beautiful pieces of artwork with their own hands during this year’s “Hands On Gatlinburg” Arts & Crafts Weekend. From April 13 – 15, more than 13 studios will host over 100 different workshops in a variety of mediums. An abundance of do-it-yourself style classwork will be offered to guests, from knitting to pastels, painting, jewelry-making, watercolor, weaving, pottery, crochet, woodworking, soap-making and much more. Register at in advance before your favorite workshops sell out.

Those that can’t get enough of heirloom art will also enjoy the Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show from March 29 – 31 and the 2018 Spring Art Experience at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, lasting from Thursday through Sunday, April 5 – 8. Both events offer chances to witness craftsmanship up close and firsthand, with the Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show giving craft-lovers plenty of new and unique items to procure at this wonderful, free-to-attend trade show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Gatlinburg celebrates Earth Week with a week’s worth of outdoor fun and green-living awareness programs, from April 23 – 27. The Spur Clean-Up on Tuesday, April 24, is a great way for adults and children to take part in keeping litter out of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding communities. When the sun goes down on Friday, April 27, runners and walkers can get set for a fun nighttime trek through downtown Gatlinburg during the Earth Day 5K Run/Walk. Earth Day Festival rounds out the action-packed week on Thursday, April 26, and will offer educational activities, food, games and entertainment to all those who attend this free event.

Anglers can cast their lines for the chance to compete in the 20th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 – 8. Meanwhile, outdoor enthusiasts can discover a new season’s worth of wildflowers through guided tours, history walks, seminars, photography classes, and much more during the 68th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage happening April 24 - 28 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

For more information about spring events, ticket prices, and how you can plan your getaway to Gatlinburg, Tennessee visit or call (800) 588-1817.