Looking for something exciting to do when you visit Gatlinburg? Attend one of the popular events in town! Live music, arts and crafts, parades — Gatlinburg has it all. This town isn’t just home to fun attractions, but also to entertaining events that you’ll be talking about long after your vacation is over! Throughout the year, thousands of people visit Gatlinburg to attend show-stopping performances, fun-filled festivals, art shows, and more. Read on to learn about some of the most popular events in Gatlinburg.


1. Musical Performances

Music is a very special tradition in the Smokies that hasn’t slowed in recent times. Seasonal music fills the streets with Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales and the same-named event held in the summer (minus the winter part). Hard-working, passionate, and talented musicians are scattered in different locations bringing you melodic country and bluegrass songs for your listening pleasure!

The addition of the distilleries has given the town a much more musical feel than ever before! ​Ole Smoky Moonshine​ and ​Sugarlands Distilling Co.​ have both been hosting local and national acts since they first opened their doors. There shouldn’t be a time when you don’t hear music during your visit!


2. Arts and Crafts Shows

The Gatlinburg Convention Center serves as the location for several big arts and crafts shows during the different seasons. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair​ has a broad range of talented artisans that’ll make the small admission fee worth it. We recommend a trip through the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community, and you’ll probably be tempted to visit the shops on the loop once you talk to the these people, and see these wonderful artistic creations that are the lifeblood of this community!


3. Winter at Ober Gatlinburg

It may be a bit chilly in the winter, but that is exactly what makes the ​Ober Gatlinburg​ ski resort prosper! You’ll become a big fan of snow when you see all the fun there is to have at this one-of-a-kind place in the Smoky Mountains. You may already be planning on doing some tubing and skiing, but they have some unique happenings too. There are special competitions you’ll want to see, especially the annual Tennessee Special Olympics Winter Games. If you happen to be taken by surprise when visiting during a particular event, you’ll be doubly excited on your trip!


4. Holiday Parades and Fireworks

The last on our list of events in Gatlinburg shouldn’t be much of a surprise, especially given how popular of a destination this beautiful town is. The Fourth of July Independence Day Parade happens at midnight and is billed as the first in the nation. Everyone loves a parade, and you can get that and a blast of fireworks to celebrate the nation’s favorite summer holiday. Also, the Christmas Parade and New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show are favorites that many set aside as prime times to see Gatlinburg celebrate in style!

How would you like to experience some, if not all, of these events in Gatlinburg? The Edgewater Hotel is a fantastic option that’ll make it convenient for your family to do! Go ahead and celebrate by booking your ​Smoky Mountain hotel room​ today!