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Gatlinburg Events - April 2014

Smoky Mountain SpringFest - March 19 - June 8
A popular, county-wide (Sevierville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge) Smoky Mountain festival, SpringFest is a 3 month celebration that marks the beginning of Spring in the Smokies. There are several events planned to entertain visitors to the area. SpringFest activities include special events, craft shows, decorating competitions, live entertainment along the downtown Parkway and much more.

Guided Walks and Tours of Gatlinburg - April 2-20
Enjoy a free walking tour of downtown Gatlinburg or take a guided hiking tour of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Smoky Mountain hiking tours feature Naturalist tours from the Sugarland Visitor Center as well as Bird Walks from the Sugarland Visitor Center, Newfound Gap and the Rainbow Falls Trailhead. Advance registration is required for downtown walking tours and Smokies hiking tours. Contact Jennie at 865-436-0505 or jennifer@gatlinburg.com to reserve you spot.

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales - April 5 thru August 9
Stroll along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg and you will discover story tellers, musical performers, cloggers and more. Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales takes place on Fridays and Saturday nights during April, May and June 1-12. Beginning on June 13th through August 9th, the event expands to every night.

Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament - April 5-6
Open to all, the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is largest trout tournament in the Smokies. Prizes awarded for multiple categories. For more info visit rockytopoutfitter.com.

Wine, Dine and Art Crawl - April 11
Enjoy a private, guided tour of participating art galleries. Meet the artists. Sample wines and hors d'oeuvres. End the evening with a delicious dinner at one of Gatlinburg's restaurants. Seating is limited and reservations are required. 21 and older only. Purchase tickets at eventful.com. Combo tickets are available that include the Smoky Mountain Wine Fest on April 12th.

Mountain Man March - April 12
A tribute to our men and women in uniform, the Mountain Man March is a 26.2-mile march in the Smoky Mountains. With a start in downtown Gatlinburg the march includes stretches of highway and rural road in addition to rugged terrain and mountain slopes. For more info visit mountainmanmemorialmarch.com.

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest - April 12
Sample delicious wines from Tennessee wineries at the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest. Find a wine you like and take a bottle or two home. Learn about wine making, wine pairing and more. The festival will be held from 1 pm until 6 pm on the plaza at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Participating wineries include the Amber Falls Winery, Beans Creek Winery, Blue Slip Winery, Century Farms Winery, Del Monaco Winery, Grinder's Switch Winery, Keg Springs Winery, Reedy Creek Vineyards & Cellars, Sumner Crest Winery, Sugarland Cellars and the Tennessee Valley Winery. Purchase tickets at eventful.com. Combo tickets are available that include the Wine, Dine and Art Crawl on April 11th.

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage - April 15-19
The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage features more than 150 programs including hiking tours, demonstrations and lectures on the flowers, plants and wildlife found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with some of the country's leading botanical experts and Appalachian wildlife authorities. Event sponsors include the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Great Smoky Mountains Association, City of Gatlinburg, Friends of the Smokies, Tennessee Valley Authority, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, University of Tennessee Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Southern Appalachian Botanical Society and the Gatlinburg Garden Club. For more info visit springwildflowerpilgrimage.org.

Easter Arts & Crafts Show - April 15-19
The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community display unique crafts and artwork at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Live demonstrations. For more information visit gatlinburgcrafts.com.

Mountaintop Easter Sunrise Service at Ober Gatlinburg - April 20
Come to Ober Gatlinburg and enjoy an Easter Sunrise Service amid the beauty and grandeur of the Great Smoky Mountains. Local pastors from the Gatlinburg Ministerial Association will lead the service beginning at 6:30 am. The offering collected will be used to help the county's needy. Free tram rides up the mountain will be available every 15 minutes from 5:45 until 6:30 am. If you prefer to drive up, you'll also find complimentary parking. The Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant will be serving a breakfast buffet from 7:15 until 10:30 am. For more info email fun@obergatlinburg.com or call 865-436-5423.

Earth Week - April 21-27
A week-long celebration, Earth Week promotes going green with exciting events and activities every day. Featured events include the Earth Day Festival at Mynatt Park on the 24th, the Earth Day 5K Run/Walk on the 25th and the Go Green Disc Golf Tournament on the 27th. At the Earth Day Festival, enjoy live music, food from the Cabin Cafe, games, arts & crafts and the Zoomobile from the Knoxville Zoo plus learn how to go green. A USA Track and Field sanctioned event, the Earth Day 5K Run/Walk in downtown Gatlinburg is open to runners of all ages. Head over to Mills Park for the Go Green Disc Golf Tournament and enjoy lunch from the Mellow Mushroom. Earth Week is presented by Hilton Garden Inn and the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Smoky Mountain MABC Regional Bridge Tournament - April 21–27
The Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference tournament will be held at the downtown Gatlinburg Convention Center. For more info visit gatlinburgregional.org.

Smoky Mountain Music Festival - April 25-26 & May 2-3
On Friday visit the Gatlinburg Convention Center to see an exciting competition for concert bands, jazz bands, orchestras, choral groups and winterguards, indoor drum line, and more. Awards ceremony immediately after last performance. On Saturday head to the Strip in downtown Gatlinburg for a street parade with an Awards Ceremony after the competition. For more information visit smmfestival.com.

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