Celebrate Spring in the Smokies with Fun Festivals, Events

Spring is in the air, and the communities around the Smoky Mountains are ready to show the area off in all its glory with an array of spring events, festivals, and activities.

Warmer weather, longer days and wildflowers show off in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the nearby communities in Tennessee, making it a great time to visit!

Celebrate Spring in the Smokies with Fun Festivals, Events
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The great weather means plenty of time outdoors, and you’ll find plenty of festival and activities happening near Great Smoky Mountains National Park all season long! These special events will give you even more reasons to head to the Smokies for a weekend getaway. Here are some of the can’t-miss events you’ll find.

Sip TN The Foothills (Friendsville)

On Saturday, April 6 those 21 and up can join Sip TN The Foothills. Guests can enjoy Tennessee wines at the Blount County campus of Pellissippi State Community College in Friendsville. The festival will offer over 100 wines produced in the Volunteer State.

Not only can guests sample wines, mead and hard cider, they can shop and enjoy delicious food. The proceeds from the event will benefit Tennessee agriculture, small business and education. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. Distance from Atlanta: 3 hours

LIVIN’ LIVE Music Festival (Maryville)

The first official music festival at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Maryville is on April 11. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. guests can enjoy some of the best local talents from the LIVIN’ LIVE music festival. People can stop by at their leisure while enjoying downtown Maryville’s restaurants and shops. Various food trucks will also be there offering people to support local businesses.

People can purchase tickets online in advance here.  Distance from Atlanta: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Springtime in the Smokies Photography Workshop (Tremont)

The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont will be featuring a Springtime in the Smokies photography workshop April 12-15. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to meet and work with renowned photographers including Tom Vadnais, Susan Milinkovich, Todd Moore, Dan Thompson and Steve Zigler. They guide the class through the most picture-perfect spots in the Smokies.

It’s a class for all skill levels where everyone can grow from constructive critiques and one-on-one assistance. Participants may register at gsmit.orgDistance from Atlanta: 4 hours

Great Smoky Mountains Fiber Fair (Townsend)

The Great Smoky Mountains Fiber Fair on April 19 and 20 is the perfect opportunity for crafters to learn a new skill. In the 3rd annual event at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, people can develop new hobbies, spin wool, and support small businesses. Plus, there will be classes for people looking to pick up a new talent.

Guests have the opportunity to meet alpacas, llamas, sheep, goats and angora rabbits whose fleeces become fibers that are spun into yarn and used to create functional art. Expert artisans will share their knowledge by demonstrating techniques for people to try. Distance from Atlanta: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Live on the Lawn-Spring Concert – Sam Bush (Townsend)

For visitors who want a peaceful evening listening to a three-time Grammy winner, look no further than Sam Bush at Dancing Bear Lodge on Thursday, April 25.

Concert-goers will welcome “the father of newgrass” music to the Dancing Bear. He boasts more than 30 years of experience. Bush picked up the mandolin at 11 years old and began winning awards for his fiddle skills by the age of 15.

Guests looking for a dual experience can enjoy bluegrass music and enjoy a delectable dinner at the bistro. For those who want to stay awhile, concert-goers can book accommodations at Dancing Bear Lodge. Distance from Atlanta: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Heroes for Hope 5K (Maryville)

New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center has a Heroes for Hope 5K on April 27. It will start at the Maryville Greenbelt Amphitheater and runners can trailblaze through the Maryville and Alcoa Greenway throughout downtown Maryville. All race proceeds benefit the advocacy center. The Center’s mission is to restore hope to children in Blount County who have been abused or traumatized.

Learn more about how to participate here. Distance from Atlanta: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Bigfoot Festival (Townsend)

For the cryptid lovers! Bigfoot Fest returns May 4 to the Townsend Visitors Center. The Star Wars fans know this as Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you) so there will be fun-filled events that weave Bigfoot and Star Wars together.

This includes a Bigfoot 5K and fun run, competitions, wrestling, clogging performances, live music and more. Distance from Atlanta: 3 hours, 45 minutes 

Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games (Townsend)

The Townsend Visitors Center will once more host the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games on May 18 and 19.

Many East Tennesseans can trace their roots back to Scotland or Ireland allowing for people to enjoy the rich heritage of this area. Some Scottish settlers were pioneers in Tennessee. Not to mention, the scenic Great Smoky Mountains National Park makes for the perfect backdrop. The lush greenery often reminds visitors of the Scottish Highlands.

Festival-goers will experience bagpiping, drumming, dancing, sheep herding, clan challenges and other exciting activities. Distance from Atlanta: 3 hours, 45 minutes

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Celebrate Spring in the Smokies with Fun Festivals, Events