Yes, this guy is planning another Gatlinburg trip next month, and while the first three months of the year are generally quiet as far as tourism is concerned, April means Springtime is upon us bringing in the dollars for a town in need of a serious boost. The town will be bustling with people soon, and there are a good number of events on the slate to experience as the weather turns consistently warmer.
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Dates: April 1-2
Billed as the largest trout tournament in the Smokies, adults and children can compete in multiple events and categories. The event is sponsored by Rocky Top Outfitters, and prizes total $10,000 with over 10,000 trout stocked in over 20 miles of streams prior to the event. For more information, visit their website and join in with the other novices and experts for plenty of fishing enjoyment.
Smoky Mountain Winefest
Dates: April 7-8
You can sample wine here in Gatlinburg from wineries all over Tennessee at this event located at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. There is also a Wine Tour held on the first day that takes you on a guided tour of the Gatlinburg wineries. Seats are limited for the events and will probably sell quickly so you may want to get your tickets here if you are interested in participating.
Hands On Gatlinburg
Dates: April 7-9
This event provides the most options as it is sponsored by the Arts and Crafts Community and features a wide variety of demonstrations put on by the various artisans and craftsmen and women on the Arts and Crafts loop. Spaces are very limited for these brief classes that introduce the student as to what these people do every day. A full listing of the classes can be found here with various listings of prices.
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
Dates: April 11-15
Anyone with a passing interest in flowers to an educated botanist can partake in these tours. There will be seminars and guided tours that highlight the many different plants and animals that are native to the Great Smoky Mountains. Registration has already begun so take a look at their website to find out more information about the event.
Easter Sunrise At Ober
Date: April 16
This is a worship service sponsored by the Gatlinburg Ministerial Association and features free tram rides up to Ober Gatlinburg for anyone who wishes to attend the service which starts at 6:30 in the morning. Visit www.obergatlinburg.com to find out more about this Easter morning service.
Dates: April 17-21
Gatlinburg has recently become a very environmental-friendly place lately with their “Going Green” campaigns, and there is much to celebrate as they will having various events to mark the week in different locations. There is plenty of music, games, and events on any given day in Gatlinburg, but you may want to experience these particular events since many–if not all of these activities–will be held outside in the beautiful mountain sunshine or rain; either is just fine for many of us. Take a look at the rest of the Earth Week events found here.
In case you’re wondering, I didn’t mention the Arts and Crafts show–which I will be attending–that will be held in the Convention Center on the Parkway. These talented artists and owners will be bringing their items for sale to display in their booths downtown during Easter Week.
Don’t be a stranger so be sure and comment if you have any questions. I am on Twitter as well to answer you if you feel the need to know something. I am looking forward to my trip, and I will hopefully have something else posted before then. Thanks for reading!