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Events in Appalachian Tennessee


Many Volunteer State cities found within the Blue Ridge Mountains region and Tennessee River Valley host year-round festivals within their scenic surroundings.

Annual celebrations are easy to find in Tennessee towns like Newport, Sevierville, Townsend, and more.

If you’re visiting the Blue Ridge area in the spring, plenty of festivities await. Celebrated at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, the Festival of Nations is held in late March, and features world-wide food and performances.

More food and music can be found at Dollywood in late May for the Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival. Attention athletes, the Gatlinburg Gateway Triathlon is held in Gatlinburg in early May, the GFA Fit for Duty 5k Walk/Run takes place in late March, and the World Autism Awareness Day Walk-a-thon is set in Knoxville in early April.

Summer means its vacation time, and also time to party in eastern Tennessee. Visit Dollywood for Kidsfest from late June to late July – followed by Dollywood Nights until late August.

Fourth of July festivals are held throughout Smoky Mountain country, including the Patriot Festival in Pigeon Forge, and the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration in Etowah. For music fans, the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is held in Gatlinburg in August, followed by the Linsdale Bluegrass Festival in Delano.

Fall brings the Gospel and Harvest Celebration to Dollywood in early October, along with Oktoberfest at Ober in Gatlinburg starting in late September. Ripley’s Annual Fright Nights are held from early October through Halloween in Gatlinburg, along with the Autumn Gold Festival in Coker Creek and Pumpkin Town Festival in Vonore.

If you’re heading to eastern Tennessee for the holidays, don’t miss Pigeon Forge festivals like the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival and the Trolley Tour of Lights – or Gatlinburg events like the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade and Christmas on Ice.

Other holiday celebrations include the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Holiday Show in Gatlinburg, Small Town Christmas in Sweetwater, and the Candy Cane Parade in Knoxville.


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