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The Smoky Mountains offer a great getaway for family vacations, honeymoons, retreats, or weddings! Located in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina, the Smoky Mountains provide the best in accommodations, entertainment, outdoor adventure, and great restaurants.

Annual Smoky Mountain Events:
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage - The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is an annual seven-day event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park consisting of a variety of wildflower, fauna, and natural history walks, motorcades, photographic tours, art classes, and indoor seminars. Most programs are outdoors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while indoor offerings are held in various venues throughout Gatlinburg.

Dollywood's Festival of Nations - Celebrate cultural traditions at the Festival of Nations multi-cultural spring festival. Enjoy international music from the world's best musicians. Journey 'round the globe without leaving the Smoky Mountains when you visit Dollywood's Festival of Nations, a six-week international music festival celebrating music, dance, art and food from around the world. Enjoy more than 200 international performers with seven first-time and five returning groups of entertainers, including the best dancers, singers, musicans and acrobats! Experience Festival of Nations and live entertainment.

Gatlinburg Heritage on Display
Two weeks of "Heritage" in the Arts & Crafts Community. This community has the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Its historic 8-mile loop has been designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts and Crafts Trail. Established in 1937, these artisans whittle, paint, sew, cast, weave and carve to create original collectibles. Visit over 80 unique shops with many demonstrating on location. For more information, call 800-568-4748. This event is held the first week in September.

Annual Old Mill Heritage Day
The Annual Old Mill Heritage Day at The Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge Tennessee will be filled with music, food, fun and games for all ages, demonstrations, crafts, storytelling and best of all - tradition. Throughout the day you will be able to see firsthand what a "day in the life" was like. View live demonstrations by our crafts people, such as lye soap making and apple butter making and watch Raku and wheel thrown pottery being made. Take a free guided tour of our 180 year old Historic Old Mill and see how antique engines and farm tractors were used. Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Taste of Autumn
Mills Auditorium. Sample Gatlinburg's finest restaurants and homemade desserts for a wonderful United Way of Sevier County Benefit Event. Features live entertainment, benefit auction, and door prizes. $25.00 per person. Held in late September. For more information call 865-436-0500.

Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Music & Harvest Celebration
Featuring many top Country, Bluegrass, Americana performers, Southern gospel performers, crafters and working demonstrations, caricature carving competition and exhibit, and tastes of America. This event is held at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge from late September through the end of October.

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
A county wide festival, which includes cities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge. Festival will include decorating contest, special events, local craft shows and much more.

Sevierville's Annual Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival
The largest event in Sevierville! Tennessee State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off, FREE bluegrass concerts from the Grascals and Ricky Skaggs, kids games, great food and authentic mountain crafts. Admission is FREE. [More]

Annual Smoky Mountain Springfest
During the three-month Springfest celebration that begins in March and continues through the second week in June, visitors witness the Smoky Mountain area transformation into spring when city streets overflow with baskets of beautiful blooming flowers and plants. Pansies, daffodils, tulips, mandevillas, bougainvilleas, lantanas, scaveolas and wave petunias are among the many varieties of flowers seen throughout the cities. Live entertainment can be found along sidewalks in downtown Gatlinburg, adding a festive flair to the time-honored Downtown Parkway stroll.

Members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community display unique handcrafted wares as they gather at the Gatlinburg Convention Center to host their annual Easter Arts & Crafts show.

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival
Experience great bluegrass music at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Camping hook-ups are available.

Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show - Held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Admission to all of the craft shows, as always, is free. Features local artists and craftspeople. Visitors can watch demonstrations, view displays, and purchase hundreds of high quality, handmade artworks and craft products. Take a leisurely stroll through booths displaying jewelery, brooms, pottery, baskets, candles, leather, candy, ceramics, wearable fashions, frameable art, oils and watercolors, quiilts, wood crafts, lucite, stained glass, plus much more. Make a point of visiting, and purchasing a handmade memory of your visit to the Smokies and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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