During the three-month Springfest celebration that begins in early March and continues through the first week of June, visitors witness Gatlinburg’s transformation into spring when the city’s 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 city. Live entertainment can frequently be found along sidewalks, 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 Wednesday, April 4 through Saturday, April 7.
On Easter morning, April 8, join in the local tradition and attend Ober Gatlinburg’s 14th annual Easter Sunrise Service enhanced by the beauty of the Smokies. Free tram rides to the mountain top begin at 5:45 a.m. and continue at 15 minute intervals until the service begins at 6:30 a.m. Complimentary parking at the resort is provided for those who prefer to drive. A breakfast buffet is available and waiting at the Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
The smell of hickory-smoked barbeque fills the air as folks roll up sleeves and dive in to sample secret sauces on delectable ribs and wings from more than twenty vendors from all over the Southeast on Thursday, April 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gatlinburg’s Ribfest & Wings. This festive downtown party features lots of fun and barbeque ribs and wings on the open grill just for your tasting. Free entertainment is also on the menu.
The 62nd Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, held April 24 through 28, is another great event, especially for hikers and nature lovers who long to see delicate wildflowers in bloom. Hosted by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the University of Tennessee Botany Department and the Gatlinburg Garden Club, this five-day public program offers more than 150 different hiking tours of trails ranging from easy to strenuous, exhibitions, demonstrations, classroom lectures and delightful motor excursions into the wonderful season of spring in the Smokies.
Call (615) 522-2193 to book your reservation.You may also visit Smoky's Lodge of Pigeon Forge at VRBO.com and at Pigeon Forge Cabins.
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